The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.”
Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.
He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said by phone from the back of an ambulance. “I think he wailed on me once or twice … He got on me and I think he hit me … This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”
Jacobs subsequently reported the incident to the police. The Gallatin county sheriff’s office said on Wednesday night it had completed its investigation and that Gianforte had been issued with a charge of misdemeanour assault.
“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin county sheriff’s office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault,” sheriff Brian Gootkin said in a statement. “The nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault. Greg Gianforte received a citation on Wednesday night and is scheduled to appear in Gallatin county justice court between now and June 7, 2017.”
More news, video, etc will be in the comments. See you there!
While TPW has two new excellent posts up by Subir (please read them and make comments!), I’m creating an open thread. Bernie slammed Trump on his budget proposal this afternoon and had the ranking Budget member from Congress, John Yarmuth, join him in the presser. Spoiler warning: the Minority leaders also give remarks but they are the last two. Sanders highlighted the tax savings the wealthiest Americans will see and the cuts to welfare programs. “This is a budget that says if you are a member of the Trump family, you will get a tax break of up to $4 …Continue reading →
In about a half hour, Rob Quist will hold his last rally with Bernie Sanders in Bozeman. The event is being held on the campus of Montana State University. Here’s a tweet sent by Quist’s campaign, just moments ago. KBZK TV is planning to livesteam the event on FB. Update: it is live now! There are signs in the audience which read “Save the Wilderness” and “Resist with Quist.” ! @RobQuistforMT #BigSkyBern #MTAL #MTPolWhat a day. Thanks for coming to Montana, @BernieSanders! pic.twitter.com/llzBsw4sdJ — Dan O'Sullivan (@dan_osullivan) May 21, 2017 More news about the rallies, which Quist has deemed “Big …Continue reading →
Seems like all kinds of news on take out the trash day. The Washington Post reported a few minutes ago that someone familiar with the Russia probe has identified a WH official as “a person” of interest. …Continue reading →
Good morning friends! A mini Quist roundup to start things off and then more will be in the comments. (Including DNC lawsuit discussion, the latest Sanders news, environmental updates, etc). See you there!
Rob Quist, the once-longshot, banjo-strumming populist running for Montana’s empty U.S. House seat, is giving Republicans a scare.
On Thursday, Quist’s campaign announced a startling $5 million fundraising haul that came from more than 200,000 individual donations over the course of 85 days. What’s more, the political novice has refused contributions from lobbyists and corporate political action committees, earning him the respect of progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who will hold a campaign rally in Missoula on Saturday, as well as events in Butte, Billings, and Bozeman ahead of the May 25th special election.
Many believe the healthcare issue could prove to be the GOP’s downfall in many state-level races, including Montana.
“Rob’s story is resonating with voters who want someone who will stand up for them,” Quist campaign spokeswoman Tina Olechowski told The Hill. “After medical complications following surgery, Rob got into debt. He paid off his debt, but Rob believes no one should ever face bankruptcy just because they get sick. Greg Gianforte supports the health care bill that would raise costs for consumers, eliminate health coverage for seventy thousand Montanans, and end protections for pre-existing conditions—all to pay for huge tax breaks for millionaires like Gianforte himself.”
Similarly, Sanders said last month, “Rob Quist is the only person in this race who understands that we need a government in Washington that works for all Montanans and all Americans and not just the special interests and the billionaire class.”
In the weeks leading up to Montana’s special congressional election, Rob Quist and his surrogates fanned out across college campuses throughout the state, hoping to tap into a trove of progressive votes in a place that’s known to elect Democrats while maintaining conservative values as sturdy as the nearby Rocky Mountains.
With just a week left to campaign before the May 25 election, Quist is counting on college-age voters to provide the sliver of ballots he needs to prevail in a nationally watched election for Montana’s open congressional seat, vacant since Ryan Zinke resigned to become U.S. interior secretary.
Quist is running as a populist and political outsider who supports strengthening President Barack Obama’s health care law, not repealing it. He backs abortion rights, same-sex marriage, pay equity for women and lower interest rates for college loans — themes that resonate with younger voters.
“Democrats know they have to swing a lot of those middle or independent voters, so young voters are incredibly important. It should be a pretty coveted group of people because they aren’t always decided,” said Rachel Huff-Doria, executive director of Forward Montana, which helps get out the vote on college campuses across the state.
As he did in his bid for governor, Gianforte has largely ignored college campuses. His campaign has focused on rallying older, established voters to cast ballots.
