Brad Molnar for Senate

Brad Molnar

The Wise Republican Choice for Montana Senate District 28

Brad Molnar, a former House Representative and Public Service Commissioner for the state of Montana, is now running for Montana Senate! Brad will bring his strong work ethic to the Montana legislature

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Public Land Access

In the political world it is mandated to say “I believe in public access to public lands” then walk away until the next election and repeat. Make no mistake; I am a strong supporter of private property rights. And I have been an ardent activist for the public’s right to access their own land for over 30 years. During this time I have been a board member of the Public Lands Access Association and am a member of the Public Land/Water Access Association. As a member of the Beartooth Back Country Horsemen I work to maintain mountain trails so families can access quality hunting and fishing.


Welfare

The original purpose of welfare was to help those that could not help themselves. Now it is promoted even for healthy adults. The passage and re-authorization of Medicare Expansion raised the percentage of Montana’s on welfare to 25%; this during the best economy in decades. The “work requirements” are a farce. If a recipient makes over $35K he loses all benefits so the trend is to not seek training, accept promotions, or apply for a higher paying job. Welfare must be retooled to stop healthy/capable people from getting on welfare and to mandate the able bodied get off the dole as soon as possible. To economically trap people in multi-generational welfare is cruel.


Veterans

What can the legislature’s State Administration and Veterans Affairs Committee do for our veterans? We can stand up to the bureaucratic bungling and indifference that has punctuated the conversation about VA care. Currently, under federal law a veteran can seek care outside of the system only if the VA cannot give the care in a reasonable manner. I propose we petition congress to give veterans the same level of care as Medicare recipients by issuing them an insurance payment card they can present to the doctor of their choice, which includes the VA. When I was a DAV driver I ran this idea past those I gave rides to the clinic. ALL thought it was a great idea. We should petition Congress to make Montana a test site for this option.

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Taxation

There is a proper level of taxation to provide for the common good. That level was passed a long time ago. The Appropriations Committee looks only at new requests for funding. There is not an ongoing review of programs to see if they really work, to see if they are out of date, to see if they are over staffed; instead we fund empty positions. Our response to Covid-19 guarantees a hyper shrinking of our economy; tax revenues will soon not meet expenditure levels. There are three choices when this happens. First, raise taxes. Second reduce all expenditures equally to match income. Third, reduce government after studying the efficacy of current programs eliminate those that are not efficient or needed, then reduce according to available revenues. I am in the third camp.


Environment

The Montana Constitution guarantees the right to a clean and healthful environment. The oath of office mandates I protect all of the constitution. Of course I support clean water and air. Of course I want to see the land cared for so future generations of wildlife and people can prosper. I also believe our environment includes lunch boxes, paid orthodontic bills, reliable energy, and college tuition. These things require we treat our environment with respect while we use its bounty to provide for ourselves, our children, and future generations.

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Endorsements

What People Say

I got to know Brad Molnar when he and I were running for the legislature in 1990. Though his district (Laurel) was a democratic stronghold he never wavered from a strong conservative message. As a House member, he maintained that posture regardless of the pressure to “moderate”.

“Brad Molnar is a bright and capable mind and an unshakeable voice and vote for conservative values. He served the people of Montana faithfully as a Representative and a Public Service Commissioner. Brad would be a committed vote for conservative values and a breath of fresh air for the Montana Senate.”

Ken Miller – Former State Senator and Republican Party Chairman

“Brad Molnar is a bright and capable mind and an unshakeable voice and vote for conservative values. He served the people of Montana faithfully as a Representative and a Public Service Commissioner. Brad would be a committed vote for conservative values and a breath of fresh air for the Montana Senate.”

Endorsement from Representative Peggy Arnott Bergsagel (Ret.)

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Endorsements

What People Say

Conservative Cow Doc Endorses Brad Molnar for State Senate

Krayton Kerns DVM
Termed out Rep. HD#58
Laurel

I met Brad Molnar 37 years ago my first day on the job after graduating vet school.  Since, I have come to know him personally, professionally and politically.  Brad served eight years representing our community in Montana’s House and then eight more years as a Public Service Commissioner.  During his tenure in the PSC, I represented our district in the Montana legislature and concluded there are four flavors of politicians in Helena:

  1. Democrats ideologically are cookie cutter replicas and are 100 percent loyal to       socialism.
  2. Republicans come in three brands:
    • “Cocktail caucus” members are those serving for the meat and cheese trays              served at every meet-and-greet.  Their beliefs vary with wind currents.
    • “Deal-cutters” passionately support whatever position gains them the most influence at the moment.  They are slaves to the highest bidder but unlike the cocktail caucus, they at least have a price.
    • “Christian conservatives” honor their oath of office.  These are the patriots of            liberty and limited government who vote on principle. 

Cocktail caucus members are meaningless and deal cutters are dangerous which means the dream called America survives thanks to the efforts of the Christian, conservatives.  Brad Molnar is a proven Christian conservative.

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Yellowstone Count News Questionnaire

Responses by Brad Molnar

Montana’s energy future is quite uncertain, what courses of action would you support that would assure consumers of dependable and affordable energy in the future? Do you support the proposal of selling Montana hydro-power to Washington state?

“Assuring” dependable and reliable energy is easy. Delivering dependable, reliable, and affordable energy is more difficult. Montana’s energy generation sector is constantly under attack by liberal state governments, federal regulations, and Montana taxes.

