Month: January, 2017

Why Republicans Should Say, “Thanks, But No Thanks,” To Greg Gianforte
U.S. House Special Election

Why Republicans Should Say, “Thanks, But No Thanks,” To Greg Gianforte

After waging the only unsuccessful state-wide campaign among Montana Republicans, former gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte seems to have the inside track on his party’s nomination for the upcoming special election for the U.S. House. After weeks of contrived “Will he or won’t be?” speculation (was there ever any doubt?), Gianforte is now officially in the mix. With all due…

On Anonymity
Blogging

On Anonymity

A number of people, including the target of the piece, Tammy Lacey, took issue with the fact that a contributor to this blog posted anonymously about Tammy Lacey in a piece about her comments toward the OPI Superintendent, Elsie Arntzen. In short: Get over it. Here’s something from the first iteration of Electric City Weblog…

Showboatin’
GFPS

Showboatin’

Showboating. Grandstanding. Those are the only words that readily come to mind to describe Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey’s tirade against the recently elected, Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen. According to the Tribune, Lacey “asked the superintendent whether she had plans to publicly fund preschool for the less fortunate children in the state, unlike Arntzen’s own…

Poll: Economic Development Mill Levy
Economic Development, Poll

Poll: Economic Development Mill Levy

As we reported a couple of days ago, and as the Tribune reported yesterday, the GFDA is recommending that: …Cascade County commissioners place a three-mill economic development levy before county voters this spring during a special election to generate $450,000 a year that can be used to create more jobs. It won’t be a large one: A…

City Commission, Economic Development, Great Falls

Brett Doney Said What?!

Phil Faccenda made reference to it in his very good piece yesterday, and we have received a number of tips about it recently… but we’re still grappling with some of the comments made by Great Falls’ economic development chief, Brett Doney, at the Jan. 3 City Commission meeting. Most glaringly, Doney said that Great Falls lost “707 net jobs” in…

GFDA Angling For Mill Levy
Economic Development, Great Falls

GFDA Angling For Mill Levy

There are some interesting items in today’s GFDA Quarterly Investor Letter, and perhaps none more so than priority #2: 2)  Put a 3-mill economic development levy before Cascade County voters on the special election ballot to replace Ryan Zinke. Passage of this small levy would generate about $450,000 a year to make Great Falls and Cascade County more competitive in…

Trebas’ Bill Defeated In The House
2017 Legislature

Trebas’ Bill Defeated In The House

Rep. Jeremy Trebas’ bill to ban municipal cell phone bans died in its second reading Tuesday night by a 63-37 vote. Whether or not one agrees with the practice of singling out gabby drivers (versus, say, hungry drivers who snack behind the wheel, or any other type of distracted drivers), we argued that because virtually every other driving-related offense is codified…

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