2016 Elections

Cowboy Versus Alien

By Justin Robbins Time is fleeting as we fast approach a May 25 special election to fill Montana’s lone congressional seat, vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke; already famous for forgetting his Metro pass on the first day at his new job. Following the Montana…

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Time To Pay The Pander?

by Justin Robbins Since his initial free-form announcement of his presidential bid, celebrity statesman impersonator Donald Trump cobbled together policy ideas the way comedians settle on the best jokes; with an applause meter. By the time anyone took him seriously, it wasn’t the anyone who…


Graduation Rates Don’t Matter to Elsie Arnzten

The person who was somehow elected as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November with little or no name recognition, knowledge of the position, or support from really anyone has decided to eliminate an immensely successful program from the OPI website and has disappeared…


In Defense of Freedom…and Nazis

by Justin Robbins It became clear on the morning of November 9, 2016, the future would contain ample fodder on which people like me, the chronically righteously indignant, might focus our ire. Readers of this blog will recall it took me little time to assail…


I Guess This is Real

Cross-posted with permission of author By Dan Brooks on Combat Blog The problem with electing as president a habitually lying reality TV personality is that you sort of lose track of what’s real. Even after the national embarrassment of making Donald Trump president, I didn’t…


Electoral College — You’re Fired!

By Jim Nelson,  Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) The Electoral College (EC, for short) is one of the most undemocratic institutions to disserve our Country. For years a substantial majority of Americans has consistently, and rightly, supported the ideal that our president should be elected…


In Defense of the Unconventional

by Justin Robbins There has been, and will undoubtedly continue to be much debate about how Americans…“real” Americans…should react to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The gambit seems to run from elation at the rise of a genuine man…


Last Chance Power Drive

Readers of this site may have noted a conspicuous absence of content from this author since shortly after the elections. In part, this (perhaps welcome) silence has been a product of an effort to maximize holiday time with family; however, it must be admitted that…


GUEST POST: Is There Money Behind the Trump-Putin Love Affair?

  A Commentary for Montana Cowgirl By Evan Barrett     As the CIA and seventeen intelligence agencies and the FBI have determined to a high level of confidence that Russia used hacking and leaking to interfere with our recent Presidential election – effectively interfering…


Mary Moe

GUEST POST: Vocabulary Lesson

by Mary Sheehy Moe Sen. Moe represents Senate District 12 in Great Falls. She can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com  “Disingenuous.” When Elsie Arntzen used that word in her televised debate with Melissa Romano last summer, I had to wonder whether it still means what it…


Putting the White in Whitefish

by Justin Robbins

I don’t intend this post to do much beyond inform and educate. I almost hesitate to use the term “educate” because it implies I may have knowledge that has been in some way denied to others. That is by no means certain.


Fred Thomas

GUEST POST: Fred Thomas is back as Senate Majority Leader: what could possibly go wrong?

By Bitterrooter

The Republican leadership in the Montana Legislature has just announced that Fred Thomas has been named Majority Leader of the state Senate.

When Senator Thomas announced his intended candidacy for returning to the State Senate way back in 2011, he was quoted as saying, “My campaign platform is simple… Let’s learn from recent mistakes. As they say, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (Bitterroot Star, 11/30/2011).