Republicans

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Government can take care of the citizens while corporations take care of themselves

BY: - July 23, 2021

Although Montana’s Democratic Party appears to be dang near invisible, President Joe Biden and the Democrat majorities in Congress are definitely on the move. The good news is what they’re doing brings tremendous benefits to our people and planet, not to the mega-corporations Republicans in the White House and Congress have slavishly served for the […]

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For today’s GOP, democracy is no longer worth defending

BY: - July 5, 2021

Make no mistake: Our democracy is facing its greatest threat in modern history.  The threat is not confined to the violent assault by thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump on the Capitol building that left one police officer dead, more than 150 others injured and temporarily stopped a Congressional vote to certify the 2020 […]

Officials: No missing Montana mail-in ballots

BY: - July 1, 2021

Even though the 2020 Election in Montana concluded more than a half-year ago, and a wave of Republican candidates were swept into office in margins that hadn’t been seen for a century, Montana is still making headlines in voting news. Ironically, none of the news about Montana or elections is coming from within Montana. A […]

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The voters can speak just fine for themselves, Mr. Knudsen

BY: - June 17, 2021

In a rather extraordinary interview with the Montana Free Press, state Attorney General Austin Knudsen said that he wasn’t elected to please the Helena legal elites. That makes me question whether he’s ever been to Helena. “I guess I’m more concerned about what the voters of Montana think than, you know, a handful of former […]

Lawmakers pitch $5.7 billion for infrastructure

BY: - June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for inclusion in […]

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Our existential moment

BY: - May 30, 2021

A terrifying thing about democracy facing existential crisis is that it’s entirely possible – perhaps even natural – to miss the flashing red warning lights. We have arrived at such a moment. There are many and varied reasons for the American decline into tribalism, nationalism, embrace of conspiracy and profound distrust of public institutions. The important thing […]

New poll shows Montana support for relief, infrastructure, senior care

BY: - May 26, 2021

New polling data by a statewide group dedicated to senior issues shows popular support for much of the relief effort championed by Congress and President Joseph Biden. Big Sky 55+ sponsored the poll conducted by Data for Progress, which surveyed 723 likely voters, with more conservatives than liberals. Big Sky 55+ is a nonpartisan nonprofit […]

Liz Cheney of Wyoming gets ousted from House leadership for not supporting Trump

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after her continued pushback against former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. Saying they want to unite the party in an attempt to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, GOP lawmakers in […]

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The Montana Setback Plan

BY: - May 8, 2021

As the old adage goes, “elections have consequences.” As the dust settles on the 2021 Montana Legislative session, we are seeing the consequences of the last Montana election right before our eyes. During my first legislative session as Governor in 2013, my administration kept our promise of creating jobs and growing the economy. That year […]

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Throwback Thursday: Get back to the Republican Party of yesteryear

BY: - May 6, 2021

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 sentiment that followed this course: Hmm, these don’t seem like the Republicans I remember. True, they’re not the old laissez faire Republicans who loved the status quo, and distrusted anything too […]

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Do as I say, not as I do: The mixed messaging of Montana’s leaders

BY: - April 8, 2021

Forgive me for being naïve. A career spent covering politics should be enough to prove to me that ideological consistency has never been a hallmark of American politicians. How often do we hear variations of the question that goes something like this: How can a party that wants to legislate that life begins at the […]

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Extremism is the new Republican Party

BY: - February 23, 2021

It is extremist to claim, in the complete absence of evidence, that the election was stolen. It is extremist to demand that millions of legal, valid ballots be tossed out by the courts, by state legislators, by Congress or the vice president. It is extremist to claim that those who upheld the election, who abided […]