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Why Keenan’s Selection Matters

The Montana Democratic Party has picked Nancy Keenan to be its new executive director.  Keenan is an old-time Montana politico and also a national figure.   She comes from Anaconda, ran for Congress in 2000 and then became the president of NARAL Pro Choice America…


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GUEST POST: Dirty Pool in House Human Services

by Linda Gryczan, Helena Hotflash Rep Art Wittich, (R-Bozeman), chair of House Human Services, called the committee back early from spring break to hear SB 405 by Sen Ed Buttrey, (R-Gt Falls), the compromise Medicaid Expansion bill. Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, hospitals, business leaders…


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Little Threat from GOP

Please, don’t be alarmed. Though he might not look it, this individual is quite harmless. He’s Chris Shipp, the executive director of the Republican Party. Shipp has been running the Montana GOP for about six months now. I say “harmless” because while the job of a Party…




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Gun Nut Threatens Utility Company

A silly gun referendum has been proposed by Matthew Monforton, the grandstanding Tea Partier from California who recently arrived in Bozeman and now sits in the state House. This ballot measure would create a new right of action whereby anyone, anywhere, who feels that their…



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Wednesday Quicktakes

Here’s what you need to know today in Montana politics. What are they afraid of? The Utah Catholic Conference and Utah’s Catholic bishops have been strong and vocal supporters of expanding Medicaid in Utah for years. The Most Reverend, Bishop of Salt Lake City John…





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Montana Astroturf Strategy Backfires on Koch Brothers

This was a bad week for the Koch Brothers in Montana. Their astroturf “group,” Americans for Prosperity, is fighting Medicaid Expansion.  That’s right–the Koch Brothers, who are worth $50 Billion – each,  are trying to ensure that someone who makes $15,000 is not able to…