Press Release: Bozeman Tea Party

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Last week,  the Bozeman Tea Party sent out a press release about a national movement coming to Montana.  Tea Party Express II : Countdown to Judgement Day Tour.  We will keep you up to date on the recent information.

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Baucus Needs to Apologize

Yesterday, the Bozeman Tea Party put out a press release, which I have posted below and can be found here.

The release asks Senator Max Baucus to apologize for his comments following his Make Health Happen Summit in Bozeman.  I attended the protest at the Museum of the Rockies.  While protesting Max drove up and got out of his car, the protesters gathered around him to hear what he had to say.  He stayed there for about 10-15 minutes answering questions from the protesters.

Most of his answers were the typical politician answers and he would not take the megaphone we offered so the whole crowd could hear him, but I gave him credit for getting out of his car and talking to us.

What I didn’t know was that it was a political trap set by the Senator.  A few days later in this article in the Daily Interlake he said that “these people were not civil.  This was the closest thing to a mob that I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

Luckily, my camera has a video recorder on it and I have most it on tape.  Please check it out for yourself at www.youtube.com/tsnleader.  I also wonder if Max has ever been to a Cat-Griz game, which are MUCH more “mob-like.” Continue reading

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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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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University strives for increasing tuition cost…

collegeMontana State University-Bozeman plans to hike tuition for out of state students.  The school claims it will lose about $2.5 million due to the cap freeze on tuition.  This freeze helps students and struggling families pay for college.

 I don’t know why the university system always claims it needs more money.  Somehow, they are able to get tax dollars and grants to renovate the Student Union Building and the gym.  It seems university officials are only out for their wallets.

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Montana finally gets a Leadership School!!!

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The Leadership Institute (LI) hosted its Youth Leadership School, an intense two day workshop, in Missoula, MT this weekend. It brought in young conservative thinkers throughout the state. This school helped establish a foundation based on organizing groups. It stressed how to make a difference in these tough economic times. LI made it clear that lessons learned can be applied to your personal improvement.

Knowledge is the key!!!

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