Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it is inspiring. ― Sady Ali Khan
Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:
- Montana Campaign Finance
- Quinnipiac University National Poll
- Rep. Steve King
- Rep. Jennifer Wexton
Montana Campaign Finance:
The Associated Press (AP) reported that the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Montana’s voter-approved limits on contributions to political campaigns in state elections, a decision that likely ends a legal challenge that lasted more than seven years and disrupted the 2012 governor’s race.
This is a great win for Montana. The AP reported that Montana law caps contributions from individuals and political action committees to gubernatorial candidates at $1,320 while political parties are allowed to donate $47,700 per candidate. The limits were created by a 1994 ballot initiative, and they are adjusted for inflation.
Of course, the FEC has their own rules for Federal elections (President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House). It seems that with every U.S. Senate election in Montana, we break a record for money spent by the candidates and outside groups.
There is way too much money in elections. Although I used to think it was a freedom of speech issue, I’m not so sure about that now.
Quinnipiac University National Poll:
A new Quinnipiac University National Poll released Monday says that American voters support 63 – 30 percent a Democratic proposal to reopen parts of the government that do not involve border security while negotiating funding for the Wall. Voters also oppose 63 – 32 percent shutting down the government to force funding for the Wall.
The GOP is losing the battle as 56 percent of American voters say President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for the shutdown, while 36 percent say Democrats are responsible.
Trump wanted the blame for the shutdown – it looks as though he’s getting it.
By the way, voters remain solidly opposed to a wall on the Mexican border, 55 – 43 percent, and reject every argument for the Wall.
The polling was conducted from January 9 – 13. Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,209 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.
Rep. Steve King:
The Hill and others reported that House GOP leaders moved Monday to remove Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from all of his committee assignments following a firestorm over remarks considered racist. (The Hill)
Good for them. King is a racist. He serves in the fourth district in Iowa where I once lived. Some of the most ass-backward people live there. No wonder King has been elected over and over there.
It was good to see some leaders in the Republican Party grow a pair and hold King accountable. When will they stand up to Donald Trump?
Rep. Jennifer Wexton:
Some on the far right are upset that newly elected Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) decided to pay tribute to the transgender community by flying the transgender pride flag outside her office along with the U.S. and her state flag. (WaPo)
It did not replace the POW/MIA flag as some right-wing folks said because she never displayed that flag. She just moved into her office this month.
Some of the country bumpkins commenting about Wexton fail to realize that House members all across the fruited plains have different constituencies than others.
Wexton said, “Given that that community has been under attack and for me it’s personal, it was kind of an easy call to raise awareness and show my solidarity.”
Good for her.