Continue to fight for our REPUBLIC!

Looks like Montana is welcoming back winter.  We were enjoying our extended Indian summer.  Wasn’t the weather just great over Christmas and New Years? Global warming is so great.  But, alas, it is not so great for the snowbound towns and fuel short towns of Alaska.  Record snows and cold up there.  We count our blessings here.


We three managers of Montana Shrugged would like to thank the recent flurry of contributions that came in over Christmas. We especially would like to thank Greg from Red Lodge for his most generous contribution of $500.  These true patriots are helping us carve our way to more activities and rallies.


We have a huge battle in front of us this year to get good Constitutional and Fiscal conservatives elected in Montana and across the US.  We are feeling real good in this fight for freedom and prosperity.  Our belief is that over 100 million citizens follow our movement and support our ideas.  With this size of a voter block we WILL change the leadership in America.  And it is all thanks to you.Please ask your friends and family to sign up and contribute as you can.


We are working on plans for a unique activity for this year’s April 15th rally.  We are planning a large event with many surprises. There will be a final Governor Showdown at the OK corral if you will.  WE plan on having a real down to earth Hoedown.  Stay tuned for details and be sure to put the date on your calendars.


We can make this a huge deal for our beliefs.  WE can show the non believers that we are here to stay and we are here for all of America.  We do not leave out any percentages as the Occupy Wallstreet radicals do.  We are America.  We are the Silent Majority.  Hear US roar.


Please read the presentation on the event below and make every attempt to attend.  Robert Brown with the John Birch Society is very knowledgeable in the ways of our Constitution.  It will be very entertaining and educational to learn about the Greatest Document ever written to rule man.  Our Republic needs all of us to educate ourselves and educate others to the wisdom of this great document.  We are not a Democracy, where simple majority rules.  A democracy is where the socialist elites would have us heading.  Well, we the people need to stand up for our Republic and fight for the Constitution.


A note from the John Birch Society –

Robert Brown is coming to town this Tuesday the 17th! It has been some time since we have had the honor of a presentation from Robert. He has agreed to pump us up with a new presentation that he is preparing for video production and national distribution. Among other things, learn about sound money and how our Constitution can keep it that way.


I know this is a short notice but you don’t want to miss Robert’s smooth and entertaining delivery of a topic that we must understand in order to save the economy. Please come and bring a friend!


– 7:00 pm Tuesday 17th

– Lexington Inn and Suites

– 3040 King Ave W.


Please plan on attending this great educational event.  I apologize now, but Jennifer and I cannot attend as we are drilling a horizontal well north of Roundup, Montana. Yes, the rumors are true, we are actually drilling a well in Montana, not Pennsylvania, not Wyoming, not North Dakota.  Can you believe that?


Oh, and Jennifer, my wife, and I would like to thank the completely misguided cowardly liberal who keeps sending the awful postcards harassing us and our family.  It is only to be expected that liberals hide behind fences, blog sites, harassing mail, op eds, etc. to try to make their point.  The problem is that they have no point that they can stand on.  They have no base or legs to stand on. They are poor misguided souls, led completely by ignorance and by the lies of the Democratic Socialist elites.  Cowards they are.


I have challenged all Democratic political legislators to discuss the important issues of the day on my television interview show and none have accepted.  I have challenged all Republican political appointees and candidates and they have all accepted in one manner or another.


I have challenged all news agencies in Billings as well as others across the State to report fair and balanced news.  They refuse. They show their ignorance and their political bent by supporting the likes of Occupy Wallstreet and their totally misguided mission statements.  They ignore the one and only grassroots movement that has come along in the past 100 years that supports Constitutional and fiscally sound issues.  Issues that are so critical to our survival as the greatest country on earth.  What are they thinking?  Oh, they are not.  I forgot that they too are completely controlled by the liberal elitists such as George Soros.


Obama is playing his fiddle while America burns and they pull the wool over their reader’s eyes.  They are complicit in the destruction of America.  We should cancel our subscriptions.  We should not purchase from their advertisers.  We should do a mass email campaign against all of them.  We have the power to make real change happen. Unified, as one of the largest tea party groups in America, we can make that change start right here in Yellowstone County, Montana.


