The Billings Outpost

Support Shellnutt

Pinocchio politics are out of control in Senate District 24. Tonya Shellnutt has been called anti-public school, anti-women and anti-public lands by her opponent, all of which could not be further from the truth.  The fact is that Tonya Shellnutt wants nothing but the best for public school teachers and students.

All five of her children attend public school. Two of them have physical challenges, and Tonya is openly grateful for the extra support they have received from their teachers. Tonya also served as a substitute teacher for the local school district in her spare time so she understands the hard work and dedication they give to their jobs.

Tonya Shellnutt wants all Montanans to live a life of victory and to suggest that she’s anti-women, after she’s spent years personally mentoring many women and teens through crises, is appalling.

Tonya Shellnutt frequently spends her weekends with her family enjoying Montana’s beautiful outdoors and she wants to leave the management of Montana’s public lands to Montanans, as it should be. A vote for Tonya Shellnutt is a vote for true Liberty and SD24 voters can feel confident in their support of her.

Carrie Bernard

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:56

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Zinke needed in Congress

In 2009 Ryan Zinke chaired the Senate Education Committee. I had the privilege of being his legislative assistant and watched him work diligently to uphold and continue the best education for our children in Montana. He always was professional and honest in his work at the Legislature, and is a person of high integrity.

Ryan holds to strong family values, stands for economic freedom and has a plan for energy independence. He strongly supports our Second Amendment rights.

(Former) Sen. Zinke has a distinguished military career as an officer and a Navy Seal. He is the person we need to represent the people of Montana. Vote for Ryan Zinke for U.S. Congress.

Gilda Clancy

Helena

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:54

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No on LR-126

At the very heart of our identity as Americans is that we have a democratically elected government. Voting is an essential right to us as citizens, and we are very proud of that right. We are a nation that values opportunity and basic fairness.

Why does anyone want to limit our access to democracy? Legislative Referendum 126 would eliminate election day registration, erecting a barrier to democracy. Who dares to deny Montanans the right to vote?

I’ve read the flimsiest reasons for wanting to eliminate election day registration. No, it doesn’t affect those who are already registered to vote — that’s a different line at the polls. And so what if there is a long line to register to vote — clearly citizens have been motivated to wait in line so they can participate in our democracy!

Obviously there is a need for election day registration; over the past decade, more than 28,000 Montanans have registered to vote on election day. Who would claim that those 28,000 shouldn’t be able to vote? I would urge all Montanans to vote with the highest ideals of our nation and vote “no” on LR-126.

Ed Gulick

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:51

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No on LR-126

At the very heart of our identity as Americans is that we have a democratically elected government. Voting is an essential right to us as citizens, and we are very proud of that right. We are a nation that values opportunity and basic fairness.

Why does anyone want to limit our access to democracy? Legislative Referendum 126 would eliminate election day registration, erecting a barrier to democracy. Who dares to deny Montanans the right to vote?

I’ve read the flimsiest reasons for wanting to eliminate election day registration. No, it doesn’t affect those who are already registered to vote — that’s a different line at the polls. And so what if there is a long line to register to vote — clearly citizens have been motivated to wait in line so they can participate in our democracy!

Obviously there is a need for election day registration; over the past decade, more than 28,000 Montanans have registered to vote on election day. Who would claim that those 28,000 shouldn’t be able to vote? I would urge all Montanans to vote with the highest ideals of our nation and vote “no” on LR-126.

Ed Gulick

Billings

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 November 2014 10:53

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Van Dyke the best choice

From a qualifications standpoint, there are many great reasons to support Lawrence Van Dyke for Supreme Court justice. Lawrence isn’t a slicked-down trial lawyer in a three-piece suit. He’s an everyday Montanan, steeped in the culture of our state. He also happens to be one of the finest judicial minds this state has ever produced, graduating at the top of his class from Harvard Law School.

But here’s a reason that hits everyone’s pocketbook. Insurance agents tell me their companies see Montana as a very risky, high liability state, which they directly attribute to our precedent-ignoring, anti-business, liberal, activist state Supreme Court.

Some companies have left the state rather than write policies in our crazy and unstable judicial environment - thus reducing competition and consumer choice. The others are forced to raise their rates, creating a heavy burden borne by all Montana families, businesses, schools and tax-supported institutions. 

Bottom line: The bizarre and often extreme political activism of Supreme Court justices like Mike Wheat lowers the quality of our lives. We pay dearly for electing politicians and activist trial lawyers to our high court. According to the insurance industry, Montana auto rates are the fourth worst in the nation, as compared to states where supreme court decisions are rational and made judicially rather than politically driven. 

People are finally paying attention to how their daily lives are impacted by having one of the nation’s worst, most frequently overturned supreme courts. They are voting for change, and Lawrence Van Dyke is just what the doctor ordered.

Roger Koopman

Public Service Commission

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:50

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Vote for Curtis

Amanda Curtis is the person that the people should send to the U.S. Senate. She will represent us fairly, equally, excellently and with distinction. There are several reasons for my choice:

Curtis will ensure that federal public lands stay in federal hands for multiple use, including hunting, angling, recreation and timber harvests.

She will move to fund the all-important Pell grants to assist the poorest among us to get a college education, thereby gaining a better opportunity to move into the middle class.

Developing private-sector jobs through economic development will be as important to her as they were to Sen. Max Baucus, whose long, productive tenure she will be replacing.

Curtis will never vote to shut down the federal government as her opponent, Congressman Steve Daines, did! This action by Daines personally impacted me in the loss of several thousands of dollars because Yellowstone National Park closed, and vacation tourists canceled their intended stays at my cabins in Luther.

Vote Amanda Curtis

Vern Bass

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:46

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