Montana Politics

Montana Blog Roundup 17 April 2011


My apologies for missing the past couple of Montana Blog Roundup—while the content has been as interesting and provocative as always, life and work have certainly cut into my time for blogging. This collection of the best and most interesting posts takes a look at the past week of Montana politics.

Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful posts.

As always, jhwygirl offers in-depth looks at issues that simply don’t get enough attention in the media or on other blogs. Her look at HB 198 explained just how dangerous expanding the ability of companies to condemn private land for public utilities would be and argues persuasively that HB 198 should stay good and dead.

The PSC is back in the news in a big way this week, but not for making sensible policy. Once again, the 3 member GOP majority is turning the Commission into a circus. Commissioner (now Chair) Kavulla defended his crusade against Commissioners Gallagher and Molnar over at the Electric City Weblog, but the conservative Auntie Lib at 2 Helena Handbaskets was unimpressed: “Travis Kavulla proved that the 62nd Legislature isn’t the worst political joke of the year.”

Rick Hill has decided to step in the muck of his personal life early in the campaign. Like Cowgirl, I’m amazed that he has chosen to respond to an anonymous e-mail about his confirmed infidelity. It would seem that the media absolutely needs to cover this now. Montanafesto, which has really been driving the story, does an incredible job documenting not only Hill’s infidelity, but his predilection for very dirty campaigning. I’m reminded of a quote about reaping and sowing.

Rob wrote about the purpose and future of Left in the West. I’ve had a draft sitting here about the single issue “progressives” who attack Democrats without pause at Left in the West and other sites, but I think Rob does a great job explaining the importance of working to support Democrats, even as we occasionally criticize them. Do these “progressives” really think their issues would be in better hands with Denny Rehberg directing policy? it seems like it.

In a guest post, Stacey Anderson of Planned Parenthood dissected the misinformation about family planning services happening at the state and federal level. It’s an important, fact-based case for protecting “our daughters, our sisters, and our neighbors.”

Pete Talbot offered a scathing look at the childish antics of GOP Chair Will Deschamps. I suppose it’s fitting that the party of Knox and Hinkle would be led by this clown.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


  • too bad Rob thinks it’s only because he writes about “the truth” that he’s had a problem keeping the “asshole” “wingnut” progressives in line, when a big part of the truth is the way he goes about making his arguments is counterproductive. his combativeness often reenforces the divisiveness some of these hot button issues create.

    • Love you too, Liz ~*smooch*.~

      My “tone” is only “too bad” when you’re the one being disagreed with. I’ve written online dozens of times something I believe to my very core. The worst thing you can do to a liberal is to disagree with them. If you think I speak the un-truth, then quit the BS about “my tone”, and actually argue a point that isn’t how I’ve offended your sensibilities.

      I am combative. You write that like it’s a bad thing. But you keep avoiding the point that there are people out there who want to see you suffer, and that isn’t me. Those would be the people I’ve been going tooth and nail against for over a decade now. That’s quite truthful, “the truth” as it were. And when you nip at my heels while I’m trying to fight them, yes, I get pretty testy. If you actually think that I’m reinforcing “divisiveness” then I look forward to your effort at explaining the divide we see each other over. So far, I’ve seen nothing save that you demand agreement with your position, and I’m reinforcing the divide by saying “Hell no, I don’t agree”. This is my response to you, Lizard.

      Prove me wrong, or quit blaming me. Your choice, of course.

      • disagreeing is one thing. purposefully provoking a fight, one of your preferred tactics, is something else.

        i would like to concede to some of the points you make, but when i’m being called names like pissant, well, my willingness to see your POV goes down dramatically.

        when i openly discussed my recreational use of marijuana, i knew i was opening myself up to attacks. whether it’s you doing it or some republican, the intention is the same; character assassination. like i said, the result of using that against me by you is counterproductive.

        the link that stands in for a substantive response to me is just more of the same. you obviously don’t take my opinions seriously. and that’s fine. just don’t expect me to take you too seriously.

        in terms of civility, Pogie, the Wolf, j-girl, and pete lead by example. i don’t, and that’s something i would like to change.

        • Liar

          the link that stands in for a substantive response to me is just more of the same. you obviously don’t take my opinions seriously.

          I do take your opinions seriously. I just don’t agree. That isn’t allowed in Liz world. The Tbogg link is precisely to the point. You create a world were disagreement upsets your cherry blossom fun time. Grow up.

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