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Something Smells in Park County

A former  TEA Party Republican legislator is trying to get some special treatment under the law this week. Former state lawmaker Pat Wagman trying to get a judge to let him be prosecuted by his fellow TEA Partier and local GOP candidate for legislature –…

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Today’s Must-Read Political Blog Post

Is up at Intelligent Discontent, where Don Pogreba writes another of his excellent point by point take downs of shoddy journalism. I’ve read some terrible headlines from Montana newspapers in my day, but today’s story headlined “Political practices commissioner accused of using questionable tactics to get results” has…

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Mike Miller Latest Republican Under Investigation

State Rep. Mike Miller (R-Helmville) is the latest Republican legislator under investigation for illegal campaign activity, the AP reported. His name was found in a box of documents in a meth house which later became the subject of a brilliant work of national investigative journalism. In a full-hour…

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ATP’s Tangled Web May Snare Others

Montana’s head elections regulator ruled this week that American Tradition Partnership illegally coordinated with a GOP legislative candidate, Dan Kennedy R-Laurel.  Now, Montana’s top election regulator says he’s launching an investigation into other candidates ATP may have coordinated with. ATP is the right-wing political attack…

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Meet the ATP Board of Directors

by Cowgirl A court has demanded that the dark money group American Tradition Partnership must reveal its board members, the Associated Press reported today.  Let’s meet them. Doug Lair Doug Lair (pictured right), resides in Sweet Grass County. For some reason, ATP is operating in the county under…

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American Traditions Partnership: Beyond Thunderdome

After the FRONTLINE documentary that uncovered potentially illegal collusion between a secretive right-wing group and Republican candidates, the attorney for that organization announced that he is leaving his position at the Doney, Crowley, Payne and Bloomquist firm. Jim Brown, the Attorney for American Traditions Partnership…

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Political Quick Hits

Supreme Court Fundraising Steve Bullock’s victory in the Western Traditions Partnership v. Montana case is an important reminder of how important the Supreme Court races are in Montana.  The latest campaign finance reports for Supreme Court show Elizabeth Best of Great Falls has raised an impressive…

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Return of the Jedi

In 2010, the Empire struck back, hard. The Dark Side destroyed the Democrats, the first piece of sizable revenge exacted by the GOP ever since their Death Star (which had dominated the galaxy for two decades) was destroyed in the span of four years by…

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Something’s Rotten

The shadow group Western Traditions Partnership’s defense of Exxon after the Yellowstone River oil spill and its adulation for candidates defending the oil giant are raising eyebrows in Montana. News reports indicate that WTP, which now calls itself American Traditions Partnership after it came to…

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The Fight

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock is continuing the fight to keep multinational corporate money out of Montana elections –and out of the nation’s elections.  Now, national election watch dog groups are stepping up to join Bullock in the fight. Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock is…

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Bought, but by Whom?

Who are the moneybags that own the new Republican legislature? For starters, at least a half-million dollars was spent by a group called Western Tradition Partnership was directly Republican legislative candidates to help them get elected in 2010. Let’s assume that 20 races were targeted…

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A Giant Handicap for State Democrats

The sad reality of the 2010 Montana elections is this: if the Dems can keep control of either chamber of the state legislature, it will be an astounding triumph. Why? Put aside the obvious reason that Obama and the Washington Dems have offered very little…

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