Commentary

GOP hellbent on erasing our hunting heritage

BY: - May 26, 2022

United Property Owners of Montana (wealthy GOP landowners) are intent on privatizing Montana’s elk.  After not getting their way in the 2021 Legislature, or with the 2022 Fish and Wildlife Commission, they are now suing unless Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) throws out the 2022 hunting regulations and implements UPOM’s wishes. That would mean […]

Thoughts and prayers of a different kind

BY: - May 26, 2022

After the school shooting in Texas, I realized that I was about the only columnist in America that didn’t talk to my kids about within 24 hours of event. Sure, I’ll cop to being a mediocre parent, but not for that reason. Instead, after years – literally decades – of reporting, editing and reading stories […]

Montana lawmakers passed revisions that give residents more freedom, choice in healthcare

BY: and - May 25, 2022

The 2021 Montana Legislature passed major health care reforms to empower patients, reduce red tape for doctors, and provide access to more affordable care. We’re now seeing those changes have a major positive impact, and as the sponsors of the bills enabling this progress, we couldn’t be more excited.  The bills we passed expanded telehealth, […]

‘Malice in Montanaland’ : New commercial food laws need a constitutional challenge

BY: - May 24, 2022

As Montana continues its seismic shift further toward the radical right of the political spectrum, one cannot avoid the obvious lure that we have finally fallen into the rabbit-hole described in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 story, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” But in our unfortunate circumstance, it’s more aptly titled, “Malice in Montanaland.” This rabbit-hole is a […]

Hurting today’s bull trout at the expense of the 19th century

BY: - May 23, 2022

The Clark Fork River is federally-designated as “critical habitat” for bull trout, which have been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act since 1999. The Upper Clark Fork is also part of the nation’s largest Superfund site having suffered severe pollution from flushing a century of toxic mining and smelting wastes down the river. […]

Let the little children suffer

BY: - May 22, 2022

With the demise of Roe vs. Wade in the air, conservative state legislators, grounded in partisan and evangelical ideology, are vying to outdo each other in adopting laws that would prohibit and punish abortion. Louisiana Republicans, for example, advanced (but then pulled) a bill that would have classified abortion as homicide and would have allowed […]

What is Title 42, And Why Congress Needs to End It 

BY: - May 21, 2022

For more than two years, the U.S. border has been entirely closed to people fleeing persecution under a policy called “Title 42.” In March 2020, the Trump administration created this policy to stop asylum seekers from entering the United States. There simply is no legal, practical, public health, or moral reason to keep Title 42 in effect […]

From the ‘Know Nothings’ to the party of ‘We don’t care’

BY: - May 20, 2022

In the 1850s in the United States there was a political party called the “Native American Party.” It started as a secret society which opposed immigration, was xenophobic, racist, and fearful of Catholicism, and had nothing to do with Indigenous people. Their meetings were held in secret, they would answer questions about their proceedings with […]

So much for that Republican governance

BY: - May 20, 2022

Montanans got a good dose of the good, the bad, and the ugly this week in both politics and policy. Some of our politicians’ actions are simply unbelievable in their sheer idiocy while others are just downright vicious. But like a beam of sunlight breaking through storm clouds, there’s also some good news — which […]

Montanans must fight in order to keep abortion protected in state

BY: - May 19, 2022

Two weeks ago, we learned about the Supreme Court’s impending decision to strike down Roe vs. Wade and overturn half of a century of legal protection from the government interfering in our most personal and private decisions. As access to abortion becomes a state-by-state patchwork, we have work to do on behalf of Montanans who […]

Is Rosendale a fad or the acolyte for the new breed of Montana politician?

BY: - May 19, 2022

Last week, Congress took action on two items that have literally been pressing Montana issues for decades. A House Natural Resources subcommittee held hearings on whether to establish a truth-and-reconciliation commission on Native American boarding schools. The second issue was closing a loophole that would include a list of cancers that are presumptively caused from […]

Montanifornia or Calitana?

BY: - May 18, 2022

Recently, two wealthy Californians who moved to the Bozeman area decided that Montana should import California’s problems without bringing any of its great features. CA-121 is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that is modeled on California’s Prop 13, which has been a disaster for California. It benefits rich property owners at the expense of everyone else. […]