Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Here are some of the issues that caught my attention recently:

  • Resignation
  • Stepping Back 60 Years
  • Red Flag Bill
  • Deep State
  • Hello, Wyoming
  • Montana Weather


At the top of The Western Word column today is the interesting read about Montana State Representative Mallerie Stromswold resigning her position. She was representing HD-50.

It looks like the MAGA Republicans can carve another notch on their belts. It appears that Stromswold was a little too moderate for the MAGA folks, so they made it hard for her to do the work she was elected by her neighbors to do.

The Montana Free Press (MTFP) reported that she cited “significant backlash from members of my caucus because I did not fall in line” and that, “Too many have experienced an openly hostile work environment and understand the strain it takes on your life and mental health.”

In other words, the MAGA folks were being assholes. They don’t like strong women.

I kind of wish she would have held on and become a thorn in the sides of the MAGA folks in Helena. I am not in her shoes, and only she knows how tough it was to deal with the nutjobs.

You can read the full story from MTFP HERE.


The Daily Montanan reported this:

If your spouse cheats on you and you get a divorce, your pocketbook will suffer.
With House Bill 204, Rep. Bob Phalen, R-Lindsay, wants you to be able to recover financially.
“This bill does one thing,” Phalen said. “It gives adulterated victims of divorce a means of recouping losses caused by the adultery.”

The Daily Montanan reported this response from Robin Turner, representing the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. He said such laws were established when women were considered property, and society has evolved.

“They were established back in a time when female spouses were considered a husband’s property, and therefore, a loss of their usefulness to a husband created a cause of action for monetary damages.”

It never ceases to amaze me what these right-wing legislators introduce to embarrass Montana.

Read the full report from the Daily Montanan HERE.


I think the Democrats in the Montana Legislature have an angle to go after the Republicans and cause them some hardship down the road.

The Montana Free Press (MTFP) reported that Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted Friday to table a gun-control bill after hearing emotional testimony from activists and members of the public who have been impacted by gun violence.

The MTFP says House Bill 202, sponsored by Rep. Ed Stafman, D-Bozeman, is a “red flag” bill — a policy that allows for a court to order that an individual surrender their firearms if a family member, partner or law enforcement agency can make the case that the person presents a danger to themselves or others.

I’ve read the bill and as an independent voter and moderate, I support it. Many people across the country support Red Flag laws. (Source)

The Democrats in the Montana Legislature should shout from the Capitol dome about the House Judiciary committee tabling this bill. The Montana Democratic Party should raise hell (and money) from it. The only way the Democrats can gain ground in this MAGA circus is to show how extreme they are.

Read the MTFP report HERE.


Full Disclosure: I worked in the federal government for over 25 years and was never a member of the “Deep State.”

I have often wondered if the “Deep State” has anything to do with chemtrails…

Lee Newspapers reported that Western Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke accused Democrats on Tuesday of weaponizing the federal government to persecute Republicans, using himself as an example and calling for a House investigation.

Lee Newspapers said that Zinke had this to say:

Tuesday, the representative pointed to nonprofit, issue-based advocacy groups funded by largely anonymous donors as instigators of the investigations, calling them dark money groups funded by liberal billionaires and foreign investors that “repeatedly attempt to destroy the American West. In many cases, they want to wipe out the American cowboy, completely remove public access to our lands and turn Montana into a national park,” Zinke said.
Zinke named the Western Values Project specifically in his prepared remarks about the non-profit groups that attacked him. An employee of WVP passed on a chance to comment for this article.

My favorite cowboy is Woody from Toy Story. I hope the “Deep State” keeps their filthy hands off of Woody.

Read the full Lee Newspapers article HERE.


The Hill is reporting that a group of GOP Wyoming state lawmakers want to end electric vehicle sales there by 2035, saying the move will help safeguard the oil and gas industries.

I imagine we’ll see something like this introduced, if it is not already, in the Montana Legislature.

You can read the report from The Hill HERE.


On Friday, January 13, in Great Falls, Montana, the high temperature was 54 degrees.

So here I am resting my bad knee from my fall and the neighbors had the audacity to MOW THEIR YARDS. In January. In Montana.

Great googly moogly.

Mowing your yard in January in Montana only causes one thing to happen: Snow. It is now snowing.

Don’t mess with mother nature.

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5 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Quick Hits

  1. Well that didn’t take long. Right outta the gate Zinke embarrasses Montana. For all those Montanans out there for whom Yellowstone is your reality and not a mythical TV show, Zinke has your back! And he gets all emotional doing it. Every California transplant with five acres and a starving horse can relate. The Duttons are threatened as are the five acre crowd, and who better to save them from the liberal meanies at the gates than the new sheriff in town, the cowboy seal!

    His speech has to be one of the most bizarre and detached from reality ever given by a Montana politician on the floor of the house. Does he really not realize that he won his race by a squeaker, and that nearly half of Montana considers him to be a joke? How does he go out in public without being made fun of for his cowboy antics? And maybe snickers behind his back as he walks by? Guess we’ll have to see if the shiny new cowboy outfit he got for Christmas makes him look like Gary Cooper in High Noon, or an extra for the Village People!

  2. good article Terry. What is so, so sad is that these people get elected over and over again. Look at the history of Republican activity in other western states. I don’t need to tell you. Maybe someone will read this and snap out of it. D.V.F.T.P. (don’t vote for these people)

  3. Zinke:

    Usually when the normal Montanan thinks about who is trying to “completely remove public access to our lands” they think of landowners who try and block off access to public lands behind their properties, to treat those public lands like a private park for their wealthy friends to hunt, or a place to illegally graze their livestock. In other words, the wealthy constituency Zinke and most of the R party serves. Usually the normal Montanan does NOT think of the advocacy groups who are trying to safeguard and expand public access as the ones trying to block access.

    The public Zinke must be talking about in “public access” is that small segment of the public that wants to lease or outright acquire public lands for cheap, or file mining claims, to exploit it for their own economic gain while excluding the greater public and returning very little to public coffers, or thinks non-profits should not own or lease any land for things like preserves at all because some rancher covets that public BLM land for himself, or thinks the wildlife of this state is the exclusive God-given property of outfitting businesses, and so on.

    • Exactly. Once again Zinke has it ass backwards, which is why it resonates with so many MAGAs causing them to vote against their own best interests. I know a huge number of MAGAs who love to hunt, fish, hike and recreate on public lands. Yet they still vote for guys like Zinke and Giantforte. Then they complain like hell every time the MAGAs pass some law that favors not their hunting interests, but those of the out of state hunters and outfitters and billionaires. They just don’t get it. They can’t make the connection.

      Basically, MAGAs hate the concept of things held in common for the common good. And public lands are probably the thing the hate most. It’s inconceivable to them that the lowliest average Joe should have the same right of access to the best hunting and fishing in the nation as billionaires like Giantforte and the Wilkes brothers. And they are relentless in their efforts to strip us of that right. And Zinke is their greatest ally.

      And he should dress more appropriately as such. He needs to lose the cowboy hat and get himself one of those big ridiculous looking floppy hats that Super Fly wore. Then adorn himself with lots of gold bling around his neck, and outrageous rings on each finger. And drive a huge Caddy with a fury steering wheel cover and plenty of dingle balls around the windows! For he ain’t no cowboy but rather a pimp eager and willing to pimp out what’s not his to his billionaire buddies! OUR heritage. OUR land. OUR culture. Guess that Zinke forget that pimping isn’t a traditional western value! He’s startin’ to look more like a Midnight Cowboy in that hat than a Montana cowboy! Phony as hell!

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