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The Politics of Bigotry

by Justin Robbins If the past several days (even weeks) of politicking and conventioning have shown one thing, it is that the concept of statesmanship is dead. There is no market left in the American mind for reasoned debate, considered pragmatism, or ideological compromise. Regardless…


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National Repubs cutting bait on Montana gov’s race

by Cowgirl A source in Washington DC familiar with the deliberations of the Republican Governors Association, which makes independent large expenditures on behalf of gubernatorial candidates, tells me that the group is walking away from Montana because of Greg Gianforte’s sagging poll numbers, which show…


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Juneau Hits The Mark

by Justin Robbins Recently, the ironically named Helena Independent Record (IR) ran an article claiming Congressional candidate Denise Juneau had unfairly attacked Ryan Zinke about what she phrased as his vote to “allow the transfer of Montana’s public land.” The paper concluded her charge is…


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Gianforte Threatens Suit Against TV Stations

Greg Gianforte has hired an attorney to send a “cease and desist” letter to all Montana television stations, threatening legal action against them if they air a campaign commercial entitled “Hooked,” which was recently released by a Democratic group called Good Jobs Montana and is…




Syrian Refugees in Canada

GUEST POST: Knudsen, Gianforte, wrong on refugees 

   by Joseph Thiel       Joseph Thiel served on the Board of Regents of the Montana University System from 2011-2013. He is now pursuing his doctorate in education at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.                                   Politics is the art of the possible. Except, it…


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Leading Prediction Site says Bullock is 80% to Win

by Cowgirl Good news for Montana democrats, and indeed Montanans.  Predictwise, a leading aggregator of predictive market data, says that Steve Bullock has an 80% chance of being elected.  This number is based on a range of polling data, expert predictions, data from betting and odds-making sites,…


Jim Nelson

GUEST POST: Orlando. This Time. Please.

  by James C. Nelson Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) I told my friend, a poet, that I didn’t know how to write this piece—I didn’t know how to be eloquent, heartsick, damn mad, and hopeful all at the same time.  I still don’t.  So,…



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Montexit: TEA Party Legislator Promotes Montana Secession

TEA Party Lawmaker Theresa Manzella (R-Bitterrooter) has taken to social media to promote Montana’s secession from the United States. Manzella shared and reposted on her own page a post by a Cindy Hamilton, a break-up letter of sorts to the U.S. signed “Montana.”  Manzella does…