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Something Smells in Park County

A former  TEA Party Republican legislator is trying to get some special treatment under the law this week. Former state lawmaker Pat Wagman trying to get a judge to let him be prosecuted by his fellow TEA Partier and local GOP candidate for legislature –…



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Today’s Must-Read Political Blog Post

Is up at Intelligent Discontent, where Don Pogreba writes another of his excellent point by point take downs of shoddy journalism. I’ve read some terrible headlines from Montana newspapers in my day, but today’s story headlined “Political practices commissioner accused of using questionable tactics to get results” has…


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Mike Miller Latest Republican Under Investigation

State Rep. Mike Miller (R-Helmville) is the latest Republican legislator under investigation for illegal campaign activity, the AP reported. His name was found in a box of documents in a meth house which later became the subject of a brilliant work of national investigative journalism. In a full-hour…


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ATP’s Tangled Web May Snare Others

Montana’s head elections regulator ruled this week that American Tradition Partnership illegally coordinated with a GOP legislative candidate, Dan Kennedy R-Laurel.  Now, Montana’s top election regulator says he’s launching an investigation into other candidates ATP may have coordinated with. ATP is the right-wing political attack…


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Board Members of ATP Front Group Also Uncovered

by Cowgirl The board of directors of an American Tradition Partnership (ATP) dark money front group operating in Big Timber have now come to light. The good people of Sweetgrass County discovered that ATP has been operating a front group in their community under the…


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Meet the ATP Board of Directors

by Cowgirl A court has demanded that the dark money group American Tradition Partnership must reveal its board members, the Associated Press reported today.  Let’s meet them. Doug Lair Doug Lair (pictured right), resides in Sweet Grass County. For some reason, ATP is operating in the county under…


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Bullock on National Radar

Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s election and fight for clean campaigns are garnering national attention this week, earning Montana a spot among the Huffington Post’s 25 best progressive victories of 2012. Peter Drier writes: The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 — equating money with free speech — unleashed…


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Big Timber, Big Money

Big Timber citizens have a reason to be particularly concerned about dark money groups like American Tradition Partnership. The state leader for ATP, Doug Lair, resides in Sweet Grass County.  County Commissioner Bob Faw is even a major donor to the group. For some reason,…


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More National Focus on ATP’s Shady Activities

In case you missed it, this weekend’s New York Times included an editorial about the role of out-of-state corporate money in the Montana elections .  Here’s an excerpt: The big money affecting many state races that most vexes Montanans came from a group of outsiders…


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R’s Move Right

The GOP has thrown out its leaders, and replaced them with more ideologically conservative purists. Jim Peterson, the Senate President, has been sent packing (literally–poor Peterson could be seen carrying his office contents, including a giant plant and a few framed pictures and a box…


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Recount Charade

The Billings Gazette is reporting today that Montana GOP will put up $115,000 dollars to recount a race it has no chance of winning. Word on the street is that the recount is a ruse to allow the GOP to continue to “investigate” the supposed…


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American Traditions Partnership: Beyond Thunderdome

After the FRONTLINE documentary that uncovered potentially illegal collusion between a secretive right-wing group and Republican candidates, the attorney for that organization announced that he is leaving his position at the Doney, Crowley, Payne and Bloomquist firm. Jim Brown, the Attorney for American Traditions Partnership…