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November 03, 2008

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JR

I expect shenanigans will abound unfortunately. I think McCain/Palin are very underrepresented in the polls though.

Smithington

What is going to happen on Tuesday is what George Will corrrectly titles the defeat of fake conservatism. It will be the defeat of what somehow became the Establishment Republicans. How any group other than Conservatives became the establishment Republicans is a matter that will have to be analyzed to ensure that it does not happen again.

But whining and complaining when real Conservatives like George Will point out that the Republican Party is a mess is hardly a solution.

After this debacle is over, people can continue throwing temper tantrums, or they can finally start fixing the problem. The sooner it is fixed, the sooner Republicans can return to winning elections.

mike

RON TUSSING FOR PSC; WHAT HIS E-MAILS SAY ABOUT HIM: DIRTY COP TO DIRTY CAMPAIGN
by MONTANA NEWS ASSOCIATION

Billings Montana.,Nov 3, 2008--/MNA PRESS/--Public Service Commission District 2 candidate Ron Tussing’s campaign manager, Mary Jo Fox, has filed nine ethics violations against Tussing’s opponent, incumbent Brad Molnar. It is widely held that the complaints are part of a dirty political strategy of a dirty campaign being waged by Billings Mayor Ron Tussing.

One of the complaints demanded Brad Molnar’s e-mails, alleging that Molnar has misused government property. Mary Jo Fox and Ron Tussing apparently have forgotten that those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

The Montana News recently acquired a portion of Billings Mayor Ron Tussing’s e-mails that pertain to his involvement in Celebrate Billings. Celebrate Billings is a community partnership, consisting of four partners – the Billings Gazette, St. Vincent Hospital, Deaconess Billings Clinic, and Montana State University Billings – that currently is under investigation by the Commissioner of Political Practices office for illegal campaign activity reporting.

Let’s see what Billings Mayor Ron Tussing’s e-mails reveal about this candidate for the Montana State Public Service Commission, District 2.

First, and perhaps most importantly, Billings Mayor Ron Tussing despises Billings’ form of government and has no intention of participating in it for more than one term. In a July 14, 2008 e-mail to Billings Gazette Editor Steve Prosinski, Mayor Tussing wrote: “This form [Billings City Council] of government drives me nuts – one reason I will only be here another 17 ½ months at the most.” In other words, Ron Tussing has no intention of running for re-election as mayor of Billings. Perhaps that is why he is seeking employment elsewhere.

On another front, Tussing’s ignorance regarding the city’s energy bills is quite evident. Ironic, as he is a candidate for the Public Service Commission, which regulates citizens’ energy rates. As recently as March 24, 2008 – a full month AFTER he had announced his candidacy for PSC District 2 – Ron Tussing was utterly ignorant of who paid for the downtown street lights in Billings.

On March 24, 2008, PSC Candidate Ron Tussing had to e-mail City Administrator Tina Volek, with the following inquiry: “Who is really responsible for our street lights? Do we pay the electric bill? Have we thought about low energy lights?” The City Administrator shed some light on the subject for Tussing, by explaining the process to him: ““Mayor: Right now, as I understand it, the majority of the street light districts in the City are operated by Northwestern Energy (a few are in the Yellowstone Electric Cooperative.) We pay fees to the utility and, in turn, collect property taxed from the owners to pay for the fees. NWE owns the equipment and is responsible for maintenance, including replacement…”

Ron Tussing didn’t even know the conditions of the agreement between the City of Billings and Northwest Energy. It took his city administrator to educate him about his own city. Volek enlightened Mayor Tussing, spelling out to him that the Billings property owners in the downtown lighting district “pay a PSC-set utility rate that includes a capital charge in perpetuity. The funds raised are used to pay for new lighting systems and other capital items. In the case of the downtown district, the fees have been collected for nearly 50 years, although there have been few improvements in the system in that time.”

