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Everyday Montanans lost in the 2021 legislative session

As hardworking Montana families try to make a comeback, Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte and the Republican majority legislature left them behind, instead favoring out...

The undemocratic talking point behind ‘We’re a republic, not a democracy’

Who knew that America was filled with so many amateur social studies teachers? Whenever I write about Republican-led efforts in state capitols across the land...

Voting reform will save us from ‘sleeping over a volcano’

In his recent memoir "Grounded," U.S. Senator Jon Tester describes a strange hearing in the Montana Legislature in January of 1899. State lawmakers gathered...

The day the Regents lived up to the Montana Constitution

Wednesday was a historic day for the Montana University Board of Regents. In some ways, it was a moment in the making for 49...

Lessons from an old country lawyer

The following was an address given to the Alexander Blewett III School of Law graduates at the University of Montana on May 8, 2021...

Arntzen’s recent opinion suggests ‘white-washing’ history

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, as an elected official, has the responsibility to serve all Montanans - not just some. Instead, she...

Coal-fired GOP abandons free markets in favor of state-run solutions

Republicans, please sit down now. Even though most of you have good, reliable state-sponsored health insurance, I don’t want to be the cause of...

The Montana Setback Plan

As the old adage goes, “elections have consequences.” As the dust settles on the 2021 Montana Legislative session, we are seeing the consequences of...

Throwback Thursday: Get back to the Republican Party of yesteryear

Now that the Legislature has (mercifully) ended, and we’re recollecting our wits, the one thing that was consistent from start to end was a...

Big government, invasive policy and assault on constitutional right: The Republicans’...

Republicans claim time and time again that they are the party of small government and personal liberty. But here we are at the close...

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