Archive for October 17th, 2007

by jhwygirl

Forward Montana brings Missoula citizens a most excellent voters guide.

It provides information on each candidate in the form of a short Q&A, along with links to the Missoulian interviews and a list of who is endorsing which candidate.

It also has information on the war referendum, and links to news sources on the Iraq war. AND it also includes a ward map – which will be helpful to oh-so-many people (I can’t believe how many people don’t know what ward they live in!)

Lots of great information, all in one place. I highly recommend that you check it out.

But you won’t be able to get much information on any candidate in Ward 4 – neither Jerry Ballas nor Lyn Hellegaard bothered to answer the questions. Neither.

Maybe they didn’t have any answers or thoughts to offer. One question probably presented them with real Catch 22 – “How do you plan on being effective in light of this divisive council?”

I can only surmise that neither just plain doesn’t have plans to be effective. I guess I can give ’em a pass on that one – but geez, they couldn’t even bother with “What is your ward’s biggest problem and how do you plan to tackle it?”

I hate to find myself saying this, but maybe Ballas is the best choice there – I mean, at least you know what your getting there…with Lyn, who in the hades knows?!

(There’s a shining endorsement….)

Ward 2’s Don Nicholson didn’t bother either – but he was probably getting some needed nap time in, so he gets a pass there too.

Ward 3’s Doug Harrison also didn’t bother…but he might have been caught in a Catch 22 with the “How do you plan to be effective” question.

Not bothering to participate in answering questions of a non-partisan group of young people who are showing interest in the political process is a real shame. Their lack of participation – the seemingly organized lack of participation among 4 Republican candidates – sends a bad message to some young people who are going to be voting for a long long time.

And in local elections, when there really are so few (compared to state-wide or federal elections) sources with which to get information on candidates, it is important to get information out there from as many sources as possible. It helps in the sense that it can smooth out any bias that come come from reading just one source for information.

Shame on Ballas, Hellegaard, Harrison and Nicholson.

by Jay Stevens

Some time ago, I praised the work that Moorcat was doing over at Pragmatic Revolt for blogging up local politics – which, obviously, has served as a model for what we’re trying to do over here at 4&20 blackbirds.

Moorcat must be doing something right, because the mayor of Dillon, Marty Malesich, of whom Moorcat is a vocal critic, and city council member, Nils “Swede” Troedsson, recently had him arrested. Moorcat’s arrest was the lead story in the Dillion Tribune today (reprinted in its entirety below).

What’s clear – and Malesich doesn’t deny this – is that Moorcat (a.k.a., Ken Kailey) was investigated, found to have a suspended driver’s license, then targeted for arrest after Troedsson saw him driving, and subsequently relayed the information to Malesich:

In an interview Monday night, Dillon Police Chief John Gutcheck confirmed that Malesich had called him sometime prior to Oct. 6 and asked him to check on the status of Kailey’s driver’s license. Gutcheck reported to the Mayor that Kailey’s license was suspended in Washington.

Gutcheck confirmed that on Oct. 6 Malesich called him at home and told him that an unlicensed driver was at the Post Office. Malesich gave a description of the vehicle and the license plate number.

Gutcheck called dispatch and relayed the message to the patrolman. According to police records, Kailey was arrested Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:08 a.m. He was taken into custody and bond was posted. He was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Asked Tuesday morning if he had run a check on Kailey’s driving status, Malesich responded that he was verifying “common knowledge.”

If that’s not bad enough, consider that Moorcat’s wife – Brittney Kailey – is running against Troedsson for city council, and it’s pretty obvious that Malesich and Troedsson were not acting purely out of civic duty.

Meanwhile, Moorcat is plowing on with his coverage of Dillon city politics. He’s also asking for a little help to cover the costs of his defense. Drop a sawbuck on Moorcat, and drop him a line of support. Let him know he’s doing the right thing…

(Full article below the fold…)

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