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GUEST POST: Nuts to Silence

By Jonathan Hutson Joni Mitchell sang, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” When it comes to free speech, I know what I’ve got, but I am concerned that I may soon be silenced. And if…

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Lies don't become him.

Senator Who Ruined Montana’s Cheap Power Peddling More Lies

This week Senator Fred Thomas and fifty-five other Republican legislators signed a letter to the Governor, demanding that he “do everything in his power” to prevent Syrian refugees from settling in Montana. Good thing for Montanans that the letter was not about energy policy, for Thomas…


GUEST POST: Who Do We Think We Are?

By Justin Robbins

Robbins is a frequent contributor to the Cowgirl Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @JustinRobbins15

This question is typically posed as more of a rhetorical declaration by someone who already has a pretty firm idea of who they think we are.  It carries, at least in my humble experience, an implication that I, in fact, may not be that humble after all.  That, in some way, I have made an assumption or taken a liberty that is outside the scope of the whatever standing I may hold in the relationship in question.

Samir, two years old, sits on his father's knee as he tries to keep warm Photo: Save the Children

Scapegoating the Victims

The news yesterday was that our Republicans in Congress, Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke, have been thumping their chests about “protecting us” from Syrian refugees who, seeking to escape ISIS terrorists and rape camps, might settle in Montana. They will attempt to block the tiny number America is…

Denise Juneau

Denise Juneau just became an even stronger candidate

People often complain that politicians are too staged, too programmed, too fake, and too eager to be seen as perfect. Today, we learned that in addition to her tremendous accomplishments, Denise Juneau is a real person just like the rest of us. And she’s not…

Mass shooting threat suspect David Lenio

GUEST POST: A Response to James Conner’s Three Canards

By Jonathan Hutson

James R. Conner and I may agree on much more than he may think, if his writings at the Flathead Memo are any indication. Like Mr. Conner, I believe that mass shooting threat suspect David Lenio is entitled to, among other things, free speech and a fair trial. Had there actually been a trial on November 9, the prosecution had wanted me to be a witness. The reason for the charges that may yet lead to a trial in January is that Mr. Lenio had crossed the line between free speech and criminal threat.


Montana Standard to Out Anonymous Commenters Retroactively After Media Mogul Criticized

The Montana Standard today announced they will no longer allow anonymous commenters and plan expose the real names of all anonymous and pseudonymous commenters retroactively. The Butte, America Lee Newspapers affiliate posted the announcement online, saying anyone who wishes to  submit comments after Christmas will have their “real names”…

Denise Juneau

Zinke breaks the bank; Juneau Announces

Denise Juneau has announced formally that she will run for Congress in 2016. This is welcome news. Juneau has a distinguished career chief of Montana’s schools. This means she understands budgeting, and that’s important if you consider the recently reported news that Ryan Zinke, our…


GUEST POST: Thank the unsung heroes of Medicaid expansion 

This Thanksgiving, let’s thank the folks who won’t get much credit when thousands of Montanans are finally able to access healthcare come the New Year. These are the dedicated public servants in state government at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and…


GUEST POST – “Save a hog, eat a teacher”: Challenging animal agriculture

by Kathleen Stachowski who writes about animal rights at OtherNationsJustice.org  where this article is cross-posted & on Facebook The title refers to one of the attacks an opponent directed at Ms. Stachowski for her guest-opinion piece in the Missoulian – Cowgirl

What happens when you criticize animal agriculture? I’ll tell you. You’re called a “complete moron.” A “libtard.” An “idiot” and an “a**hole.”