Quote for the Day…
I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly. – Steven Wright
In today’s column, I look at these people/issues:
- PACT Act
- Gianforte & the Supremes
- Trump Endorses Eric
The U.S. Senate passed the “Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022” Tuesday evening.
Tuesday’s vote was 86-11. The 11 “Nay” votes all came from Republicans.
The bill was unchanged from the one that Republicans blocked last week that did not get 60 votes and failed to advance 55-42. U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) put party politics over veterans when he voted against the bill. Daines was then caught on camera fist-bumping fellow Republican Senator Ted Cruz as the bill went down to defeat.
Daines voted for the bill, this time. It was not a good week for Daines and the Republicans in the Senate.
The bill now heads to the President for his signature. Thanks to U.S Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) for his work on this bill.
GIANFORTE & THE SUPREMES:
It appears that Montana Governor Greg Gianforte is taking the first step in banning abortion in Montana.
MTN News reports that Gianforte is asking the Montana Supreme Court to reconsider its stance on protected abortion in the state given the U.S. Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade through the Dobbs v. Jackson decision.
The Daily Montanan reported that In Montana, the right to abortion care is protected by the 1999 Armstrong vs. State decision, which extended Montana’s heightened right to privacy to include medical care, including abortion.
MTN further reports that in his motion filed Tuesday, Gianforte wrote, “[B]ecause of Dobbs, the Court must necessarily revisit its decision in Armstrong. As part of that review, the Court will need to re-assess, without Roe, the limits of its authority to interpret a constitutional right to include that which was expressly intended and believed to be excluded from the Bill of Rights, and instead reserved to the Legislature.”
I’m sure the Montana Supreme Court will get right on that, for Greg.
It’s inevitable that the Montana Legislature will do all they can to ban abortions in Montana – probably in all cases.
Read the complete reports from MTN News HERE and from the Daily Montanan HERE.
TRUMP ENDORSES ERIC:
On Monday, former President Donald Trump issued a statement about the Republican Missouri Senate primary:
There is a BIG Election in the Great State of Missouri, and we must send a MAGA Champion and True Warrior to the U.S. Senate, someone who will fight for Border Security, Election Integrity, our Military and Great Veterans, together with having a powerful toughness on Crime and the Border. We need a person who will not back down to the Radical Left Lunatics who are destroying our Country. I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, much as they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 Elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has my Complete and Total Endorsement!
The only problem is that THREE Erics are running for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate, former Governor Eric Greitens, current Attorney General Eric Schmitt, and Eric McElroy.
I’m sure MAGA folks in Missouri will try to vote for all three…
Hard to imagine that Montanans could be stupider than the people of Kansas, but Greg thinks they are. And maybe he’s right when you look at trumpers and MAGAs that somehow got elected to office here. Such eloquent arguments like “preg tested cows and sea turtle eggs” apparently win the day when it comes to privacy rights and women’s rights. And hence Greg’s gonna double down on the crazy on something that really should be a non-issue, abortion. But when religious extremism, misogyny, and hate is your entire platform, ya gotta flog that dead horse one more time to try to get back in the saddle. Hopefully Montana has had enough of that nonsense.
If there’s a lesson to be learned from the Kansas result, it’s that radical right wing extremist legislatures (like Kansas’, and ours) probably aren’t going to allow the voters to directly weigh in on the abortion question any more.
Terry – good point. No need to listen to the majority of people! Thanks, JmB