Tina Volek further explained to the ignorant candidate for PSC District 2 that there was a proposal in place for the City to take over the district, in which the city would replace the lighting that was installed in the 1960’s with a more energy efficient system that would cost the downtown property owners less. Tussing then peppered Volek with more questions: “I wonder if this was something the city could undertake unilaterally or whether Northwestern would have to do it? If we pay them for the power to light the streets then can we insist they do it in the most economical way? They would probably try to chard us for the ‘infrastructure’ of replacing the bulbs but could we argue we have paid for the existing infrastructure many times? I have leaned a lot since I became a candidate for the PSC…”

Ron Tussing, candidate for PSC, just a short seven months ago, had no idea who was responsible to pay for Billings’ – the city over which Tussing is the chief presiding officer – downtown street light energy, yet he wants to be put in charge of setting taxpayers’ energy rates and get paid $80,000 a year, all the while learning the job, while he’s pocketing taxpayers’ money.

Greg Jergeson, Chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission, in a phone interview with the Montana News, when asked about the ideal background for a candidate, responded, “A person who can work through – plow through – excruciating detail of budgets, as well as financial and economic information; someone who has the capability and ability to understand the significance of the numbers.” As of seven months ago, District 2 PSC candidate Ron Tussing hadn’t even bothered to familiarize himself with the budget, or the financial and economic information of Billings, let alone the significance of those numbers.

An additional responsibility of the Public Service Commission is to address complaints. Ron Tussing would be involved in this process, yet Tussing has a history of obstructing, rather than resolving, complaint issues.

In April 2005, nationally acclaimed independent consultant Lou Reiter was called in to review former Police Chief Ron Tussing’s job performance. In the area of Internal Investigations, Reiter sustained that the Billings Police Department, under the direction of (former) Chief Tussing, improperly investigated allegations of misconduct based upon complaints of occurrences. Ron Tussing failed to comply with established policies and made up a few of his own, without going through any formal procedure for establishing them.

Nothing has really changed about Ron Tussing’s attitude regarding complaints. It depends on who is doing the complaining, as to how Tussing handles it. If it is filed by someone he wants to protect, the complaint disappears through minimizing its importance. If it is filed by someone Tussing dislikes, or who wants to remain anonymous, Tussing ridicules the complainant and ignores the complaint.

For instance: Thursday, March 27, 2008, Mayor Ron Tussing e-mailed city employee Candi Beaudry, (copied to Tina Volek): “I looked at the stuff (REDACTED) sent me, including the pictures and I talked to Souther, the architect who worked with him. This doesn’t seem like a very big deal to me. He moved a nonbearing wall and put in new windows. What am I missing? Does this really require all those copies of plans and an architect? I know he should have gotten a building permit sooner. Can we just slap him around a little and tell him not to let it happen again?”

Monday, April 07, 2008, Ron Tussing e-mailed Billings Police Chief Rich St. John: “Fyi Also, the anonymous irate caller whom you have had contact with before…is still upset because we won’t stake out (REDACTED) 24 hours a day to document the barking dogs he is too timid to give his name on a complaint about. If you decide to waste your time again tell him not to call me anymore until he’s willing to do his civic duty.”

Monday, April 07, 2008, 3:45pm; e-mail from Ron Tussing to Rich St. John, Candi Beaudry, Wyeth Friday, cc’d Tina Volek: “(REDACTED) is complaining that (REDACTED) owned by (REDACTED) has 9 trailers on the lot where drug dealing occurs, sexual and other violent offenders live, trash is not picked up, kids are starving and other nefarious activity is taking place. She has already spoken to the police and Cal the code enforcement guy but thought she would contact me just to cover all the bases. Where are we with this place being declared a nuisance or otherwise being recognized as a blight on the city and removed? She used to date one of the residents but, much to her chagrin, realized the malevolent malefactor had 65 entries on his rap sheet and dropped him like a used, strike that, hot potato.”

In an April 4, 2008, e-mail response to a city council member, regarding a citizen’s complaint that could have potential legal ramifications for the city, Ron Tussing wrote: “I would like to hear our version before we hear theirs and then decide if we want to hear the other side…” In direct contradiction to his real actions, Tussing e-mailed the complainant, writing, “I would love to be able to sit down and work this out person to person but I’m afraid that is not possible…”

Finally, what is perhaps the most ironic aspect of Mary Jo Fox’s complaint that Brad Molnar may have been misusing his government equipment for campaign and/or personal reasons is that her candidate, Ron Tussing, is guilty of the exact thing of which he – via Mary Jo Fox – has accused Molnar.

