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Lee State Bureau, RIP

Surprising news was delivered Thursday by the Great Falls Tribune. The Lee Newspapers company is shutting down its State Bureau, meaning that Mike Dennison and Chuck Johnson, the state’s two veteran political reporters, are departing, leaving the company.  Sources with knowledge of the the decision say Lee…

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GUEST POST: New Explosive Sex Crime Allegations Rock Missoula

By Jaime Jesstar, Montana Satirical News (MSN) MISSOULA, MT — Sources close to Missoula Police Department indicate that 8 male UM students, including Grizzlies quarterback Dirk Wigler, were victimized last week in what appears to be an organized sex crime.  Details are incomplete, but the…

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Medicaid Expansion Story Misses the Boat

A recent Public Radio story about a ballot measure to use federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage to the working poor left out some important information which left readers with an inaccurate view of what’s really going on. Republicans are trying to claim that a…

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On the Media

Interesting new phenomenon developing in Montana media markets.  We’re starting to see television journalists and independent weeklies break more stories, with more in-depth coverage than print reporters. Take this KTVM (NBC Bozeman, Butte) story about the TEA Partiers who have filed as fake democrats in…

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Today’s Must-Read Political Blog Post

Is up at Intelligent Discontent, where Don Pogreba writes another of his excellent point by point take downs of shoddy journalism. I’ve read some terrible headlines from Montana newspapers in my day, but today’s story headlined “Political practices commissioner accused of using questionable tactics to get results” has…

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Not Quite

Another problematic story on the Affordable Care Act yesterday. A Montana Public Radio report by the usually excellent reporter Dan Boyce purports to show “How Obamacare is compromising state university student health insurance plans.” However, the article does not support the claims made in its…

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30 Days for Billings Teacher Who Raped 14-year-old Student

Did victim’s race play a role in lenient sentence? Yesterday we learned that the county superintendent of schools in Billings is a barely literate, racist, plagiarizing, Tea Party ignoramus, revealed to have plagiarized another author. He will likely be moving on. Today, we have another…

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Heckuva Job in Denver, Brownie?

Until this weekend, Michael DeWayne Brown (aka “Brownie,” of George Bush FEMA fame, who botched the federal response to hurricane Katrina) and David Sirota (a progressive author and former political operative) co-hosted a radio show in Denver called The Rundown.  Sirota was a Schweitzer employee…

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