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What a proud legacy our pioneering Montana ancestors bequeathed to us. Our forebears were resilient, determined, hardworking and tough. Tough as in Western cowboy tough; they had the sort of strength books have been written about. Hardy souls who never have accepted being told, “you can’t ma… Read Article “Can’t”? I don’t think so

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The release of the proposed draft of the United States Supreme Court’s opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was, to be sure, a spoiler alert of sorts. For one thing, appellate court opinions are not supposed to be leaked. The process of opinion writing is tedious: Proposed drafts are circulated t… Read Article The Supreme Court spoiler alert

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Republicans are pushing a new tax-cap, Constitutional Initiative 121, to be on the ballot for Montana voters. CI-121 limits annual increases in valuations of residential property to either 2% or the inflation rate (whichever is lower) when assessing property taxes, if the property is not new… Read Article Why the tax cap initiative (CI-121) is bad for Montana and bad for public schools

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Recent legislative actions in Montana have made access to voting harder. Restricting eligible voters’ access to voting does not equate to more secure elections. For example, let’s look at the new voting law HB 176, “eliminating same-day voter registration on Election Day,” to see if it truly… Read Article Secure our right to vote

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On Sunday, Jan. 2, the Helena Independent Record published a column from Kendall Cotton, on "Red Tape Relief." Mr. Cotton states that “the accumulation of thousands of regulations has been shown to stifle economic growth and substantially increase the cost of doing business.” He states that … Read Article Where do regulations come from?

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Oxford High School is the newest addition to the national list of mass school shootings. This time, even the worn phrase “thoughts and prayers” was not uttered by politicians beholden to a gun lobby while our children and educators face the continuing trauma of drills and living on edge for … Read Article The cycle of trauma must end

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Republicans have killed the latest attempt to fix our democracy. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Indeed, if Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky truly cares about American democracy (as he professed to after the Jan. 6 insurrection), then he should look to the example of election compromise … Read Article A Voting Rights Bill That Both Democrats and Republicans Can Support

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The Senate is now deciding the fate of local news.As part of the Build Back Better Act, the Senate is in the next few days considering an important proposal: providing a payroll tax credit to local news organizations to retain or hire local journalists.Why? Local news is in a deep crisis. Th… Read Article Local news hangs in the balance

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The Montana Legislature is working on plans to appropriate the nearly $3 billion American Rescue Plan Act funding package that Montana will receive from the federal government. Unfortunately, the Legislature is entertaining a controversial amendment in the bill to cut federal aid funds by 20… Read Article Bill to tie funding to public health directives is folly

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Consumers have the right to know the origin of their beef purchases, and ranchers have the right to a fair and competitive market. This is a reasonable expectation.  However, since 2015 Congress specifically exempted beef and pork from labeling laws. Consumers do not know where their beef co… Read Article Pass Country of Origin labeling in Montana

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