Quote for the day…
The fact that jellyfish have survived for 650 million years despite not having brains gives hope to many people. -Unknown
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- Cascade County Public Safety Levy
- Montana Fentanyl
- Montana Supreme Court
CASCADE COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY LEVY:
The Cascade County (Great Falls) commission voted unanimously last week to send a $2.46 million public safety levy to the November ballot. According to The Electric, that equates to about $18.90 for a house with a $100,000 taxable value and $37.80 on a house with a $200,000 taxable value, according to the county.
Since the county commissioners want to stick it to us by raising our taxes, it’s important to know who they are: The Cascade County commissioners are Joe Briggs, James Larson, and Don Ryan.
Briggs and Ryan are up for reelection this November. Besides voting for their opponent or leaving the ballot blank by their names, I will be voting “NO” on the public safety levy. As I said last week, we have too many fees and other possible tax increases on the horizon. Things are tough for Joe and Jill Six-Pack, and this is not the time for tax increases.
You can read the full story about the county’s public safety levy by visiting “The Electric” HERE.
Several state-wide elected Republicans (Governor Greg Gianforte, Montana AG Austin Knudsen, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, and U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale) met in Bozeman to talk about fentanyl and blame President Joe Biden for the problem.
MT’s fentanyl crisis can be traced right back to
@JoeBiden ‘s southern border crisis.
While MT law enforcement do everything they can to protect our communities, the Biden admin leaves our border wide open. For the sake of our MT families & communities we must secure our border.
Daines is a liar. The border is not “wide open.” It never has been and, more people are patrolling the border than ever before. The southern border is the same as when his man, Donald Trump, was President. Stop lying, Senator, and focus on the problem. (Source)
The Gallatin county sheriff said fentanyl is primarily being trafficked through the postal service, which kind of hurts the narrative of the open border talking points. (Source)
Since the Republicans are running Montana, doesn’t at least part of the fentanyl crisis fall on them? It’s also a slap in the face of the law enforcement professionals being used by Republicans as props to attack the Biden administration.
MONTANA SUPREME COURT:
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s editorial board posted an editorial about the Montana Supreme Court and the Montana Legislature.
The Montana Supreme Court recently blocked an effort by the GOP-controlled Legislature to ask voters to change the way the high court justices are elected. Under their plan the justices would be elected by districts instead of by statewide vote.
The title was:
Editorial: Another bill struck down — and rightfully so
I’m glad some common sense is still prevailing in Montana politics and government. When the Republican legislators meet in Helena, they drink from a silly fountain that is in some dark hallway in the capitol. It turns them into dumbasses. They lose all common sense and pass bills like the one above.
The only thing keeping Montana from becoming a full-fledged MAGA state is the Montana Supreme Court. Thank you, Montana Supreme Court.
Read the complete editorial HERE.