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Commentary from a variety of Montana citizens expressing a range of viewpoints.

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Commentary: Fight For What Really Matters

Jul 3, 2017

Too often, policy debates in Washington, D.C. devolve into partisan fistfights. Each side becomes so focused on landing a punch that they forget why they climbed into the ring in the first place.

Just a few years ago, one in five Montanans did not have access to health insurance, and people couldn’t afford to get sick.

Montana’s two U.S. Senators are split on the vote to confirm or not confirm Neil Gorsuch as the next lifetime member of the US Supreme Court. Senior Senator Jon Tester has decided to vote against confirmation, citing Gorsuch’s propensity to judge cases in a way that empowers corporations over individuals. 

A Congressional death in 1945 and a federal judgeship appointment in 1969 triggered two Montana special Congressional elections like the one we have scheduled for May 23, now that Rep. Ryan Zinke has been sworn in as Interior Secretary.

The death of a congressman in 1945 and a federal judgeship appointment in 1969 triggered Montana's two previous special congressional elections like the one we’ll have in 2017 once Rep. Ryan Zinke is sworn in as Interior Secretary.

An Open Letter to the President-elect:

Perhaps we can help you bring us together on the most important issue facing humankind. More than 97% of climate scientists have given you a flying start. They've proven that global warming is real, and we are causing it by burning too much fossil fuel.

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