P.O. Box 1491
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
Sanders County Democrats
December 11, 2020
Educate Yourself. Activate Yourself.
The Legislature is Coming to Town!
We’re all still reeling from Montana’s election results and from the imposed chaos at the national level. But there’s no turning back the clock. January is right around the corner along what’s sure to be a whirlwind 90-day biennial Montana State Legislative Session. Frankly, it looks grim. Pushing for state’s rights will infiltrate every facet of bills presented, and these bills are sure to run the gamut: our state’s COVID response, funding, and vaccine distributions; funneling public education taxation funding to private school operations; selling or transferring our public lands; decreasing or defunding Medicaid expansion; women’s right to choose; the right to choose one’s partners; changes to gun laws; taxation of needed alternative energy to offset reduction of revenue from coal tax revenues; a possible sales tax; right to work laws; dark money; and more.
How to Respond
The Montana Democrats will host an update every Monday for County Central Committees who in turn will get out the word about that week’s legislative docket. Your SCDems will in turn inform you ASAP of legislative action needed or organize a letter-to-the-editor campaign. We looking for a reserve of folks willing to write LTEs and folks who are willing to reach out to others to do the same. Please reply directly to me noting if you have a specific area of interest – health, public education, human rights, public lands, climate change, etc
A targeted ad campaign is forthcoming with a focus on supporting living wages and services for Montana’s families. Look for them and share them with others. Respond to them in our local papers.
Soon you will be emailed an updated brochure for the Sanders County Democrats with hyperlinks for all those who represent us at every level of government. In it, we will also have links to specific organizations we look to for guidance as we move through this legislative session. We invite you to check out the Sanders County Democrats Facebook for legislative updates and links to other informational feeds.
Connect with or support these new and veteran activism organizations:
Kim Dudik has started the Public Policy Institute of the Rockies
Tom Winter has started Expand the Map
Montana Human Rights Network will be reaching out to form a steering committee for a group in Mineral and Sanders County. Respond directly to me if you are interested.
Keep abreast of the news:
The Montana Post and The Montana Free Press are independent papers to support. And Lee newspaper group has recently assigned 4 reporters to follow the legislative session. Our local Lee paper is The Missoulian or there’s also the Helena Independent Record
Your first State Legislative involvement:
1) Check out the updated Legislative Website and become familiar with what information is available and how to interact with legislators.
2) Read about what will be voted on at the Joint Rules Committee meeting on Dec. 16 where the stage will be set for this session: Rules Committee information - TMFP.
3) Be prepared to be a part of the public comment during the Dec. 16 meeting by reviewing the
Procedures for Public Participation. In particular, we wish to ask that the Legislature meet remotely to be
compliant with the requested health standards of Lewis and Clark County and the City of Helena, and to
protect our public safety.
At the National Level:
How to help elect the Dem Senators in Georgia? This is the best link I've found
Our work will not be easy, but it remains necessary
Mindy Ferrell, Chair
Annual membership for 2021: $15/person Sanders County Democrats P.O. Box 1491 Thompson Falls, MT 59873
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, organized citizens
can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead
Sanders County Democrats
In pursuit of Justice, the Sanders County Democrats (hereafter referred to as SCD), will:
Promote active engagement and service on common ground issues;
Strive for unity as we provide honest and true information related to Local, State and National legislation;
Participate in coordinated efforts in elections for candidates at the Local, State, and National levels reflecting Democratic values.
Self Governance Agreements:
Support Sanders County and Its Citizens
Organizational Objectives and Structure
The previously separated Sanders County Democrats and the Sanders County Democratic Central Committee will be joined into one entity. We wish to promote the values expressed in the Montana Democratic Party Platform through social and educational means. In particular, we wish to focus our attention and effort toward achieving platform objectives in the following areas of interest:
Human and Civil Rights, that supports justice and equality of opportunity for all
Veterans Affairs, that honors and provides for active Military as well as Veterans
Public Education, that provides equitable educational opportunity and funding
Health and Human Services, that ensures quality of life for all
Public Lands, including hunting, fishing, and recreational access along with stewardship of our natural resources
Energy Policies, that promote sustainability and confronts global climate change
Good Government, that provides for needed infrastructure for community, commerce, and culture
Click here to download or view a copy of our Brochure. It contains a lot of information about our group and activities.
Contact us: email@example.com