by Travis Mateer
I have some new insights into the workings of Democratic politics in Missoula that some parents of the Missoula County Public School system might be interested in exploring.
Let’s begin with Erin Erickson, a lawyer and community organizer in Missoula who does LOTS of stuff, like run the community organization known as MISSOULA RISES. Erickson is so busy, apparently, that she hasn’t had the time to check off all the transparency boxes for the Facebook page, though that hasn’t stopped them from running political ads:
Let’s learn more about what kind of lawyer Erickson is from her office’s website:
Erin M. Erickson is a managing partner and shareholder at Bohyer, Erickson, Beaudette & Tranel P.C. She has been a member of Bohyer, Erickson, Beaudette & Tranel, P.C. since she began practicing in 2002. Erin focuses her practice on civil litigation, including construction defect and personal injury, and insurance disputes. Erin and her firm have developed an innovate approach to handling cases – they are resolution-oriented and are not driven by billable hours. The result is efficient resolution for the clients and decreased legal spend and cycle times for the insurance carriers. This has proven to be a highly successful model for Erin and the firm.
While this excerpt makes taking cases on contingency sound like some kind of amazing legal innovation, I’m more interested in the name “Tranel”, since Monica Tranel is one of the many Democrats chomping at the bit to run for Montana’s brand-spanking-new Congressional seat.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s more about Erickson:
Erin earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University and then graduated from University of Montana School of Law in 2002. While in law school, she gained experience as an intern with the US Attorney’s Office, then continued onto private practice with her current firm. Erin is admitted to practice in all Montana State and Federal Courts, as well as the Confederated Salish & Kootenai and Blackfeet Tribal Courts. She has experience practicing within the Montana Human Rights Bureau and the Department of Labor and Industry. She has also served on the Montana Medical Legal Panel to adjudicate medical malpractice claims.
Why the emphasis on the Montana Human Rights Bureau? Because it’s the agency that allowed Joshua Manning to right the wrong done by Run Wild Missoula when they discriminated against a hand-cyclist:
Montana Human Rights Bureau investigator found that the Missoula Marathon and its parent organization Run Wild Missoula discriminated against disabled athletes who wanted to travel the course using a hand cycle.
In findings submitted to the bureau last week, investigator Josh Manning sided with Joe Stone, a quadriplegic athlete who has worked with Run Wild Missoula since 2012 so hand-cycle racers can compete in the marathon without prohibitive restrictions.
Joshua Manning, for those who don’t know, is the son of Tracy Stone-Manning, a political career-climber who successfully leveraged her brush with environmentalist saboteurs back in the day for a shot at running the Bureau of Land Management under Biden.
Joshua Manning is definitely his mother’s son, using his “former” intelligence bonafides and corporate media connections to Russiagate true believers, like Malcolm Nance, to raise his profile among Mommy’s political players.
I’ll leave it there for now, but trust me when I say there’s MUCH more to discover about the political entanglements involved in pushing unpopular and unscientific political policies, like mask mandates, that I will now be investing some time and energy to uncovering.
Thanks for reading.
Bravo, another dire conspiracy revealed by the intrepid Skink! Missoula Democrats are in bed with a lawyer who’s involved in an political organization and also works at a law firm where one of the partners happens to be a candidate for the U.S. House. Said lawyer has also been involved in a case or two before the Montana Human Rights Bureau where a former investigator there is related to a past head of the Montana DEQ. That’s some scary deep state stuff! (BTW, Joshua Manning is not the biological son of Tracy Stone-Manning.)
I loved your question to Strandberg about being an anti-vaxxer, how nice for the son of Engen’s first Treasurer to be bashing an Engen opponent. I commend Strandberg for the discipline to NOT call you a bourbon guzzling shit heel who tried to sue him because your skin is as thin as Engen’s gut is wide.
Yeah, Strandberg showed great discipline. Instead of calling me names, he just flat-out lied. His response to my question on being an anti-vaxxer and how he’d deal with the surge of COVID-19 in Missoula was “there is no surge of COVID in Missoula” (up 138% from two weeks ago, according to NY Times) and he said there hasn’t been a COVID death in Montana since June (there have been at least three in Missoula alone since June). His facts are about as solid as your conspiracy theories.
I will stand corrected.
When I checked the day before the debate, Google was still saying our last death was June 26. We had a slight cluster – 11 deaths – at the end of June. Before that, we hadn’t had a death since May 15…over a month before.
But then Google updated their lists yesterday, I see. So now, Montana has had 18 deaths in the past week or so.
Personally, I don’t think that’s much to write home about.
If it doesn’t happen to be a family member or friend, Greg, then I suppose it isn’t “much to write home about.” But when they start closing schools and businesses because of a surge (493 new cases yesterday, the most since mid-January) it will be the anti-mask, anti-vaxxers like you and Skink who will be whining the most.
Not that it’s any of your business, but my kids have had their regular vaccinations, Pete. If you want to be a pro-corporate authoritarian, fine, but don’t presume to impose your fear-based beliefs on my family’s health decisions.
Fear-based beliefs? That’s rich.