GUEST POST: It’s time to let Barry Beach go home

by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at Follow her on Twitter  @MaryMoeMT “An injustice to him. An outrage to all.” So reads the mission statement of Montanans for Justice, one of many groups that have been advocating for the exoneration of Barry…

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First Day of Fail

Add this to the list of campaign mistakes from Greg Gianforte. The TEA Party candidate for governor of Montana used a photo of Mt. Moran to tweet his wish that “everyone enjoys the first day of fall!” Problem is, Mt. Moran is one of the most famous…

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Commissioner: Trappers Violated Montana Campaign Laws

Trapping Group’s Actions Referred for Prosecution The Montana Trappers Association and an affiliated ballot committee violated state law in its campaign against a proposed ballot measure that would restrict on trapping on public land, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has ruled.  Montana law requires transparency in campaigns, including…

Matt Rosendale, who depicted himself in a campaign ad shooting a drone out of the sky.

Mystery Email List Used by Matt Rosendale

I don’t know what to make of this, but I am definitely going to tell you about it. A friend of mine received an email last week from Matt Rosendale, talking about how important it is that all Republicans unite behind Greg Gianforte. I’ve pasted…


Montana Dodges A Bullet, but TEA Partiers are Reloading

We here in Montana dodged a bullet when moderate Republicans joined Democratic legislators to pass a compromise bill that is a private market alternative to Medicaid expansion in Montana. That’s because states that refused federal funds to offer health coverage to low and modest income Montanans…

Rep. Kerry White (RTEA-Bozeman) said he had hoped to join Cliven Bundy in his armed stand-off against the BLM in Nevada.

GUEST POST: HJ 13 Straw Man

by Ben Lamb

Ben Lamb is an avid fly fisherman, big game hunter, and author who loves to spend as much time as possible in wild country. 

1.5 million acres of public land in Montana is off limits to the public. But that won’t be the focus of a legislative committee’s work under HJ 13, sponsored by Representative Kerry White (R-Bozeman). In fact, those acres of locked up public land were clearly taken off of the table by the sponsor, who only wants to focus on the closed system roads on forest service lands – some 9,000 miles.

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Gianforte, Daines get stuffed by invited guest

There was a major shindig this weekend in Bozeman, a Tech Summit at which big hitters from Silicon Valley showed up at the invitation of Steve Daines to tell the crowd how Montana can grow its technology sector and thus increase the number of high…

While this image is, obviously, photoshopped, Gianforte's cash donations to the group defending Davis are all too real.

Kim Davis Puts Gianforte’s Support for Discrimination in the Spotlight

It turns out that Greg Gianforte has given thousands to the national hate group defending Kim Davis’s illegal and discriminatory behavior. Public records show Greg Gianforte has given $14,000 to the Family Research Council, an entity the Southern Poverty Law Center designated a hate group in 2010. If you aren’t…


GUEST POST: How about a Wildfire Cost Recovery Levy

by Bob Williams, Ravalli County End of August, on the Montana page of  the Northern Broadcasting System, I was reading  how wildfire smoke is hard on the respiratory system of horses.  Later I glanced at the NBS link to the map of people in Montana…

Kim Davis Mug Shot

GUEST POST: Victim, Hero, or the Face of Hate?

by Justice Jim Nelson, Montana Supreme Court, Retired

The swings in public perception are amazing. Case in point: Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk who thumbed her official nose at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that marriage is a fundamental right of all persons, not just heterosexuals.  Not on Davis’ watch, that is.

No marriage licenses to gays and lesbians would be issued over her official title, because to do so would violate her personal religious beliefs.  That, apparently, is the belief that the Bible and the “loving” God who inspired it and who created all people in his own image, condemns marriages which are not between one man and one woman.