A few experts join us on a discussion on immigration in America.
Both politicians join us for some news, views and phone calls.
Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and the Institute for Health Policy Studies at University of California, San Francisco, and Adjunct Professor of Research at Touro University California. Dr. Lustig’s career has focused on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system, and the pathogenesis of chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes. He is one of the leaders of the “anti-sugar” and “real food” movements to improve global health. He connects the science of food to the policy and the politics. He also comments on the role of industry tactics to promote hedonic substances and behaviors and the resulting aftermath of healthcare decline and societal devolution.
Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He completed his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1983, and his clinical fellowship at UCSF in 1984. From there, he spent six years as a research associate in neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. In 2013 he received his Masters in Studies of Law from UC Hastings College of the Law. Dr. Lustig is the author of many academic works, and of the popular books “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”, the “Fat Chance Cookbook”, and “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of our Bodies and Brains”.
Dr. Lustig is the Chief Scientific Officer of EatREAL, a non-profit dedicated to reversing childhood obesity and diabetes by impacting the global food supply; on the Advisory Board of Wellness in Action, a non-profit dedicated to community efforts to mitigate obesity and disease; and Chief Medical Officer of Slendine, a company developing products designed to improving metabolic health by mitigating the risks posed by the processed food environment.
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Mr Clarke joins us live on VOM the Wednesday before the Yellowstone County Republicans Lincoln Reagan day dinner.
Lets have a ball and build the wall!
2018 Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner is the the largest fundraiser for Yellowstone County Republicans. The funds raised go to support candidates in Yellowstone County as well as GOP events throughout the year.
Please join us in welcoming the “People’s Sheriff” David Clarke.
After nearly four decades in law enforcement, the Sheriff has charted a new path to serving the public, which gives him the freedom to reach millions of Americans with his message, unfiltered by the confines of holding public office. Maximizing his gift for connecting with people, he will travel across the country to staunchly support our men and women in law enforcement; to promote the rule of law and protecting our national security; and to expose the left’s manipulative game of identity politics. As a “General” in President Trump’s external army, he will also support candidates who commit to the Trump-Pence agenda of putting America First.
The doors will open at 5:30pm for a VIP cocktail hour, 6:30 doors will open for reserved seating, mix & mingle, law & military tickets. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served as well as a no host bar.
Healthcare Providers in America are always in short supply but in rural Montana it is a crisis.
Joining us will be Barb Dunbar – Hi-Line Retirement Center (Malta)
And in-studio will be Ryan Tooke – Rosebud County Health Center (Forsyth)
These two professional healthcare providers from small-town Montana tell of their struggles and accomplishments in their profession.
It is time to repeal and replace the Democrat’s incumbent senator, Jon Tester. After 30 years of fixing broken people, Dr. Al is running as your Montana Republican candidate for U.S. Senate to fix broken government.
In a crowded primary, why is he Montana’s nominee of choice? Dr. Al combines the strengths of all the contenders into one person:
- THIRD GENERATION MONTANAN | Born and raised in Great Falls, Dr. Al is the son of a carpenter and great grandson of farmers and miners who pioneered Central Montana and the Hi-Line.
- AIR FORCE VETERAN | Dr. Al demonstrates service above self. Over a decade in the U.S. Air Force fortified his love for our nation and the constitution we were founded upon.
- PHYSICIAN | Over the past 30 years, Dr. Al has cared for +100,000 patients (recipient of the 2017 Flathead’s Best Orthopedist Award). Formerly a part business owner of a clinic, he has the greatest understanding of our broken healthcare system and how to fix it to better serve Montanans.
- BATTLE-TESTED STATE LEGISLATOR | Having served the past four years at our state Capitol, Dr. Al is a fearless and driving force for legislation that enhances rural healthcare, supports public lands, and protects life from conception to natural death (recipient of 2017 Montana NAMI Hero Award).
- FAMILY VALUES | Dr. Al is a husband of 30 years and biological, foster, and adoptive father of six children, and soon to be grandpa!
Tester cannot run against Dr. Al based on place of birth, how their families farm the land, or who can better protect Montana’s heritage through the legislative process. An “Olszewski vs. Tester” race will be won on issues important to Montana. Vote for Dr. Al Olszewski in the Republican primary on June 5!
Matt Rosendale, 57, is a rancher, businessman and proven leader. He is the son and brother of U.S. Marines.
Matt was instrumental in taking a five agent, one office real estate firm and growing it into a four office, 65 agent organization. He was a broker and owner.
