January 2013

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Rebranding Gone Wrong

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called on GOPers to “stop being the stupid party” at a national Republican Party last week.  He said some Republicans have damaged the brand with “offensive and bizarre comments” and an “obsession” with the federal budget and government bookkeeping instead of connecting…

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Setting the Bar Higher

There is much to be concerned about this session. There’s the rightward shift of legislative leadership, the return of piles of frivolous, unconstitutional bills, and the make up of the house and senate. But there are also some bright spots.  A smart new generation of…


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Conservatives Staying Home?

There is an unmistakable lull in the world of firebrand conservativism right now in the Montana legislature.  When the legislature was last convened in 2011, right-wing bills were getting big crowds of proponents lining up to testify, to rage against the machine, as it were….


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Democratic Caucus Blog

The Democratic caucus of the Montana legislature has a blog, which is regularly updated with important bills, information, and opinion pieces. The Montana Capitol Report has been around for a couple of sessions now and is a good source for information on what’s going on…



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Taking the Think Out of “Think Tank”

Carl Graham, executive Director of the Koch brothers’-funded Montana Policy Institute, published a guest opinion in the Great Falls Tribune last week so riddled with factual errors that he should probably go ahead and resign. Graham wants state lawmakers to reject the federal government’s offer…



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Roe v. Wade 40th: Will the Montana GOP retreat?

Today is the 40th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade decision.  The Republican Party continues its 40 year war to overturn the decision.  The battle rages on. But there are indications that the GOP is coming to understand the political cost of advocating for forced rape…


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The Art of Verbal Chess

As Montanans across the state prepared to celebrate Martin Luther King Day weekend, Fox News Latino was reporting on Rep. David Howard’s latest bill to the Montana legislature. Howard (R-Park City) is bringing back his bill from last session which outlaws “immigration sanctuaries” in Montana. An immigration sanctuary, as…


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Opening Old Wounds

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, a plethora of bills expanding gun rights in every direction have been introduced in the Montana legislature.  One of these bills could open old wounds for Indian peoples. House Bill 215 would designate the Winchester Model 1873 the official…


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Legislative Roundup

Roger Koopman Should Not Be In Charge of Taxi Cabs Rep. Ellie Hill of Missoula has proposed deregulation–not of energy, but of taxicabs.  Little did anyone know that the Public Service Commission is the branch of government that regulates taxis in Montana.  That is ludicrous….


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Leaked Emails Show Civil War in Montana GOP

The big news today, if it is news at all, is that Republicans in Montana are at war with each other. Some juicy emails [PDF] were published by the Great Falls Tribune Wednesday, showing the machinations of rightwing Republicans such as Jeff Essmann and Art Wittich…


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Dick Leaves Party

Ted Dick left his post Tuesday as director of the Montana Democratic Party. He either resigned or was fired, depending on who’s telling the story. Jim Elliott, the MDP chair, sent a note around saying that Dick had chosen to depart after several years of…