Wolf Point Herald

No Local Involvement In Democratic Senate Candidate Selection Process

There is no representation from Roosevelt County and only 14 delegates from eastern Montana who will participate in the selection process for a replacement for Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., who announced Thursday, Aug. 7, that he would withdraw from the U.S. Senate race.
There are 157 names on a list of delegates to a special nominating convention that was provided by the Montana Democratic Party.
Shirley Ball of Nashua is the nearest delegate to Wolf Point on the list. Another is Gene Hartsock of Glasgow. Two delegates hail from Daniels County. They are Julie French and Connie Wittak. There are four from Dawson County, five from Custer County and one from Sidney.
After several requests to the Montana Democratic Party in Helena for a list of delegates, the full roster was provided. An earlier list of “eastern Montana” delegates included people from Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls and Havre.
State Representative Bridget Smith, D-Wolf Point, is one of very few Democrats holding office from eastern Montana.
“We are truly forgotten and I remind the governor of that often,” she said.
“We are also at fault for not being active,” Smith added.
Walsh, 53, announced his withdrawal from the race following accusations of plagiarism. He had been under pressure to withdraw from leading Democrats and some Montana newspapers in the wake of an investigation by the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., where he had obtained his master’s degree in 2007. The New York Times reported in July that portions of Walsh’s thesis had been plagiarized from other sources without attribution.
Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Walsh [then lieutenant governor] to the Senate in February when Sen. Max Baucus resigned to become ambassador to China after serving 35 years in the Senate.
A 33-year military veteran, Walsh held the rank of brigadier general and served as adjutant general of the Montana Army National Guard.
According to a letter from Jim Larson, chair of the Montana Democratic Party, Walsh will continue to serve in the Senate until his appointed term expires in January, 2015.
The special nominating convention will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena.
Montana law requires that candidacy vacancies must be filled no later than 76 days prior to the election, which gave the Democrats until Wednesday, Aug. 20 to have a nominee in place.
Republican Rep. Steve Daines, had been heavily favored to win over Walsh. The GOP has not held the seat since 1913.
Possible candidates named by national media to replace Walsh as the Democratic nominee include former lieutenant governor John Bohlinger, former governor Brian Schweitzer and abortion rights activist Nancy Keenan.
Montana Democratic Party executive director Andrea Marcoccio released a prepared statement on Thursday, Aug. 7, that Walsh would submit an official certificate of resignation to Secretary of State Linda McCulloch as soon as possible. She said the selection process for a replacement nominee would be open and transparent to all Montanans and the media.
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Frontier School Board OKs 13 Out-Of District Students

Frontier School trustees approved 13 out-of-district enrollments during the monthly school board meeting, Monday, Aug. 11.
In other business, the board approved Austin Wortman as a custodian and bus driver, pending completion of a driver training program.
Marianne Rees was approved to coach volleyball and be athletic director.
The board also approved staff handbook changes.
Auditor Ross Stalcup made a presentation to the board.
The board will hold a special budget meeting Aug. 14 at 6 p.m.

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Council Authorizes $20K For Centennial

The Wolf Point City Council authorized a $20,000 donation, Monday, Aug. 11, to help fund the Centennial celebration, which will be held during the 2015 Wild Horse Stampede.
Funding will come from oil severance money.

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Child Killed In Sheridan County ATV Crash

A 4-year-old girl died Thursday, Aug. 7, in an ATV accident near Dagmar, in Sheridan County, about 40 miles northeast of Froid.
The Montana Highway Patrol reported that a 19-year-old man was driving a 2007 Polaris ATV across a field with the child riding as a passenger when the accident occurred at about 8:30 p.m.
According to the MHP, the driver made a sharp turn on a hill while going backwards and the ATV turned over onto its side.
The child was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The names have not been released.

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No Local Candidates Among 42 Who Failed To File Campaign Finance Reports

The office of the Montana commissioner of political practices said none of the 42 candidates for state and local offices who failed to file campaign finance reports are from Roosevelt County.
The 42 candidates who didn’t meet filing deadlines were facing removal from the general election ballot if they didn’t file campaign finance reports by Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Commissioner Jonathan Motl issued his decision, Friday, July 8, in response to a complaint filed earlier last week by Bowen Greenwood, the executive director of the Montana Republican Party, that several Democratic candidates had not filed. There are Republicans on the list as well.
Sixteen legislative candidates and 26 local government candidates failed to file.

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