Why is Ryan Zinke Hiding His Military Records? Because He Has Something to Hide

zinkegunIt seems like a fairly simple observation to conclude that Ryan Zinke is hiding his military records from Montana voters. His campaign, in the latest version of their refusal to release his complete military records, claims now to have finally requested the materials on September 1, 2014, months after allegations about his records finally reached the Montana press.

It’s possible, and even likely, that Zinke is lying about having requested the records even on that late date. As Charles Johnson reports, the Navy said there was no such request:

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Top 20 Reasons We Can’t Elect Ryan Zinke to the U.S. House

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As we enter the last two weeks before election day, Montanans will have the opportunity to select a new Congressman—and the difference between the two candidates could not be clearer. John Lewis is the clear choice, as editorial boards across the state have noted. They’ve called him the “best prepared” candidate who will approach “issues in nuanced yet substantive terms,” “hit the ground running,”and offer the “experience, temperament and pragmatism to best serve Montanans” in Congress.

His opponent, Ryan Zinke? The embodiment of everything that people hate about politicians: a self-promoting, intemperate ideologue willing to say anything to get elected. While there are certainly more reasons to reject his candidacy, I’ve 20 of the best reasons Montanans cannot allow Ryan Zinke to represent himself in Washington.

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Liz Bangerter: More Enthusiastic About Confiscating Federal Lands than Medicaid Expansion

In the past few months, I’ve taken a look at Helena Representative Liz Bangerter, who is running for re-election to the Montana House in District 82. Specifically, I’ve taken her to task for her absolute refusal to run a substantive campaign and a record of supporting reactionary Republican policies that are not aligned with the values of her district and community.

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The Helena Independent Record Practices Some Hard Hitting Journalism in the House District 80 Race

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While I’ve been off focusing on my day job for the past couple of weeks (as essays don’t grade themselves), the good folks at the Independent Record have been hard at work covering political races in their inimitable fashion. Today, readers of the Independent Record were treated to a story about the House District 80 race, a story in which most of the quoted material about the incumbement candidate, Mike Miller, was little more than quotes lifted from his campaign web site.

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A Visual Tutorial for Improving #MTPol Discourse

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Some of you no doubt follow the discussion of Montana politics on Twitter, where you can get real-time updates about the latest news, the occasional argument, and and even some delightfully snarky humor every now and again. People I’ve encouraged to try #MTpol say that it used to be one of the most enjoyable ways to get breaking news and information about the state’s political scene—and there are some truly delightful characters lurking around it, debating and discussing the future of the state in 140 characters or less.

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Why is the Montana AFL-CIO Lying to Justify a Terrible Endorsement of Steve Gibson?

Yesterday, I wrote a piece excoriating the MEA-MFT for its terrible endorsement of Steve Gibson before reading the opinion piece from the AFL-CIO president Tammy Pilcher defending that organization’s endorsement of Gibson.  To defend her union’s endorsement, Pilcher relied on a mixture of distortions and outright falsehoods that demonstrate just how wrong the AFL-CIO and MEA-MFT endorsements were.

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The MEA Failed To Represent Its Members When It Endorsed Steve Gibson

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As a member of the MEA-MFT, I was astonished—and incredibly disappointed— to learn that my union has chosen to endorse a legislative candidate who has demonstrated a record that can be charitably called indifferent to, and more accurately called hostile, to public education.

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The Great Falls Tribune Discovers that Readers Would Like The Paper To Write About Issues in Campaigns

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I realize that a significant amount of what I write on the blog operates at the level of elevated snark, but even I don’t even know how to respond to this piece in the Great Falls Tribune, in which the editors of the paper discovered that readers would like their newspaper to actually discuss issues involved in political campaigns.

 

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