Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

For some reason, Tuesday was a big day in the Montana political world. Today I write about talking dams to death, Walsh fundraising, Lewis’ C.L.E.A.N. Platform, Zinke is a Young Gun, Wittich loses round one, and a wolf safety zone.

Of course, I provide my independent commentary about each!

Talking Dams to Death:

The Montana Public Service Commissioners are holding a public hearing about NorthWestern Energy’s plan to buy to 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana. The issue may be talked to death as the public hearing may last for two weeks. Two weeks?

The only opinion I have about the “dam sale” is if I have to pay more for my electricity, then I am against it. By the way, holding two weeks of public hearings is ridiculous.

Walsh Fundraising:

I received a press release from the Walsh for Senate campaign saying they raised more than $1.25 million in the second quarter of 2014. They reported having $713,000 cash on hand.

These are good fundraising numbers. Walsh will not out raise Congressman Steve Daines, but having the most money does not always mean victory.

Lewis’ C.L.E.A.N. Platform:

I received a press release from U.S. House candidate John Lewis in which he unveiled a five-point plan today aimed at restoring accountability and transparency in Congress.

The good news for Team Lewis is that the Associated Press picked up his press release and gave him some publicity (as well as helping to fan the flames). One headline stated, “Lewis jabs Zinke with super PAC ‘cooling off’ plan” and another headline had “Lewis jabs opponent with super PAC plan.”

As for Ryan Zinke’s response the AP reported, “His spokeswoman, Shelby DeMars, called any proposal by Lewis to reform Washington politics hypocritical because Lewis took advantage of that political system for years as a longtime aide to former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.”

Let’s get ready to rumble…

Zinke & Young Guns:

I received a press release from Ryan Zinke campaign saying, “The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced earlier today that Ryan Zinke has excelled as a member of the ‘Young Guns’ program, which the NRCC uses to advise and guide Congressional candidates.

Zinke should be proud to be called a “Young Gun” because I can tell you that once you’re over 50 it’s great to be associated with anything that has the word “young” in it.

Wittich loses Round One:

The Associated Press reported, “A Helena judge has rejected the Montana Senate majority leader’s (Art Wittich) attempt to dismiss allegations that his campaign took illegal contributions and coordinated with a conservative group.”

Now it gets interesting…

Wolf Safety Zone:

The Associated Press reported, “Oregon congressman (Rep. Peter DeFazio) is asking the Interior Department to work with states to curb gray wolf hunting around Yellowstone National Park” by forming “wolf safety zone” or “buffer” around Yellowstone.

“Wolf safety zone?” Great googly moogly. Does DeFazio realize that Yellowstone is not one big zoo?

 

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