NEW REPORT Exposes Links Between Land Takeover Movement, Anti-Government Extremism Groups

The Center for Western Priorities released a new report this week exposing the many connections between anti-government extremist groups and beliefs and state lawmakers who support a takeover of Montana’s public lands.  It’s apparent given last week’s arrival of armed, camouflaged “constitutional advocates” in Lincoln and the armed standoff at Cliven…


Kalispell Schools Non-Discrimination Policy Meets Final Hurdle Today

The Flathead County Republican Party has sent out another email urging their ultra-conservative membership to weigh in on the non-discrimination policy proposed by the Kalispell School Board. Public opinion polls show a majority of both parties supports non-discrimination policies.  In spite of this, the local GOP are…

Montana Legislature

GUEST POST: Ignoring the Needs of Constituents

by Dan Lourie Dan Lourie lives in Bozeman. He is a lifetime activist for peace,  justice and equality, has  written to newspapers since 1964.  During the 2015 legislative session in Helena, we watched with dismay the malevolence and utter disdain for our needs, our rights…


Wednesday Quick Takes

Family Values?

Troy Carter’s 406 Politics blog is reporting that Greg Gianforte is refusing to comment on the revelation donations had been made to hard right candidate Rob Natalson on behalf of the Gianfortes for children, ages 4-12 after the parents had both reached the maximum contribution level allowed by law.

Moffie Funk Koch email

AFP Stumbles in Attempt to Defend Itself from Ridicule

The Koch front-group Americans for Prosperity has been the subject of  some well-deserved mockery. This week, an attempt by the group to defend itself from the latest ridicule over their “legislative scorecard” has gone laughably awry again. Here’s what happened. State Representative Moffie Funk, a popular Helena Democrat…

Gianforte bull

Cold Feet

A source with close ties to the Republican Party told me recently that Greg Gianforte may be leaning against running for Governor. That would make sense for several reasons.  The economic numbers that have been coming in are stellar. Montana’s economy is as strong as its…

Gallatin County

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In this edition:

BULLOCK’S LIKELY OPPONENT GIANFORTE: extremist masquerading as technocrat.
NANCY KEENAN CHAIR OF MT DEMS: a seasoned pro takes over
GALLATIN COUNTY DEMS ANNUAL GALA: a tribute to Dorothy Eck, Sept 11th @ The Emerson


Koch Bloggers Caught Lying About Tester

Montana Republicans Also Demonstrate Ignorance of Ethics Laws (Oh, and Flub Another Attempt to Manufacture an Attack on Dems…)

Well, this is embarrassing.  The paid Koch Brothers bloggers at “Media Trackers” have been busted lying about Sen. Tester. The bloggers claimed that Tester had attended some high dollar fundraiser based entirely on a Tweet, which got it wrong.

Senator Tester didn’t attend this fundraiser that Republicans and Media Trackers are making a stink about. Senator Tester was in D.C. voting that day.  How do I know?  Because the


Adams Backs Bruce in Unlikely Campaign for MDP Chair

A woman named Louise Bruce has announced that she is running for Chair of the Montana Democratic Party.  The announcement was actually made by one of her backers, the former candidate Dirk Adams, who ran for Senate and lost to Amanda Curtis in the shortened Democratic…

Roger Koopman

GUEST POST: Net Neutrality, Why it Matters, and just how wrong can Koopman actually be?

by Rob Kailey

Kailey is a long-time blogger and working guy who lives in Bozeman where he writes about everything from politics to football on A Chicken is Not Pillage, which Roger Koopman calls “hate-blogging.”

Roger Koopman is the District 3 representative to the Montana Public Service Commission.  As a Montana legislator, he was known as a provocateur, an eccentric, but remained at least nominally constrained by his own party leaders.  As a member of the PSC, he is somewhat more able to engage in behavior that hurts Montana.  At my own website I have a pet name for Mr.Roger Koopman, one I am certainly not afraid to share here.  Just as a monkey flings it own poo to establish intimidation and dominance, Koopman flings lies.  Hence he is, to me,

climate change

GUEST POST: An Open Letter to Steve Daines

Dan Lourie lives in Bozeman. He is a lifetime activist for peace,  justice and equality, has  written to newspapers since 1964. 

Dear Sen. Daines –

Regarding the following statement from a letter of yours to a constituent:

“While some believe increased levels of CO2 from human activities in our atmosphere are a major factor in planetary warming trends, others observe that there may be other factors.”

Hillary Clinton

GUEST POST—Hillary Clinton; a Step Back for Progressives?

by Anonymous

Why are we as Montana Democrats and Montana progressives allowing this sham of a Presidential primary?

Montana is unlucky enough to have a primary date so far near the end that our votes will be meaningless by the time our primary rolls around in 2016. Montana is a red state in Presidential elections and will vote for the Republican Presidential candidate. Montana really should just sit this presidential election out. We luckily have some great candidates running statewide, we’ll work hard to re-elect Governor Bullock and shuffle around the other statewide offices and win some seats back in the legislature.

Mike Swingley Sexist FB post

Helena Judge Outraged Over Plan for Confederate Fountain Has History of Off-Color, Racially Charged Remarks

It turns out that the angry Helena Justice of the Peace who claimed the main reason for the Civil War was not slavery but banks (and that’s not all) has a history of making off color and racially charged remarks.

A look at the public Facebook page of Justice of the Peace Mike Swingley, who “Lashed Out at City Commissioners Over the Confederate Monument Debate” reveal the following: