I’m running for Senate because I think Montana needs someone who can get things done and is unafraid to stand strong when it comes to what’s best for our state and our country.
I can promise you right now that I will never dodge a question. You will know where I stand on every issue. You will know who is working for me and who to get in touch with. I will never turn down an opportunity to hear your thoughts or explain my positions.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome your thoughts and questions and ideas and criticisms. And I look forward to talking with you more as this campaign unfolds.
Posted by Dirk Adams on March 08, 2014
Calling the detrimental impacts of institutionalized sexism women's "issues" diminishes the scope and complexity of the reality that more than half of the people on this planet are subject to significant discrimination, violence, and economic injustice relative to the other less-than-half.
We need women in leadership roles and we need a social infrastructure that supports that reality, meaning access to education, affordable child care, safe access to reproductive health care, and pay equity.
Ending discrimination and shifting us out of institutionalized male privilege are the tasks that underlie the comprehensive effort necessary to address and transform the prevailing political-economic system increasingly recognized as serving the few.
Posted by Dirk Adams on March 07, 2014
The vote of my primary opponent, John Walsh, to block the confirmation of respected civil rights attorney, Debo Adegbile, to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is both dangerous and sobering.
According to the Huffington Post, John Walsh and those who voted with him, are acting to craft a justice system where attorneys who take on difficult or controversial clients will suffer professional consequences for taking the role in our justice system they are sworn to take. As a result, the right to legal representation is obstructed.
This vote represents an indirect corruption of our criminal justice system.
Unfortunately, this is a trend of our times. The system itself is used to corrupt our systems and shape them to work for the few. Our economic system. Our political system. Increasingly, our elections, themselves.
I'm asking for your vote for Montana's next U.S. Senator. I promise a higher standard.
Posted by Dirk Adams for Senate on February 28, 2014
By Tom Kenworthy
Dirk Adams, a former educator, banker and current rancher, is a Democrat running for the Montana Senate seat long held by Democrat Max Baucus, but he’s not looking to follow in Baucus’ footsteps.
During his nearly 36 years in the U.S. Senate, Baucus earned a reputation as something of a fair weather Democrat, as a cautious lawmaker who would not infrequently buck his party. Though his average winning margin in six Senate elections in Montana was nearly 25 points, he sometimes voted like a lawmaker who had only a tenuous grip on the electorate.
Baucus voted for the Bush tax cuts in 2001, was the only Democrat to vote against regulating firearms sales at gun shows in 1999, voted to weaken fuel economy standards, and a week before he announced his retirement, voted against background checks for private gun sales. As the New York Times recently noted, Baucus “was known for frustrating Democratic leaders by opposing major party initiatives as well as his solo attempts to cut deals with Republicans.”
It is doubtful that anyone will accuse Adams of political timidity as he wages a primary campaign against John Walsh, appointed to fill the remainder of Baucus’ term after the senator was named ambassador to China, and John Bohlinger, a former Republican who served as Montana’s lieutenant governor.
Posted by Dirk Adams on February 25, 2014
The consequences of our political system being driven by big money are clear in the destruction of the middle class, the destruction of the environment, and the entrenchment of power brokers that make it seem impossible to turn any of it around. Given this reality, taking a stand against Citizens United is good politics.
Despite taking "stands", both parties and candidates from both parties take advantage of the loopholes created by Citizens United. Even the 'good guys' don't feel they can be the first to "disarm." In fact, the first question I was asked by the Montana Democratic Party when I announced I was running was, "how much money can you raise?"
I'm not criticizing them for asking the question. It merely points to the fact that it doesn't matter what your ideas are, your capacity to govern, and willingness to take on tough political battles if you don't have the dough.
What I believe in and will work for as Montana's U.S. Senator is the instantaneous and full disclosure of the actual source of all contributions to political candidates and the "independent expenditures" committees that work to influence the debate.
I am committed to substance over rhetoric, perhaps to my detriment. But my objective isn't to talk about taking big money out of politics. It's to do it.
Posted by Dirk Adams on February 20, 2014
We need a higher standard.
Once again, my opponent, John Walsh, has used the Berkeley Pit as the standard that represents the line that must not be crossed when considering environmental degradation. The Billings Gazette reported on Feb. 19 that while Walsh was being escorted by Sen. Jon Tester at Crow Agency, in relation to coal development:
This is John Walsh's environmental sound bite on the eastern side of the state. It was reported on Feb. 7 that he made the same reference to the same standard in relation to coal development to the editorial board of the Billings Gazette. Yes, let's do it, he says. But let's not let it get as bad as the Berkeley Pit.
Of course, tribal sovereignty must be respected. That's not what this is about. This is about John Walsh and knowing where he stands on resource development and the environment, whether one is a tribal member impacted by the coal economy, a worker in the industry, or a citizen concerned with the environment. Each may have different interests. No one has a straight answer from John Walsh.