Monday Morning Politics

Here’s a look at some of the political news that caught my attention recently. Of course, I offer my commentary…

Public Service Commission:

Last week I wrote about the feud on the Public Service Commission (PSC).  Some more commentary has popped up, this time from former PSC commissioner and Chairman Greg Jergeson (a Democrat).  It is pretty good and you can read it HERE.

Jergeson writes the following about current commissioners Brad Molnar and Bill Gallagher (Republicans):

Brad Molnar has long had a reputation for a shoot-from-the-hip style when it comes to the PSC. He doesn’t do his reading, ignores advice of the PSC’s professional staff, and disregards evidence presented at hearings before the commission. It’s a shame that Bill Gallagher appears to be have allied himself with Molnar’s political antics.

In regards to Republican Commissioner Travis Kavulla, Jergeson writes:

I am more and more impressed with Kavulla’s work ethic and determination to ferret out the facts. He has rapidly established a reputation for decisiveness, integrity and thoughtfulness.

Political Dinners:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg were in Billings Saturday evening to address supporters at the Yellowstone County Truman and Lincoln dinners.  Rehberg is challenging Tester for the Senate seat in 2012.

Ironically, the dinners just happened to be held across the street from each other, which make me wonder if they stood at the curb and threw steak bones and lobster tails at each other. Maybe they just toilet papered each other’s cars…

A Formidable Challenge:

Speaking of the Rehberg/Tester race, the Washington Post did a story (published on May 20) about Tester saying, “Sen. Tester faces formidable challenge in Montana reelection campaign.”

(I’m yawning) It seems many reporters (even some local ones) have never been on a farm before, so when they come to Montana to interview Tester, they get to see one.  They are in awe of farms…and Tester likes to show his tractor.

Forest Jobs/Recreation Act:

The Great Falls Tribune reported on Saturday that “Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, a bill the Montana Democrat has championed for nearly two years, will get another Senate hearing Wednesday.”

Here’s a prediction:  Tester’s bill is DOA (dead on arrival) because he is running for re-election. Even if he gets it through the Senate, the GOP-led House will not let it pass.

Hopefully Tester will not try to do a shady backroom deal to try and get it passed this time like he attempted at the end of the last Congress.

Pro Choice/Pro Life:

According to a new poll from Gallup, “Americans are closely divided between those calling themselves “pro-choice” and those who are “pro-life,” now 49% and 45%, respectively, in Gallup’s 2011 update on U.S. abortion attitudes.”

Additionally, an early May 2011 survey found “Just over half of Americans, 51%, believe abortion is “morally wrong,” while 39% say it is “morally acceptable.”

Armed Forces Day:

Did you know that Armed Forces Day was Saturday (May 21)?   Not many folks did either.   Senator Jon Tester remembered it.  He sent an e-mail thanking those who serve.

Remember, “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.” -Calvin Coolidge

Memorial Day 2011:

Since it is a Federal holiday, folks probably won’t forget Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May.  It commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.

It should not be confused with Veterans Day, which is an annual Federal holiday honoring military veterans.  It is observed on November 11.

Have a great week!

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