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Build Montana, but not with debt

From the beginning of the 2017 session, House Republicans committed to supporting essential infrastructure which would not place an undue burden on Montana taxpayers.   The Legislature is currently moving more than $1.1 Billion worth of infrastructure projects directly to Montana communities. You read that right – Billion. This is an important piece of the Read More…

The hijacking of a special election

The special election to select a new congressman for Montana is less than 80 days away and the process for conducting the election has been turned into a political football.   First, Gov. Steve Bullock scheduled the election at the earliest possible time, 85 days after Ryan Zinke resigned to serve as President Trump’s secretary Read More…

The vote that could wreck the European Union

IT HAS been many years since France last had a revolution, or even a serious attempt at reform. Stagnation, both political and economic, has been the hallmark of a country where little has changed for decades, even as power has rotated between the established parties of left and right. Until now. This year’s presidential election, Read More…

All in: Opinion

Trump Is Now the CEO of a Very Public Company

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — As the White House reboots for “Trump 2.0” after a largely unsuccessful first two months, one lesson should be obvious: The radical, polarizing politics of the campaign trail don’t work well in governing the country. America isn’t Russia or the Philippines. Our system has speed bumps, carefully constructed Read More…

Kindergartner Suspended for Playing with Stick

Caitlin Miller and several of her classmates were playing make-believe last week on the playground at McLauchlin Elementary School in North Carolina. One of her friends was pretending to be a queen and another was pretending to be a princess. Caitlin was their protector. And in order to protect the Royals, she armed herself with Read More…

Free Market Care

X Story Stream recent articles President Trump and Paul Ryan tried to improve Obamacare. They failed. Trump then tweeted, “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” But I do worry. Trump is right when he says that Obamacare will explode. Read More…

Too Much Politics in a Badly Divided Nation

Commentary X Story Stream recent articles It’s amazing how politics has seeped into everybody’s lives.  Republicans are now happy campers––relieved, finally, that there’s a politically incorrect, mostly conservative president in the White House. Democrats in the Trump era, however, seem more like the brooding, gloomy characters in a Cormac McCarthy novel. Recent polls paint a Read More…

Poverty Reality vs. The Washington Post

Unless you have barely existed in poverty, seen your children go without for weeks or months at a time, been hungry because you can’t afford food, faced eviction or been evicted, or had no heat, electricity or phone because of poverty, there is simply no way you can understand the constant fear, desperation and depression Read More…

#PINKOUT: Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Distortion

Nothing says serious healthcare like a selfie-driven, news-distorting, #PinkOut day. Planned Parenthood, riding high on its massive, taxpayer-funded marketing campaigns of misinformation, is celebrating its political power on social media today. Pro-abortion Dems have sworn their allegiance to the abortion giant, promising to stand up for Planned Parenthood, no matter what. The Democrat Party’s national Read More…

Guest opinion: Build Montana, but not with debt

From the beginning of the 2017 session, House Republicans committed to supporting essential infrastructure which would not place an undue burden on Montana taxpayers. The Legislature is currently moving more than $1 billion worth of infrastructure projects directly to Montana communities. You read that right – billion. This is an important piece of the puzzle Read More…

April 18: The Biggest Referendum On Trump Yet?

The Hollywood tsunami happening in Georgia could gradually flip Georgia blue. The first step in that process is coming on April 18. According to Democrats and many liberal writers, there is a ‘major referendum on President Trump’ brewing in the state of Georgia, and it occurs on April 18. Simultaneously, there is a political anomaly Read More…

Can the Heralded Canadian Immigration System Withstand New Pressures?

PARIS — Canada’s quota-based immigration system was recently hailed by center-right French presidential candidate (and former Prime Minister) Francois Fillon as a shining example on the global stage. “I propose an immigration quota policy like Canada does,” Fillon said in a recent television appearance. Hear that, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? Canada became a model Read More…

Paul Ryan a Convenient Scapegoat for Trump’s Failure

Paul Ryan did it. That’s the argument many of the louder voices on the right are shouting. In the story they tell, the speaker of the House is fully responsible for the GOP’s failure to pass an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill last week. President Trump should walk across a Havana ballroom like Michael Corleone in “The Read More…

GOP Conservatives Were “Loyal” – To Principles

Of all the muscles in the human body, none are perhaps more toned and strengthened than those in the index finger of moderate Republicans in Congress; particularly following the defeat of their high profile, “too-important-too-fail” health care legislation. There certainly was no shortage of finger wagging and pointing this week, following Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision Read More…

Fox News Covers ‘Inconvenient’ Rape

On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly pushed into a boys bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland and raped by two other students during school hours. Police arrested two freshmen who recently arrived from Central America, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano. Sanchez, a Guatemalan, has a pending “alien removal” case against Read More…

State on Rise as Family Dies

In 1947, two years after the United States won World War II, 96.4 percent of the babies in this country were born to a married mother and father. Not a single American was on Medicaid that year. The program did not exist. Nor did Obamacare. Traditional families — mom, dad and kids — were the Read More…

