2017 MT Legislature

Schooled by a Schoolgirl

Cross-posted from State Senator Dick Barrett’s blog: Barrett for SD 45 By Dick Barrett and Isabelle Earl Last week, when I presented a bill to the Judiciary Committee providing for primary enforcement of the state’s seat belt law, Isabelle Earl, who’s 15, showed up to…


AFP/Koch Brothers Threaten Montana Elected Officials

  An ultimatum has been issued. Either Montana legislators do as the Koch Brothers’ minions demand or they will be punished. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports AFP staffer David Herbst threatened legislators while testifying on a proposed minimum wage increase. Herbst told legislators that if…


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). 


Tuesday Quicktakes

On the TPP, whether Austin Knudsen has released his dress code for the 2017 legislature yet, the legislature’s use of private emails for official state business, and Standing Rock.


GUEST POST: Let’s move forward together

by Mary Ann Dunwell

Finding the inner strength, resilience and forgiveness to move forward together as Montanans, Americans and communities of good will, may seem insurmountable after Tuesday’s Presidential election. I ask for your resolve to do just that.