Helena’s Confederate Monument In Limbo

As the rest of the nation is taking down its confederate flags, statues, and monuments, two members of the Helena City Commission say its time to do something about Helena’s monument honoring the confederacy’s legacy of racism. But not every commissioner is on board.

You might be unaware Helena has a fountain dedicated to the confederacy— that group of states that committed treason in an effort to perpetuate human bondage. 

UPDATE: This post now includes links to the Flathead Memo and Intelligent Discontent who also have posts up on this.


GUEST POST: Anti-Abortion Violence and Its Ripple Effect

How an Anti-Abortion Vandal Hurt Susan Cahill…and Many, Many Others by Maggie Moran, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Montana This week an anti-choice vandal was sentenced to jail time and ordered to pay restitution after destroying the only clinic in the Flathead Valley to provide abortion services. …


ANALYSIS: Gianforte Cash Floods Montana with Fakery, Deception, and Junk Science

Greg Gianforte and his wife have set up a foundation which has been bankrolling a plethera of organizations found to have been involved in deceptive practices, pushing junk science, and peddling plain, old-fashioned bad information.

A review of the stuff Gianforte is abetting includes some things we’ve all known about – and a few surprises, as a peek at the publicly-available 990s the Gianforte Family Foundation filed in 2013 show. Let’s take a look.


Gianforte to seniors: Social Security not in Bible, so get back to work

The gubernatorial campaign that doesn’t technically exist suffered a major setback today.  Greg Gianforte, the ultra-religious Bozeman magnate, told an audience that the entire notion of retirement is fictional.  As reported in the Huffington Post, Gianforte said that the bible makes no mention of “people sitting around cashing social security checks.”

“How old,” Gianforte asked, “was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”


TEA Party Featuring Anti-Internet Conspiracy Theorist in Billings

Guest Speaker Claims “Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians” Because: Porn, Bloggers, and Access to Information

The Montana Shrugged TEA Party may have tried to rebrand itself as the Montana Center Right Coalition, but it’s still up to the old craziness.  The group is sending out emails urging members to attend an event where anti-internet conspiracy theorist Josh McDowell will be speaking in Magic City at the end of June. The event is advertised at shedding some light on how “social media, the internet, and porn have converged to create the perfect storm” of problems “in our courts, schools, and even our churches.”


Montana AG asked to Investigate Right-Wing Group, Montana State Senator

There is a group known as American Lands Council, which consists of a man named Ken Ivory and his wife, who travel the West and offer their services to county governments for a fee, anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

What services? They promise to help the counties fight to takeover federal public lands (known as TPL). Place like national forests and national parks, and as depicted by the group’s own map on their own website, apparently Indian Reservations and treaty lands.


Chamber, MSU Alumni make early bet on Gianforte

Greg Gianforte, the billionaire tech executive and religious zealot from Bozeman, has unofficially kicked off his 2016 Governor campaign with a 30-town tour of Montana.  In this tour he will be describing his idea to “Bring Your Families Back.”  That’s the name of the tour, and it will be a charade in which Gianforte will tour the state and discuss his plans for “luring back” people who supposedly want to live in Montana but cannot find a job, and have family here.

There are a host of problems with what Gianforte is doing.  First is the plan itself. His big idea is…wait for it…that people should “telecommute.


Chronicle: Two Top Montana Attorneys Will Prosecute Wittich Case

The Bozeman Chronicle is reporting today that two of Montana’s best lawyers, Gene Jerussi and John Heenan have been appointed as state’s special attorneys general to prosecute the political practices case against TEA Party state Representative Art Wittich, of Bozeman. Both Jarussi and Heenan are shrewd, with good insincts in the courtroom and in politics (as is the firm’s other partner Randy Bishop).

They will play the proper role of prosecutors, which is to bring down the quarry.  So whomever represents Wittich has their work cut out for them. Perhaps it will be one of the state’s collection of famous republican attorneys like Matthew Monforton or Jim Brown at Thunderdome Law.


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GUEST POST: Legislative Rape

by Anonymous Fifty-six Montana legislators in the House of Representatives just voted to legalize rape of pregnant women.  Despicable. House Bill 479 requires a doctor to determine how old a fetus is before performing any fetal surgery: “a person may not perform fetal surgery on…


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Yellowstone County Commission Actions Leave a Bad Taste

Just in time for the 2015 legislative session, Yellowstone County Commissioners appear to be leading the charge to rebrand homophobia as “religious liberty.” A Yellowstone County Clerk Kristie Boelter has become a pawn in that apparent ploy after one her her employees claimed a religious exemption and is refusing…