A Commentary for Montana Cowgirl By Evan Barrett As the CIA and seventeen intelligence agencies and the FBI have determined to a high level of confidence that Russia used hacking and leaking to interfere with our recent Presidential election – effectively interfering…
The Republican leadership in the Montana Legislature has just announced that Fred Thomas has been named Majority Leader of the state Senate.
When Senator Thomas announced his intended candidacy for returning to the State Senate way back in 2011, he was quoted as saying, “My campaign platform is simple… Let’s learn from recent mistakes. As they say, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (Bitterroot Star, 11/30/2011).
By Jim Nelson,
Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)
I suspect that many of us are still reeling from the gut-punch of this election cycle.
But, the question that kept gnawing at me as I watched the digital maps and talking heads dance across the flat screen, was how did we, as Americans, fall so low that we have now elected to this land’s (and the world’s) highest, most powerful political office, a person who Atlantic Magazine described as the “most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency.”
–Greg Martin, Missoula, MT Few things are more dishonest than Greg Gianforte’s recent ad suggesting that Muslim terrorists might sneak into Montana with the complicity of Steve Bullock. To produce an ad like this, his campaign demonstrates a combination of 1) ignorance about the duties of…
Guest Post By Bob Williams, Art by Norma Duffy Here’s my bias: The so called Citizen’s United SCOTUS Decision has subsidized the most nefarious strata of both Political Parties. Public financed, instant runoff Elections would work! Right now I am damn glad to…
by Jael Kampfe
4th Generation Montanan, retired rancher, Believer in Kindness
I remember growing up.
My grandfather, Bill Mackay Sr.’s Eisenhower Republican values wove around the dinner table connecting us like matching china. Value local people and local control. Serve. Reach across the aisle. The best legislation requires compromise. Be kind. Your words matter.
By Jim Nelson,
Montana Supreme Court Justice (Ret.)
Montana Supreme Court candidate Kristen Juras has accused Candidate Dirk Sandefur of violating Montana’s Code of Judicial Conduct. Since I helped write it, I know bit about this Code. It covers not only sitting judges and justices, but also candidates for judicial office.
by Josh Manning
Manning is a combat veteran and serves on the leadership team of Common Defense, a group of progressive veterans joining together to affect political change. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23
In 2007, I was in Iraq in a support role with the U.S Navy SEALs…
by David R. Montague
Mr. Montague was raised in Billings, where he wrote a column for the Gazette for 6 years. He’s the author of two books and has written for Northern Lights Magazine which gave many now-famous writers a start, including Mark Spragg, William deBuys and Terry Tempest Williams. He is now retired and lives in Potomac near Missoula with his wife.
In an essay about what he calls “normalized ignorance,” Professor Henry Giroux observes that “successful political campaigns are now dependent on an uninformed public.”
How accurate is his observation when it comes to the issue of climate change?
by John W. Parker
John W. Parker is the Cascade County Attorney. He previously served as Chairman of the Law and Justice Interim Committee in the Montana Legislature.
I have spent my entire legal career as a prosecutor. Judge Dirk Sandefur presided over many of my most significant cases. He possesses a brilliant legal mind and a work ethic no one can match. Now unscrupulous political operatives
by Josh Manning Manning is a combat veteran and serves on the leadership team of Common Defense, a group of progressive veterans joining together to affect political change. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23 Far from Montana, members of the House of Representatives are…
by Sen. Mary Sheehy Moe (D-Great Falls) Sen. Moe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Follow her on Twitter @MaryMoeMT
By the time you read this, the Trump team will have realized that the “apology” they released shortly after the Washington Post’s airing of Trump’ gaffe-bag video was a Band-Aid when what they really needed was CPR.
by John Heenan
John Heenan is an alumni of the University of Montana (undergrad and law school) and practices consumer protection law in Billings. He is the Director of Montanans for Experienced Judges, a group of Montana attorneys concerned about the influence of corporations and out-of-state special interest groups in our Montana judicial elections. www.facebook.com/MontanansforExperiencedJudges
by Josh Manning Josh Manning is a combat veteran and serves on the leadership team of Common Defense, a group of progressive veterans joining together to affect political change. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23. Counterterrorism analysts shorthand a grouping of terrorists from different…