The nincom-Koop

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Public Service Commissioner Roger Koopman (R-Bozeman) recently ranted another op-ed about climate change. He again decried the “socialist agenda” behind high schoolers taking part in the Climate Strike. And he cited a few (discredited) sources, encouraging readers to “nourish your brains” with … well … to use a word he used last time, “hogwash.”

Giant Fart speaks

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To be accurate, here’s what Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) said in a Lee Newspapers interview: “I read the transcript. I don’t think there’s anything there.” Apparently, Montanans elected an illiterate blind guy to the House of Representatives.

Who elected these guys?

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A couple weeks ago, PSC Commissioner Roger Koopman wrote an op-ed piece. In it, he faulted Missoula and Bozeman schools for granting students a half day to take part in climate rallies.  The crisis, he said, “doesn’t exist.”  Lately, PSC Chairman Brad Johnson sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, urging it to light a fire under a study on energy reliability. The letter was actually written by American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a lobbying group.

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Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) speaks in Montana only to carefully selected groups with little notice. It seems he’s afraid of facing the populace in the state he purports to represent.

Who’s on first?

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Attorney General Tim Fox faces two opponents in the Republican primary race for Governor. Greg Gianforte recently was endorsed by pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. Soon after, Fox announced that Montana was joining the lawsuit to uphold North Carolina’s law prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks. Meanwhile, Al Olszewski sent his wife to protest the SBAL endorsement of Gianforte.