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FILE – Speaker of the House, Rep. Austin Knudsen, addresses the Legislature in this 2015 photo.

Just like every other state in the nation, the political arena is dominated by two very old, very monolithic parties that seem to get more enjoyment out of beating each other down than trying to actually serve the American people. The faces change, but the storyline is always the same. One side wants to do something, but the other won’t let them. Grandstanding ensues. Eventually one side or the other wins on a technicality.

In some rare cases, people actually participate to such a degree that the people’s will cannot be refuted. In these rare occasions, something actually happens, and the only ones upset are those trying to fight against the will of the people. We should do more of this.

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On the whole, though, Montana politics are the same as any other political arena. The scenery is different, but the storylines are very much the same -- except for yoga pants. I don’t think the whole yoga pants issue would have surfaced in many other places

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