I’d say around 1,000 probably showed up at the height of the event.
Here’s an image of what that looked like, via a Twitter post:
I arrived as it was ending, about 2:30 PM.
Here’s what I saw:
The Facebook event page for the 2018 Women’s March in Missoula lists 893 people as going, with another 786 interested.
I’d say around 1,000 probably showed up at the height of the event.
Here’s an image of what that looked like, via a Twitter post:
I arrived as it was ending, about 2:30 PM.
Here’s what I saw:
Most now expect the government to close at midnight tonight. This seems certain, as the Senate isn’t planning to vote on anything until around 1 AM.
Republicans want to blame Democrats for this; Democrats want to blame Republicans.
Personally, I blame the Democrats.
Republicans in the House were the ones that actually passed a bill to keep the government open. 6 Democrats joined them to vote this bill through. The bill did in fact fund CHIP for another 6 years.
Democrats in the Senate are the ones that say they’ll vote against that bill, effectively shutting down the federal government for the first time since 2013.
It all comes down to DACA.
Democrats are more concerned about 800,000 illegal aliens than they are about the 320 million legal citizens that live in this country.
While the government will shutdown in a few hours, DACA doesn’t officially expire until March 5.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Democrats are a minority Party that focus on minority issues.
By focusing on DACA, Democrats think that they’ll not only take back the Senate in November, but the House as well.
It’s possible. But is it likely?
It all comes down to which Party can spin this shutdown better.
Democrats are convinced that if they just keep blaming Republicans, they’ll get the public on their side.
Republicans are convinced that if they just keep brining up DACA and how Democrats shut the government down over this, they’ll get the public on their side.
Again, I think the Republicans have a much stronger argument here.
For the past day now, they’ve been bashing the Dems over the head with DACA. Many, many people in the country now associate this government shutdown with the Dems’ stubbornness on that issue.
Republicans are now calling it the “Schumer Shutdown.”
When it comes to Dems…gosh, I’m not really sure what their argument is.
I don’t think Dems know, either.
Currently, Dems are offering an ‘olive branch’ of keeping the government open for 3 to 5 more days via a stop-gap spending measure.
Republicans are saying they don’t want to vote for anymore temporary fixes, whether it’s 5 days or 30. They want a real budget that goes for years so we can stop playing these childish games each year.
A big problem for Republicans, however, is that they control all three branches of government right now. And yet they still can’t govern or get their agenda through? That smacks of incompetence.
And my, how close we were.
A week ago Trump made it clear that if Congress would just put a DACA bill in front of him, he’d sign it.
But then, wouldn’t you know it…Dick Durbin got in the way.
After a closed-door meeting, Durbin rushed to the press and told of Trump’s shithole comments.
That killed DACA. It killed all Republican support for it, and it put the president on a warpath with congressional Democrats…even though a few days before he’d had a lengthy and public meeting to try and iron-out their differences.
Dick Durbin won’t be up again until 2020, and I hope at that point someone can either primary or general him.
If it wasn’t for that guy, DACA would probably have passed by now and our fears over a government shut down would be unfounded.
But he just had to talk.
Alas, that talk didn’t lead to Trump’s impeachment…it just led to Democrats not getting their way. I guess this is the ‘leverage’ they so often speak of.
Again, it all comes down to who can play this better in the media.
I think the GOP has it in the bag.
Over the past week, we’ve heard a lot about DACA and over the past day we’ve learned that this is the Dems’ only real issue.
800,000 illegal aliens are more important to Democrats than the 320 million citizens that live in this country.
Hell, the 800,000 can’t even vote!
I fail to see what Democrats hope to accomplish here. I was hoping cooler heads in the Party would prevail, but there are no cool heads.
There are only idiots…idiots that think they actually have a winning issue on their hands.
It’ll be fun to see their faces when they realize they not only lost this issue, but they might have lost all chances this November as well.
The government has a good chance of shutting down tomorrow, though personally, I think they’ll reach a deal. One economist with Barron’s estimates that a government shut down would cause the stock market to drop 1,300 points.