When he is not in Helena doing his work as Montana’s State Auditor, he and his wife Jean live on their family ranch north of Glendive, in Eastern Montana. Matt has spent many long hours mending fences, herding cattle and working the land. After living and working in their tight-knit community for a nearly a decade, Matt was asked by community members to run for the Montana legislature in 2010. In 2014, Matt was elected by his colleagues in the State Senate as the Majority Leader. In February of 2016, Matt announced his candidacy to be Montana’s State Auditor (Commissioner of Securities and Insurance). Despite being outspent 4:1, Matt won by nearly 8 points.
We will be discussing the new bills in U.S. Congress, and the focus now on National Change as much as change at the state level. We will also discuss how current law and due process is not being followed based on the legislative audit, and how these bills could improve outcomes. We will announce two events, and how people can get involved with MCPA especially in their own communities.
Montana Child Protection Alliance
Robert and Derek discuss the Montana Constitution while taking your calls.
Guest host Robert Brown interviews, Theresa Manzella (R) HD 85.
The Hamilton Montana legislator sits on the Judiciary; Natural Resources and Rules committees.
She has been in the Legislature since 2015 and is a private business owner.
t is John Eidsmoe who we are planning to have with you in studio March 16th
John Eidsmoe is a frequent lecturer and debater at colleges, universities, churches, and civics groups. As a constitutional attorney, he has successfully litigated court cases involving First Amendment religious freedom and has defended home education and Christian schools, championed the right of students and teachers to study the Bible in public schools, debated ACLU attorneys on radio and television, and served on the Ten Commandments Legal Defense Team. He is an ordained pastor in the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, and with his family (he and his wife have been married over 30 years, have three children: David, Kirsten and Justin) he lives in rural Pike Road, Alabama.
He holds five degrees in law, theology, and political science. These include two doctorates, one in law from the University of Iowa, and one in ministry from the Oral Roberts University. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Brethern Seminary and his Master of Arts degree in biblical studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. His Bachelor of Arts degree in political science is from St. Olaf College. He is also a graduate of the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War College.
He has taught legal history and church history at law schools and seminaries. He currently serves as a professer of constitutional law and related subjects at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama, where his students have twice given him the Outstanding Professor Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Birmingham Theological Seminary. A constitutional attorney and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Colonel Eidsmoe has also taught church history and other subjects in various seminaries.
He has authored 12 books, including Christianity & the Constitution, Columbus & Cortez, and the video series titled The Institute on the Constitution. A Second Degree Black Belt with the American Taekwondo Foundation, Colonel Eidsmoe also serves as Regional Representative for the Gospel Martial Arts Union, is an avid horseman and skier, and tries to get 8 hours of sleep every week.
Sales has been described as an “outspoken conservative” and an “ultraconservative.” At the time Sales was selected by his Republican colleagues in 2006 to serve as speaker of the House, the Billings Gazette described him as “easily one of the body’s most conservative members.”He is a supporter of the Tea Party movement, favors budget cuts and tax cuts, supports “right-to-work” legislation, and expanded gun rights. Sales praised Sarah Palin in 2009, saying: “I think she should be part of the discourse and part of the process.” Sales criticized the Affordable Care Act and in the Montana Legislaturevoted against accepting the act’s Medicaid expansion, stating, “There is no constitutional guarantee to healthcare.”
High-tech companies continue to be an important component of Montana’s economy, generating nearly $1.7 billion in revenues in 2017 and growing at rates up to nine times faster than the statewide economy, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
The study found that Montana High Tech Business Alliance members continue to grow, with Montana employment of just under 6,000 and paying an median annual salary of $63,000, a five percent increase over 2016.
High-tech survey respondents expect to add more than 1,200 new jobs in 2018, an 18.5 percent increase over 2017. According to the study, high-tech pays more than twice the median earning per Montana worker and represents the third highest-paying industry in Montana.
The fourth annual survey, commissioned by the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, includes responses from 134 members of the statewide organization that has more than 320 high-tech and manufacturing firms and affiliates as well as responses from 55 non-member high-tech and manufacturing companies. It also includes new insights on hiring and the high tech labor force in Montana, as well as trends in Alliance member wages, employment, revenue, and capital expenditure over the four years the study has been conducted.
“The growth trajectory of Montana’s high-tech industry has far exceeded our expectations when we began collecting this data in 2015,” said Christina Quick Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance. “The removal of geography as a barrier to doing business, Montana’s attractiveness as a location for startups and second offices, and the economic success of companies like RightNow Technologies in Bozeman and onX in Missoula have all converged to create billions of dollars in revenue in a state with just over one million people. This data tells a new and surprising story about what is possible not just for our state, but for other rural communities across America.”
