Fred Thomas

GUEST POST: Fred Thomas is back as Senate Majority Leader: what could possibly go wrong?

By Bitterrooter

The Republican leadership in the Montana Legislature has just announced that Fred Thomas has been named Majority Leader of the state Senate.

When Senator Thomas announced his intended candidacy for returning to the State Senate way back in 2011, he was quoted as saying, “My campaign platform is simple… Let’s learn from recent mistakes. As they say, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (Bitterroot Star, 11/30/2011). 

electoral college

GUEST POST: Mr. Hamilton’s Myopia and the Electoral College

by Bill McRae, Billings

Bill is a retired college professor who came back home to Montana.  You can email him at and see more at his Facebook page, “An American Progressive.”

President of the United States.  President. of. the. United. States.  Not the “President of Southern States and Rust Belt States and Gerrymandered States and Swing States Swinging our Way.” 

Tuesday Quicktakes

On the TPP, whether Austin Knudsen has released his dress code for the 2017 legislature yet, the legislature’s use of private emails for official state business, and Standing Rock.

GUEST POST: Let’s move forward together

by Mary Ann Dunwell

Finding the inner strength, resilience and forgiveness to move forward together as Montanans, Americans and communities of good will, may seem insurmountable after Tuesday’s Presidential election. I ask for your resolve to do just that.

Monday Quick Takes: Reading the TEA (Party) Leaves for 2017

Nazi Lit in Missoula In Missoula this week, American Nazi Party literature showed up in Missoula, the Missoulian reports: Fliers citing the American Nazi Party have appeared on some Missoula doorsteps, touting “the white working class” and disparaging Jews. Readers may have noticed that the Helena IR also…

A Post Mortem Post

The  Bullseye has one of the more interesting post-mortem analyses I’ve seen – That the election results are as much a repudiation of Republican obstructionism as a rejection of Clinton: …the election of Donald Trump of being a double-barreled repudiation—a flat-out expression of the deep…

Jim Nelson

GUEST POST: So What Next?

By Jim Nelson, 

Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)

I suspect that many of us are still reeling from the gut-punch of this election cycle.

But, the question that kept gnawing at me as I watched the digital maps and talking heads dance across the flat screen, was how did we, as Americans, fall so low that we have now elected to this land’s (and the world’s) highest, most powerful political office, a person who Atlantic Magazine described as the “most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency.”