When the government shut down in 2013 – because Mitch McConnel wanted to ensure Obama failed – it cost the country at least $29 billion and shaved half a percent off our productivity.
The federal government has closed 12 times since 1977. American citizens have always managed to survive.
Accidents became the third-leading cause of death in 2017, the first time in history that this cause of death has ranked so high. Just heart disease and cancer claim more lives.
50% of marriages end in divorce in the first 8 years. 27% of kids are raised by just one parent.
Word is that Trump had some kind of sexual relationship with a porn star. I wonder how Melania will take this when the story heats up. I imagine Trump’s net worth dictates a high level of alimony.
In 2016 a total of 243,000 people received alimony payments in America, with 98% of recipients being women. In 2015 the total dollar amount for alimony payments was $9.6 billion.
The country of Tuvalu had a GDP of $39 million in 2016, the lowest of the 195 countries in the world. It’s a Polynesian island halfway between Hawaii and Australia (I’d never heard of it, either).
Currently, it seems there’s a lot of projection going on. Trump projects to the American people what he wants them to be; the American people project to Trump what they want him to be. No one seems to be happy with the relationship.
This year’s flu outbreak is the worst in 13 years. Hospitalizations for flu went from 13.7 per 100,000 people to 22.7 over just a week. In 2015, it was 29.9.
Flu and pneumonia are the 8th leading cause of death in America. In 2015, they claimed 57,000 lives.
A hundred years ago, the flu killed 20 to 50 million people around the planet. 500 million were infected, or a third of the world’s population.
There’s a Fresh Life church coming to Whitefish, and neighbors aren’t impressed. You know what would impress them even less? A casino, bar, pot shop, and homeless shelter. The latter would really piss ‘em off. Look at the situation Butte had this past summer. At least the first three pay taxes.
An I-choose-this-life-transient in Missoula beat a citizen unconscious a few days ago after the citizen stepped on the transient’s things.
Am I the only one seeing an uptick in both pre-release/jail walk-aways as well as strangulation cases in the news?
Roger Roots is threatening to sue Montana Post writer Don Pogreba because Pogreba reported on the upcoming ‘militia’ gathering in Paradis this weekend. I hope Don prevails, though I doubt this will ever reach a court.
The Paradise hotel has been fully booked for the Saturday militia event, though there might still be some rooms in Plains.
In 2015, America had 276 active Militia groups. In 2008 it was 42.
Joe Biden has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Democratic Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner.
Both Gianforte and Daines have agreed to vote to keep the government open, with a CHIP renewal, though with some immigration rollbacks. Tester has signaled that he’ll vote to close the government, mainly on the immigration issue.
The country has 800,000 DACA Dreamers and 8.9 million kids on CHIP.
Logicosity, one of the best political sites currently operating in Montana, had a fake Twitter account created in their name in November, and it’s been posting frequently since then. Yesterday, Logicosity reported on their site that this Twitter account is in no way affiliated with them. Hmmm, kinda makes you think.
Whatever happened to the news of the Iran protests? How come we never hear about Puerto Rico anymore?
Ryan Zinke has given the go-ahead for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the lynx from the Endangered Species list. When I worked at USFWS from 2000 to 2001, I worked with quite a few biologists that busted their balls getting the research done on why the lynx needed to be listed. I’m sure they’re feeling quite demoralized. Zinke is good at demoralization.
Montana drivers have been ranked the worst drivers in the country. Hey…at least we’re not Austria. Last I heard, they have the worst drivers in the world.
North Korea’s president is a damn clever man, perhaps even more clever than his 40-year-older counterpart in the District of Criminals. If it was a game of chess, Kim would have just one-upped Trump big time. And it was as simple as sports.
I saw this past weekend that Dennis Rodman got a DUI in California. So much for his diplomatic touch in this situation.
It was 100 years ago this week that alcohol became illegal in America. Lasted for 14 years.
The Millennials have two potentials, and one certainty. The certainty is that they’ll get older. The potential is that they’ll become less involved, less concerned (just give me my damn phone and leave me alone, right?). Another potential is that they’ll become more engaged than they are now. They might surprise us.
