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Austin Knudsen

Republican Lawmakers Deliver on Republican Values

As the 2017 legislative session has come to an end, we want to make sure that Montanans have a clear view of what’s happened the past few months in Helena. The mission of the Senate and House Republicans from Day One has been to help create more opportunities for all Montanans by making our state Read More…

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…

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Billings Gazette

Trump, Saudi Arabia and yet another arms deal

(THE CONVERSATION) The first stop on Donald Trump’s first trip as U.S. president was to Saudi Arabia. That was no accident. His decision was surely based on the fact that the alliance between Saudi Arabia and the United States is one of the foundations of American foreign policy in the Middle East. The Saudi’s extravagant Read More…

Billings Gazette

Why Ramadan is called Ramadan: 6 questions answered

(THE CONVERSATION) Editor’s note: The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, starts Friday, May 27, 2017. Mohammad Hassan Khalil, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University, answers six questions about the significance of this religious observance. Why is Ramadan called Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of Read More…

Billings Gazette

GOP must act with independence

In Boston recently, I found it moving to walk in the footsteps of our country’s founding fathers. It is humbling to sit in the very seats where ideas of freedom were debated. The first signature on the Declaration of Independence is that of John Hancock, the richest man of that day in the 13 colonies. Read More…

Billings Gazette

Do no harm with your U.S. House vote

The Gazette editorial board decided, after enumerating the many flaws of both candidates, to endorse Greg Gianforte for Congress because he can “hit the ground running,” rather than Rob Quist, who might be just a “placeholder.” In other words, you chose the man who will do something, even if it’s all wrong for Montana. I Read More…

NY Dems’ lunatic push for single-payer health care

Albany Democrats never got the memo that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. They’re peddling a universal health-care plan they claim would not only cost nothing more, but leave the state $45 billion richer. The plan might as well be signed by a Nigerian prince. The seemingly magical solution is a “single-payer” law Read More…

Trump & the promise (and pitfalls) of Mideast peace

President Trump correctly sensed the opening for renewed Israeli-Arab moves toward peace. Let’s hope he also sees the land mines scattered along the road ahead. Starting in Saudi Arabia and moving on to Jerusalem, Trump shows he grasps the region better than his oh-so-nuanced predecessor. In both places he signaled a U-turn from President Barack Read More…

Arrogant Erdogan blames US for his thugs rampage

The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of “chutzpah,” if not necessarily the word. Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by the Washington, DC, police. Their offense? Intervening after Turkish security personnel mauled peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington last week. Video of the Read More…

Trump’s inspiring Middle East firsts

President Trump’s trip to Israel is already a success, if the look of joy on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s face is any indicator. “For the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change,” Netanyahu said after Trump on Monday became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall, Read More…

Cuomo quietly breaks his own spending cap

If you doubt that Gov. Cuomo has turned decisively left, we’ve got a new analysis from the Citizens Budget Commission to share with you. The CBC noted months back that state outlays will climb at least 3.2 percent this year. Cuomo’s claim that he’s keeping them under his 2 percent cap requires ignoring some $1.2 Read More…

Saying ‘no’ to a parade that honors a terrorist

Three cheers for Police Commissioner James O’Neill for standing tall where New York’s political leaders have waffled by announcing he won’t march in next month’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The reason: Guest of honor Oscar López Rivera, hailed by organizers as a “national freedom hero,” is a “terrorist,” the commisioner says. Added O’Neill: “I cannot Read More…

EDITORIAL: No sauce for the gander

ANALYSIS/OPINION: “Do As I Say (Not As I Do)” carries the strength of religious doctrine in Washington, where the U.S. government and all its minions are dedicated to instructing everyone in flyover country in how to live their lives — or else. Someone could write a book. In fact, Peter Schweizer has. His book became Read More…

EDITORIAL: Trump's no-apology tour

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Donald Trump is the un-Obama. His predecessor set the tone for his presidency by making stops in the Middle East with head bowed in contrition for any and all offenses the United States had made, might have made, or could have made. The enemies of America were invited to fill in the blank. Barack Read More…

