First Snag Covering Montana’s 2023 Legislative Session

by Travis Mateer

Doing journalistic stuff can be fun. Just the other week I was in the clerk’s office for district court learning from a knowledgeable source how to access court records. I was impressed that it only took a few clicks to ascertain why the follow up hearing in J.D. Partain’s case was vacated by the judge. Turns out the power to put a potential sexual predator back in the home with his victim now rests in the hands of his wife’s counselor. I printed out a hard copy of the document just to be on the safe side because things associated with cases like this tend to disappear, like a certain boxing club website that now reads PRIVATE SITE.

For covering Montana’s 2023 Legislative session I assumed there would be a process for media to get credentialed and I was RIGHT, there definitely are guidelines, and a form to fill out, and a $10 dollar fee for the press badge, so I clicked on the form and that’s when I saw my first snag:

Well shit, I thought, there goes my cool press badge and exclusive floor access. At least I hadn’t ordered my special head gear for covering a Capitol where a BIG MAN GOVERNOR could tackle me at any moment.

Since I have a condition known as WHITE PRIVILEGE, the criteria on the form HAS NOT deterred me from my intention to be in Helena on January 2nd. I will drive, I will observe and engage, then I shall report back what I find out.

If you would like to help this uncredentialed blogger cover the cost of gas and caffeine, donations can be made at my about page.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more to come!

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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4 Responses to First Snag Covering Montana’s 2023 Legislative Session

  1. Eric says:

    I don’t get why you are worried about being smacked around by Gov. Gianforte. Are you planning to get in his face numerous times – ha ha ?

    The last ‘reporter’ who did that was taught some manners.

    Happy New Year, and good luck being a beat reporter!

    • A man who exhibits the kind of fear and paranoia Gianforte is exhibiting doesn’t indicate a man of strength, but of weakness, and weak men are very dangerous. Happy New Year Eric!

      • Eric says:

        So far I think Gianforte has done a good job.

        If you look at all the damage caused by the Schweitzer regime, and protected by Gov Bullock, he had quite a challenge.

        I predict a chunk of the $2 Bil Surplus will go to help the Nursing Homes and Mental Health programs.

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