Look, as it stands now…it’s the mid-terms.
No one knows what will happen.
Suspense. Either you love it or hate it. Please…either way, just go to work tomorrow. We wouldn’t be here if you didn’t.
I thought it would interesting to look at some candidates that are running for office.
Here in Missoula, we now have the most crowded legislative races in the state.
House District 89 has 4 Democratic candidates running; no Republican yet.
There’s Katie Sullivan, Jon Van Dyke, Patrick Weasel Head, and Dirk Williams.
We know Patrick Weasel Head because he was appointed to the Missoula City Council to fill Harlan Well’s old seat, when Wells went to work for Stapleton’s office in Helena.
We know Jon Van Dyke because he’s run for office in Missoula, I think, a couple times. I know he ran for Ward 3 in 2017 and got 625 votes…which sounds like a lot, but proved to be just 20% of the vote.
I don’t know anything about Katie Sullivan. A quick search reveals she’s serving on the board of the Poverello Center, is a University District Neighborhood Councilmember, and she’s an intellectual property attorney.
Dirk Williams is another I’m unfamiliar with. He’s a trusts and estates lawyer with Crowley Fleck and comes from Central Montana. He’s harvested wheat from Texas to Canada and even worked as a fruit picker.
Currently, I feel both Sullivan and Williams will be formidable opponents. Their legal network will really help with fundraising. They’ll have lots of connections; lots of people that will put up yard signs.
For Van Dyke and Weasel Head, this will be an uphill battle. But maybe Sullivan and Williams will split the vote, and one of the other guys wins the primary.
We know that here in Missoula, all you need to do is win the primary to be almost-assured a general election victory in November.
Personally, I feel Van Dyke should run in a different race. I feel HD 96 would suit him more, and the person currently running for that seat is Tom Winter. Van Dyke got 49 more votes than Winter in the Ward 3 race a couple months ago.
The other hot race is House District 91.
Here we have 4 Democrats and no Republican.
The Dems are Matt Bell, Nancy de Pastino, Alex Gray, and Connie Keogh.
I’m not sure if Matt Bell is a teacher at Willard Alternative School, or if he’s a wildlife biologist with the Montana Land Reliance.
Nancy de Pastino was heavily involved with the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense movement here in Missoula. I don’t see any other job listed for her, but she does have a candidate website up already, Act Blue, and Facebook.
Google didn’t have anything on Alex Bell, but he does have a candidate Facebook page that tells you about him. He was born in Great Falls and is in his early-30s. He’s worked as a committee guy at the legislature, but I’m not sure what his current job is.
Connie Keogh has her candidate website up, and we learn that…the site is under construction so we can’t learn too much.
Right now, I’d have to give this race to de Pastino. She seems to have the hunger and ambition to get elected. Gun control is a popular issue here in Missoula as well, and her stance will help her.
And the other races?
I was interested to see that Stevensville’s HD 88 has 4 candidates – two Republicans, one Democrat, and one Independent.
When it comes to the Senate, just one race has three candidates – Havre’s SD 14, which has Brad Lotton, an R, and Paul Tuss, a D, taking on incumbent Republican Russ Tempel.
Back in Missoula, HD 94 through HD 100 all have eager Democrats, and none have a primary challenger or a Republican challenger.
I’m not sure Missoula Republicans will be able to find enough candidates to run for those seats. They can be depressing races for the R’s.
Well, I hope I didn’t miss anything, but please mention it if I did.
Check out this Facebook post from Diane Beck, a real estate agent here in Missoula, and the former treasurer of the failed Lisa Triepke for Mayor campaign:
Here’s a woman that was too busy taking leisure travel to adequately file and report campaign finances.
But my, she won’t stop bitching.
As you can see, I pointed out to her that she could run for office…but entitled individuals like this would never give up the high-life to actually try and make a change in our lives.
And we’re lucky for that. Women like Beck here would never look out for our interests, only their own.
Best thing is for these people to keep complaining, and their Facebook friends to keep enabling those complaints.
That way these people will never run, and our lives won’t get any worse.
I can tell you, the last thing I want is another rich complainer representing me.