I served as the Vice Chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission. Two of Commission years were as Montana’s representative giving oversight of MISO, defending Montanan’s against predatory price fixing, and maintaining grid reliability in one of the world’s largest real time energy markets.  I also defended Montana’s coal generation against “green power only” states in the BPA service area. Since I term limited, Montana’s leadership in this arena has been symbolic at best.

In stark contrast, my opponent in this campaign, Sen. Tom Richmond, asked for a special committee hearing to pass his amendments to HB 22 to shut down Colstrip generation in ten years.

The CSKT Water Compact transferred the Kerr Dam to the tribe after Montana rate payers had paid for it. That gave the tribe 200 MW of hydro power, of which they sold 40MW to serve the Seattle area. Those clean, baseload megawatts are no longer available to serve Montana’s families and employers. The Kerr Dam was “black start” capable. In a total electrical shut down Kerr Dam was our only capacity to re-start. Sen. Richmond voted to transfer Kerr Dam to the tribes via the CSKT water campact. (227 words)

What has been your experience in business? Do you believe that you understand the problems faced by small businesses in Montana? What business experience do you currently have that will give support and input for the Montana Legislature if you are elected?  

I founded and ran my own business, Intermountain Systems. For 34 years I, and my staff, sold and built grain bins and steel buildings in 16 states. We also designed and built grain terminals. Starting at my kitchen table I built Intermountain Systems to be the largest YORK (bins and buildings) dealership in the world twice and in America twice (not the same two years). We built everything from the small grain bin in a farmer’s “bin yard” to design/construction management of multi- million dollar projects.

Yes, I understand the plight of small business owners. I’ve felt the emotions when a small business owner get’s “snake bit” on a project and has to borrow money to pay “their fair share” in quarterly filings. I know the bitterness when they have to take money from their family to pay into the “safety net” for the employee that caused the snake bite. I know what it is to bet your home on a new start up. I understand, and my voting record while serving in the Montana House of Representatives shows I understand.       (194 words)

Many typical politicians will not take a public stance on another primary election race, will you take a stance and choose a candidate for Montana Governor in the primary that you support?  

No. It is not my job to tell people how to vote. As a columnist (Political Potpourri) my focus has always been to give people the knowledge to make their decisions fact based not opinion based.

If you were the Montana Governor in dealing with the Corona Virus affects in Montana.  Would you have done the same or if not, how would have you handled it.  How do you think we should open up Montana? 

Covid-19 is not the problem. Our response to Covid-19 is the problem.

 I would not have chosen the “lock down” model chosen by Governor Bullock. I would have followed the successful model used by So. Korea. Identifying the source of outbreaks and testing all those that had social contact with the patient was key to their success. They used public education of preventive measures and support for high risk populations. In their population of 58M closely packed people they have had 10,800 cases and 240 deaths. They did NOT have a lock down. Many states or nations without lock downs have experienced better results than nations and states with lockdowns. South Korea’s infection rate peaked March 1st at 1062 cases. On March 2nd the new cases were 609. On March 4th the new case rate was 438. On March 9th it was 131. This trend continues to this day. On April 21 they had 9 new cases. Blindly following CDC recommendations has not been shown to be a defendable choice.

Wyoming also is a non-lockdown state. Their numbers rivals Montana’s. Montana’s numbers are 437 cases and 12 deaths. Wyoming’s numbers are 332 cases and 7 deaths.

As this is the primary election where you have many things in common with your primary opponent (if you have one), how are you different from your opponent and why would our readers feel the need to vote for you instead of him/her?

We both have legislative experience and we both have energy experience. Tom’s experience is in oil. Mine is in electrical generation, transmission, working with foreign nations to unravel energy problems and balancing Montana’s energy needs and costs with states we share the grid with. 

Our differences would include that Tom Richmond is considered a member of the Solutions Caucus which is best known for joining the liberal wing of the Democratic Party to “solve problems”. I closely ally with the Conservative Caucus to limit government and am a strict constructionist of our Constitutions.

Our voting records would have been different. Tom voted to raise the gas tax to fund bike paths in Helena. I would not have. Tom voted for the CSKT Water Compact. I would not have. Tom voted to implement Medicaid Expansion. I would not have. At the request of Bob Rowe, CEO of NorthWestern Energy, Sen. Richmond attempted to shut down our Colstrip generation system and power Mt. with wind mills. I would have said “no” and held a press conference to warn of the attempt.

Some people will appreciate Sen. Richmond’s Green New Deal and some will appreciate my efforts and experience in providing affordable and reliable energy. Only one will represent this district.

 If you want to see Richmond’s amendments to HB 22 that tried to shut down Colstrip, or the email that asked him to do, so go to my website molnarforsenate.com and click on HB 22 or Smoking Gun Email and see for yourself.  (251 words)

I would appreciate your consideration. Brad Molnar     

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News

Legislative Goals

Montana Families

Insure that Montana’s families are treated fairly and with respect by the Child and Protective Services.

Clean-Up Colstrip

Source funds for the clean up that will not stymie future investment in Colstrip’s power and to not saddle the utility or the consumer.

Audit State Agencies

Expose and eliminate programs that have outlived their usefulness, are over staffed, and because of bureaucratic/funding creep have outgrown their mission.

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Getting to know Molnar


A History of Serving You

  • Molnar served in the Montana House from 1993 – 1999.
    • Committees State Administration, Health, Human Services, an Aging, Judiciary, Fish and Game.
  • From 2004 – 2012 Molnar served on the Montana Public Service Commission.
    • Twice served as Vice-Chair.

Family Values

Brad Molnar values Montana families because he raised one. Brad Molnar has raised three children and has thirteen grandchildren along with four great grandchildren.

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