Republican Party deserves Trump – “Trump’s taking down of the Grand Old Party is making the regional and state battles about some candidates being a Republican In Name Only (RINO) seem even more ridiculous. The GOP now has the biggest RINO of all. Donald Trump has assumed the Republican mantle.” MT Standard
Judge overturns Montana contribution limits, making politics fun again – “Anyway, the last time this law was briefly overturned—for nine days in 2012—Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill accepted a $500,000 donation. Our easy slumber may have just been broken. I, for one, welcome the impending rush of cash into Montana politics. The 2016 campaign needs a shot of adrenaline.” Combat!
A land divided – “Fractionation began with the Dawes Act, but it accelerated after 1934, when Congress stopped assigning allotments to Indian families. By then, there was little left to allot. The Dawes Act had allowed “surplus” reservation land to be auctioned and 60 million acres had been sold to white homesteaders. The 1906 Burke Act, meanwhile, authorized federal agents to declare certain landowners “competent,” thereby removing their land from federal trust and allowing it to be taxed. Many landowners were never informed and accrued debt unwittingly; others could not afford the taxes. As a result, another 30 million acres were lost to foreclosure. A common story in Indian Country tells of a family who sat down to dinner one night when a strange wagon pulled up to the house. The travelers had come a long way and the family invited them to eat. When the family asked why they had come, their guests looked surprised and said, “We bought your land.”” Missoula Independent
Simple Answers to Thorny Questions? – “Take trade. Jared Bernstein, a former economist for Vice President Joe Biden, recently wrote about how Democrats and Republicans alike have consistently claimed that “free trade” is wonderful for all but a relatively small group of Americans. Bernstein, however, points to new economic studies regarding the effect on low-wage workers when a high-wage country expands trade with a low-wage country. These studies found something quite different from the common claims. One of the studies found that “all non-college educated workers – about two-thirds of the workforce – were hit by the rise of trade with low-wage countries, losing 5.5 percent of their annual earnings, or about $1,800, in 2011.” In other words, our trade policies cost $150/month for two-thirds of our workforce? Maybe not so wonderful.” Flathead Beacon
Gianforte Escalates the War on Science | – “If he and Arntzen succeed in removing the requirement that students get a rudimentary understanding of basic science, perhaps they hope that their bizarre belief systems (including climate change denial and creationism) will be more plausible. That over time, people will stop finding evidence that the earth is more than 6,000 years old – like the new species of dinosaur discovered in Montana yesterday. “ MT Cowgirl Blog
The Woolly Mammoth In The Room | – “So let’s all just call this what it really is, a blatant move on the part of Candidate Gianforte to earn free press and promote his ‘technology’ jobs idea for Montana. Let’s also not pretend he didn’t have a lot of help. Perhaps for another $8 million Gianforte could sign off on a confidential agreement to have all ethics and philosophy courses removed. After all, we really don’t want leaders, like the Board of Regents, thinking in terms of a larger ethical picture or approaching proposals like this ‘donation’ at this particular ‘time’ by using a critical thought process.” The Ghost of Tom Joad