Archive for August 13th, 2008

by Pete Talbot

Gov. Schweitzer: crazy like a fox?

At first I was shocked to see the Good Gov telling the NRA-loving gun crowd to vote for Libertarian Bob Barr in the presidential election. Has Schweitzer lost his marbles? But strategically, I guess it makes sense. If one assumes that the folks who make gun rights their number one issue would probably vote for McCain over Obama, then pushing those voters into the Barr camp is a shrewd move.

It’s a bit of a gamble but the governor isn’t known as much of a gambler when it comes to electoral politics. He might even have a poll out there that indicates how gun fanatics are going to vote in November. So, I’m with the governor on this one: if nothing is more important to you than gun rights, and you’re leaning McCain, you should really vote for Barr.

Curdy to run against Nooney in House District 100

Bill Vaughn, Dark Acres author and perhaps incumbent Bill Nooney’s biggest detractor, has the story on last night’s Missoula Democratic Central Committee vote.

Vaughn doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing Nooney. Here’s an excerpt:

“Nooney has proudly accepted campaign cash from the Montana Contractor’s Association, the wood products industry and the petroleum industry, among many other corporate special interests. Owner of Missoula-based Hi Noon Petroleum, and a string of non-union quicky-marts, he voted against increasing the fuel efficiency of Montana ’s state-owned vehicles during an era of rising prices at the pump.”

And that’s the nice stuff. You’ll have to scroll down past the first piece at Vaughn’s site to find the whole post on Curdy and Nooney.

And over in House District 98

A couple of folks emailed to say that Holly Raser’s letter to the Missoulian about Republican candidate Will Deschamps was right on. They hoped that everyone had read it. Maybe I can help. It’s reprinted below the fold.

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