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Caron Cooper, Independent Candidate for Montana Public Service Commissioner

GUEST POST: Troubling trends on Montana’s PSC

By Caron Cooper, PhD

Caron Cooper is an independent candidate for the Montana Public Service Commission District 3 seat in southwest Montana. She is not accepting PAC or corporate funding. Find her on Facebook or at www.caroncoopermtpsc.com

My morning routine typically involves coffee and NPR in the kitchen. In 2014, I began to hear stories about…

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GUEST POST: No Strings For UBER

by Norma Duffy

Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for bad politics-as-usual interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods

(Second in a series of Three)

Uber argues that as a technology company, it is not subject to laws regulating public transit like other transportation providers,  who have to follow ADA rules. UBER doesn’t want to Fingerprint its drivers, or do background checks. Instead of getting along with others… Uber likes running headlong into cities, no matter the consequences.  Uber doesn’t feel, any standard local laws should apply to them…. which generally entails, getting into fights with regulated taxi services and city halls throughout America, once they decide to move in …

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Gun Nut Threatens Utility Company

A silly gun referendum has been proposed by Matthew Monforton, the grandstanding Tea Partier from California who recently arrived in Bozeman and now sits in the state House. This ballot measure would create a new right of action whereby anyone, anywhere, who feels that their…

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GUEST POST: And Economic JUSTICE PREVAILS

by Anonymous [Note:  This is a guest post by a reader with ties to the utility industry who wished to remain anonymous.  The post tells the story of how a monopoly utility company killed jobs and innovation by claiming that renewable energy causes economic injustice, with…

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Cowgirl Award for Best Ad of 2014

This is not a great year for political advertising in Montana.  Many of the ads are very cookie-cutter and tend to make one’s eyes glaze over and wish the election season to be over already. There are far too many ads with narrators whose voices…

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In Defense of Roger Koopman

Roger Koopman’s daughter took to the comments section of this blog in the last few days, coming to the defense of her father who she believes has been unfairly maligned in these pages.  As evidence, she says I called her father a “crackpot,” said that…

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Koopman Crackdown

In a Montana GOP “e-brief” email to party faithful, Republican State Party Chair Will Deschamps  came out swinging against Republican legislators who endorsed a democrat over Bozeman crackpot PSC candidate Roger Koopman.  Earlier this month, Koopman had threatened party leaders that if leadership did not…

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Oops, Republican Files for Wrong Seat

A Montana Republican is in the Lee Newspapers this week saying he’s running to be “a stabilizing influence” on the Public Service Commission.  If that’s true, he appears to be running in the wrong district. Montana state legislator Bob Lake, R-Hamilton, announced he’s running for…

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The Montana GOP Hypocrite of the Week Award Goes to…

Utility company owner Bill Gallagher is running for the Montana Public Service Commission to regulate Montana utilities–utilities like the one he owns, Aquaflow of Helena.  In short, Gallahger wants us to put him in a position to monitor policy and oversee regulation so as to…

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