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Vote Democratic to protect public lands

2014-08-10T00:00:00Z 2014-08-10T16:07:06Z Vote Democratic to protect public lands The Billings Gazette
August 10, 2014 12:00 am

I have a message for hunters and fishermen as well as others who use and enjoy our public land or are engaged in the business of tourism.

Not only has the Republican Party, including candidates for national office, pledged to get rid of our National Forests and other public land, their voting record stinks. Here are some examples of votes that show actions speak louder than campaign ads.

The Dirty Ditch Bill that would have destroyed the opportunity to fish or float many streams in Montana. This bill passed the Montana House with 55 votes from Republicans. It was killed in the Senate.

Senate Bill 400 would have added 2,000 non-resident big game licenses to the existing 20,000. It passed the state Senate with 29 votes. Of those, 27 were Republicans. It was killed in the House.

Republicans voted to destroy the Habitat Montana Program, but that was vetoed by the governor.

Steve Daines opposes the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act developed by broad sweep of Montana citizens and businesses. This act would be good for our business economy and outdoor recreationists.

Democrats are the ones who are on our side in the Legislature and Congress. Republicans such as Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke are still around wanting your vote. We must elect more Democrats this November before these Republicans dispose of our public land and turn our wildlife over to wealthy interests.

Mike Penfold

Billings

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