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Our Top Five Posts from 2017

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Our most-read posts from 2017 include a critical examination of the briefly considered plan to abandon Daylight Savings Time at the Montana Legislature, written by one of the six smartest people you’ll ever meet, a look at Greg Gianforte’s unreported donations to and from white supremacists, an outstanding guest post about how Senator Steve Daines has failed to live up to the principles of his faith, and two posts about the Zinke clan, examining their jet set life style and Buster’s inability to fish—or accept the mockery he so richly deserves.

Thank you all for reading this year, the busiest year by far at the site. So far, we’ve published 399 posts in 2017 and seen just under 510,000 views of our content, double our readership in 2015.

Readership from 2013-2017

Next year, our goal is to get to a million views by continuing to write stories that matter about Montana politics and to bring on new voices exploring new perspectives on the progressive movement in Montana, all while continuing to keep our eye on those who would undermine economic, legal, and social justice.

The site may slow down a bit over the next week as you all enjoy with those you love and might not have the time to read snarky blog posts, but we’re not going away anytime soon.

Thank you, and best wishes to you all as the year comes to close.

5. Let’s Talk about Greg Gianforte’s Support For and From White Supremacists

Back in 2015 and 2016 when Gianforte was trying to buy the Montana Legislature he and his wife donated to Flathead-area white supremacist Taylor Rose and Billings-area white supremacist Robert Saunders. While both lost their bids to bring their retrograde values to the Legislature, it’s troubling that Mr. Gianforte would financially support men like this and astonishing that the statewide press hasn’t pressed him to explain his donations.

4. Ryan and Lola Zinke Are Living It Up on the Taxpayer’s Dime, Too

While Mrs. Zinke’s decision to post social media photos of a Greek vacation while Secretary Zinke was supposed to be reviewing monuments across the country didn’t get past bloggers and reporters, an absolutely fabulous trip to Greenland and a Halliburton facility in May did slip by. A review of Mrs. Zinke’s social media accounts, though, does show that she and Secretary Zinke had a grand, fur-clad vacation that certainly raises both questions about the official work being done and just how cozy Secretary Zinke is with the energy companies he is ostensibly supposed to help regulate at Interior.

3. Guest Post: Letter to Senator Daines

You, Senator Daines, have insulated yourself from the suffering of your constituents. If you would spend just a day in my community, you would see the absurdity of the “personal responsibility” narrative. We are working, and working hard. Access to healthcare is not about “personal responsibility”, it’s about math. Take away CHIP for my kids and insurance subsidies for my wife and I, and we are faced with a choice: either we pay for health insurance or we pay our mortgage and feed our kids. We cannot do both. Can you imagine being faced with that choice?

2. What Would Happen if Montana Stopped Following Daylight Savings Time?

If Montana didn’t follow Daylight Savings Time, the state would essentially be in two time zones. During the winter and spring, we would be in our normal Mountain Time Zone. During the summer and fall when the rest of the country springs ahead one hour, Montana would not. The state would be in the Pacific Time Zone with Seattle and Los Angeles.

1. Secretary Zinke “Blocks” Reporter for Honest Coverage of His Terrible Fishing Ability

The fishing incident would be a comical encounter if not for the dangerous precedent set to “block” reporters who tell the truth. This is where we’re at in this country right now. Republican tries to use some Orwellian language to ram through some draconian policy. This is reported on by the free press, often with foibles, warts and factual analysis added. This administration responds with denials, threats, distractions and now, “blocks” reporters. This is the media cycle, in a nutshell, a quickly slipping into an authoritarian regime nutshell.

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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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