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commissioner dismisses complaint against montana shrugged

This is great news for our organization.  Although we knew we never broke political laws in Montana, the commissioner agrees.

 

The complaint has been dismissed by the Commission, but we will press on with the federal suit to get the statutes and regulations struck down so this can’t happen again and we can speak freely.
Let us know if you have any questions.

 

Read the Formal Dismissal Here (Click to read)

 

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2011 LEGISLATURE CONTACTS

Just because here in Montana we have taken our state from horrible blue to red that does not mean that the fight for freedom and our future is over.  we still have a lot of work to do and we need to keep the pressure on.  So I urge you to continue to contact your MT reps and give them your ideas as to what types of bills you would like to see passed and maybe one of your ideas can become a great law in our state.

 

So…..here are all of your contacts for MT House of Reps:

Montana State House Representatives

2011 Legislators

HD 1       Republican Gerald (Jerry) Bennett (incumbent)     jbend1@hotmail.com

HD 2       Republican Mike Cuffe     mcuffe@interbel.net

HD 3       Republican Jerry O’Neil           oneil@centurytel.net

HD 4       Republican Derek Skees       derekskees@gmail.com

HD 5       Republican Keith Regier (incumbent)      kregier@centurytel.net

HD 6       Republican Bill Beck (incumbent) mtbecks@centurytel.net

HD 7       Republican Randy Brodehl             brodehl@centurytel.net

HD 8       Republican Steve Lavin    stevelavin4hd8@gmail.com

HD 9       Republican Scott M. Reichner (incumbent)      sreichner@centurytel.net

HD 10    Republican Mark W. Blasdel (incumbent)    mblasdel@bresnan.net

HD 11    Republican Janna Taylor (incumbent)     jannataylor@montana.com

HD 12    Republican Daniel R. Salomon kcponyco@ronan.net

HD 13    Republican Pat Ingraham (incumbent)   pathd13@blackfoot.net

HD 14    Republican Gordon R. Hendrick (incumbent)  hendrickhd14@yahoo.com

HD 15    Republican Joe Read   jrdemob@yahoo.com

HD 16    Republican Lila J. Walter Evans   boyd.evans@gmail.com

HD 17    Republican Christy Clark  cnlclark@3rivers.net

HD 18    Republican Jesse O’Hara (incumbent)    jesse59404@yahoo.com

HD 19    Republican Mike Milburn (incumbent)    mmilburn@mcn.net

HD 20    Republican Steve Fitzpartick                fitzpatricks@bresnan.net

HD 21    Democrat Jean Price                       jl_price@bresnan.net

HD 22    Democrat Trudi Schmidt      trudischmidt@q.com

HD 23    Democrat Carlie Boland (incumbent)         ccboland@bresnan.net

HD 24    Republican Brian Hoven (incumbent)       brian@hovenequipment.com

HD 25    Republican Cleve J. Loney                  cloney@q.com

HD 26    Democrat Robert “Bob” Mehlhoff (incumbent)    rmehlhoff@yahoo.com

HD 27    Republican Rob Cook                     robc@itbusa.com

HD 28    Republican Roy Hollandsworth        hgrain@3rivers.net

HD 29    Republican Ryan Osmundson           rjo@mtintouch.net

HD 30    Republican Bill Harris                         bharris@midrivers.com

HD 31    Democrat Frank J. Smith                   clairena@nemont.net

HD 32    Democrat Tony Belcourt (incumbent)        tbelcourt@hotmail.com

HD 33    Republican Kris Hansen              hansenforhouse@gmail.com

HD 34    Republican Wendy Warburton (incumbent)   wendywarburton@gmail.com

HD 35    Republican Wayne C. Stahl (incumbent)wstahl@nemont.net

HD 36    Republican Austin Knudsen                  austinforhouse@yahoo.com

HD 37    Republican Walter L McNutt (incumbent)     walt@midrivers.com

HD 38    Republican Matthew M. Rosendale, Sr.           linden@midrivers.com

HD 39    Republican Lee Randall (incumbent)               leerandall_2003@hotmail.com

