The Billings Outpost

Backing Tooley

I was a member of the Billings City Council when Chuck Tooley was mayor. He approached the issues before us with foresight and integrity and reached out to all citizens regardless of political affiliation or social/economic status.

Chuck has many years of business experience in Montana and has demonstrated an ability to grasp complex subjects, make them understandable to others, discuss issues in a respectful way, and make decisions based on facts, not on pre-conceived notions. That is exactly the kind of attitude we need on the Montana Public Service Commission today.

Chuck has a passion to help Montanans through his public service. His stated purpose in running for the Public Service Commission is to make sure that Montana utility customers get fair pricing and reliable service. It was an honor for me to serve with and learn from such a remarkable leader. Chuck Tooley will be an outstanding Public Service commissioner and I support him enthusiastically.

Jan Iverson

Billings

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:52

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Vote for Democrats

We need to vote for President Obama, Sen. Jon Tester, Kim Gillan, Steve Bullock, Bill Kennedy and the rest of the Democratic candidates who are going to support our seniors, middle class citizens and our brave men and women who fought to keep this country free.

We need Steve Bullock to work on financial problems, like Rick Hill’s $500,000 illegal campaign contribution, affordable health insurance, long term care and prescription drugs.

Hill is for sales tax and right-to-work laws, neither of which are good for Montana working people.

We need Bill Kennedy because of what he has done for veterans, seniors and the middle class citizens.

Rehberg and his rich Republican buddies all stick together and will do anything, say anything, even lie and brazenly accept illegal campaign contributions of $500,000, to get elected.

What about Rehberg’s boat accident or when he fell off a horse and broke his arm? Was he drunk or just stupid?

I would like you to consider the electable candidates and join me in voting for the Democratic slate.

Neither Rehberg nor his Republican staff were at the dedication of the new Veterans Administration Center or any meeting that involved veterans.

Have Rehberg or his staff ever been to the airport when our veterans came home or left for duty or visited the wounded vets at Walter Reed Hospital?

Have Rehberg or his Republican staff ever been to a meeting on Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid?

Ron Kuneff

Billings

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:29

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More Democrats needed

Recently House Republicans decided that the Farm Bill and the Veterans’ Jobs bill could wait until after the election. Shame on them. This is more hypocrisy about caring about jobs and veterans. Jon Tester has a proven record that he cares about both.

Karl Rove and his crossroads GPS have inundated our airwaves with negative and misleading ads against Democrats. The Gazette has endorsed Republicans without considering the facts. Our national debt was created by Republicans and so was the Wall Street financial crisis with deregulation, greed and leveraged buyouts. Now they say they are concerned about debt!

Romney made his billions by using debt for personal profit. While at Bain Capital, he bought companies, loaded them with debt, charged huge consulting fees until the companies went bankrupt. Jobs were shipped to China. He says he is a job creator — yes, jobs for the Chinese! Look up what happened to KB Toys, Hertz, Del Monte and others. Romney then hid his money overseas and he still won’t share his tax returns with us. What is he hiding?

Our state Republican candidates say they have a plan for Montana. Their plan is the agenda of ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council. After attending Boot camp, state legislators submit bills WRITTEN by ALEC.

ALEC is nor a registered lobby, yet it is funded by large corporations such as Koch Industries. These laws are our Castle Law, laws on tort reform that limit liability of drug companies, voter ID laws, right to work (for less) laws and laws to block environmental protection.

Rick Hill’s plan echoes ALEC’s agenda: privatize education, stop public employee collective bargaining and, privatize Public Employee and Teacher retirement systems. Rehberg, Steve Daines and Hill want government to “get out of the way.” Think deregulation of Montana Power. These are code words for corporate profit at the expense of the public good. Vote DEMOCRATIC!

Ann Walters

Billings

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:27

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Voting for Gillan

I am writing to express my support for Kim Gillan as Montana’s U.S. representative. Since we only have one representative in Congress, we need someone who will stick with Montana’s needs, and not succumb to special interests, especially out-of-state corporations and wealthy individuals. As a state senator, Kim did not let her constituents down, and she won’t as our next U.S. representative.

