Our Least Read Posts of 2018

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Every year a few posts seem to slip through, either because they were posted at a terrible time or someone else at the site managed to post something similar at almost exactly the same time. Sometimes, they even get overshadowed by a future felon-in-chief coming to the state four times to help a carpetbagger from Maryland lose a Senate race.

While many of these pieces were ephemeral, the piece about Jennifer Fielder and the Bundys almost certainly deserves another look in light of recent events.

These are the five posts that had the least number of views in the past year. Maybe take a look and make them feel just a bit less lonely?

5. Jennifer Merecki: Fighter for the Working Class

Jennifer Merecki is not your typical political candidate. If you called her rogue or a rebel she would take it as a compliment. Her campaign is founded on the idea that partisanship has gone too far and that all voters deserve representation, not just those of your party affiliation. She refuses to use the gameplan that candidates are told to follow and is blazing her own trail.

4. Fielder Has Bundy Values, Not Montana Values

Bundy, Fielder, and their ilk have no real answers for Montanans. Instead, they seek to sell off public lands, violate our basic values, and turn community members against one another. We encourage community members to reject this anti-government sentiment and support the public spaces that bring us together.

3. News Apparently Not Fit to Print: Matt Rosendale Is Abusing His Office, Campaigning on Your Time and Your Dime

It may not take long to rubber stamp every insurance hike that comes across the Commissioner’s desk, but Rosendale owes it to us to show up, to not put industry lackeys in critical oversight roles, to not fail to check the scams and fraud that so many elderly Montanans fall prey to.

2. Support the Missoula Independent

There have already been deep cuts to Indy’s staff, so a turnaround in profitability could be just around the corner. Any further cuts, however, would render it a vestigial organ. The Indy’s online look now mimics Lee’s other websites — perhaps the industry’s most unattractive and difficult to navigate sites on the web — but that should save Lee money, too.

1. Big Sky 55+ Holds Stapleton Accountable for Wasting Money, Confusing Voters

Big Sky 55+, has released the following statement in regards to Corey Stapleton’s malfeasance in wasting over $265,000 to send out faulty voter pamphlets with incorrect language and then lying about the costs of the error.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

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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