December 2012

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Divorced from Reality

When the Daily Inter Lake asked Rep. Jerry O’Neil yesterday about the Newtown school shooting tragedy, the Columbia Falls Republican responded with his concerns about divorce. O’Neil noted that Connecticut gunman Adam Lanza, 20, was from a divorced home. Lanza apparently got the weapons he…

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TEA Party Fact Check

Montana right-wingers are continuing to offer their “solutions” to the Newtown shooting, but those solutions aren’t getting any more credible. The latest to offer her views is Annie Bukacek.  Bukacek [pronounced BOO’-kuh-check] uses a discredited study to argue on the TEA Party blog PolyMontana this week…



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Baucus Staffers Depart; the Door Revolves

The National Journal today reports that Max Baucus is losing staff at a rapid pace.  How this exodus bears on the odds of a Baucus re-election in 2014 is anybody’s guess. But we know how ordinary tax-paying citizens are faring. His chief-of-staff has announced that…




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Sports-minded and Fun

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was forced to come out yesterday and plead with fellow Republicans to be more “circumspect” when they talk about guns. “It’s not helpful” for GOP lawmakers to be speaking publicly about some of their ideas right now, he said.  Boehner’s pleading…


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Huckabee Identifies Cause of School Shooting

What caused the horrific school shooting in Connecticut? Mike Huckabee, who was actually the former governor of Arkansas, has the answer.   Huckabee went on FoxNews to share his wisdom with the world. It’s birth control, which Huckabee calls “abortion pills.” Ninety-eight percent of women…


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The Bathroom Problem

Let’s cut to the chase.  In the three hours of testimony for and against the Helena non-discrimination ordinance, a compelling problem was delineated by the opponents. Even though hundreds of municipalities, including many major cities–and entire states–have without incident outlawed discrimination on the basis of…


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Don’t Ever Forget the 2002 Oval Office Incident

People are sometimes baffled by the GOP’s willingness to go to the mat for tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of America.  It makes no economic sense, no political sense, no moral sense, for a political party to expend so much capital on behalf…


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This is Frightening

The Montana Republican Party announced today that it wants to make sweeping changes to education in Montana. When the party responsible for the “broken, unconstitutional school-funding system had crashed and burned” calls for sweeping changes, be afraid.  The changes they’ve pushed for in Montana seem to be…


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This Amendment Needs to Go

The Helena non-discrimination ordinance is finally set for passage Monday, December 17th.  It will outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.  The final hearing begins at 6pm in the City Commission Chambers on the 3rd floor of the City-County Building. There is a small snag, however….


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New Bloggers at From Eternity to Here

Good news: there are several new regular contributing bloggers over at one of my favorite blogs: D. Gregory Smith’s From Eternity to Here. This means lots more new content from around the state–including more political posts. Go check it out and welcome new contributors Jim Bruce, The…


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If at First You Don’t Succeed

If at first you don’t succeed, claim the rules don’t apply to you. That’s what the Montana Republican Party tried to do this week.  The party which formerly claimed to stand for fiscal responsibility had hoped to force taxpayers to cough up the cash for…