Our Writers

Don Pogreba

A life-long Montanan, teacher, and supporter of Democrat and Left politics since I was a child forlornly supporting Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign back when I was in elementary school. I am concerned that the Democratic Party has lost its soul in its acquiescence to big business, the military, and social conservatives, but am encouraged by the development of authentic, progressive voices in our party. I think that we need to be proud of the rich Democratic tradition of helping those who need help, using the military as a last resort, and remembering that the worker is as, if not more, important than the owner of the business.

I spend far too many hours of my life working at school and on my small business, Big Sky Debate. The best way to get a sense of who I am might be best found by what I am reading.

Pete Talbot

pete_talbotPapa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren.  Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager.  He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards.  Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade.  Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions.  He enjoys bourbon.

The Polish Wolf

I currently work as a tutor for the Helena School District. I grew up in Helena but only recently returned from Seattle, so I tend to have trouble sticking only to Montana stories. After some time in Poland and some studying international politics, I’ve become a stronger proponent of the US in general, while seeing all the more clearly the folly of some of our policies. I lean towards international stories and have a tendency to ramble, but I suppose y’all will notice that reading my posts. I’m honored to be writing alongside Pogie and mostly hope not to detract from his excellent reporting!

If you really actually want to contact me (as opposed to simply disagree with me or complain about something, which you are more than welcome to do on the comment pages), my email is [email protected]

M. Storin

Send your political gossip and tips to [email protected]

Tyler Evilsizer

Raised in Helena, I’m particularly passionate about the environment, transparency, and explaining wonky budget policy. The views expressed are mine alone. If you want to contact me, email [email protected].

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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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.


The Polish Wolf



M. Storin


Josh Manning

Josh Manning is a combat veteran who lives in Helena. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Time and Newsweek and he has appeared on MSNBC and CNN. He was a primary researcher to the recently published New York Times bestseller "The Plot to Destroy Democracy" by MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance. You can follow him on Twitter @joshuamanning23


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Tyler Evilsizer

Raised in Helena, Tyler's particularly passionate about the environment, transparency, and wonky budget policy. The views expressed are his own.


Plains Feminist

Montana and national politics from a Southeastern Montana perspective, focusing on regional activism, womxn’s issues, LGBTQ equality, education, and revitalization of the Montana Democratic Party. Being a liberal east of Billings has unique and intense challenges, and Plains Feminist tries (sometimes fruitfully, sometimes not so much) to educate the hard-working folks who *eek* out a living on the “not mountains” side of the state. Plains Feminist enjoys intellectual banter over coffee or beer preferably after dark. You can reach her at [email protected]


Evan Barrett

Evan Barrett, now retired and living on the Butte hill, is a regularly published political columnist in many Montana daily newspapers. Though never an elected official, Barrett’s political and governmental experience includes three years as Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party and twelve years on the Democratic National Committee; senior staff positions with Governors Forrest Anderson, Tom Judge and Brian Schweitzer, Congressman Pat Williams and Senator John Melcher; and campaign management positions with Judge, Williams and Melcher. Barrett is a recognized Montana historian, teacher and award-winning chronicler of Montana’s progressive past.


Liz

i'm from helena, montana. i now go to school at the university of montana and i study russian language as well as arabic language and southwest (middle east) and central asia.


Max Croes

Max is the founder of Power Street Strategies a political and public communications consulting firm based in Helena. You can find his very biased opinions on the Houston Rockets at The Dream Shake and his thoughts on his cats (loves them) and the Star Wars prequels (loves them even more) on Twitter @CroesFire.


Sheena Rice

A professional rabble rouser, Sheena is a Butte girl now calling Billings home. She loves Montana, music, politics, cheap beer and dinosaurs. She hates the big banks and pants. All of her posts are done on her own time and of her own accord and are not associated with the organization that she works for.


ML

I am a Montanan, fisher-person, and a passionate progressive. My political interests lie within political ethics, economic justice, and the responsiveness of government to the needs of real people.


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I love Montana.


James C. Nelson

James C. Nelson (Ret) was an associate justice of the Montana Supreme Court. He took office in May of 1993, following an appointment by then-governor Marc Racicot, and he retired on December 31, 2012.


Mary Sheehy Moe

Mary Sheehy Moe lives in Great Falls.


Sue Malek

Sue Malek is a second term senator in the Montana legislature. She retired after 24 years managing an academic advising office at UM. She served as president of the UM staff union for two years and chair of the Missoula City Government Study Commission for another two years. Public service is a way of life, she says.


Dick Barrett

Dick Barrett is a retired University of Montana economics professor who has served in the Montana legislature since 2009. He currently represents Senate District 45 in Missoula. Due to term limits, the 2019 session will be his last.