Pay for the Rich
The story was in KGVO and it’s called Rosendale Refuses Pay Hike While Governor Bullock Accepted His.
The pay raise was 3.7%.
If Maryland Matt was making the $8.15 minimum wage he’d have seen a pay hike of 30 cents an hour.
But he’s not making minimum wage. He’s making $92,000 a year.
That’s an extra $3,400 a year.
That’s more than many Montanans make in a month, sometimes two months…even three.
So you can understand the media-gesture of refusing that pay raise, especially with thoughts of 2018 and 2020 bouncing around in Matt’s mind.
It’s also easy to refuse that pay hike when you’re a millionaire. I think Matt has $5.4 million, actually.
Boy, how a guy like that can understand a guy like me…well, it’s just beyond me!
And yet here he is, representing me now, and trying to represent me even more in the District of Criminals.
My how I resent it.
But there’s nothing I can do.
Oh, I can go out and vote in June and in November, and that counts as 1.
1 in a state of 1.3 million, with 700,000 of them registered…though with just 383,000 actually voting.
Aside from voting…what can you do? What could you do if you wanted to stop Matt?
I guess you could donate to his opponent, put up a yard sign, knock on doors, write a letter, make some phone calls, talk to your neighbors.
Maybe that’ll turn your 1 into a 10, or even 100. Hell, maybe 1,000.
But would it be enough?
After all, Matt and his ilk are counting on millions upon millions of dollars pouring into the state so that your 1 (and possible 1,000) won’t turn into anything more.
They’ll drown you out.
TV ads, radio ads, Facebook ads, newspaper ads…ads, ads, ads!
And if they don’t get you there, they’ll hit you in the mailbox.
We don’t try to change this awful and corrupt system; we just try to drown it out. We try to ignore it, like a bunny hiding its face from a predator, hoping against hope that it’ll…just…go…away.
And yet it won’t. It never will. Why should it? It knows we abide it, enable it, and – through our indifference – actually encourage it.
Thomas Jefferson told us that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Sadly, we’ve yet to realize that the price for eternal vigilance is indifference.
“She had to say the magic words – sexual harassment. Inappropriate wasn’t enough…You have to say the magic words.”
The story’s called Sexual Harrasment Claims Play Out in Polson, and you can read it at the Missoulian.
This is what I’ve been able to piece-together from the article’s profile of the 3-day trial:
There’s a woman named Tristan Flagen, and she was a lifeguard at the Mission Valley Aquatic Center.
Supposedly, Flagen was “sexually harassed” for five months by an assistant swim coach, a man that had been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in 2011…though those charges were never officially filed, as the girl “wasn’t willing to move forward with the prosecution.”
This harassment supposedly began after Flagen refused to go out on a date with the swim coach.
While many of us would have shrugged that rejection off, the swim coach actually began “texting her sexual photographs and videos of himself,” and even “masturbated in front of her” in the bathroom.
“It was just fun pictures,” the swim coach contends. The social media account he used to send the photos was deleted soon after, as well as a Tumblr account the swim coach used for “adult content that he had collected.”
Flagen – no doubt knowing the realities that women face in the workplace – decided to do nothing, knowing that if she was to do anything, she’d be fired.
But then came the day when the swim coach “walked in the family bathroom while she was showering and propositioned her,” with “his pants pulled down.”
At that point Flagen went to the center’s manager.
The swim coach denies he ever had a relationship with Flagen, saying that he first would have asked her “if she goes to church and what her relationship was with Christ.”
Later on in the article we learn Flagen and the swim coach’s relationship “was on again, off again.”
Flagen contends that the swim coach was never given the appropriate background checks, as company policy mandates.
Flagen’s supervisors claim this harassment never happened, and that Flagen is trying “to get back at someone” and that – because she’s an “emotional person” – these claims cropped up. Another of the center’s claims is that Flagen was “upset over the firing of a relative.”
The center also contends that Flagen could be “very mean and angry to everyone” one day “and then the next day she could be happy as a lark.” The center also contends that, since Flagen had once been in law enforcement, it was her duty to report these charges…which the center contends she did not.
