2019 Montana Legislature: Time for Grades

The Montana Legislature adjourned Thursday afternoon.

Now it’s time for the faithful readers of The Western Word to grade the 2019 Montana Legislature.

If you do not see the poll, click on “Continue Reading.”

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Reaching the Top Peg

The three-ring circus in Helena (Governor, House, and Senate) turned even more ridiculous on Wednesday with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoing several bills passed by the Montana Legislature.

Readers outside of Montana are probably wondering what’s so ridiculous about a governor vetoing a few bills because it’s done all the time across the fruited plains. Well, he vetoed them with a hot “VETO” branding iron on the steps of the capitol, which was described by a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune as, “…one of the most spectacular productions of political theater in the Democrat’s six years in office, Schweitzer applied red-hot branding irons to wooden plaques…”

All the bills were Republican-sponsored bills, but this column is not about the bills or their merit; it’s about how the one-upmanship of political theater in Helena reached the top peg on the stupid meter Wednesday. Continue reading