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Despicable

It’s difficult to believe that the needless maiming and suffering inflicted on animals through the practice of trapping is still legal. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the National Animal Control Association, and the World Veterinary Organization all have declared leghold traps to…

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Analysis: Clock Runs Out for Healthy Montana Initiative

The Healthy Montana Initiative announced to volunteers and supporters across the state that it will not qualify I-170 for the November ballot, but Montana advocates will continue the fight to provide health care for low income Montanans. Personally I wonder if it is even possible…

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Medicaid Expansion Story Misses the Boat

A recent Public Radio story about a ballot measure to use federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage to the working poor left out some important information which left readers with an inaccurate view of what’s really going on. Republicans are trying to claim that a…

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93 Years Later

Ninety-three years ago yesterday, women finally got the right to vote.  That was in 1920–only 144 years after the Declaration of Independence declared that “all men are created equal.” Yet today Montana Republicans are still obsessed with restoring policies from 100 years ago–including erecting barriers…

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This is Embarrassing

Which Montana Republican strategist decided it was a good idea to make a woman caught in a Medicaid fraud probe  the public face of the conservative health care message? Former GOP legislator Joe Balyeat says he has “a group of doctors” who are “rallying” in support…

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A Wingnut and Prayer

Joe Balyeat has resigned from the Bat Crap Crazy Legislature to become the new leader of the Montana TEA Party. The Washington D.C. TEA Party booster club Americans for Prosperity has struggled with keeping and finding leaders since it started meddling in Montana politics in…

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Political Quick Hits

Supporters Wanted Supporters of the right-wing City Commission candidate Lorabelle Behlmer took to the streets in support of her candidacy this weekend–or rather a supporter did.   A Cowgirl tipster captured this photograph of Behlmer’s “Honk and Wave” event.  It doesn’t look like her candidacy…

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A Look at 2012’s Packed Ballot

There are no less than five citizen initiative proposals that Montanans are trying to get on the ballot though signature gathering campaigns.  This is in addition to the five bad ideas that TEA Party Republicans sent to the ballot to be voted on in 2012….

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