Ultimately, the center calls Flagen’s claims “fake news.”
Last year, Montana had 39 rape cases.
In 1980, we had 21. In 1960 we had 7.
While it’s true we might have had more rapes back then, if that was the case…they simply weren’t reported.
Imagine a woman in 1960 going to law enforcement or her boss, saying a powerful man in the community had raped her, or – lesser in importance for many minds – sexually harassed her.
That woman would be ridiculed, lambasted, and made a pariah in her community.
Little has changed over the years.
Up in Polson, it’s your typical ‘he said, she-said’ case.
Who will the jury believe?
Hard to say.
Flagen already mentions that she probably won’t be able to get another job in Polson. The swim coach is probably in the same boat.
Still, the swim coach was able to do just fine over the past 7 years…even though he’d been accused of rape.
In the article it’s quite clear that the aquatic center’s management wants to reduce their liability as much as possible.
That’s really what it’s all about – covering our asses, whether sexual abuse happened or not. The idea of paying out tens of thousands of dollars in damages for something an employee did – one that never had a background check – is just too much to fathom.
Maybe there are women staffers in management positions at the center. It doesn’t matter – protecting the center’s bottom line is more important than ensuring a safe working environment.
And despite all their talk about women’s rights, Democrats have not mentioned this case at all…even after the 3-day trial.
Nor will they.
I’ll update you as soon as we get a verdict in this case.
While many of the Democrats in this state label me as sexist because I dig into the financial reports of women – and men – the truth is I simply can’t abide with the idea that women should be paid less while the powerful men they work for, and with, expect them to spread their legs at the drop of a hat.
It’s 2018. It sure doesn’t seem that way, however.
Break out those pens and head to the calendar – we’ve got another march!
Yep, it’s another Women’s March…like we saw last January.
Last year it happened on January 21 and this year it’ll be on January 20.
Last year we saw anywhere from 3.2 million to 5.2 million people march across the country. In the District of Criminals alone, upwards of 500,000 people showed up.
It’s been reported that 408 marches took place in the US.
The point of the marches was to “send a bold message to our new administration.”
What that message was…I’m not sure.
I’m not sure what the message will be next Saturday, either. In fact, I’m not sure what these marches accomplished last year and I’m not sure what they hope to accomplish this year.
So far, the Women’s March for Missoula lists 343 people as going and another 568 as interested.
So let’s just say that 1,000 people show up next week.
It's a lot more than the 80 people that showed up for the Missoula march last year (just 13 went to the one in Bozeman).
Still, a thousand people would only represent 1.3% of the 72,364 people living in Missoula.
Yep, that’s how many people care about the Women’s March – 1% of the population.
Usually Dems are falling all over themselves to tell us how bad the 1% of the population is, how good the other 99% is.
I guess in this instance, that kind of logic doesn’t apply.
I wish all those women luck next week. I hope they can get out there and feel good about themselves.
But honestly…if you want to see any kind of real change, you need to vote.
Showing up on a cold day in January ain’t gonna cut it. You’ve got to show up on a cold day in November, at the ballot box, and you have to convince a shit ton of others to do the same.
It’s more than that, though. You have to convince a shit ton of people in the right areas.
More people might have voted for Hillary in 2016 than for Trump, but in our system, that doesn’t matter.
That’s kind of the thing with the Women’s March – they might have hundreds of them across the country, but they’re mostly in the big cities…areas that voted Dem and are going to vote Dem again.
Here in Montana last year, the marches happened in Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula.
In the areas where Dems actually need the votes, there won’t be any Women’s Marches.
Don’t point any of this out to Women Marchers. They don’t want to hear it. They don’t want it pointed out that 99% of the population doesn’t care about them or their message.
I’m sure there are some that might have an open ear for this kind of talk, listening and nodding and asking how they can in fact get people to care about them and their message.
It’s just that most will call you a troll or sexist or racist or whatever epithet is convenient and ready-at-hand.
Looking in the mirror and asking themselves the tough questions, however…well, that’s not as easy as putting on a pink “pussy” hat and holding up some signs and gathering together with like-minded people.
