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Deception

The problem with Gianforte’s “pledge”

Last week came the long awaited and grandiose announcement of Greg Gianforte’s candidacy for Governor, with big thematics about low wages in Montana. But on his first full day as a candidate, he decided to play small ball, showing up to the state Capitol and…

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Some Clarity for the Weekend

What was whispered for many weeks in the Helena fishbowl has now been printed in the paper: that Angela McLean didn’t mesh with the Bullock team and did not like the job of Lt. Governor because it wasn’t substantive enough for her liking. The latest buzz is why the…


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Montana to Get New Lt. Governor

As everyone knows by now, it was announced Monday morning that the lieutenant governor, Angela McLean, is departing to take a job at the Office of Higher Education. In her new job she will be Director of American Indian and Minority Achievement & K-12 Partnerships…


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Scapegoating the Victims

The news yesterday was that our Republicans in Congress, Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke, have been thumping their chests about “protecting us” from Syrian refugees who, seeking to escape ISIS terrorists and rape camps, might settle in Montana. They will attempt to block the tiny number America is…





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GUEST POST: History Bodes Well for Bullock Re-Election

by Evan Barrett

Analyzing historical electoral patterns may seem like an exercise for the back rooms of a university political science department. But active practitioners in the political arena dive into history to find patterns that are indicative, if not predictive, of what might happen in current and future election cycles.



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Cold Feet

A source with close ties to the Republican Party told me recently that Greg Gianforte may be leaning against running for Governor. That would make sense for several reasons.  The economic numbers that have been coming in are stellar. Montana’s economy is as strong as its…


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GUEST POST: Get the Montanans for Sensible Government Newsletter

In this edition:

BULLOCK’S CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR: reason vs extremism
BULLOCK’S LIKELY OPPONENT GIANFORTE: extremist masquerading as technocrat.
NANCY KEENAN CHAIR OF MT DEMS: a seasoned pro takes over
MELISSA ROMANO RUNS FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
DIRK SANDEFUR RUNS FOR STATE SUPREME COURT
GALLATIN COUNTY DEMS ANNUAL GALA: a tribute to Dorothy Eck, Sept 11th @ The Emerson


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Republican Lawmaker Slams new GOP Chair

The Chairman of the Republican Party, Jeff Essman, has stumbled badly in his first week on the job.

According to the Bozeman Chronicle, on Wednesday Essmann sent an email to all Republicans in the state, asking them to please help identify anything that Steve Bullock may have done wrong so that he (Essmann) can have ammunition for criticizing the governor.


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Fact Checking the Billings Gazette on State Budget

An editorial in today’s Billings Gazette about a recent budget audit reads like a political hit job and gets several important facts wrong. Of course, a recent budget audit, which found that the depreciation of assets had mistakenly not been factored into a budget report, is an issue…