I have personally invited Senators Baucus and Tester to come on and discuss issues to no avail.  All I get is that somewhat polite but quiet approval but always a no show.  Are these the kind of leaders that we need? I think not.


I have to take my hat off to Congressman Denny Rehberg as he has braved my show for an hour and one half in the past year.  The Patriot Chronicles IS fair and balanced.  We report you decide, just like Fox News but without their political bias.


Enough said. As you can tell there is lots of work to do.  We need your help to increase membership and increase contributions.


God Bless you all and God Bless America.

Will Montana House Republican Legislators Implement ObamaCare???????

Will Montana House Republican Legislators Implement ObamaCare???????


Incredibly, House republicans recently breathed life into a proposal by Democrat State Auditor Monica Lindeen to implement ObamaCare in Montana.

Lindeen is pushing House Bill 124 which creates an “exchange”, and an oversight board to help implement ObamaCare. Unbelievably, the House Business and Labor Committee added a revenue provision to HB124, allowing it to stay alive for at least another few weeks.

Please contact “Republican” Rep. Elsie Arntzen, R=Billings, who chairs the House panel, other members of the committee, and tell them there is no such thing as “a Montana solution” to implement ObamaCare!!

They need to kill HB124, and vote against ObamaCare!!

Go to and send a strong message “NO to ObamaCare, NO to the ObamaExchange” to the following individuals:Chair: Elsie Arntzen (R-Billings), Vice Chair: Tom Berry (R-Roundup)


Christy Clark (R-Choteau), Lila Evans (R-Browning), Edward Greef (R-Florence), Harry Klock (R-Harlowton), Jonathan McNiven (R-Huntley), Scott Reichner (R-Bigfork),
Matthew Rosendale (R-Glendive), Daniel Salomon (R-Ronan), Sterling Small (R-Busby), Cary Smith (R-Billings), Gordon Vance (R-Bozeman), Jeffrey Welborn (R-Dillon), SPEAKER-Mike Milburn (R-Cascade), Speaker Pro Tempore-Janna Taylor (R-Dayton), Majority Leader-Tom McGillvray (R-Billings), Majority Whip-Gerald Bennett (R-Libby),
Keith Regier (R-Kalispell), Wendy Warburton (R-Havre), President of the Senate-Jim Peterson (R-Buffalo), President Pro Tempore-Bruce Tutvedt (R-Kalispell), Majority Leader-Jeff Essmann (R-Billings), Majority Whip-Taylor Brown (R-Huntley), Sen. Chase Vincent (R-Libby), Chose the committee (House Business and Labor Committee).
Click on the site above, and it will send your message to everyone on that committee.

Thank You,





2011 Mid-Session Report

The following interim legislative “scorecard” was produced by Montana Conservatives.  TAB measures the percentage of the time each legislator supports the conservative position on key legislation.  We examine every bill that receives a recorded floor vote, asking the fundamental question: does this legislation increase or decrease the presence of government in our lives?

Votes for larger, more powerful, more intrusive and more expensive government are interpreted as “liberal” or leftist positions.  Votes for smaller government, lower taxes, fewer regulations and more individual and economic freedom are interpreted as “conservative” positions.  Other traditional conservative positions, including government transparency, competitive free markets, states rights and educational choice are also taken into account.


What makes TAB such a reliable rating system is the fact that it is tied to no particular industry or interest group, and uses bills that span a wide range of issues and public policies, from taxing and spending to education, welfare, business regulation, government reform, subsidies and interventions, property rights and personal liberty.  TAB uses a very high number of votes in our ratings, which helps ensure objectivity and accuracy.

On the following pages are listed the individual conservative percentages for all legislators through the transmittal break, separated by house and by party.  Rankings are divided into four categories: conservative, conservative-leaning, liberal-leaning and liberal. Newcomers (freshmen with no prior experience) are bolded.  Incumbents who registered an improvement of 15% or more from their last session scores are denoted in blue; those whose conservative scores dropped 15% or more are indicated in red.

