My Take on the Special Election in Politico

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Montana has been described as a small town with very long streets. The Western traditions of respect for privacy and self-reliance are balanced by a very real sense that we take care of those in need in our communities. Despite its wide libertarian streak, Montana is a state whose voters know that it was the Big Government of the New Deal that saved farms during the Depression, that taxes built the interstate system in the 1960s, and that government-funded schools hold our small towns together. A return to that message, once the core of Democratic politics in the West, could offer a model for Democrats to make the West competitive again.

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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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