Governor’s Race


Political Undercurrents Mar Today’s “Non-Partisan” Legislative Audit Committee Meeting

The Legislative Audit Committee is meeting today.  Be prepared for zaniness of the highest order.  As has been previously reported by a guest poster, the Child and Family Services agency has been a favorite target of the Tea Party.  Expect more of the same today.  For instance,…

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GUEST POST: History Bodes Well for Bullock Re-Election

by Evan Barrett

Analyzing historical electoral patterns may seem like an exercise for the back rooms of a university political science department. But active practitioners in the political arena dive into history to find patterns that are indicative, if not predictive, of what might happen in current and future election cycles.


Lacking Transparency, But Certainly See Through

Today, the staff of Gianforte’s so-called “Better Jobs LLC” has been found to be responding to press inquiries sent directly to Gianforte not about the LLC but about his campaign, as reported only by the Bozeman Chronicle. The development is significant because Gianforte has been avoiding reporting his expenditures and…


GUEST POST: More Disdain than Respect

By Dan Lourie,  Dan Lourie lives in Bozeman. He is a lifetime peace and justice activist, an organizer of and participant in civil rights and anti-war era actions, a regular writer to newspapers since 1964.  While we Montanans appreciate Stacey Cowley’s article and the light it…


ANALYSIS: Gianforte Cash Floods Montana with Fakery, Deception, and Junk Science

Greg Gianforte and his wife have set up a foundation which has been bankrolling a plethera of organizations found to have been involved in deceptive practices, pushing junk science, and peddling plain, old-fashioned bad information.

A review of the stuff Gianforte is abetting includes some things we’ve all known about – and a few surprises, as a peek at the publicly-available 990s the Gianforte Family Foundation filed in 2013 show. Let’s take a look.


Gianforte to seniors: Social Security not in Bible, so get back to work

The gubernatorial campaign that doesn’t technically exist suffered a major setback today.  Greg Gianforte, the ultra-religious Bozeman magnate, told an audience that the entire notion of retirement is fictional.  As reported in the Huffington Post, Gianforte said that the bible makes no mention of “people sitting around cashing social security checks.”

“How old,” Gianforte asked, “was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”

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Outsourcing, Not Creationist Museums, Will Prove to Be Gianforte’s Kryptonite

GOP candidate sensitive when called “outsourcer”
There has been a persistent question about Greg Gianforte, the fundamentalist zealot and apparent Republican nominee for governor, that has hounded him for several years.  And it is this: did he make his money by outsourcing jobs? When the Democratic Party made this assertion about him, he became so enraged that he filed a lawsuit against them.  (And, like a dog rolling over on its back, looking to be scratched, the party lay down and settled the case by agreeing to retract the assertion that Gianforte outsourced jobs. That was not a very fine moment for the MDP.)

And yet it is apparent that his business career has been based largely on outsourcing. For starters, Gianforte has said this himself.

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Baucus to China

The big news today is that Max Baucus is Obama’s choice for ambassador to China. On the one hand it’s surprising, because Max has shown signs of slowing down in recent years