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Dear Montana, Thanks For Nothing

Tuesday’s midterm elections weren’t a slam dunk for either party, not by anyone’s estimation. Democrats managed to avoid another apocalyptic election meltdown and keep their base from flipping out by flipping the House, if barely, and Republicans added slightly to their already slight majority in the Senate. We sent at least three Red State fake Read More…

Time to stop the Montana Public Service Commission gravy train

Would it surprise you to find out that each of the five members of the Montana Public Service Commission makes more than the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State and the State Auditor? These are the current salaries of Montana elected officials. Governor— $111,570 Lieutenant Governor—$86,362 Attorney General—$123,499 Secretary of State— $95,695 Superintendent of Public Read More…

Bullock more interested in out-of-state donors than Montana jobs

Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) took an unprecedented step last month in its efforts to block the opening of the Rock Creek and Montanore mines in Sanders and Lincoln counties, projects that would create hundreds of jobs for Montana workers. Bullock’s DEQ has opposed Hecla Mining Company’s attempt to open these Read More…

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Will a GOP Candidate Stand up Against Trump in 2020?

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Republicans who are thinking about opposing President Trump in the 2020 primaries are facing the hardest of political choices. Toppling a sitting president of your own party is a maneuver with the highest degree of difficulty. The most relevant historical model is probably Eugene McCarthy’s race against Lyndon Read More…

Amid Complaints, a Reason to Give Thanks

X Story Stream recent articles “It’s the worst of times.” The words are Charles Dickens’, from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, polarized politically, economically, culturally and in our Read More…

Avenatti Falls Hard

X Story Stream recent articles Karma’s working mighty fast these days. Michael Avenatti, the huckster lawyer who skyrocketed to fame representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in an attempt to derail the Trump administration, was arrested Wednesday by the Los Angeles Police Department and released on $50,000 bail for alleged domestic violence. He is denying the Read More…

Wilson, the Great War, and Women's Right to Vote

X Story Stream recent articles On this date 100 years ago, Woodrow Wilson issued a Thanksgiving proclamation to a grateful nation. “This year we have special and moving cause to be grateful and to rejoice,” the 28th U.S. president told a war-weary nation. “God has in His good pleasure given us peace.” He continued: “Complete victory Read More…

The Perils to Democracy Posed by Big Tech

COMMENTARY X Story Stream recent articles Silicon Valley has changed. The same companies that once held free speech so sacred they refused to ban terrorists and stood idly by as their tools were used for genocide have suddenly decided that censorship is the only way to save the web in the Era of Trump. The Read More…

So, Was It A Wave?

X Story Stream recent articles There’s been an ongoing discussion about whether the 2018 midterms can be properly considered a “wave” election.  While I think they certainly can be considered a wave, that doesn’t get to the question of whether they ought to be considered as such. At its core, this debate is pretty silly. Read More…

Senate Republicans Are Blocking Trump Appointments

| Posted: Nov 16, 2018 1:42 PM The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com. President Trump has hundreds of unfilled presidentially-appointed positions because Democrats have stalled the nominations process out as much as their diminished power in the post-nuclear Senate has allowed. But it is the Read More…

The New Norm: Crime, But Not Punishment

In the title of his magisterial book, Fyodor Dostoevsky paired “Crime and Punishment,” not crime and pardons, or crime and “Civics lessons,” amnesty and asylum.  Punishment must closely follow a crime in order to be both effective as a deterrent, as well as to serve as a public declaration of values and norms. In explaining Read More…

EDITORIAL: Restoring trust in the press

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Reporting the news is difficult and expensive. Grandstanding is more fun and everyone has an opinion. That’s why reporters were once taught, often by a stern taskmaster, to leave opining to the columnists and the editorial page, and save their opinions for after work in the bar across the street. This particular affliction — Read More…

To turn around, Trump needs a true populist agenda

The midterms suggest that President Trump needs to double down on populism, just not the sort that’s been his signature to this point. Trump is both too populist and not populist enough. His populism is largely, although not entirely, a matter of style — combative, lacerating, emotive, unpredictable and grandiose.This sensibility is a central part Read More…

