Apologies for the light posting the past few weeks. The responsibilities of the real job and the battle to pack and move across town have occupied more time than normal. I hope to get back to more frequent posts this week.
How the UM president search went off the rails before it even started–One received much of his training in hospitality management and hotel administration at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas before acquiring a Ph.D in a yet-unrecognizable field, Man-Environment Relation, from Penn State. Another is a former banker who switched to academia and became the president of Fort Hays State University before she was pushed out of her post after bizarre incidents such as “jokingly” throwing a shoe at her provost, as well as accusations of “abuse of power,” “unethical behavior” and “questionable hiring practices” (The Hays Daily News: Nov. 30, 2016). Yet another finalist hails from a former teachers-training college in the state of Missouri, which has been ranked as No. 86 in Regional Universities Midwest. Finally, we have a candidate with a Missoula connection and without a Ph.D who hails from the United States Armed Forces, counter-insurgency training and the digital world of General Electric. Montana Standard
Stapleton Rides Voter Fraud to Glory–His claims of voter fraud were promptly debunked. The county attorney's office investigated and found no evidence of intent to deceive.But, Corey is not about to back down. That's not the way he's wired. www.logicosity.com
The Senate Is in a Hurry to Cut Our Health Care–This plan wipes out major parts of the ACA. There are no more federal tax credits to help the middle class pay health insurance premiums. No more Medicaid expansion for low-income working people. No airtight ban on discriminatory premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Insurance companies can impose an age tax by charging older Americans up to five times what they charge young adults. Employers are let off the hook completely: No employer would be required to contribute toward any worker’s health care; but the 40% tax on middle-class worker health benefits would be made permanent. People\
Former Congressman Denny Rehberg’s Lobbying Shop Caught Up in Russia Investigation–Whilst building his fast-food empire, Rehberg also became a lobbyist at Mercury Public Affairs. Financing Billings and Kalispell Popeye’s is an expensive venture, he’s got to pay the bills somehow!But it appears that in order to become the (Burger) King, Rehberg might have gotten involved with some shady stuff.According to the New York Times extra-spicy report about the raid on former Trump campaign CEO Paul Manafort, Rehberg’s lobby shop is tied up in Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation. mtcowgirl.com
Sex, drugs and hypocrisy: a story of a city council–But this story is coming to a close boys and girls. In the end, seven out of the eleven council members determined it was in the best interest of the community not to allow medical marijuana shops within the city limits. And we were all saved, oops, I mean the people of this imaginary city were all saved from a smell of marijuana and most importantly, the horrendous impacts of people feeling better by smoking or eating pot if they have cancer or another disease.Jeff was pleased. He could now focus all of his efforts on making people scared of transgender people. Don't thank him though, he's just doing his moral duty to the citizens of this state. east of billings
More state budget cuts could be on the horizon: How much more can our communities take? | Montana Budget and Policy Center–In other words, if the governor and legislature do not come together to find additional revenue, the governor may be forced to address the budget crisis entirely through cuts and would have to accept nearly everything contained in the agency reduction plans. In that scenario, the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) would experience the largest cut. According to the department’s reduction plan, the general fund cuts total $105 million and would also result in the loss of $135 million in federal funds, for a total loss of $240 million. www.montanabudget.org
Senator calls out multiple factual errors in national monuments report to Donald Trump–At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) identified multiple factual errors in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s final report to President Trump on national monuments. Medium
Sperry Chalet and Climate Change – Flathead Beacon–When I’m in one of my fields and I look up at the Swan Range, I’m not looking at King George’s forests. I’m looking at our land, and I know that should I choose, I could park my tractor, grab my backpack and within two hours be happily exploring Alpine Trail 7 once again. No one will challenge my right to be there. That’s pretty special and that’s why forest fires in general, and the loss of Sperry Chalet in particular, feel so personal. I had no plans to spend the night at Sperry Chalet, but I know that if I wanted to, I could. Now I can’t. Flathead Beacon
Gianforte and his PR team must do better–I find it disappointing that Hall has disregarded the basic duties of his public job, and that Gianforte hasn’t taken the most basic steps toward transparency by sharing the numbers of his media staffers and letting all news outlets know when he’s in town.
It drives toward accountability, access to our elected officials and our right to know what they’re doing when it’s related to the duties of their office. Really, it comes down to your right to know. lastbestnews.com