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Don’t let another ‘trigger bill’ go off while no is looking

After surviving the past year, 2017 seems like a lifetime ago. But for individuals with disabilities, it was a pretty memorable and terrible year...

Let’s come to the table rather than resort to government intervention

The Montana State House Agriculture Committee last week voted unanimously to table HB 677, a bill that would have prohibited certain nonprofit organizations from...

Legislature working on infrastructure, conservation projects

In recent weeks the Montana Legislature has advanced bills to support critical infrastructure and conservation projects across the state. Starting with House Bill 632,...

Do as I say, not as I do: The mixed messaging...

Forgive me for being naïve. A career spent covering politics should be enough to prove to me that ideological consistency has never been a...

Biden administration a welcome change in forest service plans

One of the Trump administration’s worst projects, which would have burned a million acres of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, has been halted in its...

Montana Legislature leaving young Montanans behind

Almost 47% of Montana’s population is under the age of 35. Meanwhile, just 10 of 150 legislators in Helena are under 35. Our legislators...

Montana lawmakers are acting like Putin’s pups

I didn’t study political science in college. I’m a soil scientist. So when people sling political terms around, I have to look them up...

Why is Montana’s abortion rate higher than Europe’s?

Unborn Montanans have been present and accounted for in the 67th session of the Montana Legislature.  Eighteen abortion bills were submitted in 2020-2021; six...

Believe Gianforte: He is a man of his actions

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -Maya Angelou When Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte — then candidate Gianforte — assaulted a...

Analysis: How the U.S. invested in the War on Terrorism at...

Here’s one big takeaway from our country’s disastrous 2020 covid response: For 20 years, we’ve lavished attention and money on fighting human terrorism and...

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