Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide valuable independent commentary about the targeting of Republican state legislators, orange being optional, Montana Governor candidate, the Department of Defense budget, western wear, Obamacare & Daines, vaccination politics, and much more!

Targeting Republican State Legislators:

Lee Newspapers yesterday reported that a “conservative group is targeting Republican state legislators who won’t sign a pledge to oppose Medicaid expansion in Montana.”

According the report, the group is Americans for Prosperity-Montana (AFP). The three legislators targeted so far are Reps. Jeff Welborn, of Dillon; Tom Berry, of Roundup; and Frank Garner, of Kalispell.

I think AFP is basically saying these legislators are not pure enough by AFP standards to be Republicans. It seems they started early this session targeting those whom they feel are not pure enough.

I’d like to see Medicaid expansion in Montana. Some people need the help. I doubt it happens because the far-righties running the legislature lack compassion.

Orange is Optional:

Thirty members of the Montana state senate were stupid enough to vote for a bill (SB 154) that will make wearing orange while hunting optional for those over 18.

Why are they even considering a bill like this?

Montana Governor:

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported, “Helena’s Mark Perea launched his 2016 GOP gubernatorial campaign this month with a $30 donation to himself and a $12 website registration.”

Here is his WEBSITE.

Department of Defense Budget:

The Great Falls Tribune has the headline today, “Malmstrom funding included in AF budget proposal.”

Wow – great reporting!

Maybe this is news to some, but Malmstrom has always received funding – since it’s been a base.

It is troubling that Malmstrom’s new weapons storage facility has been delayed for so long. It is in sad shape. Senator Jon Tester, who is a member of the military construction appropriations subcommittee, needs to use his position to get it funded now.

Western Wear:

A new sheriff of a Wyoming county has banned his deputies from dressing like Woody from the movie “Toy Story.”

I’m just joking about the Woody part, but the new sheriff “has banned his deputies from wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots” according to a story from the Associated Press.

It’s a shame they won’t allow those who are arrested or pulled over to get a real western experience…

Obamacare:

Newly-elected Senator Steve Daines has kept his word about repealing Obamacare. I happened to see a press release on his website announcing that he “has joined his fellow Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to fully repeal Obamacare.”

This is some red meat for the base of supporters. Repeal probably won’t happen until Republicans control the White House and congress at the same time.

As I have said before, I would like to see both political parties work together to make Obamacare better. Most Americans would also like to see them work together to make it better.

Vaccine Politics:

Nobody thought a year or two ago that one of the issues in the 2016 presidential election would be vaccinating children.

Republicans Chris Christie and Rand Paul did not handle the issue very well. See the story HERE.

Vaccinations are pretty safe. When I was in the military, I was qualified to be deployed around the world so I was given all the shots – and I only grew two extra toes.

Note: I really don’t have two extra toes.

 

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One thought on “Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

  1. Vaccines…there was unfounded evidence (propaganda) that vaccinating children lead to autism. That has been proven to be false and autism is proven to be genetic. The parents who do not vaccinate their children are putting us at risk.

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