Wednesday, March 6, 2008, using his City computer, Ron Tussing wrote to “Richard”: “I am putting a campaign team together including new volunteers who were not involved in the mayor campaign. I can put you two on the list if you want. Dave could be a technical advisor and you could be spiritual advisor or puppet master or whatever task you feel comfortable with. We will be having a meeting soon, possibly Sunday evening.” In a follow-up e-mail, sent on March 7, 2008, Tussing added: “The meeting is at my house at 7:30 PM Sunday. No refreshments will be served this time…I live at 3033 Demaret Place. You take 54th north from Rimrock, take the first left on Lloyd Mangrum then the first right on Demaret Place. We’re the second house in, tan with brown trim.”

In an April 24, 2008 e-mail to Billings Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO John Brewer, Tussing wrote: “On another note, I was told this morning that Brad Molnar is using his Brownout brochure and the endorsements as a campaign piece. I hope the Chamber will disavow an endorsement of his candidacy…”

Billings Mayor Ron Tussing also regularly uses his City e-mail to communicate with his wife, Darlene – also a city employee – about their personal life and private business.

Unethically using his city computer for personal business is nothing new for Ron Tussing. When Ron Tussing was going through the disciplinary process for his gross insubordination as Billings Chief of Police, the due process letter that was sent to him provided over thirty e-mail examples of Ron Tussing’s grossly inappropriate communications. The comments covered topics and comments that included trying to get a volunteer coordinator to get a former City Manager to help in Tussing’s campaign for support, telling subordinates to suppress information, the admission of building coalitions and setting up meetings with several community members to discuss strategy toward influencing the City Council. All of this was done on City time, with City resources.

Ron Tussing’s lack of either ethics or professionalism is perhaps best exemplified by his use of taxpayer money and taxpayer resources, when he wrote the following song about his then-supervisor, Kristoff Bauer:

TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT/YOU FREAKIN LITTLE CREEP/ I THINK YOU’RE TOTALLY CLUELESS/AND YOUR BULLSHIT IS TOO DEEP/ SO DON’T YOU GO A CRYIN/WHEN I’M WALKIN OUT THAT DOOR/ CAUSE YOU CAN TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT/ I AIN’T WORKIN HERE NO MORE

Ron Tussing felt this way about his job as Billings Chief of Police. Now, apparently, he feels the same way about his job as Billings Mayor. If elected, exactly how long would it take Tussing to feel that way about the Public Service Commission, should he find that they see through him, too?

Editor’s Note:
The citizens of Billings now see through Ron Tussing. People no longer are intimidated by this bully, nor are they mesmerized by his lies. The apostle Paul writes in Second Timothy 3:13 “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Be discerning in these times that you will know what is True and Just and are not deceived.

Don’t waste your vote on Ron Tussing; he is not running for Mayor, again. According to City sources and Ron Tussing’s own e-mail’s that the Montana News has in its possession. Go ahead and vote for Brad Molnar for Public Service Commission - the RIGHT CHOICE - vs. Tussing, a corrupt public official and corrupt, disgraced former chief of police.

PJ Smith

Smithington, you sound like one of those conservatives who think that an Obama administration would certainly awaken a new surge of "true" conservatism and that a conservative hero would emerge to reclaim the country as did Reagan. There are several problems with this theory.

The first problem is that Obama might have enough of a supermajority in congress to cripple any opposition for our lifetimes by facilitating vote corruption using community based organizations and the huge illegal immigrant population. This already exists, but there's lots of room for expansion with clever legislation. Amnesty for the current crop of illegals is another possibility.

The Fairness Doctrine will reduce recruiting of new conservatives as Rush Limbaugh and the other voices will be reduced to preaching to the choir over subscription radio. There may even be plans afoot to control internet speech. One way to accomplish this is by using the power of the tort to make speech expensive to insure.

