A Big Pickup for Legislative Republicans

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One of the smartest young conservative activists in Montana is now teaming up with another…here’s the press release from State Rep. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings)



BILLINGS, Mont.  State Representative Daniel Zolnikov, R-Billings, today announced the hiring of Kyle Schmauch as his constituent services and communications director. 

Schmauch served as the grassroots coordinator for Senator-elect Steve Daines’ successful Senate campaign. Schmauch, 22, is from Kalispell and a 2014 graduate of the University of Montana. 

“Kyle is one of the best communicators I’ve met and will help Montana lead once again in the areas of privacy, liberty, and economic freedom,” Zolnikov said. “Kyle has a depth of experience and knowledge that will be essential in serving my constituents and raising awareness about legislation important to all Montanans.”

Zolnikov, 27, is committed to serving his constituents beyond politics. He plans to lead by example to champion transparency in government, unite people from all political backgrounds to defend Montanans’ individual rights, and collaborate to build a free future for the next generations of Montanans. 

“When Daniel told me about his plan to emphasize ideas over politics, to focus on individual rights and be a voice for young Montanans, I knew working for him in the legislative session was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Schmauch said. “A lot of young Montanans look up to Daniel as a voice for us in the Legislature.”

Zolnikov, a self-described “liberty-minded Republican,” will represent House District 45 in the 2015 Montana Legislature. 

Zolnikov received national Forbes “30 Under 30” recognition for his work on digital privacy rights in the 2013 Montana Legislature. He has been called “the face of online privacy rights in the U.S.” by national media, and plans to build on his work from the 2013 legislative session.



Dave Skinner

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 12:44 PM

Um, a state legislator hiring staff? Dan must have done real well fundraising.
Good for Kyle, anyway.

Kyle Schmauch

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 1:41 PM

Thanks Dave!

Al Smith – Great Falls

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 3:46 PM

It is good to hear Zolnikov is committed to serving his constituents beyond politics and plans to champion transparency in government.

That could be as easy as lending his support to the Bills being introduced by the Law and Justice Committee to change the operation of Board of Pardons and Parole (BOPP).

The Parole Board presently conducts its business with murky impunity, with no oversight, and disallows appeals to their decisions. All to often incarcerated citizens who have maintained their innocence for years are told they will not be considered for parole until guilt is admitted and remorse expressed. Now how stupid would one need be to do that? Thus, some inmates sit in jail subject to a BOPP created Catch-22 situation, each costing Montana taxpayers approximately $40,000 annually.

This is taxation without representation! Essentially, the BOPP levies and unnecessary tax for every inmate it fails to parole when clemency is justified. With no recourse, we’re obligated to this de facto tax! Why?

A good example is the Barry Beach case. He proved his ability to live a productive life while in Billings and he has served nearly twice the time usually served for a similar offense. Despite widespread support for his release he’s still in jail costing us that $40,000 annually. Why? There was an article in the GT Falls Tribune just yesterday about the over crowding in our prison facilities!

This is a non-partisan issue, but it’s an important tax and humanitarian issue which Zoinikove could certainly champion!

Representative Zoinikove, I say, “Mount up and Charge!!!”

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