Zinke’s SOFA House Looks Like a Front to Me

In the series of ethical violations that have plagued the Zinke campaign, it’s easy to forget some of the details, but one that has always stayed with me was the transparent nature of the coordination between his Special Operations for America Super PAC and his campaign. The Huffington Post ran a story showing that until after Zinke declared his candidacy for the US House race, the Super PAC’s physical address was across the street from Zinke’s house, in a property he owned.

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Brad Johnson Would Be a Terrible Choice for the PSC

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Among the important races in Montana that never seem to get the attention they deserve, the race for the PSC is near the top. It’s seen as a wonky, even unimportant race because many voters aren’t really sure what the PSC does or how it affects their lives. That lack of knowledge and exposure is the only possible reason that anyone is taking Brad Johnson’s candidacy seriously.

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Other than Being Unqualified, Inexperienced, and Unmotivated, Lawrence VanDyke Would Make an Excellent Supreme Court Justice

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If elected to the Montana Supreme Court, Lawrence VanDyke would be the least experienced and least qualified member of the Montana Supreme Court in my lifetime, if not all of Montana’s history. He’s barely practiced law in the state, acknowledged himself that he’s not experienced in the issues that face the Court, and seen by former co-workers as wholly unready for the job. The choice in this race is absolutely clear: Mike Wheat, an experienced, rational jurist who serves the law and the people of Montana, not some 1800s notion of the national Constitution that ignores our state’s progressive, nation-best Constitution.

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How Could Anyone Trust Ryan Zinke on Public Lands?

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Given his flip flops on abortion, gun control, education, conservation, energy policy, and almost every other question facing the state of Montana, it shouldn’t be surprising that Ryan Zinke doesn’t get why Montanans don’t trust him on public lands. This Missoulian story makes it clear why they shouldn’t:

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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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