The Western Word is coming to you from deep inside an underground bunker in Montana – where we’re helping to deprogram the Trump cult one column at a time…
Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:
- Montana Voter Suppression
- Great Falls City Commission
- One More Thing
MONTANA VOTER SUPPRESSION:
Lee Newspapers reported Tuesday that Montana lawmakers have revived a bill that would end same-day voter registration in Montana. The House State Administration Committee voted Tuesday first to bring back the bill, then amend it to close voter registration at noon the day before an election.
It’s still voter suppression.
It’s a sad deal that Montana Republicans want to keep people from voting – and when you boil it down, that is what it is.
If election administrators feel that allowing same-day voter registration in Montana is too much work for them, I suggest they quit their job and move on to something less demanding – like watching paint dry.
It has been reported by the Montana Free Press that Legislative Referendum 126, a 2014 ballot measure to end same-day registration that was voted down by 56% of voters, as evidence that Montanans have already voiced their stance on the issue.
We can only hope that common sense prevails and that at least some Republicans in the state legislature see that making voting easier for all Montanans is the best way.
GREAT FALLS CITY COMMISSION:
The Great Falls Tribune is reporting that Great Falls City Commissioner Rick Tryon gave some startling statistics about crime in Great Falls during the Jan. 28 commission strategic planning session. He quoted city-data.com and areavibes.com as his sources, but a deeper dive into those websites reveals that their information is inaccurate and some of its sourcing is suspect.
The Tribune also reported that in an interview Tuesday, Tryon said he was “absolutely comfortable” presenting the information from areavibes.com and the like because they appear in search engine results when potential newcomers are looking to learn about Great Falls.
Sounds a lot like the meme, “I found it on the internet so it must be true.”
The Tribune presented a graph of crime stats in Great Falls from 2009-19. They titled the graph, “Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics.” Ouch.
There’s talk from the Great Falls Commission about forming a “blue panel commission” to address crime in Great Falls. It was reported that members would be police department officials, prosecutors and others with expertise on the topic to get together and study the issue of crime in Great Falls.
I’m not sure taking these people from their regular duties (fighting crime) is the best solution. It reminds me of the boss of a company saying, “We will continue having meetings until we find out why no work is getting done.”
I’m sure the Tribune/Tryon feud is just beginning.
Read the Tribune article HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
If you only read one more thing today, read the article from Axios called “Inside the craziest meeting of the Trump presidency.”