GUEST POST: Raise a glass and wages this Labor Day

by Mary Ann Dunwell


“Salt of the Earth,” a 60s song by the Rolling Stones comes to mind as we near Labor Day. “Raise your glass to the hard working people,” “spare a thought for his back breaking work,” and “let’s drink to the salt of the earth.” These lyrics resonate today. Our state enjoys robust economic growth and full employment worth celebrating, but many hard working Montanans are not sharing in the economic prosperity that their hard work builds. Montana ranks in the 40s among other states for its low pay and low wage jobs. Many Montanans still live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet.

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GUEST POST: History Bodes Well for Bullock Re-Election

by Evan Barrett

Analyzing historical electoral patterns may seem like an exercise for the back rooms of a university political science department. But active practitioners in the political arena dive into history to find patterns that are indicative, if not predictive, of what might happen in current and future election cycles.



by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT “It’s a new beginning!” I enthused to my grandson at the schoolhouse door two years ago. “Kindergarten! You’ll learn new things and make new friends. It’s going to be great!”…

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GUEST POST: Dispelling Timber Industry Wildfire Myths

by George Wuerthner George Wuerthner is an ecologist and has published 38 books including Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy. He lives in Bend, OR. As wildfires roll across the Pacific Northwest, many in the timber industry and beyond are hoping to capitalize on…

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GUEST POST: Making Congress Responsible for Wildfires

Guest post by Norma Duffy.   Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for the bad politics-as-usual, interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods  UPDATE: as of 8/16/2105 at 4:00 pm  Gov. Steve…

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Gianforte Files Papers

Q: “What issues will the next governor have to address?” A: “At this point I’m simply exploring running governor…now I can raise money.” Greg Gianforte filed papers today to run for Governor, filling out and depositing a form known as a C-1, on which the…


Lacking Transparency, But Certainly See Through

Today, the staff of Gianforte’s so-called “Better Jobs LLC” has been found to be responding to press inquiries sent directly to Gianforte not about the LLC but about his campaign, as reported only by the Bozeman Chronicle. The development is significant because Gianforte has been avoiding reporting his expenditures and…


GUEST POST: Old Time Atheism

by Justin Robbins  Robbins is a frequent contributor to the the Cowgirl Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @JustinRobbins15  On Saturday, The Independent Record published an opinion piece by Carroll College Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology Eric Hall. In it, he essentially…