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.

Please cancel the invite

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Following Pres. Trump’s belittling of wheat exports to Japan, Sen. Jon Tester invited him to visit Montana. The idea is to open Trump’s eyes to the importance of the Japanese market. That idea may have merit, but it would be overshadowed by the gloom of Trump’s presence in Montana once again.

Guns, guns, guns

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Rep. Matt Regier (R-Kalispell) correctly anticipated that the governor would veto HB325, which prohibited any local government regulation of firearms, such as background checks. Regier had an ace up his sleeve, HB357, which put the same language in a referendum for November (Legislative Referendum 130). The issue is currently in court. Meanwhile, people keep getting shot.  Vote NO on LR-130.

Downing doing duty …

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California carpetbagger Troy Downing has filed as a Republican for the office of State Auditor. During his failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018, Downing faced charges of illegally getting a resident hunting license (which he later pled guilty to). He also altered tax records to his advantage. (Yes, this is a “repurposed image.”  That’s conservation of energy.)