The ACLU’s Ex-Con Army

Not content with filing nuisance lawsuits all over the country, most of them aimed at thwarting the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is plunging into local political campaigns. In Philadelphia, about 40 ACLU ex-con canvassers like Mike Twiggs, 59, who served 41 years for murder, knocked on doors and distributed literature keyed Read More…

The Genius of Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came. When the opportunity arrived to address the legitimate concerns of “flyover territory” about biased Read More…

The Impeachment Delusion

Several things are amiss with the impeachment machine that’s starting to shake and smoke as progressives put their hands to the crank. The first thing is the calendar date. Donald Trump has been president since Jan. 20. That makes his regime — which does have the aura of a regime — four months old. Roman Read More…

The Greatest Measure of Devotion

(Editors Note, this commentary was co-authored with Matthew Howe) On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of our Nation’s greatest speeches, the Gettysburg Address. The purpose was to dedicate the Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of a battle fought that year in July that turned the tide of the Civil Read More…

Optics Matter During Trump Visit to Israel

President Trump is only hours into his first trip to Israel as President of the United States, but the images being broadcast around the world from the Jewish state deliver an unmistakable message: the United States and Israel are partners who stand together. It’s an important message that will have consequences for both nations.  For Read More…

A Special Prosecutor for Criminal Leaks

Who is the real threat to the national security? Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners? Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, and splashed the details on its front page, alerting Read More…

Trump’s grace at the Western Wall, the probe Mueller & Comey bungled and other comments

Security analyst: Iran’s Fake Reformer’s Fake Victory Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may have just been re-elected by promising “gender equality and a free press,” but Eli Lake at Bloomberg recalls his years-old speech declaring anti-regime dissidents “should be publicly hanged during Friday prayers.” Rouhani’s newfound love for reform “makes a nice talking point” for those Read More…

Why the Budget Doesn't Balance

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Almost everyone has a simple cure for America’s stubborn budget deficits: faster economic growth. The Trump administration is particularly keen on this. It argues that its proposed tax reductions and regulatory cuts will accelerate economic growth and shrink the deficits. No doubt faster growth would help. But a Read More…

Sizing Up the 2018 Gubernatorial Map

X Story Stream recent articles Over the past few weeks, we’ve established that the 2018 Senate map is worrisome for Democrats, but what about the gubernatorial map? An enormous number of the country’s laws are made at the state level and, perhaps more significantly, many of the governors elected in 2018 will have a say Read More…

Can the Pope Save Trump?

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — If anyone ever needed a conversion experience — and fast — it is President Trump. The issue here is not switching religions. What he could use is an honest examination of his conscience, his attitude toward himself and others, and his approach to what it means to be Read More…

America's Internet Delusion

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — The United States may have escaped most digital damage from the global “ransomware” virus, though cyber experts fear more attacks. One possible explanation is that the malicious software (“malware”) harms older versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which most Americans have replaced. Perhaps many users in other countries Read More…

Anti-Confederacy or Anti-Western

A statue of Robert E. Lee is the last of four statues commemorating the Confederacy that leftist activists in New Orleans succeeded in bringing down this past weekend.   All Confederate symbols are monuments to “white supremacy,” the left assures us.  This is the justification for the campaign to erase them from public view.  Pro-Confederate Read More…

Gazette opinion: Schooling Billings candidates

White House and Congressional races get the most attention, but local elections can affect voters’ daily lives more than federal elections. In November, Billings voters will elect a new mayor and five City Council ward representatives. Laurel and Broadview also have city elections scheduled, as do many towns across Montana. These candidates run on a Read More…

Gazette opinion: Experience counts on Montana’s $14B board

The Montana Board of Investment is responsible for managing state and local government investments and public employee pensions that totaled $14.7 billion at the end of 2016. The board needs astute members who understand investment markets, options and strategies — people who ask important questions and hold the board’s professional staff accountable to the highest performance Read More…