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Commentary
4:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Buying Back the Dams: An Important Billion Dollar Decision for Montana

Buying Back the Dams: An Important Billion Dollar Decision for Montana

 

          When NorthWestern Energy announced last year that it had entered into an agreement to buy back the hydroelectric facilities that the Montana Power Company once owned, most Montana’s probably smiled a little , thinking that a serious public policy mistake of the 1990s was about to be corrected.

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Commentary
4:21 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Montana’s Role in Global Sports Diplomacy

Montana’s Role in Global Sports Diplomacy

 

Deena Mansour

Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center

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Commentary
9:43 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Your Nonprofit Wants You to Hear This

Your Nonprofit Wants You to Hear This

Hey, nonprofit board members, listen up.  Your nonprofit organization has asked me to talk to you.  Yes, you.  I mean, I ASSUME your nonprofit wants me to talk to you.  Otherwise, why would the CEOs of so many nonprofit organizations, from A to Z – from arts organizations to zoos – talk to me ABOUT you?  They MUST want me to talk TO you.

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Commentary
8:13 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Obamacare deadline

Olivia Riutta - Montana Primary Care Association

MTPR Commentary - 02/27/2014

We are now just one month away, from the March 31st deadline to enroll in the new health insurance Marketplace.

When you hear talk of health reform, or the ACA, or Obamacare or whatever you prefer to call it, a lot of things probably come to mind. For me, as a Navigator whose job is to  help folks in my community by answering questions and walking them through the process, I think about Bill, a man I met in southeastern Montana.

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Commentary
3:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Beware of Common Sense

Beware of Common Sense

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Commentary
8:27 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Valuing the Montana Colstrip Electric Generators: A Strange New World

Valuing the Montana Colstrip Electric Generators: A Strange New World

 

NorthWestern Energy is proposing to purchase the Montana hydroelectric generators originally owned by the Montana Power Company. Montana Power sold them off in the late 1990s as it pursued a speculative dream of becoming a national telecommunication company. Instead Montana Power went bankrupt and ceased to exist.

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Commentary - February 13th, 2014
12:21 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Educators as Leaders

What do Mike Mansfield, Pat Williams, Jon Tester, Bob Brown and Angela McLean have in common?

Mike Mansfield, Senate Majority Leader longer than anyone in US history, led a US Senate that was arguably the most productive in US history.

Pat Williams, elected Montana Congressman for nine straight terms, more than anyone in our history, had a record of legislative accomplishment in fields as varied as labor, education, the arts, wilderness and public lands access.

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Commentary - February 12th, 2014
2:32 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

In Praise of Public Schools

What do these seminal Americans, Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey, Horace Mann, Frederick Douglass, John Adams, and Susan B.

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Commentary - February 11th, 2014
11:06 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Work Comp – You Can Help

Workers' compensation, pretty boring stuff, until you need its benefits.  So, this is for all you workers out there – from desk jockeys and burger flippers, to firefighters – and for you employers who want the best for your workers.  What do you do if you are injured on the job and are unable to work for several weeks, months or years?  How will you keep a roof over your head, make your car payments, buy clothes for your kids or put food on the table?  If you are like most Montanans, you would have to rely upon the Workers' Compensation system. 

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Commentary
9:02 am
Tue February 11, 2014

U.S. State Department Greenlight for the Keystone Pipeline?

U.S. State Department Greenlight for the Keystone Pipeline?

          The U.S. State Department, which has to approve pipelines crossing into the United States from other countries, recently released its updated study of the environmental impacts associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  That pipeline would carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast. President Obama had previously indicated that he would approve the 1,700 mile pipeline if it would not “significantly exacerbate” greenhouse gas emissions.

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