OPI’s Investigation That Isn’t

Reposted from THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD First it was an investigation, then it wasn’t, now it is? This afternoon’s email brought a tip showing that Jim Kerins and CMS have ineed been retained by Elsie Arntzen regarding student proficiency reporting. Kerins began contacting OPI…


New Jersey Gianforte’s Motives Questioned

Dems introduce anti-Gianforte bill prohibiting candidates from using “gifts” to influence elections Legislation is response to Greg Gianforte giving $8 million to MSU while running for Governor Helena-Today the Senate Education and Cultural Resources committee in the state legislature is considering SB 211 sponsored by…


Zolnikovs’ Rapist Rights Bill

There is a saying that politics makes strange bedfellows, and that is certainly true in the case of Daniel Zolnikov, the self-described Republican “young-gun” representative from Billings. Zolnikov is well-known for his anti-establishment ways and for operating outside the norm, but his recent hearing on…


Whitewash

  Every so often, a legislator presents a bill in a way that appeals to the heart, as well as the mind. Such was the case when Rep. Bridget Smith introduced HB 322 to the House State Administration Committee. HB 322 would change the holiday…


Elsie Arntzen and Betsy DeVos

Go West Betsy DeVos, Go West from THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD Yesterday Superintendent Elsie Arntzen invited the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to visit Montana. Nothing surprising here and nothing new at all. To Arntzen’s credit it’s something she should be doing. It’s…




Tolerence for a Paradox

by Justin Robbins A short time ago, I was unhappily compelled to rise in defense of snow-colored flake Richard Spencer after he was caught on camera slamming his face into the elbow of an anti-Nazi demonstrator. If social media shares and comments are any indicators,…


Home Work

• Ahmed spent the last 26 years in a Somali camp now numbering 270,000 refugees. After years of extensive vetting, he was finally cleared to go to the United States.  He had vacated his “home” at the camp, sold his belongings, and bought “American clothes”…


Steve Daines Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

ICYMI: Steve Daines can’t gavel away negative press Republican Senator’s actions this week show he’s not listening to Montanans It seems as if Sen. Steve Daines has forgotten this week that he represents the people of Montana, who are livid about his recent decisions to…


Budgeting with Alternative Facts

This week, the Montana GOP is turning their alternative facts machine up to 11. The GOP continues to try and gaslight Montanans about the health of our economy and the state budget. After last week’s veto by Governor Bullock of HB 1, the Feed Bill,…


The First Three Ways Trump is Stiffing Montana Supporters(Guest Post)

By Bruce A. Lohof It’s common knowledge among political scientists that Americans – not least Montanans – often vote against their self interest. The phenomenon raises more questions than answers. It’s clear, however – and it’s becoming clearer with each passing week – that Montanans…


Democracy Loses – Daines Votes for DeVos

Guest Post by Ross Peter Nelson Money vs. Democracy The US Senate just deadlocked on the confirmation of Betty DeVos as Secretary of Education, with Vice President Mike Pence stepping in to break the tie in favor the the Trump administration. Montana’s own Steve Daines…


Nutjob Bills in the 2017 Legislature

Here are some of the ridiculous pieces of legislation that have been put forward in 2017 by some of the crackpot Republicans who control the Montana legislature. This is not a joke. These are real bills, and they are currently taking priority in the Montana legislature over anything legitimate that would create jobs or help people afford healthcare.