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Gianforte Dumps Fortune on Television Ad Buy

Greg Gianforte (or as Twitter has dubbed him “GiantFortune”) has dumped hundreds of thousands on a television ad buy, even though he only has about $300k in the bank. Bullock has consistently out-raised Gianforte and has over $1.1 million cash on hand. This means Gianforte has…


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Blinded By The Light

Most jobs come with a lop-sided combination of necessary responsibilities and fringe benefits.  For example, a fast food server may get a free meal during or after a shift; a retail sales worker might receive an “employee discount” on items they purchase from their company….



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Millions of Montanans to Attempt to Learn Social Media

The embattled Koch brother’s astroturf group Americans for Prosperity hopes to staunch the skewering they’ve been receiving in Montana for the last year or so by trying to make their members a more social media savvy. A “Social Media Warrior” training will be hosted by…


Caron Cooper, Independent Candidate for Montana Public Service Commissioner

GUEST POST: Troubling trends on Montana’s PSC

By Caron Cooper, PhD

Caron Cooper is an independent candidate for the Montana Public Service Commission District 3 seat in southwest Montana. She is not accepting PAC or corporate funding. Find her on Facebook or at www.caroncoopermtpsc.com

My morning routine typically involves coffee and NPR in the kitchen. In 2014, I began to hear stories about…


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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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Gianforte Dodges Discrimination Question—Four Times‏

On Wednesday the gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte was asked by an audience member, at an event that was recorded on camera, whether he supports the new North Carolina law that is designed to allow discrimination against LGBT people. Instead of answering the questions (Would you, Mr….


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GUEST POST: Testimony Winds Down in 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 — State Rep. Art Wittich, the man accused of accepting illegal in-kind contributions and services from conservative nonprofit groups during his 2010 Senate race, took the witness stand in his own defense Thursday in Lewis and Clark County District Court.


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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A New Blog in the Montana Blogosphere

A warm welcome to Plains Speaking, the new blog over at Northern Plains.  Looks like they’re going to have posts by a variety of people and seems like a good way to keep on top of conservation news here in Montana. Once there, you can hit…



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Maybe It Isn’t Who You Know After All…

Correct me if I’m wrong here, but isn’t one of the main economic development plans of Republican gubernatorial candidate, and successful software engineer Greg Gianforte centered around telecommuting as a means of keeping Montana’s best assets in Montana?  With his expertise, and undoubtedly countless contacts…


Art Wittich on trial for corruption.

GUEST POST: Wittich Corruption Trial Underway

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. A highly anticipated civil trial to determine whether Bozeman Republican Rep. Art Wittich violated campaign practice laws during…