Who Had a Worse Week: Daines or Essman?

At a time when the Montana Republican Party is floundering over the Special Congressional Election, two Montana Republicans couldn’t shake the bad headlines this week. Senator Steve Daines attempted to dodge protesters who are demanding a meeting with him by changing his schedule at the…

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle Calls out Daines

From the BDC Friday: Sen. Daines must remember he represents all Montanans Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is making quite a name for himself these days. He garnered national attention for ordering Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, to sit down because she was reading in the…



Montanans Will Lose if Affordable Care Act is Repealed

As printed in the Billings Gazette The recent article on the KidsFirst program (The Billings Gazette, Feb. 11) outlined how health care for foster children sets the foundation for healthy and productive lives. Children in every part of our society deserve to be cared for,…


Public Lands are Worth Fighting For

On Jan. 30, more than 1,000 Montanans squeezed into the Capitol building to tell our elected officials in Helena and Washington, D.C.: Keep public lands in public hands. Sportsmen and women, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, kids and families traveled from as far as Fort Peck, Miles…


Senator Tester vs. Ivan Drago

Time and time again Senator Tester has stood for Montana in the halls of power and called for transparency, for decency, honesty, and fairness in our government. Montana Senator Jon Tester has called on Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson to launch a full…


Daines Pulls Support from New Jersey Gianforte

In a speech titled “Montanans are best at running Montana,” Senator Steve Daines today said that only Montanans can run Montana and represent them in Washington D.C. This can only mean that Senator Daines is pulling his support from New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte. At…


Are you there Jeff Essmann? It’s me, Democracy

A few days ago the Senate Majority leader Jeff Essman sent out a letter to lobby fellow Republicans against SB 305. The bill simply asks that the upcoming special election be conducted by mail in ballot. Mr. Essman is strongly opposed to such an idea….


Dark Money Daines

  Why is Senator Daines coordinating events and messaging with a Dark Money Koch Brothers group? The press conference that Daines is holding today is being held by the Judicial Crisis Network, a group whose aim is coercing our courts to continue along the failed…



Steve Daines: Mike Mansfield You Ain’t

Shoot, Daines would be lucky to be a Conrad Burns. Here’s some light reading to reflect on for Daines Address to the Legislature today.   Mike Mansfield The longest serving Senate Majority Leader in the history of the United States was a Montanan. I bet…


Reminder – Daines Cast Deciding Vote for DeVos

According to BDC reporter Troy Carter, Senator Daines was the final vote (literally) in favor of confirming Betsy DeVos, the least qualified Secretary of Education nominee in American history. Senator Daines received almost $50,000 in donations from DeVos and her family. Two Republicans joined Democrats…


Conflicts of Interest – Legislative Landlords

Post written by Ross Peter Nelson with additions by Cowboy Imagine walking into a grocery store. You just need a quart of milk, so you grab one from the dairy section and head for the checkout. The cashier rings you up and requests that you…


GOP takes aim at service dogs

The list of idiotic bills in the Montana legislature that was published here recently had a glaring omission: SB 364, introduced by GOP House member Donley Loge from St. Regis.   At a hearing on this bill last week, representative Loge said he is fearful…