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Faith Scow

Faith is a student at Carroll College and member of the "Talking Saints" debate team. Well traveled, Faith spent last summer exploring many countries including Norway, France, Germany and Croatia. She believes that impactful policy is made at the local level and that young women are extremely under represented in politics.


Kim Leighton

Kim Leighton is an angsty Montanan advocating for queer rights, reproductive justice, racial equity and basic decency in a world gone wrong.


Ellie Newell

Born and raised in Helena, Ellie recently completed her bachelors degree in English Literature at Whitman College where she was co-president of Feminists Advocating Change & Empowerment. She lives in Bozeman.


Bjorn Beer

Bjorn Beer runs a division of Global Software, Inc. and resides in the Flathead. Follow him on Twitter @BjornPhilipBeer.


Mary Ann Dunwell

Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell is a Democrat serving her second term in the Montana State Legislature. She represents House District 84, Helena/East Helena. You can reach her at [email protected]



Chelsiaann

Freelance writer, essayist, teacher, and cancer survivor. Let's dance.



Andy Shirtliff

Andy Shirtliff has served the citizens of Montana for the last 8 years as the Small Business Advocate for Governor Bullock's Office of Economic Development, in the Montana Department of Commerce and in Governor Schweitzer's administration. He has extensive experience working with small business owners, economic developers and community leaders to promote entrepreneurship and collaboration.

He helped create a business plan for Montana, and an online tool to streamline the state’s regulatory process. During that time Montana was ranked the #1 State to Start a Business four years in a row, (Kaufmann index.)



Bob Funk

Bob Funk is the Communications Director for the Montana AFL-CIO and Director of the Institute for Economic Justice.


Chris Koski

Chris Koski is a professor of Political Science at Reed College and a County 7 ex-pat.


Douglas Balmain

Writer, Thinker, Ex-Recording Artist. http://DouglasBalmain.com


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A.P.Donaldson

Aaron Donaldson is a Helena, MT native currently living and working in Denver Colorado.


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Grant Kier

Grant Kier is a Democrat running for the U.S. House seat against Greg Gianforte.


Adrian Cohea


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Wade Sikorski

Wade Sikorski is political scientist living on a ranch in southeastern Montana.  He is the author of Before it is too Late, Sacrificial Rituals, and Infected with Difference.


Claire Baiz

Montana native Claire Baiz attended the University of Montana and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in history and political science from the University of Great Falls. Baiz, a columnist for Signature Montana magazine, has been recently published in the U.S.A. Today, Detroit Free Press, Waukesha Now, and Earth Island Journal. Her short fiction is featured in The J.J. Outre Review and Molotov Cocktail. Baiz, a Chicago resident, has also appeared in the New York Times and New York Post.


Rick Craig

Rick Craig is a writer and residential contractor in Missoula


Rachel Skaar

Rachel Skaar is a student at Georgetown University and is from Helena, Montana.


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Cory Stalling

Cory Stalling is 18 and a senior at Hellgate High School in Missoula.


Miriam Krainacker

Miriam Krainacker is a movie-obsessed sociology student at the University of Montana.


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Jordan Barrows

Hailing from Helena, Montana, Jordan Barrows is a senior at the University of Arizona studying Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. When not working in the lab or attending classes, he enjoys hiking, bike rides, playing music, and teaching.


Agrippa

Agrippa would love to use his own name when he blogs, but his current employment makes that difficult. He's a lover of good writing, breaking news, and Montana, although he currently makes his home in Wyoming.


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Jacob Bachmeier

Jacob currently serves as the youngest legislator in the country. When he filed to run for office he was still a senior in high school. In fact, he was so young that he had to have an 18 year old classmate sign on as the primary account holder on his campaign bank account. Jacob currently attends MSU-Northern as an Education Major, works as the Cash Office Manager for a local department store, and serves as the Chairperson of the Hill County Democratic Party. Jacob also serves on several local boards, including the Corporate Board for Northern Montana Hospital, the Executive Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Havre, and the board for Havre Day Activity Center. In his free time, Jacob likes to backpack, hike, fish, ski, and skateboard.


Grousing (Sometime) Sage

Grousing (Sometime) Sage is an observer of Montana politics.


Ken Toole

Ken Toole lives outside Cascade building and operating an off-grid farm/ranch. He is a founder of the Montana Human Rights Network and served in the State Senate and on the Public Service Commission.


Bandy Lee

Dr. Bandy Lee is an internationally recognized expert on violence. She is the editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President," published in 2017.


Patricia Rosenleaf

Patricia Rosenleaf grew up in Anaconda, Mt, married her high school sweetheart, and became a public school teacher in Great Falls, MT, completing 34 years there. After retiring, she began writing for the Great Falls Tribune as a liberal commentator, wrote for Montana Public Radio, was published in the Montana Quarterly, and completed an historical novel.


Melissa Romano

Melissa Romano was named 2018 Montana Teacher of the Year and is a former Democratic candidate for state superintendent of public instruction.


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