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State GOP chair attacks democracy, not Democrats


Last updated 2/24/2017 at 11:52am

One week after Rep. Jeff Essman, R-Billings, the state Republican Party chair, apologized to  Rep. Jacob Bachmeier, D-Havre, for official GOP Facebook and Twitter posts insulting the freshman legislator, Essmann now has irritated some officials from his own party.

Essmann issued an “Emergency Chairman’s Report” Wednesday saying that, somehow, getting more people voting by using a mail ballot in a special election for Congress would favor Democrats — so Republicans should contact their legislators and tell them to vote against it.

Four Republican county clerks and commissioners, i...

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