Why the Brexit chaos has only just begun

British politics and markets are in chaos because Prime Minister Theresa May can’t sell her long-awaited Brexit plan — and no one knows what comes next. After British voters narrowly approved a withdrawal from the European Union in 2016, we felt the United Kingdom would be better off — able to make its own decisions Read More…

We Need to Believe Election Results

| Posted: Nov 16, 2018 12:01 AM The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com. Democracy is a fragile thing. Ours has lasted nearly 250 years, but there is no guarantee that it will last forever. One thing is certain, however. If the people’s trust is undermined, Read More…

Stan Lee's Work a Reflection of His Times

Stan Lee, the reinventor of the comic book, died Monday at the ripe old age of 95. Comic books get a bad rap, although not nearly as bad as they used to. There was a time when comic books were the cause of an all-out moral panic. After the release of psychiatrist Fred Wertham’s book Read More…

Migration, Population, Development, and Global Warming

Editor’s Note: This piece was coauthored by Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris. The theoretical basis for the man-made (anthropogenic) global warming (AGW) deception was established by The Club of Rome (COR), a think-tank that provides ‘suggestions’ to the United Nations. Composed of UN bureaucrats, high-level politicians and government officials, diplomats, current and former Heads Read More…

Media Skip Farrakhan and Hype 'Nazi' Prom

| Posted: Nov 16, 2018 12:01 AM The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com. It’s very easy for media elites in Manhattan to decide that one tweet can prove small towns in Wisconsin are stuffed with racists and anti-Semites. On Nov. 12, ABC, CBS and NBC Read More…

Is it Reincarnation Time Again for Hillary?

| Posted: Nov 16, 2018 12:01 AM The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com. A cat has nine lives. A woman sometimes has more than that. The feline species keeps coming up with surprises, and you can see them most dramatically in politics. Hillary Clinton, for Read More…

Trump Raises the Stakes With CNN

Last week, the White House revoked the press pass of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, and denied him access to the building. CNN responded by filing suit in federal court against the president. Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights had been violated, said CNN. The demand: Acosta’s press pass must be returned immediately Read More…

Amid Complaints, a Reason to Give Thanks

“It’s the worst of times.” The words are Charles Dickens’, from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, polarized politically, economically, culturally and in our entertainment preferences. Family elders fret Read More…

Problems Abound for Both Sides

| Posted: Nov 16, 2018 12:01 AM The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com. Both political parties in Washington can look at last week’s election results and find encouragement. Democrats who see their victories as a sign that Donald Trump will be a one-term president should Read More…

Evil Pipelines Opposed by Paperwork Blizzards

| Posted: Nov 16, 2018 12:01 AM The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not represent the views of Townhall.com. During the Obama presidency, the benefits of the Keystone Pipeline were obvious.  Blue collar union workers who were looking for employment in a limp economy would be put back to work.  America’s Read More…

Iran was this close to the bomb and other comments

Urban critic: Officials Make Political Capital on Amazon Politicians representing Long Island City likely felt they had no choice but to oppose the deal to bring Amazon to their community. But what Crain’s NY’s Greg David finds “more worrisome” is that “virtually all the city’s top officials with broader constituencies have hedged their bets, saying Read More…

The Hypocrisy of Tom Ridge's Checks and Balances

In today’s America it’s tough for a politician to do something truly shocking.  But it has just been announced that Gov. Tom Ridge, the former head of Homeland Security and Pennsylvania Governor is one of the founders of an apparently conservative lawyers organization called Checks and Balances which they say will “expose President Trump’s abuse Read More…

Will the GOP Keep Dancing With Autocracy?

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — When a national leader urges that votes be ignored or that an election result he doesn’t like might best be set aside, we label him an autocrat or an authoritarian. When it’s President Trump, we shrug. Worse, many in his party go right along with baseless charges of Read More…

Maybe We Could Use a Civic Hippocratic Oath

X Story Stream recent articles A mob of protesters associated with the radical left-wing group Antifa swarmed the private residence of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the night of Nov. 7. They yelled, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” The mob’s apparent aim was to catch Carlson’s family Read More…