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Opinion

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

Views expressed by the commentators do not necessarily reflect the views of this station.

Dan Harrington: Mensch Who Made A Difference

Sep 28, 2015

I have been siting before my computer, hands above the keyboard, trying to start one of my regular commentaries. There were so many tempting topics to choose from. The Montana GOP effort to force citizens to publicly register their political party preference. The unique combination of Cry-baby and Bully that makes up Donald Trump. The Pope telling the U.S. Congress to deal the human causes of global climate change. And more.

Opinion: History Bodes Well for Bullock Reelection

Aug 27, 2015

Analyzing historical electoral patterns may seem like an exercise for the back rooms of a university political science department.  But active practitioners in the political arena dive into history to find patterns that are indicative, if not predictive, of what might happen in current and future election cycles. 

John Whalen Remembered

Jun 17, 2015

Teachers, all teachers, but especially gifted teachers, shape lives on an individual basis, one student at a time, one day at a time.

Fatal Gaps In Montana Background Check Laws

Jun 9, 2015

We're home from the whirlwind of the 64th legislative session. Thanks to rolling up our sleeves and committing to bipartisan work, there were huge wins for the people of the State of Montana: Medicaid expansion, the water compact, and campaign finance reform. I saw the passage of seven of my own bills. However, despite legislative victories, Montanans need to urgently pay attention to a bill that didn't pass.

Montana Style: The Koch Bros. & Talking Cows

Jun 8, 2015

As I stood in the State Capitol rotunda on April 29 and watched Governor Steve Bullock sign the expansion of Medicaid, I was proud of our state and its people.  Sure, I went to watch because I had written three columns about the issue over the previous year.  I went because the signing symbolized the triumph of moderation and compromise over ideology, partisanship and extremism. 

I went because good policy for people was trumping soiled politics.  I went because I wanted to celebrate Montana saying NO once again to out-of-state moneyed interests who were trying to dictate policy to the people of Montana, but came up short.

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