HD 40    Democrat Bill McChesney (incumbent)         mcwilly66@msn.com

HD 41    Republican Sterling Small       badcarsmall@yahoo.com

HD 42    Democrat Carolyn Pease-Lopez (incumbent)   clopezzz@wildblue.net

HD 43    Republican Duane Ankney (incumbent)  goodwind.duanes@gmail.com

HD 44    Republican Jonathan McNiven       jonathanmcniven@gmail.com

HD 45    Republican Tom Berry (incumbent)  tom@tomberrymt.com

HD 46    Republican Ken Peterson (incumbent)         kenneth59@bresnan.net

HD 47    Republican James Knox  james@vote4knox.com

HD 48    Republican Douglas “Doug” Kary dougkary@yahoo.com

HD 49    Democrat Mary McNally  mcnallyhd49@gmail.com

HD 50    Republican Tom McGillvray (incumbent) tmcgillvray@bresnan.net

HD 51    Democrat Robyn Driscoll (incumbent)   rdriscoll@peoplepc.com

HD 52    Democrat Virginia Court   vjchd52@yahoo.com

HD 53    Republican Elsie Arntzen (incumbent)  emarntzen@excite.com

HD 54    Democrat Margie Macdonald (incumbent)   macmargaret@gmail.com

HD 55    Republican Cary Smith (incumbent) cary@bresnan.net

HD 56    Republican Don Roberts (incumbent)     (406) 652-3536

HD 57    Republican Dan Kennedy    dankennedy@ashleyhome.com

HD 58    Republican Krayton Kerns (incumbent)    drkerns@rbbmt.org

HD 59    Republican Joanne G. Blyton  dblyton@aol.com

HD 60    Republican David Howard (incumbent)  d.howard@usadig.com

HD 61    Republican John Esp jesp@mtintouch.net

HD 62    RECOUNT RACE

HD 63    Republican Tom Burnett     burnett.tom@gmail.com

HD 64    Democrat Franke Wilmer (incumbent)       franke.wilmer@gmail.com

HD 65    Democrat Kathleen Williams     kathleenhd65@bresnan.net

HD 66    Democrat Mike Phillips (incumbent)    mikephillips@montana.net

HD 67    Republican Gordon (Gordy) Vance (incumbent)  vancehd67@gmail.com

HD 68    Republican Kelly Flynn   hideaway@mt.net

HD 69    Republican Ted Washburn (incumbent)         ted@tedwashburn.com

HD 70    Republican Michael (Mike) More (incumbent)   mp_more@yahoo.com

HD 71    Republican Bob Wagner (incumbent)   bobwagner4leg@yahoo.com

HD 72    Republican Jeffrey W. Welborn (incumbent)  No Contact  Info.

HD 73    Democrat Pat Noonan (incumbent)  pnoonan73@yahoo.com

HD 74    Republican Max Yates  max@yatesbodyshop.com

HD 75    Democrat Edith (Edie) McClafferty (incumbent) ediemcclafferty@gmail.com

HD 76    Democrat Jon Sesso (incumbent)   jonsesso@yahoo.com

HD 77    Republican Alan Hale  alangail38@wildblue.net

HD 78    Republican Steve Gibson     stevedgibson52@gmail.com

HD 79    Democrat Chuck Hunter (incumbent)      chunter717@bresnan.net

HD 80    Republican Liz Bangerter  liz@lizb4house.com

HD 81    Democrat Galen Hollenbaugh (incumbent)   galen@hollenbaugh.org

HD 82    Democrat Mike Menahan (incumbent) mikemenahan@yahoo.com

HD 83    Republican Harry W. Klock      klock@mtintouch.net

HD 84    Republican Mike Miller  mike4hd84@blackfoot.net

HD 85    Democrat Cynthia Hiner (incumbent)      matthiner@hotmail.com

HD 86    Democrat Kathy Swanson     kswansonforrep@live.com

HD 87    Republican Patrick Connell   pconnell1@yahoo.com

HD 88    Republican Ron Ehli            mtmutt@montana.com

HD 89    Republican Gary Maclaren (incumbent)       garymaclaren@yahoo.com

HD 90    Republican Edward Greef    slowpedalineddie@mac.com

HD 91    Democrat Timothy J. Furey (incumbent)   tjfurey@montana.com

HD 92    Democrat Bryce Bennett  bennettforhouse@gmail.com

HD 93    Democrat Dick Barrett (incumbent)     rnewbar@gmail.com

HD 94    Democrat Ellie Hill    elliehillhd94@gmail.com

HD 95    Democrat Diane Sands (incumbent)   hdsands@aol.com

HD 96    Democrat Carolyn Squires (incumbent)        sqigs@msn.com

HD 97    Democrat Michele Reinhart (incumbent)    michelerinhart@gmail.com

HD 98    Democrat Sue Malek (incumbent)    suemalek@gmail.com

HD 99    Democrat Betsy Hands (incumbent)     betsyhands@gmail.com

HD 100  Republican Champ Edmunds      champ.edmunds@yahoo.com

 

