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A Look at Montana’s Delegates to the GOP Convention

by Cowgirl Take a look at the list of delegates the Montana GOP is sending to the GOP Convention in Cleveland. Delegates who will represent Montana in July include (as Chair) Jeff Essmann, National Committeeman and Woman Errol Galt and Betti Hill. And a list of the…

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Gianforte’s Millions Make Another Appearance

by Cowgirl

You can’t buy political billboards on public property in Montana, but for $10 million it appears you can get your name on a building.

Slated for the Board of Regents agenda for next Thursday and Friday (May 19-20) is an MSU proposal to name their computing school the Gianforte School of Computing. Gianforte’s donation, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction:

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More on the Gianforte Stream Access Story

by Cowgirl

I enjoy the flattering attention when newspapers cite to the blog, but at the risk of sounding too modest, it should be made clear about yesterday’s news about how this blog “surfaced” (the Lee Newspapers word) a 2009 lawsuit filed by Greg Gianforte to close down stream access on his property.  The post has since become the

Taylor Rose (left) with MTGOP Vice-Chair and American Lands Council CEO Jennifer Fielder

MT GOPer Outraged Over Harriet Tubman–and People Who Adopt Non-White Babies

by Cowgirl

A Flathead area legislative candidate has taken to Facebook to express his outrage that the anti-slavery activist and women’s rights heroine Harriet Tubman will be replacing the notorious author of American Indian genocide Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. He also shared his views on a variety of topics.  UPDATE:  Rose has since deleted the posts from his Facebook page, but you can see screenshots of his posts below.

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Sanders Comes to Missoula, Billings

by Cowgirl The AP is reporting that Bernie Sanders will be in Billings and Missoula this week, as the Cowgirl blog predicted a couple of months  back.  RSVP at or by finding the events on There hasn’t been much discussion of the presidential race in Montana…

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A Note to Montana Democrats

by Bill LaCroix 

Bill is a writer, musician and progressive political activist.  You can email him at  and visit his blog at

All of us in rural Montana who have organized meetings and strategy sessions around issues to the left of Attila the Wall Street Speculator know the feeling when we look around the room and calculate the average age. It’s usually around 60, isn’t it?

That’s why a now-common political slur is annoying me so greatly. I won’t footnote the year’s worth of “left”-leaning talking heads who’ve repeated it in one form or another, so I’ll just distill down to its simple essence:

People are pissed because the Wall Street crooks got away with their heist, so they’re supporting “extreme” protest candidates like Trump and Sanders. 


Why A Creationist Museum Matters

by Justin Robbins Although there are many issues about which people tend to care very deeply, few have the emotional resonance and potential volatility as religion. Speaking both historically, and contemporarily, religion lies at the root of some of the humanity’s more remarkable artistic and…