Every Democratic legislator scored in the liberal range (none over 13%.) Republicans were once again spread across the political spectrum, with more of the GOP residing left-of-center than right-of-center: 22 Conservative, 21 Conservative Leaning, 20 Liberal Leaning and 33 Liberal (largest group.)

Overall House and Senate conservative voting percentages through the break:

House Average —  35%

House Republicans —  49%

House Democrats  —  8%

Senate Average —  27%

Senate Republicans  —  45%

Senate Democrats  —  5%

Compared to the full session TAB ratings for the 2009 legislature, the State Senate has thus far posted an 8 point improvement among Republicans, with Democrats unchanged.  House Republicans are unchanged from 2011; Democrats have improved by 7 points.


The bills used in each house for our survey are listed at the end of the report, with Montana Conservatives support or opposition noted.  There were 38 House bills indexed and 22 Senate.    As in the past, the majority of good index bills that reached the House and Senate floors were government growth measures that we opposed.  Most of the strong conservative legislation was still getting killed in committee, despite heavy Republican majorities in this session.


TAB Report, 2011 Mid-Session







Why should we pay for their transmission lines?

Why should we pay for their transmission lines?


Last December the federal government decided that the Montana Dakota Utility customers can help pay for transmission lines in other states that deliver no power to Montanan’s. Now the Republican led legislature wants to make that easier (HB198) by granting the right of condemnation (eminent domain) to developers in eastern Montana that will ship wind power to states with problems meeting their self imposed Renewable Energy Mandates. Yes, you will receive no power from these lines but the costs will show up on your MDU bill. If you are a NorthWesten Energy customer don’t laugh. The head of the federal energy commission recently announced he wants to do the same thing to you.


Gov. Schweitzer has his own energy advisors that know of this yet pushes the legislature to get HB 198 on his desk as soon as possible. The PSC has held many sessions on what to do about this to protect Montana consumers yet PSC Commissioner Molnar is the only one to raise the issue at the legislature.


One commissioner cannot protect you. You must protect yourself. Regardless of the supplier of your electricity, or if you are a co-op served land owner, you should call 406-444-4800 and email your Representative and Senator and tell them of your displeasure of being used as a funding source (through HB 198) for other states decisions.


Support HB 526

Support HB 526
Hearing Mon. March 7 RM. 317 3PM

SUPPORT – HB526 – Create interstate health care compact, by Champ Edmunds (R ) HD 100


Hearing (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety Monday March 7, Room 317, 3:00 PM

Text of bill:


This bill creates a compact between multiple states, enabling them to lobby Congress to return control of healthcare regulation and healthcare funding to the states.


Call Capitol Switchboard – 406-444-4800 – [leave message for (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety committee]


Or email web form – – [to the (S) Public Health, Welfare and Safety committee]


Support HB178

Support HB178
Hearing March 3rd
9AM Room 303

Hat Tip: Julie NW Montana Patriots
 Urge SUPPORT HB 178 Verify lawful presence in US before issuing driver’s license or ID card -   sponsored by David Howard (R) HD 60 March 3, Hearing, (S) Highways and Transportation committee, Rm 405, 3:00 PM
This bill would require that the Dept. of Justice verify lawful presence in the U.S. before issuing a driver’s license or ID card. 
If you are unable to attend the hearing but would like to have your comments read during the hearing, please contact the sponsor Rep. David Howard  or the Committee Chairman, Senator Llew Jones
Call – Capitol Switchboard – 406-444-4800 – [leave message for Committee]Or email web form – – [to the Committee]

Private Property Legislation

Hat Tip: Rachel Roberts
Concerned Citizens Montana  ACTION – Voices for Honest Energy

Senate Legislative Hearing
OPPOSE – HB198- Eminent Domain Bill
SUPPORT SB 391 – Private Property Protection Related to Merchant Transmission
OPPOSE – HB198 – Generally Revise Eminent Domain – Sponsor Rep. Ken Peterson (R) – Hearing Senate Energy and Telecommunications Room 317, 3:00 PM 3/3/2011