Speaking of the legal system, I seem to remember that congress has stalled most of George Bush's appointments to the federal courts. These will suddenly filled with a flood of the most radical socialist-leaning judges this country has ever seen. Not to mention the Supreme Court appointments which would have transformative power. Roe vs Wade could be viewed as mild change in the future in comparison to what an Obama court might create.

Think about the potential erosion of American sovereignty through treaties like LOST and submission to a World Court. Treaties trump our Constitution and Barack is, after all, a man of the world. He's promised to restore our image as a nation, hasn't he now.

If you're waiting for the next Reagan to emerge, I haven't seen one lately. That mold was broken on casting the original. Don't stake the nation's immediate future on the dream of a restorative conservative figure emerging. One may not show up, and those in the current crop on the national scene are less than perfect.

You might chew on this thought too. There is no conservative majority in America. The Republican party, in order to gain a majority nationally, requires a coalition of people who are either social conservatives (the "religious right") and libertarian leaning Republicans (the "leave me alone" small government types). Your non-existent "hero" just might not appeal equally to both groups.

If we elect Obama this election, we get someone who was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, rubbed shoulders with Ayers, Dorn and Khalidi and steeped his family in the hate of Jeremiah Wright. He has campaigned on a promise of transformative government. The transformation has all the potential of permanency. Against this potential any complaints of McCain's liberalism are trivial and counterproductive.

Smithington

"Smithington, you sound like one of those conservatives who think that an Obama administration would certainly awaken a new surge of "true" conservatism and that a conservative hero would emerge to reclaim the country as did Reagan."

I cannot agree with that analogy. The Republican Party was not systemically ill in 1976 or 1980. Both Ford and Reagan pursued a Conservative agenda, although it is fair to claim Reagan did it more so. The 1976 loss did not serve a useful purpose for the Republican Party since Republicans in both the White House and the Congress pursued a Conservative agenda.

Thus, Republican victories in both of those elections would have been or were beneficial for the country.

Below is yet another Obama endorsement from a Ronald Reagan staffer -- the third one to do so.

The following article is by Jeffrey Hart speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon—Hart worked at the National Review for four decades -- much of that time as the editor. And he was with Ronald Reagan for decades including the period of time when Reagan was Governor of California.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-31/obama-is-the-true-conservative/

I don't go as far as he does, but it is fair to say that Reagan officials who have not endorsed Obama are not pleased with the corruption of the Republican Party.

Tom Bowler

I think Mr. Hart is addled. He is quoted as saying, "One thing I know is that both Nixon and Reagan would have agreed with Obama’s speech against the Iraq War..." Neither Nixon nor Reagan shied away from the exercise of military power, Nixon in Vietnam, Reagan in Grenada. Mr. Hart's conjecture that neither Reagan nor Nixon would invade Iraq is based on his presumption that George W. Bush "invaded Iraq on the basis of abstract theory, the very thing Burke warned against. Bush aimed to turn Iraq into a democracy..."

In reality Saddam Hussein represented a threat that had to be dealt with, as is explained in great detail by Douglas Feith in War and Decision. To suggest as Mr. Hart does that Obama is the true conservative is absurd. Based on what? There is only his rhetoric to go on, and that's a moving target.

Finally the corruption of the Republican party is nothing compared to the corruption of the Obama campaign, which is surpassed only by the corruption of the media that refuses to report it. Obama the real conservative? Please. You liberals really slay me.

Smithington

"I think Mr. Hart is addled."

Mr Hart was editor of the National Review for 4 decades.

You don't like the National Review.

You don't like William F. Buckley Jr.

You don't like George F. Will.

You dont like the CATO institute.

You don't like "The American Conservative."

You don't like Ronald Reagan's foreign policy team and cabinet:

Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State Alexander Haig

Ronald Reagan's Director of the National Security Agency General Odom

Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Justice Edwin Meese

Ronald Reagan's Secretary of the Treasury James Baker

Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of Treasury Paul Craig Roberts

Ronald Reagan's economic advisor Bruce Bartlett

Ronald Reagan's Assistant Secretary of Defence Lawrence Korb


You have run out of room.

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