Her opponent, Steve Daines, is a political neophyte. He touts his business experience, but that is all he seems to have. There is a lot more to representing Montana to the U.S. government than running a business. Mr. Daines appears to be already under the influence of the Republican leadership in D.C., especially John Boehner, the speaker of the House. Rep. John Boehner has obstructed legislation that would have aided Montana’s businesses and workers and reduced the national debt. By electing Daines, Montanans will have sent yet another willing minion for Boehner’s pursuit of congressional gridlock. Montana’s real interests would be forgotten.

What happens in D.C. has large results in Montana. Let’s be sure those results favor our state, not political insiders. That’s why I am voting for Kim Gillan as my U.S. representative. I hope you will, too.

Ann Buss

Helena

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:27

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Judges support McKinnon

As state District Court judges from central and eastern Montana, we endorse Laurie McKinnon as our pick for the Montana Supreme Court. Judge McKinnon is currently a District Court judge for Glacier, Toole, Pondera and Teton Counties. Judge McKinnon tries numerous cases, writes well-reasoned opinions and is fair and courteous.

Perhaps most importantly, Judge McKinnon would be the only District Court judge on the Supreme Court, which would bring a unique perspective to difficult decisions. She has been in the trenches and has invaluable legal experience as a judge.

Judge McKinnon follows the law and understands the role of the judicial branch. She leaves the important job of making laws to the Legislature. Please join us and approximately 20 other District Court judges across Montana and consider Judge Laurie McKinnon for the Montana Supreme Court — we believe all Montanans will be well-served by her experience.

Judge G. Todd Baugh

Judge E. Wayne Phillips

Judge Russell C. Fagg

Judge Richard Simonton

Judge Blair Jones

Judge Nels Swandal

Judge Joe L. Hegel

Judge Gregory R. Todd

Judge Mary Jane Knisely

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:26

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Vote for LR-121

On Nov. 6 Montana voters can demonstrate their concern about illegal immigration by voting “FOR” Legislative Referendum LR-121 to deny many state-taxpayer funded benefits and services to illegal aliens.

During the 2011 session our Legislature passed HB 638 which placed LR-121 on the ballot. As the state representative who sponsored this bill, I want to explain why you should help me enact LR-121 with your “FOR” vote.

There are many illegal aliens in Montana. Reports from around the state of law enforcement encounters with illegals are further testimony. A brief article in the April 2, 2010, Billings Gazette mentioned arrests in the preceding weeks by Border Patrol officers based in Havre of 20 illegal aliens hailing from Poland, Iraq, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico.

The U.S. Attorney for Montana prosecutes a steady stream of immigration violators, primarily people who have re-entered the U.S. illegally after being deported previously. In 2009, about 6.5 percent of the sentences for criminal convictions reported were for illegal re-entries. This same year one-third of the U.S. Attorney cases for Wyoming involved illegal aliens.

Although the illegal immigration problem is still smaller in Montana, we should learn from the mistakes of other states that waited until it was too late to act.

In 1990 Georgia had approximately 35,000 illegal aliens, about half of one percent of Georgia’s 6.5-million population. In 2010, according to the 2011 Pew Hispanic Center reports Georgia had about 425,000 illegal aliens of all nationalities.

In the 1990’s Georgians probably thought, “This could cost too much and the problem is just in the southwest border states like Texas and California.” So they ignored this problem until their illegal-alien population became Texas and California-sized. Due to their inaction, Georgia now spends more than $2 billion annually on public benefits for families headed by illegal aliens according to the Forum for American Immigration Reform.

Consequences for inaction in states with illegal immigration problems are legislative battles dividing the state, and litigation by our own federal government which is failing in every aspect of enforcing the rule of law regarding illegal immigration.

Liberal legislative critics and left leaning entities like the ACLU who oppose LR-121 complain about the cost of implementing this referendum. They almost never consider the costs of doing nothing. They do not seem to realize there are only a few ways for illegal aliens to live illegally in Montana and two of them are living off Montana’s state benefits and taking our jobs.

No state agency testified against HB638 during the legislative hearings and their cost estimate for complying with LR-121 was zero. If LR–121 passes our state agencies will be able to do the due diligence necessary to protect Montana citizens. This process will save our tax dollars with the side benefit of discouraging illegal aliens from having a presence in Montana. For the sake of Montana’s future generations, please vote “FOR” LR-121.

Rep. David Howard

Park City

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:25

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