conservation




Zinke’s Poll Numbers Plummet in Montana

It’s hard being Interior Secretary.  Ryan Zinke is learning that. Montana’s former Congressman turned Trump Cabinet Secretary is currently under investigation for the alleged threats he made to Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski during the GOP’s failed health care boondoggle. He is seeing wide-spread opposition to…

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GUEST POST – Normalized Ignorance and Global Warming: It’s Time to Vote

by David R. Montague

Mr. Montague was raised in Billings, where he wrote a column for the Gazette for 6 years. He’s the author of two books and has written for Northern Lights Magazine which gave many now-famous writers a start, including Mark Spragg, William deBuys and Terry Tempest Williams.  He is now retired and lives in Potomac near Missoula with his wife.

In an essay about what he calls “normalized ignorance,” Professor Henry Giroux observes that “successful political campaigns are now dependent on an uninformed public.”
How accurate is his observation when it comes to the issue of climate change?

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Wednesday Quicktakes

You Won’t Believe Who’s Writing All Those Gazette Stories The Last Best News will tell you anyway.  Great stuff from this site as usual.     Poll: Trump falls into tie with Clinton among Utah voters An ominous bellwether for the Montana GOP.    …

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GUEST POST: National Security Is Going to the Birds

by Josh Manning 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  Far from Montana, members of the House of Representatives are…

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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…

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A New Blog in the Montana Blogosphere

A warm welcome to Plains Speaking, the new blog over at Northern Plains.  Looks like they’re going to have posts by a variety of people and seems like a good way to keep on top of conservation news here in Montana. Once there, you can hit…

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Thursday Quicktakes

TEA Party Sen. Jennifer Fielder New Head of Extremist Group The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting this week that TEA Party, militia affiliated state Senator Jennifer Fielder will replace Ken Ivory as head of the ludicrous public land takeover quacks known as the American Lands Council.  The…

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