2015 MT Legislature

Mary Moe

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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Miles City, Montana

GUEST POST: Eric Moore’s Ideas About Students and Teachers Destructive, Hateful, and Beyond Absurd

by Morgan Pett

Morgan Pett teaches science at Miles City High School, which is in Sen. Moore’s district

I am writing to make it clear to any transgender students that may come into my classes, that I am not afraid of having you in my classroom. My sense of my own sexuality is not under threat from you. The safety of both the male and female students in my classes in not under threat from you. You and your parents should know that the idea that was recently submitted as a “Guest Opinion” by State Senator Eric Moore to the Billings Gazette, that the students and teachers of the public schools of Montana and the United States are not capable of finding a place for you is destructive, hateful, and beyond the levels of absurdity that we should have to put up with in 2016.

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GUEST POST: Testimony Winds Down in Corruption Trial

By John S. Adams, Montana Free Press

The Montana Free Press is a statewide, independent, nonprofit source for in-depth Montana news, information, and analysis. Visit montanafreepress.org for more information.  

HELENA — State Rep. Art Wittich, the man accused of accepting illegal in-kind contributions and services from conservative nonprofit groups during his 2010 Senate race, took the witness stand in his own defense Thursday in Lewis and Clark County District Court.

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Art Wittich on trial for corruption.

GUEST POST: Wittich Corruption Trial Underway

By John S. Adams, Montana Free Press The Montana Free Press is a statewide, independent, nonprofit source for in-depth Montana news, information, and analysis. Visit montanafreepress.org for more information. A highly anticipated civil trial to determine whether Bozeman Republican Rep. Art Wittich violated campaign practice laws during…

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GUEST POST: A Recap of the Wittich Corruption Trial

by John S. Adams, Montana Free Press
The Montana Free Press is a statewide, independent, nonprofit source for in-depth Montana news, information, and analysis. Visit montanafreepress.org for more information.  

Rarely does a civil lawsuit garner the level of statewide attention as the ongoing legal battle between Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl and Republican State Rep. Art Wittich.

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Wittich Charges Spring from Complaints by Other Republicans

As Justin Robbins wrote on Monday, Tea Party legislator Art Wittich is now on trial for campaign finance violations.  This prosecution could result in his being removed from office.  The prosecutors are representing the commissioner of political practices, Jon Motl. Wittich is not the first…

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Cowgirl Blog Top 10 Posts of 2015

It’s been quite a year for TEA Party imbecility and nonsense.  Here’s a countdown of the top 10 Cowgirl Blog Posts of 2015.  Thank you Cowgirl readers and tipsters for another great year!   10. Justice Of The Peace Says Main Reason For Civil War Was…

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