According to Lance Tinseth, board chair of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance and CIO of Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply in Bozeman, “This report confirms that Montana’s tech companies are continuing to grow at a record pace, ensuring that Montana natives and expatriates will be able to find rewarding, high-paying jobs right here in their home state. It also indicates that the Montana tech community is vibrant and invested in growing Montana’s economy as a whole.”
Montana high tech companies expect to increase wages by 5 percent in 2018, significantly faster than the 1.6 percent growth of all Montana employers in the most recent data. According to the study, growth in Alliance member and nonmember firms “vastly exceeds” average statewide economic growth. Employment and revenues are expected to grow at rates that are nearly nine times the BBER’s projection of statewide growth for member firms, and four times projected statewide growth for nonmember firms.
Eric Siegfried, CEO of onX, said Montana has been a key component of his company’s growth, which just closed a $20.3 million growth equity investment led by Summit Partners. “We launched onX in 2009 from my wife’s scrapbooking room in our Missoula home. Since then, the company has moved into much larger offices in Missoula and opened an office in Bozeman to house almost 70 employees. Over the past nine years, tens of millions of dollars in revenues and investment from out of state have flowed through onX and into Montana. This state’s culture, people, and landscape all played a major role in that growth story. Today’s report reinforces that Montana is the ideal place to build enduring tech companies.”
Mike Myer, CEO & Co-Founder of Quiq, said, “Montana is a great place for entrepreneurs looking to start their own company, even though places like Silicon Valley get most of the credit. There is a ton of high-quality talent from the computer science graduates in the state and the work-life balance is really key. Companies are realizing more that startup life exists outside the mainstays, and that companies can be built almost anywhere. When companies are places where their employees’ quality of life is better, they’re going to have happier and in turn, better employees.” Quiq, formerly Centricient, closed a $6.5 million round led by Venrock in 2016.
This year’s report included survey data from the last four years to show Alliance member trends in wages, employment, revenue, and capital expenditure. Reported median wages paid by Alliance members have been increasing each year since the 2014 reported median wage of $50,700. Total Montana employment of all Alliance firms is increasing each year, from 2,742 in 2014 to nearly 6,000 in 2017; BBER notes that it is important to remember the number of Alliance members has increased each consecutive year. Total annual Montana-generated Alliance member revenue has been growing steadily each year, from $632 million in 2014 to $1.4 billion in 2017. $86 million in total capital expenditures in 2017 in Montana shows a slight increase from 2016, but the overall trend appears to be more volatile.
The 2018 survey added questions on the ease or difficulty of hiring in Montana and of obtaining new capital in Montana. Substantially more high tech businesses, 28 percent of members and 48 percent of nonmembers, reported that it was harder to hire more qualified new employees in Montana in 2017. More than two-thirds of survey respondents said there was no change in their ability to acquire capital in 2017. This data, analyzed by Dr. Yasuyuki Motoyama of the University of Kansas, indicated that companies with higher annual revenue were more likely to report that it was harder to hire in 2017 than firms with lower revenue and that very small, start-up companies were more likely to find it harder to obtain capital in 2017.
For the fourth year in a row, the BBER survey found that Montana’s quality of life – its lifestyle, the work/life balance, the recreational opportunities, and the beauty of the landscape – provided significant advantages to doing business in the state. Survey respondents also mentioned Montana’s high-quality workforce as a major advantage.
High tech companies reported that attracting talent and hiring skilled technology workers are their firm’s largest impediments to growth. Alliance members added that visibility to customers is a new, but significant, impediment to growth.
The fourth annual survey was sent to 270 Montana High Tech Business Alliance member companies in high tech and manufacturing and 290 non-Alliance member companies.
Interviews with the Montana High Tech Business Alliance and member companies can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and logos may be downloaded and a list of members by location may be found at http://mthightech.org/media/press-kit/. The full 2018 Montana High Tech Industry report can be downloaded at https://mthightech.org/surveys/.
A proud Montanan, Troy Downing has planted roots here and invested in the land and people who make our state.
Troy Downing began his career in education as a research scientist and educator at one of the largest private universities in the country. Troy would later found a technology startup company that would go on to merge with Yahoo!. Then came September 11th, 2001. Deeply affected by 9/11, Troy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served eight years in a Combat Search and Rescue squadron, including serving in two deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where Troy helped to evacuate countless wounded warriors off the battlefield.
