Montana Politics (weekly)

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  • “The Supreme Court threw out Fox’s challenge, but he did the Lord’s work. If I may mix my sports and biblical metaphors, he kept drilling the Healthy Montana Initiative with rocks until it dropped just before the end zone. Goliath played for the wrong team and/or god, and Fox brought him down.”

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  • “The town then learned that the Tea Party’s plan to close down Main Street for its tax protest was going to cost city taxpayers $1,100 in staff and police overtime. The irony turned out to be too much to pass up, so I applied for a second parade permit for Independence Day. And because city regulations only allowed an organization to apply for a parade permit, I made the application (with tongue firmly in cheek) on behalf of a new, contrastingly “big tent” organization: The Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus.”

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  • “But the Montana Trappers Association and their sidekick, the Orwellianly-named “Montanans for Effective Wildlife Management,” aren’t just promoting the cruel and completely unnecessary practice of trapping animals–they also appear to be using some pretty despicable tactics to keep trapping legal.”

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  • “Cuts by the city of Great Falls include a $100,000 reduction in the funding level contributed to the Great Falls Public Library. The library was able to dip into reserves last year to make up the difference, but this year there are reduced hours, layoffs and a reduction in some staff hours. The bookmobile will not run inside the city limits of Great Falls any longer.

    We are on record supporting the city of Great Falls for making tough decisions when it comes to its limited resources. Shoring up the city’s reserves and directing funding to critical police and fire protection for the community must continue to the top priority.

    That said, it’s painful to watch the results of budget cutting.”

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  • “Ravalli County officials have found the missing money.

    On Tuesday, a team of five county officials made a thorough search of the office space formerly occupied by the county’s interim treasurer, Valerie Stamey.

    Lodged behind the desk and the office wall, they found a deposit of $5,367.34 of checks and currency that came up missing in a recent financial examination of the treasurer’s office.”

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  • “Lewis and Clark County Commission Chairwoman Susan Good Geise would like to ask voters whether county elections should be nonpartisan.

    Geise, a Republican who is also a former state legislator, was appointed to the county commission by its two Democratic members. She was one of six finalists the Republican Central Committee offered to fill a vacant seat formerly held by Derek Brown, a Republican, who announced his resignation in November 2012 citing his intense frustrations and partisan clashes.”

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-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.

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