Archive for November 2nd, 2007

by Pete Talbot

There were a number of nuggets in today’s (Friday, Nov. 2) Missoulian. We’ll start out with a shout out.

4&20 Blackbirds’ founding father, Jay Stevens, made the paper’s In Business Monthly insert. This month’s theme: “Movers and Shakers.” Don’t be fooled by the story’s erroneous headline. It really is about Jay. Check it out.

Reporter Keila Szpaller did my homework for me and pulled up the campaign contributions to city council candidates. A couple of things struck me:

Missoula’s Republican Party has more money than Missoula’s Democratic Party. I guess this isn’t breaking news. The Republicans maxed out ($650 per candidate, per election cycle) to Armintrout, Nicholson, Ballas, Hellegaard, Mitchell and Schneller.

The Democrats gave $100 each to Wiener, Walzer, Rye, Prescott and Childers.

The Republicans gave money to both the candidates in Ward 4 (Ballas and Hellegaard). I guess they’re trying to keep the peace within the party.

Ward 3 candidate Doug Harrison didn’t take any party money. Was this because of altruism or because Ward 3 trends Democrat? (As a former Republican council member, the donation to his campaign would have most likely come from the Republican Party, which might not play well in that ward.) Either way, it was a smart move on his part.

Finally, the majority of Democratic endorsed candidates received their money from small, individual contributions. The majority of Republican endorsed candidates got most of their money from either the Republican Party or donations out of their own pockets. There were exceptions to this in both parties, however.

There was a letter to the editor from perennial gadfly Warren Little, which was full of misinformation and the usual caustic comments, but only one mention of the New Party. It seems that his new whipping boy is Forward Montana. The folks at FM must be doing good work to draw Little’s ire. It’s a badge of honor to be targeted by Warren.

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