Sessions Warns Sanctuary Cities

Editor’s Note: Column co-written by John Schlafly The sanctuary city movement, which gained momentum and arrogance during the eight years of the Obama administration, has finally met its match. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that cities, counties and states will soon lose billions of dollars of federal assistance if they refuse to assist federal Read More…

The Cure for the Cure: Fixing Health Care Properly

“This is not the end of the debate.” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said that on ABC’s “This Week” regarding the House leadership’s failed health care bill, and he’s exactly right. Even President Trump, as he was voicing disappointment over its legislative fate, couldn’t help noting “what’s going to come out of it is a better Read More…

Partially Informed Juries Convict the Innocent

Early in the evening on October 1, 1984, Catherine Fuller, a 48-year-old mother of six, was robbed, sodomized with a foreign object, and beaten to death in a garage off an alley in Washington, D.C. After police concluded that Fuller had been attacked by a group of young men, prosecutors obtained two guilty pleas and Read More…

Benjamin Crump: TV’s Rising Fake News Star

He’s the new Al Sharpton on steroids — and he’s coming to a TV near you. Benjamin Crump, camera-lovin’ lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, rocketed to fame perpetuating the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie. Never mind that even the left-wing Obama Justice Department concluded that the 22 witnesses who manufactured Read More…

Educational Sabotage

Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian peers. According to former Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the “huge disparity is not Read More…

Freedom Caucus, Today’s Abolitionists

The House Freedom Caucus and its chairman, North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, are taking flak, many saying they are responsible for the failure to pass the American Health Care Act. With all other Republicans on board, a big assumption, the votes of the 29 members of the Freedom Caucus could have made the difference Read More…

Administrative State Delenda Est

With the election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in the House and Senate, there is no single issue in a more desperate need of addressing than the out-of-control administrative state. While taxes and healthcare are perennial policy battles, the so-called “fourth branch” is in many ways responsible for the “rigged game” that many conservative Read More…

Laura Ingraham, Gold and Donald Trump

<img src=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/activity;dc_iu=/6177/DFPAudiencePixel;ord=1 ;dc_seg=144470410?” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0/” /> Last week, I was invited to attend the 2017 Texas Energy Museum “Blowout,” where Laura Ingraham was the featured speaker.  She told us that she is considering a run for the U.S. Senate from the state of Virginia next year, running against Democrat Tim Kaine, who was Hillary Read More…

Kony 2017: The Facebook World Didn’t Catch Him

In October 2011, the Obama Administration ordered 100 U.S. special operations troops to deploy to central Africa to help African and U.N. forces capture Joseph Kony, the psychopathic commander of the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army. Kony is an evil man. Note the present tense: is, not was. In the late 1980s, Kony took control Read More…

When Does Trump Become the Establishment?

Let’s pretend. It’s January 2017, and President Jeb Bush just took office. After conceding to his right flank during the election cycle that he would move to overturn President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Bush immediately backtracks and does nothing. Attempting to fulfill a campaign promise, he then pushes a bill that would Read More…

Billings Gazette

Read the Constitution and find common ground

Like many of us, I’ve serious concerns about the political climate in our country today. The political discourse is so toxic. The outrage on both sides of the political spectrum reminds me of how divided we were during the Vietnam War. I hardly recognize my own country these days. The reasons are numerous, but I Read More…

Billings Gazette

Does it pay to get a double major in college?

(THE CONVERSATION) Students are bombarded with an array of competing opportunities during college, all with the promise that each will lead to a better job or higher earnings upon entering the “real world.” One such option is the double major, in which a student earns two bachelor degrees at once, sometimes in entirely different disciplines. Read More…

Billings Gazette

What motivates moral outrage?

Similarly, more than four decades after Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized certain forms of abortion, people regularly gather to voice their anger at those providing abortion services. Social psychologists refer to such displays of anger against a third party (such as a government) for perceived harm against someone as moral Read More…

Billings Gazette

Why does the GOP want to bail out private business?

Capitalism allows for success and failure. If you can’t sell your product and you have outdated technology, whether you sell widgets or coal, you will fail. Republicans want to loan Talen Energy (or its predatory private equity owner) $30 million to “prop up” operations until 2022, to allow time to “prepare” for closure. Talen’s plant Read More…

EDITORIAL: Collapse and replace

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Congressional Republicans have tried to turn the page on the Obamacare debacle, but the next page has another dismal message. Instead of repeal and replace, Americans face collapse and replace of Barack Obama’s health care system. The only uncertainty is how soon and how bad it will be. While the humbled party leaders snipe Read More…

EDITORIAL: A dunce cap for Paul Krugman

ANALYSIS/OPINION: The men and women who pick the winners of the Nobel Prize should come in from the cold — the temperature Tuesday in Oslo was 44 degrees — and after their brains thaw out they should ask Paul Krugman to send back his Nobel medal, awarded in 2008. Both high and low numbers continue Read More…

Billings Gazette

Keep public funds in our public schools

I am the assistant principal at Bozeman High, a national board certified social studies teacher, and an advanced placement government teacher with the Montana Digital Academy. I’m also a product of K-12 education in Bozeman’s public schools and the Montana University System. I’m proud of the innovation in Montana’s public schools. For example, our BioMedical Read More…