Happy Cinco de Mayo – may your margaritas be just right!
Here are the topics that caught my eye this week:
- Great Falls Politics
- Restraining Order
- The Regier Family
- The Kentucky Derby
- One More Thing
GREAT FALLS POLITICS:
The Montana Free Press posted an interesting story this week about Great Falls. The title is “Electric City’s political pivot” it talks about how the city used to be a Democratic stronghold and now it is controlled by the Republicans.
Back when I was involved in politics as an occupation, I did not think I would ever see the Republicans take over Cascade County (Great Falls) as they have.
The sad thing for me is that the people in the Republican Party who have been elected and run the party in this area are some of the nuttiest of the nutjobs. They don’t like moderates and they are MAGA-believing followers of Trump.
There are some extreme people on the left side of the aisle, too. The conservatives are better at identifying the left-leaning wackos and telling people they are yucky, more than those on the left are at telling people the tin-foil hat conservatives are yucky.
Have the Republicans peaked in Cascade County? It will be hard for them to maintain this dominance. There are some races that they will have a chance to win in the next election if they have the right candidates.
The bottom line is that the voters in Cascade County have decided, at this time, to go with the wackos on the right instead of the wackos on the left.
Read the Montana Free Press article HERE.
The ink was barely dry on the new abortion law in Montana when a judge placed a temporary restraining order on it.
The Daily Montanan reported that state District Court Judge Mike Menahan issued the temporary restraining order on Thursday afternoon, which stops House Bill 575 from becoming an enforceable law just a day after Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the measure,
The Daily Montanan also reported that House Bill 575 is part of several abortion measures that are being challenged in district court. The new law would have required healthcare providers to perform an ultrasound on a woman who seeks an abortion, and also requires written documentation to be kept on file that documents that the fetus is not viable. The bill defines viability at 24 weeks, effectively banning it after that point.
There will be several laws from the Montana Legislature that will be challenged in court – bet on it!
Read the full report from the Daily Montanan HERE.
THE REGIER FAMILY:
This week the New York Times did a piece about the Regier family of Flathead County called, “One Family Has Spearheaded Montana’s Unflinching Conservatism.”
The opening paragraph kind of set the tone of the article:
During a legislative hearing in 2011 that was a prelude to Montana’s debates on abortion, state Rep. Keith Regier displayed an image of a cow and made the argument that cattle were more valuable when pregnant.
The NY Times also contained this interesting line:
Over the years, the former schoolteacher and sod farmer has seldom demurred from his growing brand of combative Christian-oriented politics, in which the Ten Commandments are the foundation of good law and some of the biggest battles have been with moderates in his own party.
The Speaker of the Montana House, Matt Regier, is Keith’s son. The Times reported:
It was Matt Regier who led the move to bar one of the legislature’s only transgender representatives, Zooey Zephyr, who had spoken out vociferously on the House floor last month against a measure banning hormone treatments and surgical care for transgender minors.
There’s also a daughter who is a state representative.
The article concludes with this:
Keith Regier said he and his children were doing no more than what they had been elected to do. “I guess people know our family and identify with our values and want us to come and represent them.”
Sounds like the people of Flathead County are getting just what they voted for.
Yahoo News picked up the article. You can read it HERE.
THE KENTUCKY DERBY:
In case you forgot, the 149th Kentucky Derby is Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The post time is 6:57 p.m. EDT, and it looks like about 20 horses will compete. NBC has the coverage.
More information can be found HERE.
ONE MORE THING:
Republicans are way too obsessed with other people’s genitals to be allowed to use public restrooms. -@MiddleAgeRiot
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I’m sure the Regiers are thrilled to have made such a prestigious newspaper. But I, personally, do not consider misogyny, intolerance, cruelty, hatred and bigotry to be contained within the Ten Commandments, nor do I consider them to be Christian values and Montana values. Yet the Regiers proudly announce to the world that these are the values they govern by and represent their constituents. What a disgraceful group of people. After their performance with Zooey, based upon their previous actions for which they were never forced to apologize, many writers refer to them as the true snowflakes in this saga.
Zooey, on the other hand, is still being proclaimed around the world as a champion of freedom, democracy, and human rights. I googled her this morning and there were a hundred and fourteen entries before they finally had to stop from all the major newspapers and news organizations in the country, all describing her heroic fight. The Regiers were simply mentioned as an unfortunate footnote if at all. Nothing to be proud of for sure.
One of the most notable articles was from a Colorado paper than ran a story about the Colorado legislature sending their full support for Zooey. I was reminded of my mining ancestors from Colorado who used to stage sympathy strikes with the miners back east during the violent strikes in early part of the twentieth century. They would risk their own jobs in a show of force for their fellow miners.
Now, a hundred years later, Coloradans are still showing sympathy for their fellow citizens under duress in other states who are fighting for freedom and democracy for us all. I was dumbfounded. Zooey has become a true national hero and an outstanding ambassador for Montana, for she truly represents the best of Montana.
There can be no greater contrast between Zooey and the Regiers, Zooey fighting for us all, and the Regiers fighting for a narrow, hateful, un-American, authoritarian Christian fascism. Time for them to go back to Nebraska. They’ll never have Montana values.