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Ted’s essays

Bull* vetoes

Bullock again proves himself ignorant and incompetent to hold an office representing the people of Montana. Twenty states have “Constitutional Carry” – that is, no law against carrying weapons regardless of whether your coat falls over it or not. There are absolutely no related problems in any of them. With a strong, knowledgeable gun culture, Montana is no more at risk than any of them, particularly including the most recent addition to that list, New Hampshire. Both houses of the state legislature agreed. King Bull* disagreed. His second idiotic move Thursday was vetoing legal carry into Montana Post Offices. Over a decade ago a couple of US Postal Service employees “went postal” and shot some co-workers. From postal service […]

I won

In the all important metric of campaign dollars spent for every vote earned, I seriously kicked butt! Dunlap $0.07 per vote Bullock $12.98 per vote Gianforte $33.49 per vote. Greg spent $7,271,672 to win 220,142 votes. Steve spent $3,014,517 to win 232,316 votes. I spent $1,085 to win 15,649 votes. . In another important area, I landed in the company of the largest group this election. As you can see in the chart to the left, far more adults in Montana did not vote for either the Republican or the Democrat candidate for governor. Of the 902,797 Montanans 18 and over, 450,339 did not vote for Greg or Steve. See how popular that option was. In round numbers, that […]

Bull*** vetoes

It was a few of the incumbent governor vetoes that inspired me to run for governor. How could anyone be that antagonistic to the people of Montana and still get elected? Here are some that your governor should have supported, endorsed, aided and signed. But the elitist in that Helena chair prevented them from becoming law. (By the way, campaign strategists teach that we should never mention our competition’s name; that we should not contribute to their name recognition. You will notice that other than in quotations I followed that advice in this article.) Campus concealed carry bill HB 240, introduced by Rep. Cary Smith (R-Billings), would have allowed licensed concealed-carry permit holders — who must pass a background check […]

cannabis in Montana

Imagine trying to run a grocery store, auto shop or dentist office where legislation limited you to serving THREE customers. That is what the legislature and governor did to medical cannabis in Montana. Mind you, this is a substance used by humans for over a thousand years with zero deaths, quite unlike legal pharmaceuticals with very short histories and thousands of deaths every year. In Montana, possession of even a single joint for non-medical purposes can land a person in jail for six months, while possession of 60 grams or more (a little over two ounces) can result in a sentence of up to five years. These stiff marijuana penalties cause related negative consequences. In 2012, there were 1,502 arrests […]

qualifications

Ted Dunlap learned The H-P Way of business management from Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in formal H-P training classes, and on the job for 12+ years. He simultaneously majored in business management at Sonoma State University while they were evolving their programs to include The H-P Way. The centerpiece of The H-P Way is “Management By Objectives”, wherein skilled managers inspire their subordinates to use their knowledge, experience and expertise to accomplish clearly-defined objectives. Contrast that with top-down management-by-directive wherein decision-making power is limited to what “the expert” in-charge knows, sees and thinks. It was their innovative management style that enabled the company founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to outstrip the growth and success of all businesses […]

candidate questionnaire / response

1. What will be your top three priorities as governor? 2. The Legislative Fiscal Division is warning that revenues are coming in below projections, causing concern for Fiscal Year 2017. The state budget office is much more optimistic. Who do you believe and why? 3. Is it time for Montana to consider steady streams of revenue such as a sales tax? Why or why not? 4. Is infrastructure still a top priority in the next legislative session? What are your plans for the issue? 5. Do you support Medicaid expansion? If you do is it worth the cost? If you don’t, what is your message to the Montanans who have signed up? 6. Do you support efforts being made […]

geoengineering Montana

I wrote the following in response to an inquiry questioning whether my stance on having Montana state resources investigate the impact(s), if any, of geoengineering on the people, plants, animals and other resources in our state was additional spending, and thus counter to Libertarian financial conservative principles. I understand your question as well as the underlying question it implies. I will answer both. The state government of Montana lists 36 separate agency websites. As governor I would authorize no additional agencies, nor would I allow budget increases for any existing agencies. Furthermore, I would work to eliminate several of them by transferring their work back to regional or local government or the private sector where appropriate. It is probably more […]

governor campaign inquiry – response

E-mail to Ted Dunlap for Montana Governor with response below. Greetings Mr. Dunlap, (received 8/28/2016) I suppose I need a little information which you should be able to provide. 1. How many Montanans are Libertarians in the Montana Libertarian party? 2. Who is your running mate as the Lt. Governor? 3. Who is your campaign manager? 4. How many counties have you covered in the state? 5. When was the Montana Libertarian party convention and where was it held and how many attended? 6. What bills are you proposing for the state of Montana? 7. What do you think about Universal Military Training? 8. What do you think about Montana National Guard? 9. Did you serve in the Military Ted? […]