The Dennis Rehberg Story
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17731) 9 years ago
An interesting story, written fair and balanced:

http://mtcowgirl.com/2012...more-11096
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Posted by Kacey (+3154) 9 years ago
Wow...very interesting reading. In lots of ways.
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Posted by Elizabeth Emilsson (+792) 9 years ago
In spite of all the money Reheberg has received from Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers, the senate race is really tight. Be sure to watch ( Oops, not Chris Matthews) Testor on The Ed Show tonight on MSNBC.

[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Emilsson (9/12/2012)]
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Posted by Stone (+1591) 9 years ago
Bump

and some high points.

Here's a totally different creation story, equally true, drawn from a fuller set of facts: Denny Rehberg is a fourth-generation Montana real estate speculator and subdivider.

Prominent speculators and developers, not ranchers, bought the "ranch" land that Jack Rehberg sold in the 1970s - another indication that the land wasn't long-term agricultural. Just as A.J. Rehberg had been shrewd in assembling the real estate, the family held onto the land that was most valuable for subdivisions - more than 4,000 acres in the area closest to the airport, the rim and downtown (the best for development) as well as an area to the west, where another road cuts through a different break in the rim. So the Rehbergs could have held onto A.J.'s old log house and the house where Denny was raised, had they not decided to shift more fully from ranching to real estate.

Records of the Rehbergs' leases of the state land mingled with their ranchland indicate that they've also subleased that grass to other ranchers most years since the 1980s. "After he was elected to Congress (in 2000), Rehberg loaned the goats to other Montana ranchers on a kind of animal share-cropping arrangement common in agriculture," the Gazette reported during his 2010 campaign. Shortly after that campaign ended, Rehberg sold off his goat herd, and now, once again, he's leasing the grass to other ranchers.

The recession has been a drag on sales and prices, but even so, the Gazette estimated last February that the Rehbergs' land and lots were worth at least $7 million at current prices, and two or three times that much if the market recovers. (In comparison, Jon Tester's farm and other assets are worth about $1.2 million, the Gazette said, and his land has little or no value for anything but farming
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1279) 9 years ago
That was a great story. I love history. However, when anyone talks about their history and themselves: There's who you are and there's where you come from.

Denny comes from all those things he touts himself as being. He's not (I've never heard) an abuser of his family, or had a hard childhood as his family history has been/had.

However, he also is not much of a rancher or farmer in my opinion. He's rich, but that's because of where he comes from, not who he is or what he has done. That does not impress me.
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Posted by Elizabeth Emilsson (+792) 9 years ago
The polls now show the race is very tight with 45% for Testo and 43% for Rehberg. It makes you wonder who is answering their telephone when the pollsters call. Oddly enough, Romney is only 5 points ahead of Obama in Montana. By virtue that Montana is a red state that is not a commanding lead, which means that Denny probably can't expect Romney to pull him up in the vote.
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Posted by Stone (+1591) 9 years ago
tp said that we need to keep things going right up to the next election and I could not agree more.

Bump

If you have a Rehberg sign in your yard you are either a pretender, a billionaire, or just plain retarded.
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