Montana

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  • Montana Republicans Call Bill to Combat Campus Rape a "Mood Killer"

    In California, lawmakers have drafted a bill that would require colleges to adopt an affirmative consent standard to help fight the college rape epidemic. SB 967, the Student Safety from Sexual Assault bill, would also implement prevention and outreach programs to combat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

    In the latest attack in the war on women, two Republicans in Montana balked at the bill, expressing their outrage that sexual consent would be a requirement by law. Republican State Rep. Mike Miller (Helmville) dismissed the bill as an intrusion and as "control" over "what happens in the bedroom." He shared on his Facebook page that the bill would be "tough to enforce" and that sexual consent was likely to be a case of "he said, she said."

    Republican candidate Joe Dooling (East Helena) even went so far as to say that sexual consent from both parties is a "mood killer."

  • Montana Republican Sends Ominous Warning Letter to Rental Tenants, Mocks Single Mothers

    From April 14, 2014:

    Montana state Rep. Dave Hagstrom (R) sent a pointed warning letter to the low-income tenants of one of his eleven rental properties in South Billings, cryptically telling them they should "accept that not everyone, including yourself, needs to live as long as they currently do, or as ‘comfortably’ as they currently do.”

    Hagstrom also rails against a host of government services, saying the nation's financial problems stem from “free healthcare services at Riverstone Health, more money for food in schools for the kids, more money to help pregnant single moms stop smoking, more money to help elderly people get out of nursing homes and get individualized care in their own homes, etc." He also accuses his tenants, and all Americans, of "living in a bit of a fairytale lifestyle."

    From Montana Street Figher blog:

    If that weren’t enough, the Representative from Billings goes on to mock single mothers.  The government “creates a mindset that if I have kids and their dads are dead-beats, the government should buy my groceries and help me get a job while they provide day-care for my kids and send me to school to educate me so I can get a better job.”

  • Montana GOP legislators promote event labeling conservationists "domestic terrorists"

    From January 3, 2014:

    In Montana, as the Missoula Independent's Jimmy Tobias explains, Tea Party legislators' tri-corner hats are made of tin foil:

    The event, titled "How to Reclaim Montana's Lands," opened with a prayer by former Tea Party state legislator Derek Skees and included speeches by Rep. Nancy Ballance, R-Hamilton, and Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, who also serves as vice chairwoman of the Montana Republican Party. [Defend Rural America founder Kirk] MacKenzie introduced himself as "one of the few good ones" from the San Francisco Bay Area (laughter all around), and then dove into the substance of his speech...

    He believes that rural America is under attack by an insidious cartel of leftists, bureaucrats, bankers and phony scientists who use federal lands and laws like the Endangered Species Act to enact an oppressive agenda. "Total control of public and private property everywhere in the country," he said...

  • Democrats in Montana looking to make gains in 2014

    Democrats are looking to take advantage of the 2014 election to make gains in Big Sky Country. According to an article in The Missoulian, "For the first time in the party’s history, the Montana Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has hired a full-time, year-round director. In the past, it was a temporary job lasting six to nine months in an election year."