Quote for the Day…
Never think everyone should love you. Have some haters, it’ll make your life fun. – Unknown
In today’s column, I take a quick look at these people/issues:
- Great Falls Public Schools Election
- Daines & Marijuana
- AG Knudsen
- The Western Word Poll
GREAT FALLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS ELECTION:
The Great Falls Public Schools will hold an election on May 3, 2022.
The following four school board seats are up for election:
>Three seats that represent both elementary and secondary districts on the board for three years, until May 2025. The positions are currently held by Mark Finnicum, Jeff Gray, and Gordon Johnson.
>One seat, a one-year position, will fill out the remainder of Jan Cahill’s term. Nathan Reiff was appointed by the Board to fill Jan Cahill’s open position until the next regular election.
I found a flyer on my door this past weekend that proclaimed a list of four “Conservative Candidates Putting Kids and Parents First.” The candidates listed were Brian Cayko, Paige Turoski, Scott Jablonski, and Rodney Meyers.
You can view the flyer HERE and HERE.
The School board elections are non-partisan. Since these candidates identify as conservatives, do they support science over politics regarding masks? Are any of them anti-vaxers? Do any think that Trump beat Biden in the last election?
The Great Falls Education Association has endorsed Mark Finnicum, Gordon Johnson, and Nathan Reiff for the three-year terms. All three are currently serving on the board. They endorsed Russell Herring for the one-year term. (Source)
It seems dumb for the four conservatives to identify themselves in this race. It puts them on one side of the fence in a non-partisan race. It makes me wonder if they are even smart enough to be a school trustee.
DAINES & MARIJUANA:
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is a Pot Nazi. He recently told “The Hill” that although his state legalized recreational marijuana he said he doesn’t “support legalization,” citing “serious drug problems in Montana.”
The serious drug problem in Montana is not from pot. Don’t be such a dumbass, Steve.
What a downer. It sure would be cool if he did support it.
I would venture to say that about three-quarters of Daines’ staffers have gotten high. It might help Daines if he let his hair down a little,too.
Read the complete report from “The Hill” HERE.
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen has been busy the past few days.
On April 7, Knudsen issued a press release saying he is leading a coalition of 21 other state attorneys general in defense of the Second Amendment, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) rulemaking that would immediately transform hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun owners into criminals.
The press release went on to state:
The attorneys general filed an amicus brief today in the Gun Owners of America v. Merrick Garland case saying that the ATF’s Final Rule on Bump-Stock-Type Devices contravened federal law – as well as longstanding ATF policy – when it informed owners of bump stocks that they must surrender or destroy their bump stocks to avoid criminal liability.
Then on April 11, Knudsen issued a statement in response to President Biden’s rewrite of federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regulations to ban so-called “ghost guns”:
Assembling firearms for their own use is a tradition and right that Americans have exercised since the founding of our nation. This new rule will not make Montanans safer as criminals will continue to ignore the law. It will shut down firearm companies, allow the government to end online sales of parts, and expand federal access to gun owner data – all by executive decree. I will continue to stand with my fellow Montana gun owners and fight against President Biden’s attacks on our rights.
In my humble opinion, I think Knudsen is wrong on both accounts. It is clear that he is owned by the pro-gun groups.
Read the two press releases HERE and HERE.
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Should the Biden Administration end the policy called Title 42?” (Background)
The results will be posted later this week.
Regarding Knudsen’s ATF screed, it ignores the fact that a bump stock is not a firearm, thus not protected by the Second Amendment. https://mooreonmontana.com/2021/08/10/our-atrocious-attorney-general/
Jcolemanmoore- exactly. Thanks, JmB
I think that’s Austie’s beef with the new rule is taking away something people already own and are doing nothing illegal with. Not sure I agree with that myself, bump stocks or assault rifles or ghost guns or whatever. Then again, it’s been done before, with gold, and that was upheld.
Just like Daines disrespects the judgment of the people on the marijuana issue and thinks he knows better than his constituency, we also have some county commissioners around the state who have been doing their damnedest to undermine the right a comfortable majority of voters chose to put in place for themselves. But screw the will of the voters, these people are now in a position of power to try and inflict their personal views on you instead of representing you, and they know best. Particularly in Yellowstone and Cascade counties.
A lot of them are up for re-election this primary season. Remember that when your ballot arrives and as usual your choice is between loathsome and slightly less loathsome. And if they have at some point during the election campaign promised to “listen to the voice of the people”, run don’t walk away from them.
Terry – great advice. Thanks, JmB
I am a dumbass. Please vote for me. Not sure what a crime is (no perpetrator, no victim). Thanks for your vote I got elected. I am still a dumbass. Don’t vote for these people. Forget about party until we remove this ubiquitous scourge. D.V.F.T.P.
You can bet that “these people” running for school board who without being asked call themselves conservatives, are very clearly signaling to the other “these people” in the community that they’re running to inject their extreme values into our district, and to basically raise havoc. I thank them for at least not being stealth candidates like a certain sheriff who will remain unnamed. These folks present a very real danger to public education. Like the Republican Party itself, their only platform is hate and disinformation.