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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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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…

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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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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…

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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.

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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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