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Ken Toole

Ken Toole

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Beware Republican deregulation

By: - January 18, 2023

“If the government would just get out of the way and free the power of the competitive market, we would have a much better economy.” It’s good political rhetoric. The current Republican administration and their pals in the Republican legislature are repeating it over and over as a part of Governor Gianforte’s “Red Tape Reduction […]

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Montana Republicans would rather whine than help residents with real problems

By: - April 23, 2022

Is anyone else getting tired of whiny Republicans?  The most recent example is an editorial sent across the state by 57 Republican Legislators.  Their complaint is, once again, a screed against the judiciary.  Didn’t any of them take 8th grade civics classes?  What part of “checks and balances” don’t they understand?  This time around they […]

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Everyone has a stake in public education

By: - February 26, 2022

You don’t have to be a parent to care about your local school.  But recently there are groups popping up around Montana who refer to themselves as the “parental rights movement,” as though they have more of a stake in public education than those who don’t have kids in the school system.   The “parental […]

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A review of first-year accomplishments of Montana’s ruling Republicans

By: - December 19, 2021

Well, it’s been almost a year since the Republicans took office in Montana.  It’s a good time to reflect on how they have been doing.   With a legislative majority and control of the governor’s office, Republicans moved to violate the constitutional separation of powers by taking control of the judiciary.   The Legislature tried to […]

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The Republicans are surely better than this … aren’t they?

By: - July 28, 2021

What the hell is happening to Republicans in Montana? Every day we are treated to more examples of Republican leadership in our state acting with arrogance and disregard for the laws and principles of good government. For example, the recent case of Senate leader Jason Ellsworth who tried to bluff his way out of a […]

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Fool me once…

By: - April 15, 2021

In 1997 a bill deregulating the Montana Power Company passed in the Republican legislature and was signed into law by then-Gov. Marc Racicot.  Montana Power then sold the dams on our rivers, the natural gas reserves for heating homes, and the wires which delivered affordable power to our homes. Montana Power dumped the profits from […]