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Our Most Read Posts of 2019

While you won’t find Greg Gianforte at a public town hall with his constituents, you will find him in two of our most-read posts from this year. Perhaps if he made an appearance with someone other than well-heeled donors, we’d write less about him.

Probably not.

5. Greg Gianforte Promises to Cut 30% of State Funding for Schools, Health Care, Infrastructure, and Highways

There’s nothing new about a political candidate trying to get elected by promising to cut taxes, but the level of cuts Gianforte envisions is the viewpoint of someone who wants to slash government services, public education, and infrastructure to the bone, the kind of policy someone who paid almost no property taxes on land worth over $500,000 while his hardworking neighbors paid thousands would think is just.

4. The Billings Gazette Should Run a Correction and Apologize For Its Dishonest Hit Piece on Unions

Given a corporate culture at Lee that is actively hostile to unions to the point of shuttering community institutions for the sin of its workers organizing, it’s not surprising that management at the Gazette would advocate against working men and women. Given a corporate culture that has gutted newsrooms every quarter in the pursuit of a few more nickels for grossly overpaid executives who ran the company to the ground, it would be a surprise if the Gazette didn’t attack labor.

3. Shouldn’t A Legislator Be Smart Enough to Spot An Internet Hoax and Decent Enough Not to Share It?

I understand the bind the media finds itself in today. When one party has seemingly given into to a world of alternative facts, it might seem unfair to focus attention on their missteps, but the answer can’t be to ignore the fact that Republicans seem to have moved from courting ill-informed and racist voters to recruiting them.

2. Greg Gianforte Voted Against Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and Montana Media Ignored It

Congressman Gianforte was forced to make a choice. Either he could vote to protect Montana women, who face a grave and growing threat from intimate partner violence, or he could vote to protect the interests of the NRA, which opposes every sensible gun regulation to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of people who have demonstrated a willingness to do harm.

1. I Can’t Vote for Any of the Democratic Candidates for President

People—including politicians—can grow, change, and even improve over time. Let’s spend our energy sussing out whether they’ve grown from earlier bad votes or, even, stunning as it might seem, whether we can accept that a person can be an excellent President even if we don’t agree with all of her views.

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 has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • The best post you did all year was that you can’t vote for any of the Democratic Candidates for President.

    You didn’t literally mean it, because both you and Pete have never saw a candidate with a (D) behind their name that you wouldn’t support, but your title echo’s what a lot of people are thinking.

    The Dem candidates belong in a clown car.

    None of them are capable of defeating President Trump.

    I can’t prove it, but I think that the National Party knows this, and that’s what the continuous, ongoing smear campaign against the President is about.

    Out of a country with 350,000,00 people the best candidate the party can find is Creepy Joe?

          • C’mon – you know the truth too.

            The same day he was inaugurated the far left of the Dems was talking about impeachment.

            Then the smear campaign –

            Then the Russian ‘Collusion’ accusations, then the Mueller Report, saying it wasn’t true –

            Then Stormy Daniels – OMG – a payoff ! Now her lawyers in jail.

            Then, the Whistleblower! Who now is so insignificant, that he’s not in the news, because he actually didn’t hear anything!

            Then The Phone Call! They finally had Trump! But while they were sitting on the edge of their chairs he outsmarted them again, and released the transcript.
            And none of the things they are accusing are in the actual call!

            So now, it’s impeachment being used as a campaign tool, with no crime, and no evidence, on a straight party line vote that’s going to turn the Dems into a permanent minority party next November.

            The Speaker doesn’t want a Senate Trial because she doesn’t really want to be exposed. That’s why Nancy hasn’t sent the articles to the Senate, I’m predicting the Senate reades the articles, and on a bi-partisan basis dismisses them. Yes – there will be Dems voting against Nancy.

            So go ahead Mr Pogebra, try to defend the Dems tactics.


            • Look, I can list progressive talking points all day, too, but that’s not a debate. I’m happy to have a discussion about any of the legion acts of criminality and abuse of power by this President, but I don’t have the time to read rehashed Fox News summaries of the news.

              Let me know if you’re interested in really discussing.

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