Expect to hear a lot more about the upcoming Women’s Marches over the next few days.
Just don’t expect the marches to result in any kind of meaningful changes in your life, or in the policies of our country.
I love President Trump!
Everyday, there’s something new. Everyday, there’s another thing you can point to. Everyday, we know this isn’t our usual, bought-and-paid-for politician.
Take the shitholes.
We all know that they’re shitholes, we know this!
I mean…Africa and Haiti?
I wouldn’t want to live there. I can’t think of anyone I know that would want to live there.
So President Trump really nailed this one. And my…Democrats are pissed.
Let them be pissed – it don’t mean nothin’.
Democrats simply can’t win. They can’t translate their faux-outrage into actual wins at the ballot box. And my how they resent this.
Hence, the lashing-out.
They’ll lash out at anything, these days. Most of the things they get angry about don’t affect you, however. In fact, many of the things the Dems get angry about would actually help you.
Take the shitholes.
How is America benefitting from an influx of Haitians and Africans?
I can’t think of one way.
These people are uneducated. They’re not trained for American jobs. And on top of it, if they should come to America, they’ll be dependent on taxpayer handouts for years.
Well…we know how America ‘benefits’ because we’ve followed the money. Take the refugee ‘issue’:
One of the largest refugee resettlement groups actually made $682 million in revenue in 2016. $256 million of that was used to pay themselves (plus $21 million in office expenses and $18 million in employee benefits), while just $21 million was spent on housing refugees.
If you have the audacity to mention this, you’ll be called a racist.
These refugees are actually more profitable if they don’t work. That way the ‘charities’ that see to ‘their needs’ can keep rolling in the money.
If they ever do get on their feet, it’ll just be in low-level service industry-style jobs.
Democrats need more people like this in the country – dependent people that will always look for someone else to take care of them.
And of course those dependents will vote Democratic…if they even vote at all.
That’s really what this shithole debate is about – future Democratic voters.
Dems need shithole natives, and badly. Without ‘em, Dems might not be able to take back this country.
Tester’s Sad Sauce
It’s so sad that one of Tester’s ‘strengths’ is also one of his biggest weaknesses.
I’m talking about veterans.
I heard on the radio this morning that Missoula had 53 veterans kill themselves last year. One of the highest rates in the country, right here in Missoula.
A couple years ago we often talked about the 22 veterans a day that were killing themselves in this country…but then talk like that became unpopular.
Alas, the talk might have stopped…but the suicides have not.
Tester touts his veteran’s bills, and the fact that Trump has signed them. Despite this, nothing in veterans’ lives has improved.
And nothing will.
Falling All Over Themselves
How ‘bout them MT Dems yesterday?
Pretty low-key press conference in the Capitol. I saw they had Jen Gross – someone that was appointed – and Virginia Jenny Eck, doing the speeches in the ol’ rotunda.
Lot to get excited about, huh?
It’ll be fun to see how much Dems spend this year. It’ll be fun to see them lose bigtime come November. Then in January, it’ll be business as usual…all according to GOP rules, of course.
Dems will hunker down, making the most of their minority status. They’re very good at this – they’ve been in the minority since 1991.
But maybe this year will be different.
Maybe the highly-paid staffers at Dem HQ will come up with some new ideas, even a way to win.
But I doubt it.
For one thing, winning isn’t in their best interests.
I mean…if Dems in Montana were winning, why donate money to the Party?
A perpetual minority status is actually better for fundraising. That way you can bitch and complain and cry in your beer…sending it all out in spam emails.
We’re losers…please give us money!
Just doesn’t quite have the same ring as, We’ve won the legislature and we can finally get our way…please give us money!
Anyone that’s dug into the MT Dem finances knows quite clearly that the sole function of the Party is to pay themselves, feed themselves, and travel themselves around.
Helping candidates run for office is not a function of the Party. Helping themselves is.
Can you imagine any of those $3,000-to-$5,000 a month paid staffers at MT Dem HQ actually working at Walmart?
I can’t. I can’t imagine those folks doing any kind of real work.
