by Dr. Ed Berry – PDF here.
Montana Republicans want to replace Senator Tester. To do so, they must nominate their best candidate on June 5.
If Republicans nominate Rosendale or Olszewski on June 5, then Republicans will assure Senator Tester gets another six years.
Why? Because Rosendale and Olszewski oppose the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Water Compact and 80 percent of Montana voters want the Compact. Even President Trump will not be able to save Rosendale or Olszewski.
To understand the Compact controversy, Republicans must understand their own party.
The very vocal “Tea Party” Republicans oppose the Compact. They represent only 20 percent of Republican voters, or 10 percent of Montana voters. Rosendale and Olszewski are “Tea Party” Republicans.
“Tea Party” Republicans did not support Zinke for Congress. They wanted Cruz for President. They voted Libertarian in 2006 and 2012 to elect Tester to the US Senate.
They want gravel roads and pot holes rather than gas taxes to maintain Montana roads. They want Montanans to pay $2 billion to fight water-rights lawsuits that they would lose, rather than approve the negotiated Compact. They claim the Compact is unconstitutional, disagreeing with the Montana Supreme Court.
Come November, most Republicans, most voters in major farmer, rancher, stockgrower, and irrigator groups, most voters in major cities, and all Democrats and Indians, will vote only for a candidate who supports the Compact.
Judge Fagg is the only Republican Senate candidate who understands Montana water law and argues for the Compact.
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Here is a book review on Amazon:
Great summary of a complex topic
In this very readable summary you can learn about modern Montana water. Ed summarizes relevant Indian history, Montana water law, court findings that establish precedent, the legislative process and the politics of the topic. He makes a tremendously complex issue accessible and outlines the major players related to this issue. He has identified significant quotes and pulled them together to tell the story in the words of those in the fight. He applies logic in pursuit of the truth. Hard hitting and straight shooting.