House District 88

Meet Margaret

I am running for the State House of Representatives because I am passionate about Montana and the Bitterroot Valley. By working together we can chart a positive future, building on our strengths and the beauty of our home. I invite you to explore my website and Facebook posts to learn more about my priorities and who I am. Join “Margaret’s Army” by volunteering or contributing to my campaign!

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            [message] => Stevensville Heritage Days Parade...thank you supporters and those cheering us on today who braved the rain!
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            [message] => Yesterday I attended a great one day workshop on the Montana State Budget in Great Falls hosted by the Montana Budget and Policy Center. A couple of highlights I learned:
--Montana's Low and Middle Income Families Pay the Highest Tax Rates
--Montana ranks 31 for what we pay in taxes as a percent of personal income. 
--It's expected that the new "Pass Through Entity" rules in the GOP Tax Cut will likely decrease revenue to the State.
--85% of taxes are filed electronically
--That Montana's Tax system is progressive at the lower levels, proportional in the middle, and regressive at the top. 
--Funding for education is way complicated. 
If you want to dive into the weeds read the MT Dept of Revenue Biennial Report: https://mtrevenue.gov/publications
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            [message] => Thank you to all my supporters who voted for me in the primary. I received 969 votes.  I now know that my opposition will be the wife of the termed out incumbent who received 776 votes (although the total republican vote was 1,664). 41% of registered voters voted. It is clear that, with the help of “Margaret’s Army’s”, we can win!

I look forward to an honest discussion of issues instead of perpetuating myths and party label stereotypes. 

The battle now begins in earnest. May the best woman win!

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            [message] => I’ve got to get a few more votes in the general. Come on Democrats...we need to get out the vote!
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            [message] => 9:00 at the county election office. Yeah! I won my primary race. With half the votes counted  it looks like my opponent will be the wife of the incumbent.
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            [message] => Don’t forget to vote today. Montana’s future depends on it.
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            [message] => At a Women for Tester fund raiser. Tester fights for women’s rights. He needs all of us to help send him back to DC.
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            [message] => Had a great time with 30 other Democrats marching in the Corvallis Memorial Day Parade in honor of our veterans.
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            [message] => Heh Democrats in Ravalli County. We have some work to do. Start thinking about what office you plan to run for in the next election.
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            [message] => Lyndsay Stover, candidate for Ravalli County Commissioner spoke to us during our “Let’s Talk” lunch at the Frontier Cafe yesterday. She told us it’s time we have a commissioner who actually represents all of us! Go for it Lyndsay!
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            [message] => Had a great Democrat Party gathering for Senator Tester today. Close to 150 people turned out for tacos and Tester! He is a genuine man who really does know what the challenges are for us ordinary Montanans. We absolutely need to send him back to Washington!
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            [message] => I wish our legislators would spend as much time resolving issues as they do trying to convince voters who is at fault for problems created by all of us!
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            [message] => The moral of the story is voters need to do their homework before they vote!
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            [message] => At a conference “Resilient Landscapes, Thriving Communities: Achieving A Collaborative Vision of the Future”.  Several hundred people committed to working together to solve our natural resource management challenges.
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            [message] => Preserving our history not only is important as an educational asset but also as a business asset as we try to attract more and diverse businesses to Stevensville and the Bitterroot Valley.
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            [message] => I agree, arming teachers doesn’t seem like a very effective solution to gun violence in this country.
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            [message] => Makes sense to me.
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            [message] => This is GREAT! A message not only about this candidate for Congress but about every women running for office today!
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            [message] => That is great that Senator Daines is investigating who benefits directly from the recent tax cut legislation. I also look forward to him investigating what is not being funded by the loss in revenue. Before a voter can make an informed decision about whether the cuts were good or not we also need to know what services are going to be cut. I would love to have a conversation with him about what Federally funded projects and subsidy to State programs we want to fund and then find the funding instead of just saying all tax cuts are good without knowing who is giving up what to pay for the cuts. Let’s have a complete conversation for a change. 

