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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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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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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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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…