And here are all of your contacts for MT state senators!

 

Montana State Senate

2011 Legislature

SD 1       Republican Chas V. Vincent       cvvincent@hotmail.com

SD 2       Republican Ryan  Zinke (incumbent)    ryanzinke@yahoo.com

SD 3       Republican Bruce Tutvedt (incumbent)    brucetutvedt@brucetutvedy.com

SD 4       Republican Jon Sonju  sonjumt@yahoo.com

SD 5       Republican Verdell Jackson (incumbent)      vjack@centurytel.net

SD 6       Republican John Brueggeman (incumbent)   john@senatorjohn.net

SD 7       Republican Greg W Hinkle (incumbent)  ghinklesd7@gmail.com

SD 8       Democrat Shannon James Augare   shannonjaugare@gmail.com

SD 9       Republican Rick Ripley (incumbent)   ripleys@3rivers.net

SD 10     Democrat Bradley Maxon Hamlett (incumbent)  wranglergallery@hotmail.com

SD 11     Democrat Anders Blewett   anders.blewett@gmail.com

SD 12     Democrat Mitch Tropila (incumbent)     tropila@mt.net

SD 13     Republican Edward Buttry  ebuttrey@cteq.com

SD 14     Republican LLew Jones     lcjones@3rivers.net

SD 15     Republican Jim Peterson (incumbent)    jpranch@mtintouch.net

SD 16     Democrat Jonathan Windy Boy (incumbent)  windyboy_j@yahoo.com

SD 17     Republican Rowlie D. Hutton  No Contact Info.

SD 18     Republican John C Brenden (incumbent)  senatorbrenden@gmail.com

SD 19     Republican Donald Steinbeisser (incumbent)  donstein@midrivers.com

SD 20     Republican Frederick “Eric” Moore  elmoore@midrivers.com

SD 21     Democrat Sharon Stewart-Peregoy (incumbent) apsaalookewomen@yahoo.com

SD 22     Republican Taylor Brown (incumbent)  taylor@northernbroadcasting.com

SD 23     Republican Alan Olson  ajolson@alanolson.com

SD 24     Democrat Kim J Gillan (incumbent)  glonky@aol.com

SD 25     RECOUNT RACE

SD 26     Democrat Lynda Moss (incumbent)  lyndamoss@imt.net

SD 27     Democrat Gary Branae (incumbent)  garybranae@gmail.com

SD 28     Republican Jeff Essmann jeff@jeffessmann.com

SD 29     Republican Edward Walker   ewalker@edwalker2010.com

SD 30     Republican Jason Priest  Jason@priest2010.com

SD 31     Republican Ron Arthun ronarthun@gmail.com

SD 32     Democrat Larry Jent (incumbent) larry@imt.net

SD 33     Democrat Bob Hawks (incumbent) senator.robert.hawks@gmail.com

SD 34     Republican Joe Balyeat (incumbent)  joebalyeat@yahoo.com

SD 35     Republican Art Wittich    art@wittich4senate.com

SD 36     Republican Debby Barrett (incumbent)     grt3177@smtel.com

SD 37     Democrat Steve Gallus (incumbent)    steve.gallus@gmail.com

SD 38     Democrat Jim Keane (incumbent)   Phone only (406) 723-8378

SD 39     Republican Terry L. Murphy (incumbent)  murphter5@yahoo.com

SD 40     Democrat Mary M. Caferro marycaferro@gmail.com

SD 41     Democrat Christine Kaufmann (incumbent)      kaufmann@mt.net

SD 42     Republican Dave Lewis (incumbent)  davelewisd@aol.com

SD 43     Democrat Gene Vuckovich    genev@q.com

SD 44     Republican Bob Lake  lakemill@montana.com

SD 45     Republican Jim Shockley (incumbent) Phone only (406) 642-3817

SD 46     Democrat Carol Williams (incumbent)  carol@williamsformontana.com

SD 47     Democrat Ron Erickson (incumbent) ron.senate@gmail.com

SD 48     Democrat Tom Facey  facey_ tom@hotmail.com

SD 49     Democrat David E. Wanzenried (incumbent)   daveew@gmail.com

SD 50     Democrat Cliff Larsen (incumbent)  cliff@larsenusa.com

 

