Archive for November 2nd, 2008

by jhwygirl

Republican candidate for County Commissioner Larry Anderson had a lovely advertisement in Sunday’s Missoulian, listing all of his ‘supporters’ – including Democrat Diane Sands, state house representative for HD-95.

Apparently, though, Diane Sands did not endorse Larry Anderson.

Her comment at this post:

I was surprised to see my name in the Sunday Missoulian endorsement ad for Larry Anderson. I have not been involved in the County Commissioner race on either side and will not for many reasons, including the fact that I am a county employee, and I have my own race to run for re-election to the legislature in HD 95. My name was used without my permission and I called Larry Anderson this morning to object. Larry apologized profusely for the oversight and took total responsibility for the mistake.

The opinions of my partner, Ann Mary Dussault, are her own and should not be considered to automatically be mine. If you are interested my opinion email me instead of this anonymous blogger stuff.

After calling Larry Anderson I immediately called Michele Landquist to correct the record.

I repeat. I have not endorsed any candidate in the race for County Commissioner and I don’t intend to. Period.

Rep. Diane Sands

I guess this is just another Pullin’ a Lewie from another Missoula County Republican, who feels he has to lie and exaggerate his Democratic Party ties to get elected.

Partisanship of the worse kind.

by jhwygirl

Courtesy georgia10, one of my most favorite dKos writers (next to McJoan, of course).

I came across this today, too – The Nation’s Joel Barkin and Christian Smith-Socaris discuss the need for universal registration and voter reform.

I couldn’t agree more. A universal registration procedure, along with a national voter registration database, is one way for both sides to easily put to bed the allegations of voter fraud. That is one discussion that has gone on for way too long.

by jhwygirl


So, when is negative campaigning not negative campaigning? When it’s the truth.

Republican candidate Greg Hinkle, during a candidate forum held in May, said:

I signed a taxpayer pledge not to vote for any increase in taxes, period, unless they’re revenue-neutral. So having said that, I will not vote for any increase in taxes and because of what I explained too and anybody can look at this later, I will not vote for any federal funding of state programs. That’s got to change. We have to wean ourself off of that.”

In seeking better clarity to the issue, the Clark Fork Chronicle sent the candidates further questions, due mainly to questions that arose from Judy Stang’s statement regarding Greg Hinkle when she withdrew from the state senate race in mid-October. When she withdrew from the race, Stang endorsed Hinkle’s opponent, Paul Clark.

The Clark Fork Chronicle sent clarifying questions – you can see them in this article – and Hinkle avoids answering the Chronicle’s question altogether (the Chroncle’s own words: “Greg Hinkle did not respond to the questions,”) instead sending a statement saying that he was taken out of context, and that he would take federal funds for “transportation, etc….,” but then goes on to say that “However, I do believe our state must end our dependence on these funds as much as possible. It’s vital we ensure that we have a local revenue safety net should those funds dry up.”

Hmmm, where exactly is he going to find funds for a local revenue safety net?

Further – let’s keep in mind here that Mineral County looking to go to essentially 90% federal ownership if and when Plum Creek lands are sold into the Legacy Project. So you have a county with a total population of less than 4,000 people, and a land area size of 1,220 square miles, and Hinkle wants the local population to stave off federal funds and find a local revenue safety net?

Like taxes, anyone?

Paul Clark, on the other hand, answered the Chronicle’s questions, showing a depth of knowledge about the fiscal role that the federal government plays in a rural area like SD-7, calling for more local control over natural resource management issues like logging, and citing a desire to look into a potential agreement between state and federal land managers that would put even more money into the state’s school trust fund.

Read it all for yourself.

So who, ultimately, is showing a better knowledge of the issues that face SD-7? Who has spoken consistently and avoided double-talk?

Vote Paul Clark for SD-7. Help avoid the cluster mess that the Montana Legislature experienced in 2007, and let’s move Montana forward.

Hell, why not throw the guy a couple of bucks, too? It’s darn hard to run a senate campaign in such a large senate district. Here’s a link to his ActBlue page.

by jhwygirl

Titled “Even Reliably Red Montana in Play as Election Day Looms,” CNN has moved Montana to toss-up status in its Poll of Poll, giving McCain a slim 1 point lead, 46-45.

Even the most recent poll, conducted by American Research Group October 28-30th, has McCain with a nail-biting 4 point lead in a poll that has a margin of error of 5. In that poll – McCain 49, Obama 45.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd moved Montana, too, to toss-up status on this morning’s Meet the Press. He has even more dire predictions in this column.

Ultimately, in just about any polling map you look at, all leads – whether Obama or McCain – are within the margin of error.

This election is going to come down to whoever has the best ground game/get out the vote.

No rest until Tuesday night, people. Walk, call. Get ‘er done, people – Get ‘Er Done.

by jhwygirl

Well, I made my over to the courthouse this week to vote, and the numbers are crazy amazing – 27,000+ voters have requested absentee ballots. I was there at 5ish, and there was a steady line – old, young.

At 27,000 that is well over 1/3 of the 66,518 registered voters in Missoula County. The clerk who checked me in wasn’t able to tell me how may new voters had registered, but she did point out that it isn’t just young kids. “I’ve registered a large amount of senior citizens – people 60 plus years of age – who have never voted before. They didn’t want their names on some list – but they’re saying that this election is too important to not vote.”

So it isn’t just those crazy young University of Montana students taking advantage of late registration.

Plus – that’s nearly 7,000 voters in just 10 days. Amazing, huh?

Vickie Zeier and those county workers helping out with those extended hours – and the county commissioners that OK’d that extra expenditure – deserve a big THANKS from all voters, for making voting that much more convenient and accessible for people.

I wonder how other counties are doing? Does anyone know if any other counties extended hours? I’m pretty sure we got some Lewis & Clark and Silverbow and Flathead and Gallatin readers.

59 hours until polls close, people…Get Out That Vote!

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