The Wednesday Read: Vogel, Motl, the Six, & Emails

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. – Rudyard Kipling

These items caught my attention for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Randy Vogel
  • Jonathan Motl
  • State of Montana Emails
  • The Six

Randy Vogel:

By now you’ve probably heard about Randy Vogel being hired by the new Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen. After the hire, it was revealed that Vogel had written some comments on social media about the sexual orientation of some Democrats. It appears that Vogel was working for U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke at that time.

On Saturday it was reported that Vogel had declined to take the job with Arntzen, which was a smart move by Vogel.

Arntzen looked pretty bad in this situation. It appears that after it was revealed Vogel posted those comments, he still had a job. Later it was reported that he decided to decline the job. Arntzen can pick whomever she wants for her staff, but not firing Vogel quickly was a mistake.

As for Vogel, I’ve known him for years and I’ve defended him on this website a few times, but not this time. What he did was wrong. Sadly there are several people out there who believe the same way he does.

State of Montana Emails:

On Tuesday Lee Newspapers reported on what many of us who followed the 2016 state campaigns already knew:

Not a single email is stored in the state archives, even though Montana leaders have used them to conduct state business for decades and state law requires emails of importance to be preserved.

Maybe the Montana Legislators can put this on their agenda above banning yoga pants or fighting the United Nations…

Jonathan Motl:

The Associated Press (AP) page I have bookmarked to read the AP stories from Montana kind of told an interesting story about the Montana Legislature priorities this morning.

One story had this headline: “Democratic lawmakers push infrastructure as Montana priority” and right below that was this headline: “Senate Republicans seek to push Motl out as commissioner.”

The lawsuit to keep Jonathan Motl as Commissioner of Political Practices past January 1, 2017, is interesting. Some on the right believe Motl, who was appointed by Democrat Governor Steve Bullock, has been unfair to Republicans.

I’ve written about the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices office for years. If the Republicans spent as much time trying to come up with a new plan for that office as they have wasted bitching and griping about it, Montana would probably have a better office that both sides could live with.

So far it looks as though the Montana Senate Republicans are winning the pettiness prize.

The Six:

Mike Dennison of MTN reported about six members of the Montana Legislature who are considering a possible special-election run for U.S. House. Read his story HERE.

The seat is currently occupied by Republican Ryan Zinke. Zinke was picked by President-elect Donald Trump to be his Interior Secretary.

With six members of the Montana Legislature considering the seat, it creates a very dangerous situation in our state capitol.

Here is a warning from The Western Word – the most dangerous place to be in the capitol is between these six members and a television camera, so beware…


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2 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Vogel, Motl, the Six, & Emails

  1. I know you and I disagree on this, but I carried resolutions in the Legislature three times calling on congress to get the USA out of the UN. I think the USA put about $6 billion a year in to supporting the UN and I did not believe we were getting a return on the investment. Having a debate in the Montana legislature on the subject may seem stupid, but I thought discussIon had to start somewhere. Never got very far but we did have some great discussions. Now the debate has gone national. It seems less like tilting at windmills and I am even more glad I brought it up. I am term limited and not there anymore, but if I was, I would charge the windmill one more time. Billions of dollars down the drain.

    • Anon – I appreciate your comments.

      I just think that in the 90-day Montana Legislature there are more important things than wasting time on resolutions regarding the UN. It seems members of the state legislature think they are more important than they really are and want to be involved in some issues that they really have no need. In other words some members take the “macro” approach instead of the “micro” approach.

      Sure the UN drains a lot of money from the USA and what we get in return is questionable, but issues like leaving the UN should be left to the boys and girls in Washington.

      Thanks again,


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