Randy Newberg and Ben Lamb are pictured in this article handing out awards to legislators (both R and D) for their good work with wildlife. The article is pretty vague. Can someone elaborate on the specific actions that earned them an award?
HB 140 provides $4.7 million in new funding for FWP. While some amendments were added to it that reduced the total fiscal impact by about $1 million, it's still a significant improvement from what the alternative would have been.
I saw Brenden swinging his cattle prod around on the floor getting this passed; he nearly walloped the lady behind him . He said now they will go through funding every four years instead of ten, which he claimed was good because it was hard to predict costs. How did this go over with the department? In Idaho the IDF&G was trying to extend the period between the funding approvals because it was simply used as a political tool to bludgeon the IDF&G every time they met. Not that our guys would ever stoop that low...
The public lands thing seems like a great revenue generator and mobilizing topic for the green groups. Whatever. It smokes out the idiots. What did Chaz Vincent do in this area that was worthy of recognition?
As I mentioned though what really impressed me was the REAL republicans finally standing up against Wittich, the AFP and the rest of the Gallatin goof balls.
TU had been working on the water compact for years so Chaz stuck his neck out there. Didn't Chaz do something crazy bad last session?
Interesting results when you google his name.
Considering there were 22 bills to screw the public out of their land and not a single bill passed, that was a pretty good result. All attacks on conservation easements were killed before they even got to committees. Plus, the bills Ben Lamb mentioned.
Seems like the folks doing the hard lifting in Helena deserve a lot of credit. I was hardly there, due to travel. A lot of people were, plus a lot of people sent emails and made phone calls. That is what makes hunters and anglers an effective force in Montana policy.
By the way, I have always wondered about the wisdom of a group labeled as a Green Decoy (not to mention the "extremist environmentalist" Ben Lamb) giving out awards to republicans who will have to face the KIP (Koch Industries Party). But that is another story and I'll admit to not understanding political strategy.
Of course you don't care what they call you, but I am willing to bet the award will come up if the Koch Brothers try to oust any of those people in the primary, just like Tawney and your name came up in the Tester/Rehberg race. I just brought it up to highlight the dilemma faced by those groups who are criticized of never supporting republicans. Now those groups have a laundry list of Rs they supported to show next time they are accused, but at the same time they may have given more ammo to the bad guys whose ultimate goal is to eliminate these normal republicans in the primary. It is an interesting question, nothing more.As for me being an extremist enviro, I could care less what some DC PR firm thinks of me, the proof of my track record shows that I consistently stand up for wildlife and hunters & anglers, if that makes me a political pariah in the anti-public land crowd, I'll wear it with pride.