You do know that fully funding an infrastructure initiative would likely provide even more economic benefit to those who really need it than the cuts to the top 1%.
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            [message] => There has to be a better way to balance the budget than on the backs of those who can least afford it?
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            [message] => Look at the bottom of the card. If it’s from the candidate themselves it will say so. If it’s paid for by a PAC, try to find out who they are and ask what do they want from the candidate and why are they spending the money? 

We have already had cards going out from “Americans For Prosperity” (the Koch Brothers) on behalf of Republican incumbents in the Bitterroot Valley.  Why?
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            [message] => Shouldn’t we spend more energy finding what brings us together rather than what divides us? This is about Denmark but I think it applies to us as well.
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            [message] => The Bitterroot River is a treasure to the valley in so many ways. As our valley develops and even more people want to move here, making sure we protect the river and it’s flows and water quality will benefit everyone. Not only as a place to recreate but to attract businesses and new residents because of the quality of our environment. Our grandchildren will thank us! 

Thank you BLT for your hard work to make this happen.
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            [message] => Women's March 2018 in Missoula, Montana
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            [message] => Attended the Women's March today in Missoula. Thousands of people marching in solidarity. Get informed, get involved, and make your voices heard.  I am proud to be an American.
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            [message] => I am running to be House District 88's next State Representative. 

It's time for Ravalli County to look to the future instead of the past. 

It's time for Ravalli County to create jobs by embracing our public lands as assets not liabilities. 

It's time for Ravalli County to invest in our children and infrastructure to build a local workforce prepared for the future.

It time for Ravalli County to have a representative who is willing to reach across the aisle on solutions that work for all of us. Together we are smarter than anyone of us.

Join "Margaret's Army" to turn the tide in Ravalli County.

Check out my website to learn more: www.margaretforhd88.com

(This boost paid for by Margaret for HD 88 PO Box 110 Stevensville, MT 59870...Democrat)
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            [message] => Just because my opponent is the wife of the incumbent, it doesn’t mean she is the heir apparent to the seat. 

Every single elected position in Ravalli County is held by people who are members of the same “tribe”, aka the Republican Party or the Tea Party. That leaves thousands of residents without any representation. 

It’s time Ravalli County had someone in the legislature that listens to all sides of an issue and embraces a new future for the valley instead of keeping us in the past. 

Join “Margaret’s Army” to change the tide in the Bitterroot Valley.

Boost Paid for by Margaret for HD 88 PO 110 Stevensville, MT 59870 (D)
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            [message] => It is likely the GOP tax bill will benefit some sectors of our economy, only time will tell who will benefit the most and whether it will indeed trickle down into higher wages and bring capital home. 

While obviously critical of the tax bill, this video got me thinking about whether we should be taxing income from labor or whether we should find other ways to generate the needed revenues to sustain our quality of life in America?
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            [message] => If we want to grow our economy in the Bitterroot Valley, it begins by supporting our educational system right here at home.
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            [message] => No one really knows what’s in it and what the short and long term effects will be. But I think it’s a safe bet it will affect Montana’s State Budget likely in a negative way since we currently get far more in Federal benefits than we pay in taxes.  

We just went through a budget cutting exercise with a special session. Start thinking about what programs you want to cut more next year because it’s hard to see all those jobs this tax cut portends to create will come flooding into Montana any time soon. We shall see.
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            [message] => I don’t know the details of this issue but reading this article concerns me about the affect of rolling back a rule that was meant to protect small family farms. Troubling.
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            [message] => I just saw this post right after I put up my Christmas Tree this evening. This priest sums it up for me. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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            [message] => Great wintertime family fun. Way to go Florence. 

