Austin Knudsen

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.

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GUEST POST: Knudsen, Gianforte, wrong on refugees 

   by Joseph Thiel       Joseph Thiel served on the Board of Regents of the Montana University System from 2011-2013. He is now pursuing his doctorate in education at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.                                   Politics is the art of the possible. Except, it…

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The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to….

….TEA Party Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen, of Culbertson, MT. Knudsen rushed out with an op-ed he hoped would prop up flat earther Greg Gianforte, who has been soundly castigated for claiming that state officials and not the federal government oversee refugee resettlement. This is false. You see, Gianforte’s understanding…

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A Gallatin County TEA Party Protest

Leaked Transcript: TEA Party Legislators Say GOP Brand is “A Dead Rat” at the Bottom of a Can of Diet Pepsi

During a recent Gallatin County GOP event, TEA Party Republican Matthew Monforton, Art Wittich, and Tom Burnett told a small group of GOP insiders what they really think about the GOP brand, their fellow Republicans, the 2015 legislative session and the people of Montana.

A transcription of audio obtained by Cowgirl tipsters included comments by TEA Party hothead Matthew Monforton comparing the GOP brand to a dead rat at the bottom of a can of diet pepsi.  And that’s just the beginning…

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Putting the Crack in Crackpot Ideas

A TEA Party state senator this week lashed out against Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke for eagerly voting against a measure pushed by special interest groups and right-wing legislators. The scheme to takeover, seize, or auction off our public lands (TPL) is so unpopular with voters that even Zinke, who during the election went…

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Legislature Adjourns: Cowgirl Analysis

The Montana Legislature adjourned today “sine die.” For Tea Party legislators who do not understand Latin, this means literally “without day,” meaning no specific return date.

The 2016 session was generally an excellent one for Governor Bullock as well all Montana citizens.

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GUEST POST: When Democracy Blocks the Will of Oligarchs

by Secret Squirrel The dynamics of rules committee decisions, motions on the floor, and other assorted parliamentary maneuverings (and tantrums) this past week have roots in last year’s elections. They also suggest what will happen and be at stake in the 2016 cycle. The common…

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The Art of Giving and the CSKT Water Compact

As the Montana House decides the fate of the CSKT Tribe water rights agreement for the only tribe in Montana that has been denied a water compact by the Montana legislature, some troubling information has come to light involving speaker of the House Austin Knudsen…

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House Rules Battle on Medicaid Expansion Compromise: Explained

TEA Party Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen tries to end MT legislative session rather than even debate GOP Medicaid expansion compromise bill There has been some confusing reporting out about the TEA Party battle to block Sen. Buttrey’s compromise Medicaid expansion alternative from getting a full…

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GUEST POST: Dirty Pool in House Human Services

by Linda Gryczan, Helena Hotflash Rep Art Wittich, (R-Bozeman), chair of House Human Services, called the committee back early from spring break to hear SB 405 by Sen Ed Buttrey, (R-Gt Falls), the compromise Medicaid Expansion bill. Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, hospitals, business leaders…

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GUEST POST: Art Wittich Defeats Democracy; Again?

by NK, Montana Human Rights Network Community Organizer By now everyone agrees Art Wittich is the real Speaker of the House. Austin Knudsen has never been in charge of the 2015 legislative session. Wittich has been pulling the puppet strings of the Koch Brothers caucus of…

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