Library Lovers- Call To Action!

Library Lovers- Call To Action!

CALLING ALL LIBRARY LOVERS TO ACTION

The city commission will be selecting a library board member at their 7:00 pm commission meeting on Tuesday, June 18. Unfortunately, there is an effort to re-appoint anti-library levy activist, Noelle Johnson, to the library board for a full five-year term.  In a political maneuver last year, former city commissioner, Eric Heinbach, nominated Johnson to finish the remaining term of a departing library board member.  Johnson’s position is now up for a full five-year term appointment by the current city commission.

Not surprising, the anti-levy folks and book banners have bombarded city commissioners with emails in support of Johnson’s re-appointment. If you’ve attended a library board meeting in the last seven months, you must have noticed Johnson’s disruptive behavior and obvious disdain for the library operations. Library board meetings have become so contentious that they have been known to drag on for three hours.

YOU CAN HELP REPLACE THIS ANTI-LIBRARY BOARD MEMBER WITH SOMEONE WHO LOVES OUR LIBRARY AND WILL HELP CONTINUE THE GOOD WORK STARTED SINCE THE LEVY’S PASSING.

PLEASE send an email to all of the city commissioners supporting Bob Kelly, Sandor Hopkins, and Ashlynn Maczko. This approach gives the commission several qualified candidates to choose from.

Email the entire commission at:

[email protected]  OR individually to:

Mayor Cory Reeves                                              [email protected]

Commissioner Susan Wolff                                 [email protected]

Commissioner Shannon Wilson                         [email protected]

Commissioner Joe McKenney                      [email protected]

Commissioner Rick Tryon                                     [email protected]

 

BETTER YET, attend Tuesday’s (June 18) city commission meeting at 7:00 pm and speak directly to the commission.

Please voice your support for these candidates IN YOUR OWN WORDS both in your email and/or public comments.

PLEASE SEND YOUR EMAIL TODAY. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE.

Check out our TikTok call to action here: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTNJuB4Yr/

 

 

 

AG Knudsen- Montana’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer?

AG Knudsen- Montana’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer?

At a fundraising event on May 11, Attorney General Austin Knudsen told a crowd of potential contributors that campaign contribution limits are “ridiculous.”  He went on to tell the crowd that he had recruited a person to run against him in the Republican Primary. Current contribution limits in Montana law provide that a donor can contribute the maximum amount to a candidate in a contested primary race and again in a race in the general election. Candidates are also allowed to carry unspent funds in the primary over into the general election. This shell game allows a candidate to essentially double the amount of money that can be raised from one donor.

The Daily Montanan reported that Knudsen said,  “I do technically have a primary. However, he is a young man who I asked to run against me, because our campaign laws are ridiculous. So, he’s a young man from my part of the state. His name is Logan Olson. He’s not running. He filed to run against me simply because under our current campaign finance laws in Montana, it allows me to raise more money. So, he supports me and he’s going to vote for me [audience laughs].”

The Montana Free Press reported that the friend Knudsen recruited to “run” against him has not organized any campaign, other than filing for office. In and of itself this game Knudsen and his young friend, Logan Olson, are playing is likely illegal.  But then it turns out that Olson doesn’t even meet the legal requirements for running for Attorney General.  Specifically, the law requires that candidates running for Attorney General have  five years of legal practice in Montana under their belt in order to run. Olson was admitted to the Montana Bar in 2020.  

Montana law prohibits falsely filing for office or making a false oath or affidavit as required for candidates running for office. The law also prohibits one candidate from enticing or threatening other candidates not to run in an election. The Montana Democratic Party has filed two complaints with the Commissioner of Political Practices which have been accepted for investigation. This is just one more example of Knudsen doing as he pleases without regard for the law.  He is currently charged with 41 ethics violations filed by the State Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel.