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Kudos to Bullock for Cracking Down on Repeat DUIs

News outlets across Montana today are reporting on Montana AG Steve Bullock’s plan to crack down on repeat DUI offenders. In a press release, Bullock said: Stats from the past few years clearly show that it’s the repeat offenders who aren’t getting the message. By…


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Tester’s Dilemma

With the 2012 General Election less than two years away, the strategies for incumbent Senator Jon Tester are both simple and difficult. Tester must of course deal with the challenges of voter angst toward politicians in general, an unpopular president, an even more unpopular Congress,…


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The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to…

….Hypocrisy All-Star Dennis Rehberg. The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 that was passed quietly last week. One thing that much of the media coverage missed is that this bill, which Rehberg voted against, contained the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2009, which Rehberg…




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Bought, but by Whom?

Who are the moneybags that own the new Republican legislature? For starters, at least a half-million dollars was spent by a group called Western Tradition Partnership was directly Republican legislative candidates to help them get elected in 2010. Let’s assume that 20 races were targeted…


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That Didn’t Take Long

The first order of business for Republicans should be to get rid of Schweitzer, and “delouse” the Governor’s residence, according to a source who saw Jana Taylor’s before her fellow Republican House members two days ago in her bid to become Whip. Nice gal. She…


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Montana Poll Reveals Undressed Wounds

Time heals all wounds, the saying goes, but perhaps not when it comes to rehabilitating Montana Senator Max Baucus’s poll numbers after public views of the health care bill became what they are. According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, the 70-year-old incumbent’s rating…


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The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to…

…the Montana Chamber of Commerce, which has come out in favor of out-of-state corporate tax cheats, namely Travelocity and Expedia, who are short-changing the state of Montana on taxes when they sell hotel rooms. No surprise here.  The last time the Chamber took an action…


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Running from the Nazis

Belated congratulations to Derek Skees, who overcame a well-earned reputation as an extremist to edge out Will Hammerquist for the Whitefish seat in the Montana Legislature. As elsewhere, in Whitefish the R candidate got massive corporate out-of-state money to pull him over the edge. But…


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Required Reading: “The Liar’s Club”

Here is an interesting piece by Tim Egan, who spends a lot of time in Montana but has been covering the national Republicans.  It is a must-read for anyone who thought I was engaged in hyperbole when I said that the GOP and it’s candidates…


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Barkus

The crooks who calls themselves judges and prosecutors have given Republican State Senator Greg Barkus a free pass, a slap on the wrist, for being twice the legal limit drunk (and that measurement was taken several hours after the accident) and almost killing several people…



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Hill, Daines Announcing

In the next few days, Rick Hill and then Steve Daines will announce that they are running for Governor and US Senator in 2012.  No surprise there. Of the two, Daines has the more serious chance. Politics has passed Hill by, and I don’t expect…