Watch the Bozeman Tea Party Live!!!

Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know the Bozeman Tea Party will be webcast live by the Montana Truth Movement tomorrow.  We will be celebrating our freedoms and protesting government’s outlandish spending.  There will be a march and rally beginning at the library going to the courthouse from 10 am to 12 pm.  Also, a family barbeque will be held at Gallatin Air Field from 2 pm to 7 pm.  Details posted at the event page:  www.bozemanteaparty.com.

Hope to see you there.

If  you’re not able to attend the event, watch live at:  http://www.montanatruthmovement.com/live/

Thank You Gay Loggers

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I want to thank a person I do not know, Allen Frank from Churchill.  The below letter ran in the Bozeman Chronicle yesterday, and I could not think of a better way to talk about the shenanigans of Brian Leland and his Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus.

Don’t forget to join us at the Independence Day Tea Party in Bozeman.  Check out the details at www.bozemanteaparty.com.

The letter:

Thanks ‘Gay Loggers’ for the free publicity

Many thanks to Brian Leland and his “Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus” march. I did not attend the first tea party and wasn’t aware of the July 4 tea party until Mr. Leland’s headline caught my eye. Now not only myself, but several of my neighbors plan to go … to the Tea Party.

Lots of folks probably think Mr. Leland is a flake or worse. Not me. I believe Mr. Leland is a stealth tea party promoter. Why? Because no one clever enough to come up with “Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus” could possibly be so stupid as to not realize doing so would give further publicity to the tea party. Could they?

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Adney TSN Interview

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Bob Adney, Executive Director of Treasure State Network (TSN), appeared on KTVM News to give an interview about counties coordinating an effort to block open record requests.  Most of the counties claim they are understaffed and it would cost too much money and time.  As indicated in the original Freedom of Information (FOIA) request we are asking for a simple list of government contracts.  It would contain information about current contracts the government entity has with non-government entities over $1,000.  We asked for the identities of the contractors, values, contract purposes, award dates, and whether the contract was bid or no-bid.

One would think the counties and cities would have their outstanding contracts easily accessible in a list.  I find it troubling that this information is not readily available for themselves AND THE public. People need to know where their tax dollars are being spent.

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Counties Coordinate to Block Open Records

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On Monday, we (Treasure State Network – TSN) sent out follow-up Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests trying to break through the organized blocking of their records by almost every Montana County.

To give a little background, on May 6th TSN sent a FOIA request to all counties in Montana asking for a list of all contracts the government entity had with non-government entities over $1,000.  We asked for the identities of the contractors, values, contract purposes, award dates, and whether the contract was bid or no-bid.

Almost every county responded with remarkably similar letters.  The letters informed us that in order to get this simple information we would have to schedule a time to drive to every county office and copy the records available at a price of $.50 for the first page and $.25 for each subsequent page.

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UM Tuition Increase

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Last week, the Board of Regents voted to increase tuition at Montana State University (MSU) and University of Montana (UM).   As mentioned in my previous post, both schools wanted this increase.   It would impact all college students and families struggling in these tough economic times.

The University of Montana plans to cut about $2 million from its budget.  The university claims that these cuts will not directly affect the students.  

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Tea Party VICTORY!!

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As many of you have been following, a fight has been brewing between the City of Bozeman and the Bozeman Tea Party.  If you have not followed the events here is an article from last week in the Bozeman Chronicle.  The Independence Day Tea Party was approved for a permit to assemble, but denied the closure of Main Street on the morning of July 4th.

This was a troublesome decision for many of us.  The excuses given by the City for denying the permit were constantly changing.  In the end, we presented our case directly to the City Commission last night, as mentioned in this Bozeman Chronicle article.

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MSU Tuition Increase

tuitionThe Board of Regents has voted to raise tuition 3 percent at Montana State University-Bozeman and the University of Missoula.  This increase will take effect next year on all university students.

MSU must cut $1 million from its budget compared to $2.5 million if tuition would have been frozen.  University officials seem happy they received their request to raise tuition, even though students and families are struggling to pay for college in these tough economic times.

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