Compact Opponents

House Leader Keith Regier made bad decisions

by Dr. Edwin Berry Montana House Majority Leader Keith Regier (R) tried to defeat Montana’s Last Indian Water Compact in 2015. He almost succeeded. Had he succeeded, he would have done serious damage to the State of Montana and to Montana citizens. Termed out of Montana’s House, Regier is now running for the Montana Senate …

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Regier should support CSKT Water Compact for the ‘Greater Good’

by Dr. Ed Berry Montanans do not support Rep. Keith Regier’s values. Rep. Keith Regier’s reply to my letter of October 4 (see below) shows a good candidate can defeat him in his next election. By his own admission, Regier could not understand my October 4 letter. He may not understand this one either. Regier …

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Very Conservative Evangelicals are bad for GOP

by Dr. Ed Berry (also published in Daily Inter Lake, October 4, 2015) Former Kalispell Mayor Tammi Fisher and Montana House Majority Leader Keith Regier have ignited a battle over conservative ideology. ( See their opinion letters in the Daily Inter Lake, September 9 and 13, respectively, also republished for your convenience below.) Their battle is part of the ideological …

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Republican PSC plays high-stakes political game

by Dr. Ed Berry On September 5, 2015, the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) held a ceremony in Pablo, Montana. Their ceremony recognized their purchase of the now “Salish Kootenai” Dam. Their purchase was under the terms of the agreement they negotiated with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 1985.

CSKT Compact opponents reveal their True Colors

by Dr. Ed Berry Opponents of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact will meet Saturday, September 26, 2015, in Kalispell’s Red Lion Inn. Their Conference reveals their true colors. They have openly aligned themselves with the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), the foremost anti-Indian hate group in America.

Can Fanning’s Rightwing Radicals stop the CSKT Water Compact?

by Dr. Ed Berry On May 21, 2015, Robert Fanning, Elaine Willman, and other dissatisfied opponents of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Water Compact met in Billings, Montana, with New York lawyer Larry Kogan. They hope to block the Compact in Congress. On June 2, 2015, Fanning formed Regulatory Lawfare Relief, LLC (RAR), …

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Catherine Vandemoer’s flawed legal analyses

by Attorney Hertha Lund There she goes again. Catherine Vandemoer’s recent column illustrates why Montanans should not trust someone to practice law without a license, who needs to build a citizens’ group for her income. Ms. Vandemoer’s constant mistruths and self-serving rantings have been very bad for Montana agriculture. In her recent rant, Ms. Vandemoer questioned …

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Good bye, Montana … your Tea Party killed you

by Dr. Ed Berry This is the story of how Montana’s Compact Commission protected Montana’s Flathead Valley water from calls by Idaho, Oregon, and Washington by assigning this water to the CSKT with an agreement by the CSKT to not call this water. This is the story of how Montana’s evangelical Tea Party legislators killed the Compact, …

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Water Compact Denier

 They won’t let me modify the negotiated Compact. It’s unconstitutional. I can’t vote for an unconstitutional bill even if it would be good for Montana. I know, all the professional compact attorneys say it’s constitutional but I don’t trust attorneys. I can interpret the Hellgate treaty and all its case law better than any attorney. I don’t …

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Senator Jackson wants all Montanans to risk their future on his personal opinion

by Dr. Ed Berry There’s the story about two hunters, Fred and Joe, who see a bear running towards them. Joe takes off his boots and ties on his track shoes. Fred says, “Why put on your track shoes? You still can’t outrun that bear.” Joe says, “I don’t have to outrun that bear. I only have …

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Compact opponents threaten Montana

by Dr. Ed Berry On March 2 in Kalispell, Montana, three Montana Senators – Janna Taylor, Mark Blasdel, and Bob Keenan – and two Montana Representatives – Randy Brodehl and Keith Regier – told us why they oppose the CSKT Water Compact SB 262, but they could not give one valid reason for their opposition. Not attending, wisely …

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Compact opponents’ case is “Going to Pieces”

by Dr. Ed Berry “Going to Pieces” Author Elaine Willman wrote a letter yesterday. Clarice forwarded Willman’s letter. Kirk MacKenzie from California forwarded Clarice’s forward. That’s the Tea-Party at work. Willmans letter proves Compact opponents are driven by their conspiracy theories, not facts. Further, Willman’s case against the Compact is so pathetic it should be …

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Why Senator Verdell Jackson is wrong about the CSKT Water Compact

by Dr. Ed Berry Senator Verdell Jackson claimed, in his public letter in the Daily Inter Lake (February 6, 2015, page A4) that the Montana CSKT Water Compact is similar to the situation in Idaho. He wrote: In Idaho, a similar situation occurred where the federal government filed 6,000 claims on behalf of the Nez …

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