I RECOMMEND THAT YOU BOOKMARK THIS BLOG AND BE SURE TO CONTINUE TO EMAIL AND CALL THESE FOLKS. THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR BILLS IN THE FUTURE TO HELP PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS AS SET FORTH IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


VOTE NO on Senate Bill 510!

This bill would subject farmers to excessive regulation and ultimately would threaten local producers, small farmers and perhaps your backyard garden. It is a bad bill that needs to be defeated. The Senate voted Wednesday to end cloture (debate) on S. 510 and delayed their vote on the bill until the first business day after Thanksgiving.
Senators Tester and Baucus, we know that you both voted to end debate so it could be swiftly passed during the lame duck Congress.  Senator Tester offered an amendment to exempt “small farmers” from the bill and subject them instead to state and local regulations.  Amendments do nothing to change language in the bill that ensures harmonization with the UN’s World Trade Organization agreement.
VOTE NO ON S.510!!!

 

You can find information on the bil at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510


Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, many of us will be paying more for the turkey on the table- on average 28 cents per pound more than last year. This cost hike is mainly due to the increased costs of feed for the turkey farms, a main ingredient being corn. Corn prices continue to rise, affecting many farming and ranching enterprises including the beef industry.

Corn crops are being diverted to make bio-fuels, mainly ethanol. But this leaves less corn for traditional uses such as feed for animals such as turkeys and cattle. This makes the cost go up as demand increases for the corn. But with ethanol producers receiving subsidies (your tax $$$) from the federal government, there is no slowdown of ethanol production and our costs for food will continue to rise. And all of this in the cause of going “green”.

Going “green” is going to kill America- and the environment. A study by the ETC Group (an international environmental organization) actually has determined that energy from so-called “green” bio-fuels are -hold your breath- more harmful to the environment than energy derived from sources such as coal. This information was published recently in an 84 page report and was reported by Fox News ( for more information, click this link Bio-Fuels More Harmful Than Coal )

If ethanol production was not subsidized by the federal government, it would be a much smaller or even non-existent industry. Anytime that anything is subsidized it is basically a failed experiment. If it was really a good idea, and profitable to the producers, it would be done- without any subsidies- in the name of making true profits. That is how capitalism works.

Add to the above drawbacks the fact that ethanol is a far less efficient fuel and there really is no upside to this so-called “green” bio-fuel.  Cap and trade legislation may be dead in Congress, but the EPA is going full steam ahead with implementing regulations that will basically enact a lot of the cap and trade components. This is basically governing by regulation instead of legislation. Non-elected green liberal progressive appointees in the EPA are deciding the future path of America’s energy policies instead of our elected officials.

A big scam is being pulled on the American people in the name of going “green”. We need to be aware of this and urge our elected officials to end subsidies (your tax dollars) for these failed bio-fuel experiments. It will strengthen our economy, and reduce our tax burden at the same time.