Bernie Sanders had another show today on Facebook. It is now on YT and here’s the video, it’s about 40 minutes long. His guest is Larry Wilmore, formerly of The Larry Wilmore Show on Comedy Central, and now has a podcast series (free) called “Black on the Air“. Some of you may remember he was the last keynote comedian for the White House Correspondents Dinner during the Obama Administration. This is also an open thread for this evening. …Continue reading →
This is just a slight rant. I’ve been mumbling about it here, but I want folks in the Indie media, particularly those with investigative reporting and punditry that is progressive liberal left, to hopefully see this via tags. Not centrists or neo-liberals but Democratic Socialists like me, aka Berners. …Continue reading →
Republican Greg Gianforte loaned himself $1 million to finance his bid for Montana’s only seat in the U.S. House, as his Democratic opponent raked in huge sums of cash from small, individual donors ahead of a nationally watched May 25 special election to fill the seat vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
New filings made with the Federal Election Commission over the weekend show that Gianforte, who made millions from the sale of his software business, has raised more than $3.4 million since launching his bid for Congress.
Meanwhile, Democrat Rob Quist, a musician and cowboy poet making his first bid for public office, has collected nearly $3.3 million through May 5, with most of it — $3.2 million — coming from individual donors.
Quist’s campaign said 56,000 individual donors have given an average of $23 per contribution. The FEC does not require donors who give less than $200 to be identified.
“Greg Gianforte’s attempt to buy another election after losing last time shows he still doesn’t get Montana. He will get the message on May 25th that Montanans can’t be bought and will never be for sale.”
The rest of what I’m reading/watching/etc will be added to the comments. Have a great day!
April Showers bring May Flowers on the month’s ides. Let’s get to it as some of this news is not making the media conglomerates due to revelations of Trump’s continued incompetence as the commander-in-chief.
Happy Monday friends! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend! I was on a self imposed media-blackout so have no clue what’s really happened other than what I’ve read on the weekend open thread here, so will slowly add what I’m catching up on in the comments.
Starting things off with the always fantastic Nina Turner:
Hello everyone..I’m taking a day off from planting my gardens , catching up on my neglected emails and just relaxing. I hope you are having a lovely Mother’s Day weekend in your neck of the woods. 🙂 While reading my email notifications I came across an interesting and revealing new documentary that’s being talked about on Twitter. It details how Democratic Party DNC Political Strategists influenced, planned and eventually set-up the election of the Orange One. I learned a lot of new stuff watching it. It’s a citizen journalism documentary film showing the terrible corruption that comes when big money …Continue reading →
“People often ask me, ‘What do you think about what the president said yesterday,’” Sanders, 75, said bluntly during a joint appearance with Carter. “It’s hard to answer because his view will be different tomorrow, and very often, factually what he says is just not correct.”
Sanders and Carter’s “conversation” came at the end of Day One of the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum. The audience, which included activists, peacemakers, and community leaders from 31 countries, frequently broke into applause, particularly when Sanders launched into one of his signature pull-no-punches commentaries on the impact corporate money has on American politics. Even Carter seemed to get caught up in it. After Sanders suggested that higher voter turnout was the key to defeating the Republican Party, Carter quipped to the audience, “Can you all see why I voted for him?!”
The topic of their “conversation” was human rights, and Sanders, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president last year, didn’t hold back when it came to expressing his true feelings about the growing gap between rich and poor in this country, health care reform and other progressive topics.
Meanwhile, Carter had pulled no punches earlier in the day about why Sanders had been invited to address the two-day forum which is focused on strategies for protecting human rights in the wake of rising authoritarianism.
“I think during the last election in America, Bernie Sanders represented the best of all the candidates what this conference is about,” Carter told the AJC in an interview about an hour before their joint appearance at the end of a forum dinner. “When you lose your opportunity to have some reasonable chance of a decent income, you lose a lot of other things as well. One of the key things people feel is that they’ve lost a voice in their own government.”
Today is Derby Day…but there’s other news and some levity as well. We’ll start with Lee Camp, who with comedic talent, gives us the rundown of this past week’s news in his show, Redacted Tonight. Among the highlights, Obama’s “back wages” from Wall Street, and DNC’s folly in the current class action lawsuit. …Continue reading →
Sen. Bernie Sanders did not hold anything back Thursday when he condemned the House passage of the Republican-backed bill to replace Obamacare.
“If the bill passed today in the House became law, thousands of Americans would die, because they would no longer have access to health care,” Sanders told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360.”
The Vermont lawmaker and former presidential candidate claimed the Obamacare replacement provides billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%.
“What kind of health care bill are we talking about when you throw 24 million people off of health insurance,” Sanders said.
Cooper asked Sanders to weigh in on health care giant Aetna pulling out of Obamacare in Virginia, citing major losses.
“What (Republicans) are doing now is consciously sabotaging the Affordable Care Act,” Sanders said. “For example, not enforce the individual mandate — many billions of dollars are not coming into the system and then rates are going up. And then they say, ‘Oh look, it’s a terrible situation rates are going up’.”
Donald Trump and Republicans just celebrated voting to let thousands of Americans die so that billionaires get tax breaks. Think about that. pic.twitter.com/hbOp7k2TQe