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What is the Helena IR hiding?

How pathetic is it that the Helena Independent Record remains the top source of news for Montana’s capitol city? They are ignoring the Congressional race, Rehberg’s anti-teacher vote, McDonald’s MEA-MFT endorsement, the GOP’s baseless attacks on the Helena School District, and the potential fall-out of…


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McDonald secures key endorsement

I was pleased to see that the political action committee of Montana’s Teacher’s Union (MEA-MFT – MEA-MFT COPE) has unanimously voted to recommend Dennis McDonald for election to Montana’s lone congressional seat. Just last week Congressman Rehberg turned his back on school teachers and health care for…


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Latest on the forest jobs bill

Matthew Koehler and Problembear, who have been following this bill since the beginning, left some interesting comments when I asked what they though of the latest opinion piece on the bill on NewWest.   What are others hearing? Koehler: MT Cowgirl. Thanks for the reply….



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Dumbest idea of the week

This one comes to us from Jerry O’Neil, whom we know as the champion of the fake legal industry.  O’Neil now wants to bring his somewhat doubtful skills to the legislature to allow a fake medical industry to flourish in Montana. O’Neil promises in his Tea Party…


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This is smart

The Montana Women Pipeline Project just announced its endorsed candidates for this November’s legislative races. The Pipeline describes itself as sort of a local Montana version of Emily’s List (which supports pro-choice women Democratic candidates) This group works to elect progressive Democratic women in Montana.  It…


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Corey Stapleton: “Most Inspirational Wrestler” for Governor

When our friend Corey Stapleton first announced that he was running for Governor, we can admit that we laughed. Afterall, he went on about “childhood addictions” on his wikipedia page and had some trouble figuring out whether or not you could be a native Montanan…


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Sinrud Appears to Have Committed Crime, Lobbied Illegally

Someone sent me a tip the other day, that John Sinrud broke the law in late 2009 because he appeared as a lobbyist to lobby on behalf of the Northwest Montana Realtors. It appears that the tipster was correct.  Mr. Sinrud left the State Legislature…



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Sanders County Republicans respond to this blog

Hilariously, the Sanders County Republicans have posted a response to this blog on their neat website, which is aptly subtitled “The focal point of everything Republican in Sanders County.” The purpose of this response appears to be to simultaneously clarify to us, and to their…


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The worst political ad of the week

Dan Quayle’s creepo 33-year-old son is running for office in Arizona. Watch for the odd ducking movement 3/4 of the way in. Then watch these parody response ads here and here. UPDATE: For those of you reading this blog at work (you know who you…


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Republican org nails its portrayal of Sinrud

In a guest opinion in the Billings Gazette today, John Sinrud’s “Western Traditions Partnership” is called out for what they do: The group, which favors high-density development over traditional rural landscapes, also has an odd definition of what constitutes “western.” It has weighed in on…


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Nels Swandal exposes his views on the ‘puter

In an election year where Montana’s Congressman claims Facebook and Twitter are more reliable than the press because they don’t “filter”  his message, the messages right-wing candidates and aides send out on social media is coming through loud and clear. For example, the Missoula Independent looked…


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Denny’s Dilemma

Randy Vogel has been found innocent by a jury of three poaching crimes by a Madison county jury. But now comes the hard part for Denny.  There is no right choice.  From what we have seen and heard, it seems likely that Vogel did what…