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Category - US Politics

After the November 2018 election, I took a few months off to wonder what it means to be a liberal Democrat in Montana (also to finish my first novel… mission accomplished!). The party is large and while not a monolith it is a group of people...

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People are dying from lack of healthcare because our leaders have chosen, against our wishes, to take the no-dying option (UHC) off the table. Every other OECD nation has universal health care (UHC), pays far less as a share of GDP (or in absolute...

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After the longest federal government shutdown in American history, agencies will re-open this week after the president succumbed to political pressure and took a deal initially offered by the Democrats. The shutdown cost the nation $6 billion, which...

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Furloughed fellow Montanans

This is a short story about a recent acquaintance who works, or did work, for the U.S. Forest Service. She’s a young woman who was furloughed. She gave birth to a boy about six months ago. She had daycare lined up and was getting ready to go...

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Ryan Zinke: keeping it classy

After his fall from grace at the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke landed on his feet in the private sector. The investment firm with the dubious name of Artillery One has hired Zinke as managing director. CEO Daniel Cannon claims Zinke’s...

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Montana wildland firefighters are selling their clothes to make ends meet during the government shutdown that Montana’s junior Senator Steve Daines supports. You read that right, the Missoulian reported that furloughed U.S. Forest Service...

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