Cooney Chronicles: Fighting for Montana Women

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Montana women can trust Mike Cooney to fight for them.

Cooney has dedicated his life to supporting Montana families. From his time as a state legislator, as secretary of state, as executive director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and as our lieutenant governor, Cooney has marched side-by-side and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with all of us as we fight for a brighter future for our sisters, mothers and daughters.

Cooney’s history proves that he has always and will always stand up for Montana women.

Cooney has an unassailable record of supporting women’s privacy and will protect our right to access equitable and affordable health care because he believes that women should make their own health care decisions.

Cooney believes in pay equity, championing the Governor’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force and pledging to fight for the Paycheck Transparency Act in the next legislative session.

He has proposed forward-thinking policies that will support Montana women in the workplace and provide more opportunities for Montana families: policies like paid family leave, flexible scheduling, increased child care throughout the state, and public pre-K.

Advocating for Montana women’s rights is advocating for all Montanans. Cooney knows this, which is why he never stops fighting for us all.

There’s so much at stake in this election. We cannot risk losing the Governor’s Office to someone who wants to turn back the clock on the progress women have made in Montana.

We hope you will join us in supporting Mike Cooney as the next governor of our state — not just for the women of today, but for the young women who are counting on us to ensure that their goals are limitless. They are worth the fight.

–Representatives Barbara Bessette, Laurie Bishop, Moffie Funk, Katie Sullivan, and Senator Margie MacDonald

As we enter the last two weeks of the Democratic primary for governor, you’re going to hear a lot of noise as the candidates jockey for position and people who are passionate about their candidate take to social media and the phones to fight for the person they support. A lifetime of caring about Democratic politics in Montana, though, has taught me that Democrats never win when they tear each other down, and the best campaigns are the ones that stick to the issues that matter most to the people: their schools, their rights, their neighborhoods, and their public lands.

For the next two weeks, this space will, every couple of days, highlight what Mike Cooney and Casey Schreiner’s long years of service have meant for the people of Montana. You won’t read any consultant-tested arrows or messages paid for by some out-of-state SuperPAC. You’ll learn why Mike Cooney’s years of service to the people of Montana make him a candidate I am proud to support, and the candidate I think has the best chance to keep the governor’s chair away from Greg Gianforte. 

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • MarkTwo. You really don’t care what happens to Montana, do you? The
    Keystone is designed to carry Canadian crude to the south and then be exported. It enriches the Canadians and risks damaging irreparably our land and water with spills, which you know, Mark, are inevitable. Which part of Montana is expendable?
    Which part of human society is expendable? Which member of your family…
    blah blah blah. God I don’t get Republicans. Their collective vision is as along
    as their shortest nose. Sorry, Don. Civility, I know. Be well, MarkTwo. And please develop a sense proportion, as it relates to the future of Montana and the rest of
    mankind. Please?

    • Your call.

      Montana Department of Revenue, said that based on estimates of costs supplied by TransCanada, the company will pay about $80.3 million in total Montana property taxes in its first year of operation. Of that $16.3 million will go to the equalization fund. The university system will get another $1 million. The rest — about $63 million — will be divided among the counties and school district within the counties, as well as other tax districts like fire, cemetery and soil conservation districts. Lost revenue for 10 years now. You figure it out.

  • I see the big ad buy that the Williams campaign just made.

    I haven’t seen the polling, but her organization thinks she’s in the game and is looking to seal the deal.

    It should be interesting to see if the Dems support her, or Cooney. (Aka Little Mondale)

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