I might get a job at Walmart. Hell…they’ll start you at $11 an hour.
So making $11 an hour appeals to me. Something else is that I put in about 10 applications/resumes a week into various Missoula businesses, yet I rarely get any kind of response.
So maybe I’ll be working at Walmart soon. I think it’d give this site a whole new perspective.
That’s kind of a big thing on this site…having a regular, working person’s perspective.
You simply don’t get this on any other Montana blog. Whether it’s the school teacher at ID, the state staffers at Cowgirl, or the retired folks at Last Best News and Flathead Memo…you just don’t get a working man’s perspective.
But on this site you do.
I mean, hell…I tell you my income! I tell you about my jobs and what happens and what I learn.
No other sites do this.
I’ll continue to do my best to keep my finger on the pulse of the working people of this country, and I’ll do my best to tell you what they think.
That Damn OPI Director/Zinke
I saw that Elsie Arntzen was up in the Flathead yesterday, checking out a school’s new construction, and encouraging students to think about construction as a job.
Young Montanans would do a lot better for themselves and their families by getting a job in construction.
What’s the alternative?
Maybe a minimum wage job…maybe moving out-of-state…maybe going to university and racking-up $30,000+ in student loan debt.
Yet here’s a Republican woman coming into town saying, ‘Hey, there’s another option!’
We’ll see if the MT Dems attack Arntzen over this. I’m sure they’ll get around to it.
Well, maybe not. After all, that might detract from some of the attacks on Zinke.
God, the Zinke attacks.
What do MT Dems think they’re going to accomplish here? Maybe convincing Trump to fire Zinke? Maybe dissuading Zinke from running for MT office in the future?
Zinke ain’t ever coming back to Montana. Should Trump lose in 2020 – or, as I think is more likely, he doesn’t run again – Zinke isn’t coming back here.
There are plenty of K Street and L Street and M Street marketing and lobbying firms that’ll hire him up. That’s hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in income, if not millions. Plus, he’s not accountable to voters.
Why trade that in for a crummy taxpayer-funded, elected office?
Alas, we’ll never see the MT blogs get over their hard-on for Zinke.
I have no problem with this. In fact, I like it when Dems spin their wheels in the mud like this. The elites like it, too – helps with brining those donations in.
Well…it happened again:
Eager Dems and GOPers headed up to the Capitol to file for office and hold their press conferences on the rotunda floor.
Around the state, working Dems and GOPers headed to their local courthouses to do the same.
Here are some images of the big day:
I wish these folks luck. Some are old hands, having run for office before, and perhaps they even have a few wins under their belts.
Some are new, filing for the very first time…full of optimism and enthusiasm and the will to get things done.
Over the next 2 months, many more will file. After all, it only costs $15.
Some might even raise some money during that time, or get some campaign materials printed up. Some of the old hands might even hire some staff.
And then come mid-March, we’ll know which candidates are running in which districts, who has primary fights on their hands, and who is going to have a tough general.
By early-June many of these optimistic and enthusiastic candidates will have been defeated. The general races will be set. The real fundraising can begin.
Over the 5 months from June to November, the remaining candidates will put up yard signs, knock on doors, send out mailers, do lots of Facebook ads, and perhaps even advertise on radio, maybe even TV.
Money will be spent. Media companies, consulting businesses, and printers will make bank.
Then in November, we’ll know who’s won and how hasn’t and who’s going to be in Helena come January 2019.
The 66th Montana Legislature will kickoff with lots of high talk about working together, and by April it’ll have descended into chaos and acrimony.
By April 20th when it all ends, the former-candidates and now-legislators will go home, licking their wounds and formulating how they’ll spin what happened to their benefit.
Meanwhile, most of the state will have gone from today to then without giving a damn, and without feeling much of an impact at all.
You see…most Montanans give money to the government; they don’t get money from it.
Government doesn’t have a whole lotta affect on our lives.
I wish it did – our side roads here in Missoula haven’t been plowed in weeks! The water treatment plant here makes a whole section of town smell like shit at least once a day…and that with clean air laws!
