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by JC

Tipped off by Keila over at MIssoula Red Tape, we come to find that MT Conservation Voters just released its first Missoula City Conservation Scorecard. Prefaced by the usual round of platitudes, we come to find that Councilors Jason Wiener and Dave Strohmaier scored a perfect 100, needing a vote for backyard chickens to get there!

Missoula is a special place with vibrant neighborhoods, three great rivers, neighboring wilderness, and abundant recreational opportunities. It is the economic center of western Montana. Our city faces a gamut of troubles that threaten our quality of life.

Missoulians expect clean air, water and access to open space. City Council shapes policy affecting bike and pedestrian transportation, local food production, and the acquisition and management of parkland and open space. We need to promote renewable energy and reduce our fuel consumption for our families’ economic security. We need to plan for growth in town and on our urban fringe, adequately funding the planning effort. All these needs are reflected in the past votes of our current City Council.

The Scorecard covered 10 local issues and you can download a pdf of the report. I’m sure we’ll see all 10 issues come up in the runup to the election this fall.

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by JC

I think this one is better seen than written about. The details are just too gory. Brought to you by WeWantThePublicOption.Com

Baucus also headlined a Washington Post article, “Industry Cash Flowed To Drafters of Reform” revealing the extent to which Baucus and other key lawmakers are using the runup to dropping the health reform bill to pander for big bucks:

As his committee has taken center stage in the battle over health-care reform, Chairman Baucus (D-Mont.) has emerged as a leading recipient of Senate campaign contributions from the hospitals, insurers and other medical interest groups hoping to shape the legislation to their advantage. Health-related companies and their employees gave Baucus’s political committees nearly $1.5 million in 2007 and 2008, when he began holding hearings and making preparations for this year’s reform debate.

Top health executives and lobbyists have continued to flock to the senator’s often extravagant fundraising events in recent months. During a Senate break in late June, for example, Baucus held his 10th annual fly-fishing and golfing weekend in Big Sky, Mont., for a minimum donation of $2,500. Later this month comes “Camp Baucus,” a “trip for the whole family” that adds horseback riding and hiking to the list of activities.

Of course, we all believe the disclaimer, don’t we???

Does all this money influence Baucus’s decision-making? Of course not, says spokesman Tyler Matsdorf. Baucus “is only driven by one thing: what is right for Montana and the country.” That’s two things, but so be it.

If Max is truly driven by “what is right for Montana” then maybe Montanans should tell Max that him taking extravagant amounts of health care campaign dollars isn’t good for Montana. Of course if you could afford to pay for one of his “Camp Baucus” trips, you could tell him yourself. But maybe just $25 to help air the ads in Montana would be a start.




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