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Here’s the Deal

by John Sheehy So what I want is ten thousand names. Let me explain. I have this niece. I won’t name her here because she may not want to have her name bandied about on [social media]. But I love my niece. She’s great. She’s…

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Quist, Curtis, Gianforte eyeing House seat

It will grow, but right now the field of Democratic candidates for the special election to replace Ryan Zinke is already nearing a dozen.  Brian Schweitzer has effectively bowed out by having endorsed Rob Quist, the well-known Montana musician.  Zeno Baucus, a lawyer and Max’s…

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Guest Post: Montana Gets a Special Election

by Progressive Cow   Ryan Zinke’s at Interior.  All in all, it could be worse. Zinke, for those don’t remember, was once a moderate Republican state legislator from liberal Whitefish who once supported many things environmental, as well as basic abortion rights too (his position on…

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To Serve Or Collect

by Justin Robbins

Many people of substantial means (read “obscene wealth”) tend to be collectors. Some gather art, or sports memorabilia, or maybe classic cars. Some seem to collect unusual or unconventional items with no apparent rhyme nor reason. Greg Gianforte appears to be in this category.

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Juneau Hits The Mark

by Justin Robbins Recently, the ironically named Helena Independent Record (IR) ran an article claiming Congressional candidate Denise Juneau had unfairly attacked Ryan Zinke about what she phrased as his vote to “allow the transfer of Montana’s public land.” The paper concluded her charge is…

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Back Next Week

Good morning readers – I’m headed into the backcountry this week and so of course won’t have access to the internet.  I’ll be back next week Wednesday, so until then, I hope you all have a nice week!  Cowgirl

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“Extensive Experience?”…Not so much

Right-wing candidate for supreme court, Kristin Juras has been trying to convey that she has “extensive experience.” But it’s amazing what you can find on the internet these days.  The Montana Supreme Court page allows you to query an attorney and it spits out every case they…

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Mary Moe

GUEST POST: Mother Tongue

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at moe.mt.senate@gmail.com Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT It seems appropriate in the month of Shakespeare’s birth to focus on the excesses of language spawned by the body politic. The genius has been dead 500 years, but the…

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GUEST POST: Motl Takes the Stand in Wittich Corruption Trial

By John S. Adams, Montana Free Press The Montana Free Press is a statewide, independent, nonprofit source for in-depth Montana news, information, and analysis. Visit montanafreepress.org for more information.   HELENA — Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl took the witness stand Wednesday in the jury trial of…

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Justice Jim Nelson, Montana Supreme Court, Retired

GUEST POST: Terrorists by Any Other Name Are Still Terrorists 

By Jim Nelson,  Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.) A high school geography teacher trying to convey to her students the intrinsic complex artistry of Arabic calligraphy, asks her students copy a passage—not to translate, adopt or pronounce it mind you, just copy the passage—from an…

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Art Wittich, sick and tired of pretending to serve the public.

Wednesday Quicktakes

Wittich Corruption Case

The Helena IR reported yesterday that the commissioner of political practices has uncovered documents that show TEA Party state legislator Art Wittich “participated in quid pro quo corruption by

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