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by jhwygirl

And guess who it was?


by jhwygirl

Which is why I have been so absolutely perplexed about the bullcrap recently blogged over at Carol Minjares’ website, attacking Forward Montana.

At first I went looking for the “Humor” tag, given her propensity towards bad jokes.

But alas, it was missing.

She frames the Roosevelt Institute as a “Soros-funded conglomeration of think tanks.”

The Roosevelt Institution has an annual budget of around $150,000. Can’t much fund a conglomeration of think tanks with that kind of budget, now can we? (But honestly, if you want to see who’s funded well, check out that link.)

Google is your friend.

She disses on his 2 year communications director gig at Progressive States Network because they were funded with $30,000 ($30,000! The horror!!) grant from the Proteus Fund, which is separated by how many degrees? Three? Six? Fifty? to George Soros?


Then she goes on to connect the $250,000 grant that Forward Montana got to “Jon and Peter Lewis of Skyline Public Works.”

Skyline Public Works is the baby of Deborah and Andy Rappaport – and hell, Google is your friend on that one too..

From there she takes that lie and ties the Lewis’ false connection to Soros – which she admits didn’t work out too well – and connects Matt to Soros.

But wait! It gets better! She then takes an anonymous post to that first lie-filled post and creates another post about how Matt supposedly had a conversation with a group of strangers, in a public place, bragging about his connections to Soros!

Look – I’ve been around ‘think tank’ people on both sides of the aisle – if you want to believe me – and I sure don’t go throwing around the names of who I’ve hung out with and how much money they spent on whatever they’re spending they’re money on. You just don’t get to be around people like that if you’re going to do stuff like that. Period. You wouldn’t last 3 minutes – they’d nullify you in a heartbeat.

Even The Montana Misanthrope, I’m sure, would back me up on that one.

But it shows the gumption of wanna-be’s who will print anything to drive up traffic on their site.

Now aside from Forward Montana’s mission statement that basically reads:

Forward Montana is:

Cultural Politics – combining music, art and political activism

Mobilizing for Change – using media, email, and the masses to make our voices heard

A New Generation of Leaders – recruiting and training young Montanans to lead in the 21st century.

What does all this stuff mean? In short – a new model for political participation that recognizes that we can make serious change and have a little fun at the same time.

And aside that, as I’ve noted above, just about everything she tried to smear Forward Montana, and in turn, my friend Matt Singer with was lies and bullcrap….

I don’t give one rat’s ass over where in the hell that organization is getting it’s cash.

I know some of it is from me. And I will be calling them tomorrow to up that meager donation I make to them a meager amount more. Yep. That’s right. THIS WHOLE DIRTY AFFAIR IS MAKING ME WANT TO GIVE THEM MORE MONEY!


But back to the topic at hand:

I know lawyers are supposed to twist the facts to make the best case they can for their clients…but are they really supposed to lie?

{Now I really feel dirty. I’ve said what I’ve had to say – so don’t expect me to say anything more. Ugh.}

by jhwygirl

Note: Jason Wiener’s opponent is Justin Armintrout.

1. City Council has been divisive for what seems forever. What do you think is at the root of it all, and what can be done to change that atmosphere?

Currently, the City Council is aligned into blocs roughly corresponding to the central and periphery sections of the city. Wards 1, 3 and 6 represents the Rattlesnake, downtown, Northside, University, slant streets and Franklin to the Fort neighborhoods while wards 2, 4 and 5 are dominated by Grant Creek, Miller Creek, the South Hills and Pattee Canyon/Farviews. While the wards are not homogeneous, they often favor either a more communitarian or suburban ethic. I think a big part of the divisiveness can be traced to the social and economic conditions in the areas represented by the respective blocs. That said, there is something about Missoula that appeals to all of us who live here and we need to figure out a consensus on what those values are and whether there is a way to implement them as policy. Some common understanding of the answer to questions like “What are you doing when you realize you love living in Missoula?” would go a long way toward helping to figure out policies likely to keep this a place we wish to live.

2. If you knew you could garner consensus – what would be the first issue you’d tackle, and what are some specific solutions you’d offer?

I would choose consensus on the desirability of economic diversity. The most important policy for preserving such diversity is the creation and maintenance of affordable housing stock. This is best done by encouraging the construction of housing that remains affordable over the duration of many transactions through land-trust or shared-equity housing arrangements. Missoula should be a city where a broad swath of people can put down roots and feel secure in their homes. I think there already is consensus about that. We need the political will to implement the solutions that already exist.

3. You mentioned design standards in one of your interviews. In what way can design standards help address growth issues? What type of things do you mean when you talk about design standards?

One of the biggest objections to building new housing in existing neighborhoods is the charge that such housing destroys the character of the neighborhood. Design standards could be a tool to conform new development to existing patterns, ensuring that “too much house” doesn’t wind up on “too little lot.” Small lots should have small houses; we shouldn’t be encouraging bigger when smaller is more efficient anyway. Design review could also be a process in which the people impacted by new housing have a chance to offer input to the builder, which could defuse the tension in at least some circumstances. The specific standards might vary from district to district and I would hope to offer builders flexibility for innovative design, but I’m just forming my opinions of different specific policies. For more information, I will
look to other cities with design standards and welcome suggested reading material.

4. What current council member do you admire and why?

I admire Dave Strohmaier’s deliberate manner, sharp intellect and evident discernment in connecting small details with big issues. I admire Bob Jaffe for raising the bar for discourse about city politics with his weekly committee summaries and the listserv discussions they generate.

5. Is there ANYTHING that you want to talk about that hasn’t been asked?

I believe that the job I am asking to do will be the hardest I have ever undertaken. The pressures faced by the city are substantial and the options available are constrained. I embrace the challenge. I look forward to learning from anyone who will teach me. I welcome the hard choices that will have to be made. And I anticipate the reward of doing good when other options are easier. As a councilman, I will be humble and diligent, earnest and honest. I can’t imagine doing something more important with the next four years.

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