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The Nexus of Ego: Putin, Trump, and Zinke

by Josh Manning Josh Manning is a combat veteran and serves on the leadership team of Common Defense, a group of progressive veterans joining together to affect political change. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23. Counterterrorism analysts shorthand a grouping of terrorists from different…

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GUEST POST: Bread and Debates

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter @MaryMoeMT Originally a ritual honoring deceased nobles, the fighting of gladiators in ancient Rome quickly devolved into vulgar and violent “games” provided by the powerful few to…



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GUEST POST: Casper

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT

It’s a time of jarring incongruity. Outdoors, trees shiver in the crisp air, baring their branches of copper and gold. Frost silvers stubbly fields under a harvest moon. Everything is beautiful with dying.

Indoors, vitriol and inanity drip from the airwaves as journalists breathlessly report the latest in the limbo contests that now pass for…



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To Serve Or Collect

by Justin Robbins

Many people of substantial means (read “obscene wealth”) tend to be collectors. Some gather art, or sports memorabilia, or maybe classic cars. Some seem to collect unusual or unconventional items with no apparent rhyme nor reason. Greg Gianforte appears to be in this category.


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GUEST POST: Retired Supreme Court Justices Endorse Sandefur

The undersigned urge that District Judge Dirk Sandefur be elected as a Justice to Montana’s Supreme Court.  He has the temperament and the broadest professional background of any candidate for the Supreme Court—including the skills that are indispensable for analyzing and deciding all civil and…


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DeHaven’s Deferred Decorum

by Justin Robbins

There’s a certain inevitability to the gradual decline of print media. Television, radio, Internet and mobile technologies provide an array of choices by which interested persons might consume the news of the day, any time of the day. Newspapers simply can’t keep up; leaving little for them to do, save to choose the amount of grace with which they exit.



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GUEST POST: Out of Commission: School Funding Update

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT

As August ended, so did the work of Montana’s first School Funding Commission, tasked with studying the state’s funding for public education, identifying inadequacies, and proposing solutions.

The Commission was a 2015 tweak to a 2005 law created in the wake of Columbia Falls Elementary vs. State of Montana I, when the courts found that the legislature was not adequately – and therefore not constitutionally – funding Montana’s public schools. After creating various fixes for that problem, the 2005 legislature mandated a study of the adequacy of school funding every ten years, in the hope of avoiding future lawsuits.



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The Myopic Tyranny of Big Oil

by Justin Robbins By now, you may have still not heard of the Standing Rock protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which hopes to transfer oil produced in the Bakken oil fields to Illinois and beyond. Without speculating on motive, I’ll just say it hasn’t…


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“Wise Use” Leader, TEA Party Official Target of Ethics Investigation

One of Montana’s remaining investigative news stalwarts, the Bozeman Chronicle has broken the story today of an ethics investigation involving a handful of right-wing GOP muckety-mucks.    The Montana Attorney General is investigating an alleged ethics violation by Gallatin County Commissioner Steve White, a TEA Party Republican and hobby drone aficionado…


Ralph Nader's highest performing counties in 2000. Source: Wikimedia

Will Johnson and Stein create chaos in Montana?

The map above represents Ralph Nader’s highest performing counties in the 2000 election when he ran on the Green party ticket. Missoula was his number two county nationwide, at 15.8%.  In Montana he got 6% statewide.  George Bush became our leader.  The 2016 race has…