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Pathetic

The Billings Gazette reported today that embattled PSC Commissioner Republican Brad Molnar couldn’t be bothered to show up in court but didn’t contest his involvement in a hit-and-run on a high school student in a fast-food drive through. Molnar had at first tried to deny…

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Koch Brothers Pranked

The Koch brothers have been impersonated for pranks–a prank caller pretending to be David Koch was able to talk with Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker.  This time, the Koch’s were the target.   At an event at the Koch Theater last week, the group The Other…

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End of the World Let Down Has Bozeman Connections

A Bozeman Montana woman behind the movement to put up billboards around the world warning of the apocalypse is still holding out hope for the end at some point, while others say the rapture has already happened, it’s just not obvious.   Marie Exley, who…

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Best Comments of the Week

Observations by commenters are often the best part of any blog.  Here, in case you missed them, are a few of my favorite among your contributions from the last week.   See something I missed or want to recommend a favorite? Email the tipline at…

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Farmers Are Bad*sses

Three Montana farmers are suing insurance megalith Blue Cross Blue Shield over unscrupulous business practices. Why is it that farmers are so often found leading the charge for progress? As Whitefish farmer and former state legislator Mike Jopek (D-Whitefish HD4) writes, many of the founding…

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This Week’s Worst Political Ad

Yes, Texas Republican Debbie Georgatos and her odd advertisement are only intended to influence county level politics, but so was our favorite Stark County Republican, Phil Davison.

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Sine Die

The legislature adjourned Sine Die last night, which in Latin means “without day” (and in Helena-speak means “we’re outta here”). Dramatic reversal of fortune for Democrats, who came to the session as heavy underdogs facing the real possibility of becoming road kill. The GOP, upon…

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Fringe Political Element’s Election Plot Uncovered

The Missoulian is reporting that a cabal of far right wingers that are part of a  “fringe political element” has launched a campaign to take over the board of trustees at  Flathead Valley Community College. I can understand why local community leaders are afraid.  School…

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Fighting Back

The Montana legislature has been making national news (and not in a good way), but we can fight back and show the nation that Montana is not all Derek Skees and his fellow brownshirts. With like three clicks you can send one of my favorite…

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Some Questions On the Montana GOP’s Militia Proposal

Tim Ravndal kindly shared with the rest of the world last night the real meaning of Wendy Warburton’s  (R-Havre)  HB 278. Why do we need a militia?  What’s wrong with the Montana National Guard?  Does Warburton have a personal hatred of the Havre outpost? The…

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