Candidates at JeffCo Dems

Jefferson County Fairgrounds -- Volunteer Hall 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 1
Call to order
Jesse Laslovich, Candidate, Attorney General
Carl Borgquist, Candidate, Governor (Tentatively scheduled) 
Discussion of Volunteers to gather signatures for the IR 125 (HB 198) petition
Up-coming Jefferson County Fair (Democrat participation in parade and booth)
Hors d'oeuvres, wine, soft-drinks served -- Hope to see you there!!
Shirley Chovanak
Chair Leslie Thomas read the minutes of the previous gathering in Whitehall then spent nearly two and a half hours moderating and asking questions.

Senate Distict 43 legislator Jesse Laslovich is standing for our party's incumbency in the Attorney General's office being vacated by Steve Bullock, a likely gubernatorial candidate. Senator Laslovich has held his Anaconda district starting at 19 years old and serves as a prosecutor in consumer protection cases for the State.

Smart as a whip, he would assist AG Bullock in defending misshapen SB423, a virtual repeal of the citizens' medical cannabis law if efforts to stop it are unsuccessful. He acknowledged the motion to dismiss Guggenheim and Donaldson v. Montana as a shrewd political maneuver when pressed by a voter. The goddess expressed her concern over the Ravalli County Title X refusal. Sheila Hogan, 2010 HD 77 candidate supports Senator Laslovich for Attorney General.

Also visiting our raucous interview was governor primary hopeful Carl Borgquist, president of Grasslands Renewable Energy of Bozeman. He is a calm, deliberate speaker with a bright vision for Montana.

Since MSTI is a favorite topic for County Commissioner Leonard Wortman, a staunch defender of private property rights especially in clashes with eminent domain implications, he and Mr. Borgquist found themselves at odds over how transmission line corridors should be constructed as Jefferson County is already home to many. Borgquist also likes geothermal as the next best source of generation and believes this voter's idea of burying transmission lines in highway or railroad rights of way to power cars and trains is too expensive.

For more background here is a snip from Chris Cillizza at The Fix, who includes a link to commentary from Montana Cowgirl:
Montana (D, 2012): Democrats are still waiting to see what Attorney General Steve Bullock will do. Luckily for them, Republicans are off to a slow start. Former Rep. Rick Hill (R) leads the rest of the GOP field by a wide margin with $285,686 so far. Former state senator Ken Miller (R) isn’t giving up — he’s touting polling showing a tight race and he’s accused of spreading dirt on Hill. Bullock, who says he won’t decide until Labor Day, still looks like Democrats only hope for holding this seat but most sharp observers expect him to, eventually, run. (Previous ranking: 2)
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Program note: Yellowstone Public Radio will air the Humankind interview with David Kaczynski tonight at 7PM.

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