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Is Montana Becoming Too Much Like California?

One thing my friends in Bozeman have complained about is the amount of people who move here from California and bring their Hollywood political views with them. I love politics and welcome the chance to talk about issues with liberal and conservative friends. But today on Dominick In The Morning”I had Steven Baio, an actor/producer/writer friend, on the show.

Baio warned that California politics have turned nasty and warned this new world of hate politics might soon reach Montana. Interestingly, this morning we had a story about the Montana Supreme Court giving a ruling on the transgender bathroom issue. Issues that some people say are national and have no effect on Bozeman or Montana are now popping up locally.

Baio told a frightening story of something that happened to his brother when he started talking about politics. Steve’s brother is Scott Baio, former star of Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi and Charles In Charge, who was always well liked in Hollywood and in California. But when Scott came out and announced he was a conservative Republican who supported President Trump, he was attacked. No, not only verbally but physically.

Scott was with his wife and child at a school event and a woman started pushing him and hitting him. She was yelling “You f**ker. How dare you support Trump?”

Scott, gave a speech at the Republican convention and some people want to hurt him because of that. What happened to it being ok for you have your opinion and I to have mine?

It has gotten so bad the once well-loved Scott Baio has to sometimes hire security when he heads out in public.

Baio explained how bad-talking politics in California has turned nasty.

I keep thinking about how my listeners are upset we are becoming too much like California. But could that happen here?

Are we becoming too much like California? I think I will have to wait a little longer before I answer that. I hope my California, movie-producing friend Steve Baio is wrong.


BERKELEY, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Trucks drive along Interstate 80 on February 18, 2014 in Berkeley, California. U.S. President Barack Obama announced that his administration is beginning to develop a new phase of tighter fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles and has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create and impose new fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by March 31, 2016. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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