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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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Monday Quick Takes: Reading the TEA (Party) Leaves for 2017

Nazi Lit in Missoula In Missoula this week, American Nazi Party literature showed up in Missoula, the Missoulian reports: Fliers citing the American Nazi Party have appeared on some Missoula doorsteps, touting “the white working class” and disparaging Jews. Readers may have noticed that the Helena IR also…

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GUEST POST: Ignoring the Needs of Constituents

by Dan Lourie Dan Lourie lives in Bozeman. He is a lifetime activist for peace,  justice and equality, has  written to newspapers since 1964.  During the 2015 legislative session in Helena, we watched with dismay the malevolence and utter disdain for our needs, our rights…

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GUEST POST Win a few, lose a few: Animal fighting, commercial breeding get another pass

by Kathleen Stachowski who writes about animal rights at OtherNationsJustice.org  where this article is cross-posted.  I’ve added the Other Nations blog to the blog roll here.  It’s a great blog so check it out when you get a chance – Cowgirl.

Seventy percent of U.S. adults have a favorable opinion of the animal protection movement–so says recent research–which leads me to think that the other 30% serve in the Montana legislature.

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Little Threat from GOP

Please, don’t be alarmed. Though he might not look it, this individual is quite harmless. He’s Chris Shipp, the executive director of the Republican Party. Shipp has been running the Montana GOP for about six months now. I say “harmless” because while the job of a Party…

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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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GOP Legislator Junkets Exposed

Today, new evidence of the extent to which Montana’s legislature has been corrupted by out-of-state corporate interests has come to light.  Citizen advocates have released documents showing that several Montana legislators received all-expense paid junkets where they were wined and dined by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)….

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The Foul 57

Republican candidates across the county have tried to distance themselves from Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who believes that rape victims should be forced to give birth and said that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that…

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