The Zinke Doctrine–Virtually every major decision that the secretary has made fits neatly into this scheme. His department is proactively gutting rules on the oil and gas industry, leasing vast swaths of national public lands, and slicing the rates oil and gas companies pay taxpayers. At the same time, Secretary Zinke is putting up barriers to conservation and hiking fees for the public to access parks and public lands.Few weeks offer a more clear and cohesive summary of what the Zinke Doctrine looks like in practice. Medium
Keep Oil and Gas Out of Badger-Two Medicine – Flathead Beacon–For the Pikuni, natural resources are not valued from any material wealth, and it does not include gas, oil, commercial hunting and fishing or timber sales. Although it does include the trees, air, water, the rocks and animals; our definition for natural resources includes the physical and the spiritual. It is our connection through niipatapiisinaan that calls us to our environment, and connects us to our roots as the original people of this territory. In the Badger-Two Medicine, Pikuni families trace back relatives who have utilized the resources within those mountains and forests for generations predating European immigration. Families for thousands of years have ventured into Badger -Two Medicine to provide meat for their families, to seek medicinal plants and roots, or to just seek a better understanding of niipatapiisinaan. Flathead Beacon
Tester joins Western senators: Congress can\’t balance budget by selling public lands ~ Missoula Current–“Once public lands are out of public hands, we would lose management, access and planning that makes these places a critical part of our outdoor heritage and economy,” Tester said. “We need to find responsible ways to rein in our deficit and cut our debt, but selling our public lands would only stifle an economic engine.” Missoula Current
Designed to fail: Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale can\’t have it both ways–If only we had some kind of official whose job it was to regulate insurance premiums. Rosendale seems to be having it both ways, here. He let insurers file new rates after the deadline, even though they assured him before the deadline that losing CSRs wouldn't change anything. Then he lambasted them for accepting his offer. Missoula News
Office of Disciplinary Counsel files complaint against Wittich | Last Best News–The complaint, filed with the Commission on Practice of the Montana Supreme Court by Chief Disciplinary Counsel Michael Cotter, stems from Wittich’s trial in 2016, when he was found liable for violations of state campaign finance laws. This past August, the state high court turned down Wittich’s four-part appeal of that decision. lastbestnews.com
There’s Something Fishy Going on in Ravalli County–After public comment on the matter, 100% of which was opposed to Budd-Falen being allowed to speak, commissioners voted not to proceed. You read that right: even in ruby-red Ravalli County, the land transfer agenda is seen as an extremist nonstarter.Manzella’s proposal was strange enough, but it gets weirder. It turns out Budd-Falen has been travelling the state giving “workshops” on land use, and Manzella had funds to cover the travel. When pressed on the source of the money, however, she claimed it was from “citizens”, and declined to elaborate. Extremist pro-transfer speaker, undisclosed funding source… something here sure stinks, big time. mtcowgirl.com
48% of women claim harassment–Nearly half of all female workers say they’ve experienced sexual harassment at work, according to a poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. “Some 48% of female workers responded ‘yes’ when asked if they had personally experienced [sexual harassment],” Louise Radnofsky writes in the Wall Street Journal. In addition, 38 percent said that they thought they were paid less than their male counterparts, and 37 percent said their perspective was ignored because of their gender. People\
Budget cuts are not healthy for Montana–This time, Montana cannot cut its way to health. We’re calling on Gov. Bullock and the Montana Legislature to roll up their sleeves and figure out a way to responsibly increase revenues. Failure to do so will force painful reductions in health care programs that will threaten the health of our workforce and our communities.