This bill expands eminent domain to allow public utilities and out-of-state, out-of-country, private corporations to exercise the right to condemn private property for corporate profit. Public utilities include NorthWestern Energy that proposes their 500 kV merchant line Mountain States Transmission Intertie (MSTI) and Montana Dakota Utility (MDU). Private foreign corporations include Toronto-based Tonebridge Power working on the Montana Alberta Tie-Line (MATL). MATL impacts 250 landowners in Montana and 113 landowners in Alberta . TransCanada would like eminent domain to pave the way for their 500 – 850 kV merchant transmission line, Chinock. The Chinock will follow along the path of MSTI.
SUPPORT –  SB 391 – Establishing private property protection program related to energy transmission – Sponsor Senator Art Wittich (R)
Hearing Senate Energy and Telecommunications Room 317, 3:00 PM 3/3/2011
Since merchant lines are new to the state, this new law will provide a private property protection board to establish a 1) private property protection special revenue account (there is a private property protection account in the state special revenue fund), 2) private property protection program (to compensate private property owners for damage caused by the development of a merchant transmission line), and 3) private property protection license fee (an owner or operator of a merchant line shall pay a license fee, that is deposited as follows; 50% in the private property protection account, 50% in the state general fund. And, an owner or operator of a merchant line shall pay a license fee of 2% of the taxable value of the merchant line if, prior to construction, the owner or operator of the merchant line had not obtained voluntary right-of-way agreements or options for a right-of-way from more that 90% of private property owners who collectively own more than 90% of the property along the right-of-way and made all reasonable efforts to site the merchant line on public land.  
In-Person – There is strength in numbers and it’s encouraging to anticipate hundreds of people at the State Capitol to attend the legislative hearing. You can 1) prepare and read a couple of talking points and testify before the Senate Energy & Telecommunications committee. Provide a copy of your testimony for the Senate Energy & Telecommunications secretary when you are done speaking. (a prepared 2 -3 minute speech allows others a chance to speak) 2) If you are uncomfortable with speaking, you can still state your name and say I oppose House Bill 198. 3) come support those who are speaking and watch the legislative hearing. Legislators need to take heed of an overwhelming audience concerned about our private property rights. (A few more tips about legislative hearing protocol at the end of this e-mail)
Note: With e-mail letters or personal testimony before the committee, be polite, brief and stay on the topic of the bill regarding private property rights. The bill is not about wind energy.
Legislative Bills can be reviewed online at:
Call Capitol Switchboard – 406-444-4800 – [leave message for Senate Energy and Telecommunications committee]
Or email web form – – [send message to Senate Energy and Telecommunications committee]
E-mail – Send separate e-mails for each bill. In the Subject line of your e-mail, title each e-mail , OPPOSE HB198 and title, SUPPORT SB391. That way if legislators do not open and read e-mails, they will see the titles when they scroll through their e-mails. Senate Energy & Telecommunications committee: Alan Olsen, Chair, Verdell Jackson, V-Chair, Shannon Augare, Ron Erickson, Jeff Essmann, Bob Lake, Lynda Moss, Jason Priest, Mitch Tropila, Kendall Van Dyk, Chas Vincent, Ed Walker;;;;;;;;;;;
Testifying before a legislative committee~ turn off cell phone~ sign sheet at the entrance of legislative room ~ Opening – “Good afternoon Chair Olson and members of the committee. For the record I’m Joe Smith, S-M-I-T-H (Spell out your last name)It’s permissible to read a testimony. When you are finished speaking, give a copy to the committee secretary. She will later provide copies for everyone on the committee.~ Testimony copy should provide, for example:Thursday, March 3Senate Energy & Telecommunications CommitteeHouse Bill 198Joe Smith, (profession/optional)(phone/e-mail/city/optional)Body of testimony~ Note: After proponents and opponents speak, you may be asked a question by a committee member, for example:Senator Doe – “Mr. Smith, What do you think about”…?Joe Smith – “Senator Olson and Senator Doe, I think”…Always address the chair and the Senator that asked you the question before commenting.

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