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A Washington visit from our friends in Big Sky Country

Today, we were visited by representatives from Montana Conservation Voters and Forward Montana – two wonderful allies in our struggle for equality in Montana. The Human Rights Campaign has worked with MCV since 2006 to elect progressive members of the Montana legislature and they dropped by the office to talk about coordinating efforts again this year. The Montana House is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans. The Republicans hold a 27-23 advantage in the Senate. To say that the Treasure State is a battleground for legislative politics is an understatement. This year’s elections in Montana will be devoid of any marquee race at the top of the ticket. Neither US Senator nor the Governor is up for election. What this means is that motivating and mobilizing base supporters is going to be a key to winning in November. Swing legislative districts could be decided by a few hundred votes, so starting the hard work of organizing early is vital. Montana also held its primary election this past Tuesday and appears likely to add at least one openly gay state lawmaker to its ranks. Bryce Bennett won his primary to advance to the general election in November in a Democratic leaning district. He’ll join Rep. Diane Sands in the state House. In the Senate, Aaron Kampfe, also an out gay man, advanced in his primary in a swing district southwest of Billings. Should he win, he would join out Sen. Christine Kaufmann at the capitol in Helena.

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