No, when it comes to things that actually matter to you – and which the government is supposed to do – you won’t find the government anywhere.
When there’s something trifle that can be argued about (making money for the political hangers-on in the process) then government is all over it.
I guess that’s why Montana votes the way it does.
Called up the MT Dems again today.
I wanted to ask about their finances…the same as last week.
Guess they must have entered my number into their system, as I did not get the usual ‘dial your extension’ message. Instead the phone just rang for 50 times before cutting me off.
When I called back 10 minutes later, it was the same story.
I dunno…maybe they’re over at the Capitol, cheering-on their early filers and getting those oh-so-important images of candidates handing in their paperwork to the Secretary of State.
Or maybe they just don’t want to talk to me.
Like I said last week…I wish ‘real’ reporters like Mike Dennison would ask the MT Dems about their finances.
Our ‘real’ reporters refuse to do this, however.
I got into a Facebook conversation yesterday with the Flathead Democrats. I’d put that graph image of the MT Dems’ finances on one of their posts, and they took offense.
“They work really hard,” was the message I got from the Flathead Dems, and they deserve those salaries.
I mentioned that the MT GOP is actually having candidate workshops and charging for those, brining in money for GOP county groups. I also mentioned that MT Dems only seem to have parties in bars, crying into their beer over Hillary’s loss and their inability to have any kind of impact in the state.
Didn’t get a response to that, but I was further told that the MT Dems are thinking about opening up more field offices, and they need staff. The Flathead Dems thought I should apply.
I guess this is the Tester money. We know that the MT Dems spend more money than they take in each month, so they don’t have the money to help out anyone but themselves.
So it must be the Tester money.
That’s another sad point about this year – Tester’s election is the only election that matters, and all money will flow to him.
If/When he wins, MT Dems can say they succeeded…despite another year of monumental legislative losses.
All of those 10 staffers in MT Dem’s Sixth Street HQ will keep their jobs; all will say they had a successful year.
And then 6 weeks later the 2019 Legislature will start, and with it the usual Dem complaints that they can’t get what they want.
Well…what you wanted was for Tester to win, and you’ll likely have gotten that. That’s what you spent your money on; that’s where you put your time.
If the health of the state was so important to you, then why didn’t you put your money where your mouth is?
Well, MT Dems do put their money where their mouth is:
They spent over $3,000 eating out in restaurants 81 times last month.
I mentioned this to the Flathead Democrats, and again…I was told the MT Dems work really hard and are doing a good job.
This is great for the GOP.
You can tell quite clearly that MT Dems aren’t going to be winning any statewide offices anytime soon. They won’t be taking the legislature for years, if not decades.
MT Dems know this, and that’s why they funnel all donations to themselves, giving zero to the actual candidates.
Remember, these are candidates that care about the state and want to make it better for future generations.
The staffers at MT Dem HQ – many of whom are from out-of-state – only care about making their own lives better.
That’d be fine if they actually had real jobs out in the real world…but these people actually make their money from the $5-here, $10-there donations.
Remember, these donations only come about because of the never-ending, the-sky-is-falling emails the Party continually sends you.
I feel sorry for my home state, a state my great-grandparents came to in the 1890s. My family’s been in Helena for over 120 years, and most of those folks called themselves Democrats.
I wonder what they’d think of the Party today. I wonder what they’d think of its self-aggrandizement over actually helping the people on the ground.
Would they go over to the GOP…a Party that actually talks about working people and giving them more money and making their lives better?
I can’t help but think they would.
It’ll be fun to see all the Dem candidates line up over the next two months, hoping to hell they can get elected so they can ‘help people.’
None will question their own Party; none will ask the tough questions; none will make an effort to really change things.
All will attack the other Party; all will fall in line; all will put their smiles on and pucker up their lips to kiss ass so they can ‘move up’ in the Party.
Meanwhile, you and I – two working stiffs actually keep this state running – will see the prices for our groceries and gas go up while our wages remain the same as they were years ago.
Expect to see MT Dems attacking everyone and anyone for their problems. Don’t for one second expect them to look at themselves to realize where the real problem lies.