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Roll Call:

This diary stems from the basic curiosity to know if there are any others here with Montana connections.  If you’re in Montana, or have Montana connections, please introduce yourself in the comments.

I’ll go ahead and start the introductions. I’m Ojibwa and I’m up in the Flathead. I’m probably more immersed in the past than in the present: I seem to write a lot about American Indian history, and about archaeology. I’ve also posted a lot of photo diaries on Montana and on Glacier National Park. My Montana roots are several generations deep.  

Politically I’m a Democrat—a very liberal Democrat. While I’ve been actively involved in Democratic politics in the state in the past (local central committee, Jefferson-Jackson Day speaker), I’ve been on the sidelines for a while (in part due to professional conflicts with the state party). I’m concerned about the increasing right wing control of the state and its determination to destroy education, the environment, and civil rights.

Open Thread:

This is an open thread for the discussion of Montana issues, concerns, and perhaps a little bragging about why we live here.

Montana has only one representative in the House of Representatives. Any feelings about any of the declared candidates? Are there any potential candidates?

We also have a number of environmental issues which might make for interesting discussions. These ranges from concerns about wildlife management (such as the wolf and the bison), to air and water quality (things that Republicans seem to think are hindering economic growth).

And last, is there any interesting here in having a regular (perhaps weekly) Montana open thread diary here?

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  •  I'm a fifth generation Montanan (6+ / 0-)

    I live in Florida now but I still read the Helena IR every day on-line.  I grew up in Helena but I have roots in Butte and Bozeman. My parents were radical leftists who actively worked to end the war in Viet Nam.  They also worked on the Eugene McCarthy campaign.  I went door to door with Max Baucus when I was in High School.  Now I wish I had pushed him into a snow bank.  When I was in High School I also helped organize a fundraiser for Tom Judge where Mission Mountain Wood Band played.  I miss Montana but a gal has to make a living.  

    "Cuz ya ain't done nothing if ya ain't been called a Red." --Faith Petric

    by MT Clarity on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 11:06:07 AM PST

  •  First Generation Montanan (5+ / 0-)

    I moved here from Idaho back in 2007, and my little girl was born in Missoula a few months ago.  I've been watching the politics of Missoula closely, but I think that I need to wait a while longer before I really jump in head first and run for something only because I think that people will still see me as an "outsider."  Otherwise, I love Missoula and Montana very much, and I've enjoyed your diaries on Glacier Park and other issues!

  •  40 year Montanan (4+ / 0-)

    I grew up at the feet of St. Mary's Mountain outside of Stevensville, birthplace of the state.  Though I've spent most of my life in western Montana, the Pacific side of the divide, I live and work now in Bozeman.

    I've always been a working class Democrat, very pro-union and individual freedom.  That tends to make me too moderate for Missoula, and a flaming socialist to Billings.  In truth, I think that moderate Democrats are a passing breed in Montana, for exactly the reason Ojibwa stated, the falling off of union power.

    For House Rep, I'm a big fan of Franke Wilmer.

  •  I moved to Montana in 2006. (4+ / 0-)

    I don't think I'll ever leave.  I live in Great Falls.  The land is so beautiful, and the people so warm, that it's almost worth the fact that I don't ever get to discuss politics, being that this is a rather red city in a very red state...

    When do I get to vote on your marriage?

    by jarhead5536 on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 12:44:53 PM PST

  •  Born & raised in Kalispell, now S of Bigfork. (4+ / 0-)

    First generation, Mom & Dad met in Glacier when he was a dashing young gear jammer and she was a singing waitress hitchhiking on her day off.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 12:55:20 PM PST

  •  You know ME! (3+ / 0-)


    Historic Whitefish Depot and the Great Northern Goat from last Thursday.

    Lived here in Montana for most of 17 years -- Lifelong Democrat from a Democratic family in another state.

    There is a comprehension crisis in Montana's Democratic Party (surprise!), although I know some wonderful people.

    RIGHT NOW -- a few (too few) of those wonderful folks are doing a solidarity demonstration for Occupy on Main Street in Kalispell.

