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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:34 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

A retired teacher and a retired neurosurgeon square off in the race to represent House District 5 north of Kalispell.

Incumbent Republican Keith Regier, who taught at Evergreen Elementary School, has two sessions in the House behind him. He hopes to be re-elected and continue working on the state budget issues that he is passionate about: reducing spending and making government more efficient.

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          • Transparency posted at 4:02 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

            Transparency Posts: 87

            Good old Dr. Mahnke, concerned over big corporations and big money on farmers and legislatures.

            Big government money and influence on the medical profession didn't seem to bother him when he was raking in millions from Medicare and Medicaid.

            Seems somewhat hypocritical to complain about one form of big money influence while benefiting from another.

            I wonder if he cut his fee for the unlucky patient without insurance or the resources to pay for Dr. Mahnke's care.

            I'll bet his Mercedes that I know the answer.

          • RussCrowder posted at 12:14 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

            RussCrowder Posts: 414

            If Regier supports education vouchers and charter schools, how are we going to be able to keep the populace uneducated enough to vote for Democrat's? OBAMA-2012 !

          • flyfish posted at 1:08 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

            flyfish Posts: 198

            Being a retired teacher I am surprised that Regier has such a poor record on supporting public education. He supports vouchers and charter schools, both will take money away from the public school system. Even with a voucher system most middle and low income families would not be able to afford private school. Only the wealthier families would send their kids to private school and deplete needed monies from already underfunded public schools. I find this very hypocritical of him as he taught and recieved pay from a public school for 30 years.

          • Rebel Rouser posted at 9:27 am on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

            Rebel Rouser Posts: 1563

            James Mahnke: Occupation: Retired neurosurgeon
            Background: 1955 graduate of Harvard University; University of Washington Medical School, neurosurgical training; faculty of the Medical College of Virginia, Yale Medical School, University of California-Irvine; private medical practice in California and Kalispell

            Keith Regier: Occupation: Retired teacher, small business owner
            Background: bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska, one graduate year at MSU-Northern.

            Looks like a "no-brainer".

          • hollyscott posted at 7:41 am on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

            hollyscott Posts: 102

            millions of illegals have created a criminal network across the USA defrauding the American Tax payer for their medical bills, food, housing, education and scamming the tax system for 4.2 billion or 10 million a day. 10 MILLION A DAY!!! Big Business wants illegals because it brings down wages and they pay no benefits. Congress wants to please Big Business for political points. This such a blatant criminal act that NumbersUSA has backed the lawsuit against DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Go to NumbersUSA for text of complaint and take action with American's who want this insanity to end. It's free.

            When government is more concerned about Big Business then it's citizens - the citizens become very poor.


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