Today here at home, Troy continues to support our wounded warriors and is actively involved with and serves on the advisory board of “Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation,” which uses fly fishing and Montana’s natural beauty as a simple but powerfully effective healing therapy for our traumatically wounded veterans. Across Montana, Troy has worked side-by-side with organizations supporting at-need families, at-risk youth, our veterans, and our schools, including the local school in Big Sky and the Performing Arts Center. Troy now has a successful career in commercial real estate but once again heard the call to serve his state and country. Troy Downing feels the threat to our American Dream from the career politicians and special interests.
Troy is dedicated to defending our principles and ideals. Troy firmly believes that we need a true conservative in Washington to stand up for Montana against the federal government whenever necessary. Troy is a strong supporter of smaller government, the 2nd Amendment, and economic prosperity for all through lower taxes. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Troy is a strong defender of public access to our great lands for recreational purposes.
Troy Downing is married to his wife Heather and they have four children.
Ray Nickless, Hydrologist with the NWS in Missoula joins us along with others from around the state.
Wyoming gubernatorial candidate and Constitutional Attorney Harriet Hageman is going to be the keynote speaker at the Madison/Gallatin Lincoln/Reagan Dinner on March 24th. Harriet is very highly respected for her defense of private property and has several landmark high court decisions, including a major victory against the EPA. She is an outstanding speaker and is one of the most highly regarded trial lawyers with the Rocky Mountain Legal Foundation.
There are a number of interesting cases before the Commission at the moment, including two separate rate cases and a $5.3 Billion dollar merger request by Avista and Canadian based Hydro One. Avista is a partial owner in the two newer units at Colstrip, so the deal could have a big impact on Montana.
Dale Watson is an Texas Country singer, guitarist, songwriter and published author and has positioned himself as a tattooed, independent outsider who is interested in recording authentic country music. As a result, he has become a favorite of critics and alt-country fans.
Paul J. Sausville is a retired Supervisor of Malta New York. While Supervisor, He thought it would be fun to have a song about our small town and our special values and friendly people. They are values that all small towns share.
As a result, we have composed a fun song “In The Small Town of Malta” that is played at community events and on the local radio here in our small town in upstate New York. It was composed to the country tune “South of Round Rock Texas” that was made popular by Dale Watson. The composition is with the full approval of Dale.
The neat thing is, the song also applies to the small town of Malta Montana.
Paul J. Sausville, Malta (New York)
Pulse crops like peas, dry beans, lentils and chick peas play a huge role in healthy diets in countries around the world. They’re also a powerful and versatile crop for Montana farmers who can use them to improve soil health and generate income from local and global markets.
“People are finding out that pulses aren’t just for soups you can use them in just about everything and the ingredient market is huge” says Jerry Schillinger, president of Northern Pulse Growers Association from Circle, MT.
The pulse crop acreage across Montana is exploding and for good reason. It’s consumer demand like this that has farmers like Circle’s Jerry Schillinger interested in growing pulse crops.
Schillinger says “Well, it’s gotten to be huge. We’re the number one pulse growing state in the nation. It’s really added especially in northeast Montana and now they’re starting to move into the triangle. I got to visit with an old’ friend who raised his very first chickpea crop this year and it was like mana from heaven really for him. He had a nice crop and good prices and it’s really taken the edge off the situation we’ve been in some of the other crops.”
During Montana Pulse Day in Great Falls, the event drew farmers who were new to raising pulses to those like Mike Waters from Froid, MT who has been raising them since 1996.
“The reason we got into pulses was to replace summer fallow and defray that cost. Since we got into raising pulses we started making money so we’ve stuck with them. It’s improved our wheat and durum production so they’ve been a beneficial rotation” says Waters.
Like other commodities, farmers are also finding it a lot easier these days to sell their pulse crops here in Montana.
Water says “I think when we first started it was important to have a contract to market them right away but that was because the buyers and processing plants were so far away. I think now with the increase in buyers and processing facilities in the state of Montana you can store them and sell them later.”
Like other farming and ranching practices, raising pulses is also good for Montana’s wildlife population.
“It’s an all-around holistic thing. It’s also a fantastic thing for the wildlife. It really makes farming a lot more exciting and fun” says Schillinger.
Over 80 percent of the pulse crops grown in the United States are grown by farmers in Montana and North Dakota.
As consumer demand for foods made from pulses continues to grow, we’ll continue to see more Montana farmers raise them because it’s not just a good agronomic decision, but it also just makes good old fashion dollars and sense.
The motorcycle club lifestyle has been wild and woolly from the beginning.
Ralph “Teach” Elrod has lived these times and has written about it.
A real Montana Biker talking about life and times as a biker.
Montanas only Congressman Greg Gianforte joins us and takes a few phone calls.