Archive for July 12th, 2009

by jhwygirl

Directly from the Missoula County Democrats website:

Candidates for Missoula City Council will participate in a forum sponsored by Missoula County Democrats at the regularly scheduled July Central Committee meeting, taking place at 7pm in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine St.

All candidates for City Council have been invited to participate in the forum, which will include questions from the audience. All candidates have also been asked to complete a written questionnaire by July 10. Members of Missoula County Democrats Central Committee and Executive Board will consider endorsing candidates who have requested an endorsement at the meeting.

Some – not all – of the candidates completed the questionnaire. Not completing the questions were two candidates from Ward 2 – Cynthia Wolken and incumbent John Hendrickson; Ward 3 challenger John Quandt; Ward 4’s Jon Wilkins (who was unchallenged) and Ward 5’s (incumbent) Dick Haines.

Click on each name to go to each candidates questionnaire answers:

Ward 1
Dave Strohmaier, incumbent
Ryan Morton

Ward 2
Roy Houseman

Ward 3
Bob Jaffe, incumbent

Ward 5
Mike O’Herron

Ward 6
Marilyn Marler, incumbent
Kathy Greathouse

See ya’all Tuesday, 7 p.m., in city council chambers.

by jhwygirl

The July issue of The Interim came out a while back. It contained lots of stuff – go read it – but one bit of information I found interesting was the statistic roundup by the Legislative Services Division.

The 2009 session saw 1,314 bills introduced, which is the least amount in a legislative session since (at least) 2003.

How many telephone and web messages did that amount of legislation produce? 21,221 telephone messages resulting in 125,000 printed messages. That is more telephone messages than any previous year going back to the 2003 session.

How many web messages? 73,895 web messages were processed by the Session Information Desk – again, more than any other year previous going back to the 2003 session.

With 90 days in the session, that is a crazy amount of calls and web messages to process.

Not only did the Legislative Services Division do an astounding job gathering these messages and getting them out to the floor, they were gosh darn pleasant about it, and very helpful every time I gave them a call about matters related to the web site itself.

But Montanans deserve a huge KUDOS too, for participation in this past legislative session’s process. YOU called – YOU wrote – YOU emailed. In numbers larger than ever before.

So pat yourself on the back….and sign up for notification of future The Interim newsletters and any and all interim committee hearings. Keep informed. Our legislators are already at it with interim committee meetings. I’ve been slacking on that end – but that doesn’t make for an easy excuse for you.

We all have a responsibility to follow-through after pulling that lever in November. Sitting back and leaving those legislators to their own devises is not what democracy is about.

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