Democrats Still Clueless

This past week, it has become obvious that the Democratic Party in Washington DC is still absolutely clueless about how “We the People” want  America to be, and how we want Congress and the White House to be ran.
The mid-term elections of November 2nd brought a lot of good change to Washington DC politics, and the Republican Party seems to be getting the message that “We the People” want less spending, less taxes, and less government. We will have to wait and see how they actually do their jobs coming up in the next session of Congress before that report card gets it’s final grade though.
On the other hand, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are still up to their old tricks. Obama just came back from another world tour, which accomplished absolutely nothing except for humiliating him and costing us taxpayers $2 million dollars a day for his trip. The other world leaders see Obama as a joke (which he is) but the downside of this is that it reflects on all of us as a nation. It is a pity that “We the People” of this great country have to put up with him as President for 2 more years.
The Democratic Party emerged from the mid-term elections as even more liberal and progressive than before, as most of the so-called moderate politicians lost their jobs to Republicans. This leaves only the far-left kooks in office, and they will be like lemmings following Pelosi, Reid, and Obama over the cliff to their demise.
In the meantime, we have to make sure that the lame-duck Congress doesn’t cram though any more bad legislation in the next month or so. The Democrats failed to hear the American people who went to the polls, and still have their focus on a socialist agenda.
With the holiday season soon upon us, it is easy to get sidetracked and caught up in the festivities and forget about politics. But remember, that is how we got here in the first place- not paying attention to what Congress was actually doing. Please try and remain attentive to what is going on in Washington DC, and don’t let the lame-duck Democrats leave “We the People” a lump of coal as a Christmas gift year.
“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”- Thomas Paine
“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.” – Thomas Paine


Death Tax

H.R. 6415, known as “The Tax Relief Certainty Act,” would permanently repeal the death tax.  You can read more about the bill here.

 

Please push for support from Senator Baucus and Senator Tester.

 


Nobody wants to be like California….and why would they?

I think we all understand how devastating Cap and Tax would have been had it passed in Washington DC but it’s still on the table.  Take a look at California to see how bad it would be if passed on national level.
Just because Cap and Trade did not pass on a federal level does not mean it doesn’t exist on a state level.
What is Proposition 23 in California? Proposition 23 would have dismantled California’s AB32/Cap and Trade, a global warming initiative passed in 2006. Presently, the state has a 12.4% unemployment rate. On November second, Proposition 23 did not get the votes and AB32/Cap and Trade continues legislative implementation in California. When Proposition 23 gained national attention, the news talked about environmental groups against oil tycoons. The bigger story are the people within the state; businesses, individuals concerned for their family and jobs and activists in many organizations including the Tea Party have studied AB32 and understand Cap and Trades long term negative effects on the California economy. The movement against AB32 was not enough against the environmental “CooCoo” groups and Democrat run welfare state.
Who stands to gain in the implementation of Cap and Trade in California. The Heartland Institute summarizes it best:
“Why would Wall Street be lining up to support a law that supposedly reins in “big polluters”? Not some altruistic desire to save the planet from an unsettled climate. Those companies and investors have business model that rely on state subsidies and rules mandating use of incredibly expensive “alternative energy” over cheaper, traditional power sources.

That isn’t altruism; that’s good, old-fashioned rent-seeking—which is itself a euphemism for legalized extortion.

Second, the promise of “green jobs” cannot make up for the loss of traditional manufacturing and tech jobs that will be lost if AB 32 regulations take effect next year as planned. Says who? Not “out-of-state oil interests,” but the state government.

A little-noticed draft report by a special advisory panel to the California Air Resources Board in December noted matter-of-factly how AB 32’s policies “can be expected to raise the price of fuels and these price increases will be reflected in higher prices of consumer goods.”

Basically, California can look forward to increased fines, fees, energy prices and taxes under the name of global warming to fullfill pet projects for the state and Wall Street. Do we see a trend? We learned about what is happening in New Jersey a couple of weeks ago. If a state has no more money in the “till”, then the states, in this case, California, finds creative ways, like global warming, to create more revenue since state tax revenue is not enough. Interesting……….
Here is the funny part, Jerry Brown has been reelected governor. A man, who forty years ago opened up the doors to increased state spending that put California in financial despair. He was attorney General helping to sign and implement Cap and Trade under Governor Schwarzeneggers leadership. Now, Jerry Brown can follow through on his long term goals with Wall Steet, Enviromental groups, and other small selected groups who financially gain from Cap and Trade to continue to make California a bigger welfare state than ever before.
Are there any next steps to combat Cap and Trade In California. YES!!! There are attorney generals from four states; North Dakota, Texas, Nebraska, and Alabama planning to file a lawsuit. (The article is below) I do not feel this will be enough to stop Cap and Trade in California but  there are states concerned and taking action. There should be more people involved.
America, be open to the facts that this could happen in your state. Understanding a Representatives voting record and history is important. What is happening in DC is important but what you do in your communities, where the real change begins, is paramount.
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