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Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, after leading his native state’s largest paper, The Billings Gazette. He is an award-winning journalist, author, historian and teacher, whose career has taken him to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Wyoming. With Darrell at the helm, the Gazette staff took Montana’s top newspaper award six times in seven years. Darrell's books include writing the historical chapters of “Billings Memories” Volumes I-III, and “It Happened in Minnesota.” He has taught journalism at Winona State University and Montana State University-Billings, and has served on the student publications board of the University of Wyoming.

COMMENTARY

What in Jesus’ name: Saving the savior from the dangerous message of Christian nationalism

By: - August 25, 2022

In one of my favorite scenes from “The Simpsons,” Homer answers the door to find Rev. Timothy Lovejoy, the busybody, sanctimonious preacher at his door, accompanied by a mob. “This isn’t about Jesus, is it?” Homer asks. “All things are about Jesus, Homer,” Lovejoy replies. “Awww,” a frustrated Homer grunts. I keep on coming back […]

State senator admits laws could disenfranchise voters, but believes habits will change

By: - August 24, 2022

A former Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives who is now a state senator told a Yellowstone County District Court on Wednesday that a trio of voting laws passed by the 2021 Legislature may indeed disenfranchise some voters, but eventually, those residents will adapt to the changes, including eliminating Election Day voter registration, paid […]

State rep testifies GOP leadership wanted laws to make it harder for youth to vote in Montana

By: - August 23, 2022

It is the best of times and the worst of times in Montana. However, which one of those statements is true depends on which elections officials you speak with, and it is at the heart of a two-week trial being conducted in Yellowstone County District Court where three laws passed by the 2021 Legislature that […]

Montana’s largest medical corridor to get new hospital in downtown Billings

By: - August 21, 2022

Its cost hasn’t even been calculated because the design is just beginning. However, for the next five years, St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, which was part of SCL Health, will be constructing a new hospital to replace the current one in the downtown medical corridor of Montana’s largest city. SCL recently merged with Intermountain Health […]

Montana Dems: New laws working together to prevent youth vote

By: - August 19, 2022

Data analyst Jacob Hopkins of the Montana Democrat Party has crunched the numbers, and he told a Yellowstone County District Court on Friday that a trio of new laws will likely work in concert to effectively stifle the younger voters across the state. He provided the testimony in a trial that challenges the constitutionality of […]

New laws create confusion, treat voters differently witnesses testify

By: - August 18, 2022

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify acceptable forms of identification. When the Montana Legislature eliminated Election Day registration in 2021, most assumed it would stop folks from registering and voting on the same day. But that’s not necessarily the case. In court on Thursday, that and several other finer points of three […]

COMMENTARY

Montana politicians using lunchrooms as an excuse for gripes with locker rooms

By: - August 18, 2022

If Donald Trump and some Republicans cling white-knuckled to the “Big Lie”  — the thoroughly vetted and discounted theory that the 2020 Election was stolen, with all its attendant conspiracies and hucksters — then a growing number of state officials are engaging in a “Little Lie,” another twisted labyrinth of conjectures that concludes President Joe […]

Data analyst said 59 people in Montana tried to vote in 2021, but were denied

By: - August 17, 2022

A database analyst hired by Montana’s largest union testified on Wednesday that during the municipal elections held in 2021, she identified 59 voters who tried to register to vote between noon the day before the election and on Election Day, but apparently couldn’t vote because of a law passed by the 2021 Legislature. That law, […]

Tribal leader: Without Election Day voting, ballot collection, Native Americans don’t have a voice

By: - August 16, 2022

Blackfeet Tribal attorney Dawn Gray described the relationship between the tribe and election officials in Glacier County as “hostile” and filled with retaliation. Her description of the relationship with Pondera County was even worse: The tribe had to sue in 2020 just to get satellite voting in Heart Butte when the county refused. “I have […]

Voting laws trial begins by zeroing in on how new regs affect Native Americans

By: - August 15, 2022

Three laws, two-weeks’ worth of testimony and evidence, and more than two dozen lawyers kicked off a trial that will decide whether ballot collectors in Montana can be paid, what forms of identification are acceptable to vote and whether removing Election Day registration is legal. On Monday, the two-week trial began in Yellowstone County District […]

What happens when you call 9-1-1 and no one is available? Rural areas fighting to keep healthcare

By: - August 14, 2022

TOWNSEND, Montana — Most Montanans assume when they dial 9-1-1, there’ll be someone who answers on the other end. They’re equally sure if they’re calling because of a medical emergency, an ambulance and a paramedics are just moments away. But ambulances and emergency medical technicians aren’t a guarantee – as much as people might suppose. […]

COMMENTARY

Daines flip-flopping for veterans just part of a long line of questionable behavior

By: - August 11, 2022

Not so fast, Sen. Steve Daines. Sure, we can all applaud you for voting for the PACT Act … But let’s remember you were against it twice before you were for it. After more than a two-year saga to get legislation that both political parties could agree to, Sens. Jon Tester, D-Montana, and Jerry Moran, […]