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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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Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl testifies in his lawsuit against Republican Rep. Art Wittich. Photo by Kimberly Reed.

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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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…


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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Cowgirl Special Editorial: Time for a Change at UM

Roughly a month from now, the Montana Board of Regents will consider whether to renew Royce Engstrom’s contract as President of the University of Montana. Some Regent members are privately expressing the opinion that the contract should not be renewed. The Cowgirl Blog is in…


Lies don't become him.

Senator Who Ruined Montana’s Cheap Power Peddling More Lies

This week Senator Fred Thomas and fifty-five other Republican legislators signed a letter to the Governor, demanding that he “do everything in his power” to prevent Syrian refugees from settling in Montana. Good thing for Montanans that the letter was not about energy policy, for Thomas…


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GUEST POST: Who Do We Think We Are?

By Justin Robbins

Robbins is a frequent contributor to the Cowgirl Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @JustinRobbins15

This question is typically posed as more of a rhetorical declaration by someone who already has a pretty firm idea of who they think we are.  It carries, at least in my humble experience, an implication that I, in fact, may not be that humble after all.  That, in some way, I have made an assumption or taken a liberty that is outside the scope of the whatever standing I may hold in the relationship in question.



Forward Montana Billings City Council Voter Guide

Your Guide to the Billings City Council Races

Forward Montana has put together a nice guide to the 2015 Billings City Council races that allows you to get quick and relevant information on the candidates, find which candidates are in your ward, and easily share your picks on social media. Check it out…


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GUEST POST: Making Congress Responsible for Wildfires

Guest post by Norma Duffy.   Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for the bad politics-as-usual, interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods  UPDATE: as of 8/16/2105 at 4:00 pm  Gov. Steve…


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Cold Feet

A source with close ties to the Republican Party told me recently that Greg Gianforte may be leaning against running for Governor. That would make sense for several reasons.  The economic numbers that have been coming in are stellar. Montana’s economy is as strong as its…


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Koch Bloggers Caught Lying About Tester

Montana Republicans Also Demonstrate Ignorance of Ethics Laws (Oh, and Flub Another Attempt to Manufacture an Attack on Dems…)

Well, this is embarrassing.  The paid Koch Brothers bloggers at “Media Trackers” have been busted lying about Sen. Tester. The bloggers claimed that Tester had attended some high dollar fundraiser based entirely on a Tweet, which got it wrong.

Senator Tester didn’t attend this fundraiser that Republicans and Media Trackers are making a stink about. Senator Tester was in D.C. voting that day.  How do I know?  Because the


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GUEST POST: Olson Ignored Threats of Coal

How can we not be incredulous? Alan Olson, despite being a shill for the coal companies, should surely know better. He writes an op-ed proposing increases in coal mining and shipping without mentioning the impact on the health of Montana’s citizens and the other consequences of increased numbers of coal trains on the cities through which they will pass. Not a word!

There is enormous mounting evidence demonstrating the overwhelming impact of coal mining, shipping and combustion on public health. It will contaminate cities and towns, farmland, forestland, streams and rivers with coal dust and chunks of coal. A recent study calls coal dust a “pernicious ballast foulant,” containing toxic heavy metals, including mercury, arsenic and lead. Olson’s plan for increased coal train traffic via Bozeman’s residential neighborhoods will…