    Lottery for dinner with Mr. & Mrs. Obama without a campaign contribution --http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/dinner-with-barack-alt-nov

    by MT Spaces on Sat Dec 17, 2011 at 01:06:43 PM PST

  •  I am from Butte, the Mining City. (5+ / 0-)

    I am a fifth generation resident of Butte on my dad's side and third generation on my mom's side. I think that Butte has been more reliably Democratic, or at least anti- Republican, than any other community in the state, along with its sister city of Anaconda. At an early age my maternal grandmother cautioned me about voting Republican. She told me " You know Dave, your Grampa Leo voted Democratic all his life but when he voted for a Republican (Eisenhower) he dropped dead the next day" I don't know what either one would think of the current crop of Republicans, or Democrats for that matter

  •  I've basically married into being a Montanan (4+ / 0-)

    My partner's dad and stepmom live Laurel; an older sister and her son live in Helena. We visit his family every couple of years. Every time we travel to Montana I'm struck by what a beautiful place it is.

    I have a long and rather happy past with the state; first visited in 1975. I still own the sleeping bag I purchased in Kalispell during that trip in preparation for a backwoods hike. I can't recall exactly where were were, and looking at a map isn't helping much. I know we hiked into the back country from a point near the foot of a lake (Swan Lake perhaps?), headed west into a bunch of mountains and returned to where we'd started by sliding down a snow field. It was a completely unforgettable experience.

    I don't have much to say about state politics. Coming from New York (and living in San Francisco), some of the views of even the elected Democrats (Schweitzer, Baucus and Tester strike me as odd. I suppose that representing the interests of a largely rural state will give one a very different perspective than the one generated by big-city living.

  •  Bozeman too. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, Larsstephens

    I'm not a native, but I was raised in Libby and after travelling the country quite bit for school and career, came back to Montana when my mother moved to Bozeman.

    As much as I enjoyed living back East, I'm finally home.  Give me tall mountains, fresh air and public land.

    I lurked on DKos for quite a few years, but I registered and started commenting when it seemed like a lot of national news was happening on my doorstep.  

    I'm very concerned about protecting this beautiful country while encouraging responsible, sustainable development.  We need jobs, but resources are too precious to sign over to scorched earth industry.

    I'm distinctly liberal, not so much a Democrat, although I do vote for some Democrats and against many Republicans.  I used to call myself a lefty libertarian, but I don't think I have much in common with the libertarians in this neighborhood.  We're paranoid about different people.  I for instance, do not believe in small government for it's own sake, but I do believe a perfect government would naturally be smaller.

    One day I had this revelation that one man has no power, even if he has perfect "freedom" over himself.  After all, a free man is the king of his world until the king of all the world rolls up next door and starts mining for gold with poison.  Then a free man is still a serf.

    It's We the People, not We the Persons.

    And I have very much enjoyed your diaries.

  •  Hi Ojibwa! (2+ / 0-)
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    MT Clarity, Ojibwa

    I'm from Helena, MT and I have a Montana blog: The Montana Cowgirl Blog.

    http://mtcowgirl.com/

  •  livingston here. (0+ / 0-)

    came to montana on a freight train when I was 16, and been here on and off since then--off, to find work; on, whenever I could make it back. thought I came to stay this last time but after 10 years I'm thinking I might have to head out again because work is pretty slow. try to stay engaged locally. i'm a Franke supporter.

  •  Havre Native, Seattle resident (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ojibwa

    Grew up in Havre and spent 20 plus years in MT politics--Demo Party and also as a legislator and 12 years on PSC.

    Danny Oberg  

  •  Sidney native... (0+ / 0-)

    I was born and raised in Montana..  Sidney isn't in the part with trees and mountains but in the part with high plains and badlands. Grew up splitting my time between ranching and small town life.

    I recently returned to Billings and Sidney and was disheartened by the changes that I saw. Sidney is going through another oil boom and one sees the small town mentality and the environmental damage that large scale oil drilling can do.

    I read the Billings Gazette online and shake my head on a daily basis because of the Tea Party and xenophobia mentality that is rampant. In talking to relatives, I realize that rural Montana has a "small world" view of world news and events.

    Even though I am a registered Republican, my views are considered leftist, radical, and socialistic back in Montana because I don't adhere to the current Republican screed.

    I have a lifetime membership to the DailyKos and it is the the first blog that I read every day.

    I fear for the Montana that I grew up in....

    Larry Elletson
    Ellicott City, MD

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