Tuesday’s Quick Hits: MT Legislature, Impeachment, & the Border

I often wonder who Pete is and why we do things for his sake… -Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • MT Legislature – Stinking Rules
  • MT Legislature – A Challenge
  • Impeachment
  • The Border

MT Legislature – Stinking Rules:

Note to the moderate Republicans in the Montana Legislature: The ultra conservatives in your party will screw you over the first chance they get. Watch for it.

The 2019 Montana Legislature opened with an argument over some rules. MTN news reported that the new, temporary rules – which likely will become permanent later this week – reduced from 60 to 58 the number of votes needed to “blast” a bill from committee and bring it to the floor. Democrats and some Republicans wanted a simple majority to do that.

Wow – big changes!

Read the full MTN report HERE from Mike Dennison. He understands the legislature better than most.

MT Legislature – A Challenge:

As far as I can tell, Republicans and Democrats make up the 2019 Legislature. There are no independents.

Since the Montana Republicans and Montana Democrats believe their party and beliefs are the best, now would be a great time to change the rules for independent candidates to get on the ballot in Montana. That is if the Democrats and Republicans are not afraid of losing power.

Currently, if you want to run as an independent in Montana, you’ll need to gather signatures to get on the ballot – and not just signatures from a few friends. Last election you would have needed over 11,000 signatures to run for U.S. Senate and a few hundred to run for State House or Senate. (See Chart)

If you run as a Democrat or Republican, the requirements are simple.

More and more people are identifying as “Independent” when asked which political party they most align with.

According to a new poll from Gallup:

Significantly more U.S. adults continued to identify as political independents (42%) in 2018 than as either Democrats (30%) or Republicans (26%). At least four in 10 Americans have been political independents in seven of the past eight years, including a record-high 43% in 2014.

It’s time the Montana legislature made it easier for independents to get on the ballot.

Impeachment:

A couple thoughts about impeachment…

Ever since the November elections, I have been hearing about plans to impeach President Donald Trump. Now Trump is not my favorite fella, but the Democrats wanting to impeach him at this time is pure craziness.

First, it takes more votes than Democrats have in the House and Senate to impeach him.  I don’t believe all the Democrats in the House would vote for impeachment. Second, unless Trump really screws up and pisses off a few Republicans, the Democrats won’t have the votes to impeach him in the Senate. 

Who knows what the Special Prosecutor will find. Until then, keep your powder dry.

Those on the right sending memes and posting on social media about impeaching Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should take a constitution and/or government class. They don’t impeach members of Congress. They can vote to expel them. Expulsion is the process by which a house of Congress may remove one of its Members after the Member has been duly elected and seated. (CRS)

The last time that happened was in 2002 when Representative Jim Traficant of Ohio was expelled after he was convicted on numerous counts of bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion. (CRS)

The Border:

NBC News is reporting that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered only six immigrants at ports of entry on the U.S-Mexico border in the first half of fiscal year 2018 whose names were on a federal government list of known or suspected terrorists. That information was from CBP.

NBC News also added that the low number contradicts statements by Trump administration officials, including White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said Friday that CBP stopped nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists from crossing the southern border in fiscal year 2018.

That was a nice way of saying Trump administration officials are lying.

On the northern border, NBC News reported that CBP stopped 91 people listed in the database, including 41 who were not American citizens or residents. Maybe we need a wall on the northern border?

Trump will be taking his case about the border to the American people tonight (Tuesday) when he addresses the nation on television. Some believe he may declare a national emergency because of the southern border. He will at least say there’s a crisis there.

Meanwhile, the partial federal government shutdown continues. I think this is day 18.

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8 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits: MT Legislature, Impeachment, & the Border

  1. Investigate, investigate, investigate. Democrats in the House will have hearing after hearing to do the job Republicans wouldn’t do in the House for the past 2 years-provide checks and balances on the other 2 branches, especially the Executive that has gone rogue.

    The more Americans hear about Trumplican criminality the more they will come around to supporting impeachment. It’s a process that takes time. Patience grasshoppers.

  2. Mike, impeachment is not craziness. Constant lying is an unacceptable abuse of power . Every egregious falsehood should be voted on by the house of representatives and ,if passed by majority vote, a bill of impeachment should be sent to the senate. That is the process. We need to stop obvious lies and the spreading infection they are causing. Policy decisions are difficult enough. The recent interview by Sarah Sander is a good example of the carefully worded prevarication infection that is making governance so so difficult

  3. I saw the same numbers regarding suspected terrorists and border crossings. So far, missing from the debate, is the realization that the people seeking to enter the US on the southern border are the desperate poor who have no other ways or means to cross. The drug dealers, the rapists, the terrorists are going to cross along our unsecured borders, by land, air or sea. They have the intelligence and means to avoid the “secure” border, no matter where it is, wall or not.

  4. Impeachment takes a simple majority in the House. Conviction in Senate is where votes are lacking.

    • Mary – Correct. I did not say that correctly. I don’t think all the House Dems would vote for impeachment. Thanks! -JmB

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