Commentary

The return of the zombie bill

BY: - February 11, 2021

Of all the things that are broken in government, voting, despite what some have said, doesn’t need fixing. Praising, maybe. But definitely not fixing. Yet in Montana, it appears that the “zombie bill” – House Bill 176 – which was dead and then brought back to life because of pressure from Republican Party leaders and […]

The End of the ‘American Century’

BY: - February 9, 2021

Commenting in the midst of Europe’s corona crisis, Austria’s major daily, “Der Standard,” captured at least one European attitude toward the United States:  “No one on the planet expects any help from the U.S.A.  Working together with Donald Trump, the coronavirus has ended the American century.” The American Century began decades ago when the U.S. […]

Republican-backed healthcare bills give Montana families more options

BY: and - February 7, 2021

Montana is facing an unprecedented economic and public health crisis. Now more than ever, affordable and accessible healthcare options are necessary to keeping Montanans healthy and getting our state back to work. Republicans in the legislature have introduced several bills to lower the costs of healthcare and increase availability, especially in our rural communities. House […]

Students don’t want House Bill 112

BY: - February 6, 2021

I wish urge our legislators to vote no on House Bill 112 which would require athletic teams to be designated based on biological sex. As the appointed ASMSU lobbyist, it is my duty to explain why this bill is neither wanted nor needed at Montana State University. This session, legislators have emphasized the importance of […]

Former lawmakers urge care and caution as new budget is formed

BY: and - February 5, 2021

We enjoyed the honor of serving in the Montana Legislature. Between us, we served 17 sessions. As we watch the current legislative session unfold, we are reminded of the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” During the 2003 legislative session, the Martz Administration convinced the legislature to approve massive […]

God’s defenders vs. God’s defenseless in Montana

BY: - February 4, 2021

Why is it that the people who are so quick to rush to God’s defense in politics seem like the last ones to stand up for his most basic and often-repeated commands? I’ve heard so much from our lawmakers and elected officials about the need for prayer in schools and keeping God in the public […]

Faith leaders urge Gianforte to veto House Bill 102

BY: - February 3, 2021

This letter was delivered to the Office of the Governor on Feb. 3. Dear Governor Gianforte, We write to you as members of Montana’s varied religious landscape united in our concern about the pending legislation in the state legislature that would ease restrictions on the concealed carrying of firearms (HB 102). We believe that this […]

Bucks: Biden’s oil and gas plan good for Montana

BY: - February 3, 2021

After a century of scandal, neglect and mismanagement, the Department of the Interior’s oil and gas leasing activity is a disaster. The new administration’s reform of the federal oil and gas program will serve Montana and the nation well. Here are the problems needing solutions: Interior has shortchanged the American people, states and communities billions […]

Bishop: Democrats leading way on jobs, tax cuts for working Montanans

BY: - February 2, 2021

Last week, Gov. Greg Gianforte, for the first time since taking office, shared his vision for our state — a vision that is limited to massive giveaways for Montana’s wealthiest, and gives quiet approval for an unprecedented barrage of attacks on the freedoms of Montana’s women and children. Democrats have a better plan that aims […]

Moss: ‘Grounded’ a refreshing change from the kiss-and-tell political takedowns

BY: - February 2, 2021

Book Title: Grounded: A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back Rural America Author: Sen. Jon Tester with Aaron Murphy Info: HarperCollins, $29.95 “Telling a story is like reaching into a granary full of wheat and drawing out a handful. There is always more to tell than can be told.”  Wendell Berry “Grounded: A Senator’s Lessons on Winning Back […]

Legislature working to expand educational opportunities for Montana families

BY: and - January 31, 2021

This past week, students and families across the country were raising awareness for expanding K-12 educational opportunities. In Montana, our children and families are as diverse as our geography. The legislature is considering several bills this session to expand the delivery of education services and provide students with learning options that reflect their unique needs. […]

Doped up on disinformation

BY: - January 30, 2021

Just after the sacking of the U.S. Capitol, a friend of mine sent me a typical post found on the MAGA45 page of the emergent social network MeWe:   Military arrests and takedowns begin this weekend and continue for the next 13 days…International raids have already begun. Italy has also been found complicit in our election […]