Democracy the Autocratic way
Posted by Bill Mac (+69) 6 years ago
Just and FYI, the following is a facebook post by Representative Kim Dudik and offers frightening insight about the lengths the new ultra-conservative self-proclaimed "ruling class" in the Montana Legislature are willing to go to ensure their Divine mandate is the only voice that's heard.

from: Kimberly P. Dudik, State Representative Missoula

I serve on the Appropriations Committee, setting Montana's budget, and also on the Rules Committee, setting the rules by which the Legislature has to act this session.

We had our first session Rules Committee meeting yesterday and, to summarize what happened, some members of the Republican party (not all Republicans) are attempting to change the rules so that "majority rule" no longer applies in the Montana House of Representatives - basically allowing less than a majority of Representatives to stop bills from being heard by the entire House of Representatives. This flies in the face of Montana law and the principles of our democracy.

They also want to stop being able to compel the attendance of every member of the House to be present when a vote is being taken (called the "Call of the House") even though this idea is a bedrock of representative democracy and is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

It seems we are not going to have a bipartisan legislature working for the good of a majority of Montana if this is the approach being taken.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16829) 6 years ago
some members of the Republican party (not all Republicans) are attempting to change the rules so that "majority rule" no longer applies in the Montana House of Representatives


Let me take a wild guess, that the dynamic dark money duo of Essmann and Wittich are behind this.
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