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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, this recent budget audit, which found that the depreciation of assets had mistakenly not been factored into a budget report, is an…

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GUEST POST: Fortunate

by Anna Whiting Sorrell, MPA

Whiting Sorrell is Director of Operations, Policy and Planning Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department, former Director Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and former Billings Area Director, Indian Health Service

This week I will celebrate my 58th birthday.  Most women in Montana would not consider this a milestone in their lifetime, but for me, I will celebrate it with vigor as I know how fortunate I am just to be alive. According to a Montana Department of Health and Human Services report, as an Indian woman in Montana, I can only expect to live to be 64 years old.  Indian women die a generation younger than non-Indian women, who can expect to live 20 years longer. This statistic has been my personal reality as my mother died at 57 and her mother died in her forties.



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Friday Quicktakes

Bullock Vetoes Trapping Bill Governor Bullock has vetoed a bill that attempted to expand trapping in Montana. It was the right thing to do. In 2004, Montana passed a constitutional amendment protecting the right to harvest big game. Fish and game, however, cannot be trapped….


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Legislature Adjourns: Cowgirl Analysis

The Montana Legislature adjourned today “sine die.” For Tea Party legislators who do not understand Latin, this means literally “without day,” meaning no specific return date.

The 2016 session was generally an excellent one for Governor Bullock as well all Montana citizens.


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GOP Flummoxed

The Unemployment rate for Montana was announced today to be 4.1%. That’s the lowest in eight years, and substantially lower than when Steve Bullock was sworn in. This is good news for everyone except a small few. The uber-wealthy Greg Gianforte, considering a run for…


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Governor-wannabe bankrolls pro-hate, anti-Halloween crusade

As the GOP-dominated Montana Legislature narrowly defeated an Indiana-style bill to legalize discrimination, it has come to light that Bozeman billionaire Greg Gianforte has been bankrolling a crusade in favor of such laws. The Alliance Defending Freedom, which was previously called the Alliance Defense Fund, has been the…



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Montana Astroturf Strategy Backfires on Koch Brothers

This was a bad week for the Koch Brothers in Montana. Their astroturf “group,” Americans for Prosperity, is fighting Medicaid Expansion.  That’s right–the Koch Brothers, who are worth $50 Billion – each,  are trying to ensure that someone who makes $15,000 is not able to…




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Ohio GOP Governor Blasts MT TEA Partiers’ Ridiculous Stance on Medicaid Expansion

John Adams of the Great Falls Tribune has once again obtained some very interesting video from a closed-door Republican meeting. In the video,  TEA Party Republican Scott Sales appears to have attempted some chest thumping in front of the press after Adams discovered the meeting.  He launched into…