I remember as a young kid spending hours on a rink just like that on a military base in Canada where my father was stationed. Only there we had to dodge the rocks sticking out of the ice.  That made us better skaters!
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            [message] => Our natural resource industry is part of the diversity of businesses we need but we also need to recognize that good paying jobs come here because of the quality of our environment and public lands.
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            [message] => Pretty discouraging!
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            [message] => I participated in the press conference yesterday announcing the sale of the Fort Owen Ranch.  The new owners dedication to God, the community and taking care to be a good steward of the legacy of the property is very impressive. 

I have been working with other dedicated people in Stevensville to set up a new non profit called Friends of Fort Owen.  We look forward to working with the new owner to help them deal with having a public park in their property while enhancing the visitors experience there. 

We feel very fortunate that this turn of events has opened new doors of opportunity. I’m hopeful we will find solutions to saving this park that benefits both the public and the new owner!
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            [message] => I grew up in the military. I know how the military spends our tax dollars. We need a strong military but if the rest of the country is broken, what is the point?
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            [message] => If evidence shows that trickle down economics does not stimulate the economy then why does it continue to be promoted by the Republican Party?
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            [message] => This is an excellent talk that gives a summary of our wildfire situation and the challenge we face living in the woods. Living with fire must become part of who we are in the west.
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            [message] => This is amazing. It might make you think about whether the impacts from Smoke alone should be the drivers of local forest policy changes?
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            [message] => I applaud the commissioners asking good questions about what would the objective be for bringing this uncompromising person into our valley? The only way forward for us is to have more citizens involved in local management decisions. If we individually want to influence decisions, we also have a responsibility to educate ourselves about the laws that direct and protect the use of our public lands.  Working together is the only way forward.
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            [message] => Some good points to consider if you think transferring federal lands to the state is a good idea.
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            [message] => Before you decide whether HR 2936 is good for Montana you better read it. It’s long and feels like a pile on to legislate a solution for every complaint any special interest has against the Forest Service. 

My quick skim of it, I picked up some key points: that this will allow projects that are smaller than 10,000 acres to qualify for CE’s with only 2 alternatives; relies on collaboration; eliminates reimbursement for law suits. One interesting section sets up a fund to pay the state to do project planning on federal land. If I read it right it’s another back door way to give the State more authority over national forests. 

It’s a really long bill that covers a huge variety of issues.  You have to read it before you decide if it will do anything other than give politicians an opportunity to look like they are doing something.

What needs to be done is a clean bill that fixes the fire funding problem and give the Forest Service the funding they need to do the job they already know how to do.
            [story] => Margaret Gorski for HD 88 shared Congressman Greg Gianforte's video.
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            [story] => Margaret Gorski for HD 88 shared a link.
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            [message] => I expect my representatives to not only be problem solvers for today's issues but to think about what we are passing on to future generations. We are benefitting today because of the decisions of conservation leaders who have come before us. We owe it to them to be better stewards of their legacy.
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            [message] => Thought provoking lesson. Think about it and ask yourself how should this reality be factored into our government policies? How can we strive for the goal for all Americans to have fair access to the American Dream?
            [story] => Margaret Gorski for HD 88 shared Woke Folks's video.
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            [message] => This is what it means to shrink the Federal Government and deal with the deficit. It means passing on costs to the States. So where are we going to come up with the money if we want to make health care affordable for everyone? Does Nancy Ballance and Fred Thomas have an answer to that? 

I sure wish we would shift the conversation from insurance to managing health care costs instead.
            [story] => Margaret Gorski for HD 88 shared NBC Montana's post.
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            [message] => This is absolutely the right direction for our legislators. They need to take a hard look at where our money is coming from and where it is going. Does our tax system take best advantage of today's global realities? Our tax structure is based on an old paradigm and needs to be evaluated and adjusted according to the new world we live and work in.  If we want to grow and be equitable in sharing our prosperity, we need to take a bi-partisan look at our tax structure and be realistic in coming up with solutions that work for Montana.
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