Despite liberal and Republican endorsements, including Richland County Clerk of Court, Democrat Rex Renk loses
It looked like a match made in heaven: Democrat Rex Renk for Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court.
Renk had all the right endorsements:
Yet is was not to be.
Statewide, Renk lost 52 to 48. In Richland County, despite the endorsement of Republican Janice Klempel, Renk lost 73 to 22. Not sure what it means when the endorsement says, "Help us keep the Clerk's Office independent and nonpartisan" when endorsing a partisan candidate. Whatever that is supposed to mean, it didn't go over.
The image above is from the official election results website of the Montana Secretary of State tonight, Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Note the many thousands of votes reported from Missoula County. Also note that 0 of 52 precincts are reporting.
What explains this? How are zero precincts reporting, yet thousands and thousands of votes are reported?
The same goes for Cascade and Gallatin Counties. (See images below.) These three counties swung the race from Rosendale this morning to Tester later in the day. You don't see this for counties that voted for Rosendale, and you don't see it when you look at secretary of state websites for other states.
So what gives. What century is this? What country is this? What state is this? Why can't we get these votes counted without odd reporting?
At first one might take Speaker of the House Apparent Representative Nancy Pelosi's statements last night as speaking out of both sides of her mouth. But no, to her and her supporters, to end division and to eliminate opposition is one and the same thing. There would be no division if diversity were simply abolished by force. Force of law with subpoenas. Force of mob attacks on elected officials in public places and at their homes.
Regardless of what one thinks of his personal life or rhetoric, the fact remains that for less than two years in office, President Trump has been highly productive. This is a short list of just what readily comes to mind from having followed the news.
Because I am a farmer, naturally I find myself in places like Tractor Supply. They have stuff that farmers need that some local stores with a partially overlapping inventory don’t carry. That creates temptation to buy items where inventories do overlap from the Tractor Supply type places because you already are in the store for a non-overlapping item.
But let’s pause for a moment and think about this again.
This morning I pulled out a new belt that I had on hand for the day that my old belt would give out. Apparently, I weigh less today than I thought when I bought this reserve belt. It is too big. I needed a leather hole punch.
I have a punch at the farm, but that is 90 miles away. Maybe it is time to have one here in town, I thought. So I got in the pickup and started for the store. Tractor Supply does carry a fair amount of stuff for animals, and with animals, people use stuff made of leather. So, Tractor Supply is likely to carry leather punches, I thought.
But then I also thought, when the community was threatened with devastation in the Defenders of Wildlife irrigation lawsuit, it was Johnson’s Hardware & Furniture, and particularly Phil Johnson, who led the defense of our community. The threat certainly was just as great to Tractor Supply as to Johnson’s, but I don’t recall Tractor Supply being visibly involved in defending our community.
Issue settled. Johnson’s Hardware it is for my leather punch.
The cheery and helpful Keith Osborne was there, and he helped me find the leather punches. They have so much stuff packed into that store that sometimes I need to ask for help.
At the checkout counter, guess what? Johnson’s was giving a 13% discount in celebration of the recent victory for our community in the irrigation case. I saved $1.66 on my leather punch.
So, that is Episode No. 38 in shopping locally. Even though both stores are in town, one is more local than the other, and it makes a difference to me where I buy.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled earlier this week that Minnesota must pay North Dakota more than 1.3 million dollars in costs and attorney fees.
North Dakota incurred the costs and attorney fees in its suit again Minnesota over a 2007 Minnesota law barring utilities in that state from buying power from new plants that emit carbon dioxide. North Dakota has six coal-fired electric generating plants that export most of their electricity to other states including Minnesota.
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem sued Minnesota in 2011. In the suit, Stenehjem said the Minnesota law attempted to regulate out-of-state utilities in violation of the Commerce Clause of the U. S. Constitution. The Commerce Clause is Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.” The lawsuit was based on the claim that Congress, not the legislature of Minnesota, has that power.
In earlier rulings, the federal courts agreed with North Dakota on the substance of the case. The ruling this week allows North Dakota to recover its expenses in the suit.
Joining the State of North Dakota in the suit were rural electric utilities and energy companies who serve the needs of consumers in the upper Midwest. They said that, left in place, the Minnesota law would have restricted North Dakota utilities from selling power into the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) market – hurting businesses and customers in both Minnesota and North Dakota.
On news of the victory in the 8th Circuit, Stenehjem said:
North Dakota maintained from the beginning that the Minnesota enactment attempting to prohibit importation into Minnesota of energy generated in North Dakota was a violation of the US Constitution and federal law. Our arguments have prevailed every step of the way. Now, I hope that Minnesota will finally pay the bill for the expense they caused us to incur, and end the matter.
The victory this week is the most recent demonstration that Wayne Stenehjem is a highly effective attorney general for the state of North Dakota.
This four day event depicts the first 20 years of Bannack’s history. Demonstrations are historically researched, and accurately portrayed by Montana History “Live” Inc. in cooperation with Montana State Parks.
For example, instead of only being able to read a placard at a diorama of a blacksmith shop, step into the authentic blacksmith and see a real blacksmith actually working the way they did in the 1860s, and hear him give explanations of what he is doing. Step into an 1860s school room, have your children actually be taught by a teacher referencing the methods and materials of those days.
TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS:
Consider the Bannack Living History Weekend event as an excellent field trip. Thursday and Friday prior to the third full weekend in September are good days to schedule a school trip. The activities will run from 9am until 5pm Thursday through Saturday and 9 to 2 Sunday. Relive the excitement of the Gold Rush era in Montana.
Reservations are required for schools so please call to arrange a time for your school to participate. This event is free to Montana residents who have paid their park fees through their vehicle registrations. Out of state vehicles pay a $6.00 park entrance fee. State Park Pass holders (free).
For more information or to schedule a school visit please call the park at 406-834-3413.
View official Bannack State Park video for this Living History Event below. In case of any problems with the video, click here to view it directly on YouTube.
Judge Greg Mohr, very long time Justice of the Peace in Sidney, Montana, and his wife, Marilyn, very long time Registered Nurse in Sidney, Montana, have received sudden and devastating news. Marilyn has been diagnosed with a form of cancer that is under-publicized and frequently escapes early diagnosis. On first learning of her condition, already her cancer is stage 4.
You know what news like this would do to you and your family.
So, please, let's all add Greg, Marilyn, and their family to our daily prayers. Thank you for befriending in this way these wonderful people.
Lower Yellowstone River Valley Celebration Parade & Picnic
Community celebration of Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project’s court VICTORY to preserve our valley farmers’ water supply.
Parade & Picnic and Prayers of Thanksgiving
You. Come and enjoy.
Saturday August 25
4 pm Parade
6 pm Free Feed
Picnic at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
In my article "Summary judgment in irrigation case cause for celebration with caution," I said:
At last, due consideration was given to the fact that Congress specifically authorized irrigation dams on the Yellowstone River. The Intake dam was authorized by Congress. The Endangered Species Act was passed afterwards. This lawsuit attempts to apply the ESA retroactively or as if the passage of ESA repealed the earlier authorization of the dam. In this new order, Judge Morris puts the kibosh on that. He recognized that a second act of Congress must show a clear intention to repeal a prior act, or else the authorization continues.
That act of Congress is 58 P.L. 209, 33 Stat. 1045, 58 Cong. Ch. 1476, 58 P.L. 209, 33 Stat. 1045, 58 Cong. Ch. 1476, Codified at 43 USCS § 422.
Following is an image of this law taken from my set of reclamation law books.