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Redistricting panel should not be shy of political competitiveness

Whether we’re cheering on our favorite NFL team on Sunday afternoon or our kids under the Friday night lights, Montanans appreciate good co… Read more

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Seeking clarity on medical treatement

I just want to make sure I have this right: If I call Attorney General Austin Knudsen's office, I can just have them TELL my doctor/hospita… Read more

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Please vote for Kelly Harris for mayor

I would encourage residents of the City of East Helena to join me in support of Kelly Harris for mayor. Read more

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Privacy, money at risk as IRS seeks OK to snoop

There is an ongoing battle regarding the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan proposed by the Biden administration, which includes a provision… Read more

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Govenor, GOP must take blame for pandemic

Our Republican governor, with the help of the Republican legislature, must take the blame for the severity of the pandemic in Montana. Read more

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Democrats seeking maximum fairness

This letter is in response to Republicans Essmann and Stusek's letter trying to justify carving up the state so that Republicans have both … Read more

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Political leadership coming from Democrats

One year ago, Montanans were hearing from Republicans on the campaign trail that if elected, they would prioritize jobs and economic growth… Read more

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The Ethical Life podcast: Does regulating social media thwart free speech?

Episode 24: Richard Kyte and Scott Rada also discuss the struggles companies face in trying to fill open positions and whether this is a turning point in how Americans view work. Read more

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Richard Kyte: Civics education is too important to ignore

Commentary: A democratic society, if it is to persevere, must be comprised of people with democratic dispositions. Read more

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Health Matters: Knowledge is power when it comes to breast cancer prevention

When I think of breast cancer, I think of education, emotional support and awareness. When I think of breast cancer, I think of encourageme… Read more

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Colin Powell a reminder of how true leadership matters

My one brief experience with presidential politics occurred in 1995. Read more

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Knudsen must resign for abuse of power, use of MHP in dispute

I remember as a little boy having an army of little plastic soldiers. Read more

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The Utterly Moderate podcast: All About Weddings (with Amy Thunell & Ann Fortin)

Social scientists Dr. Alison Dagnes and Dr. Lawrence Eppard are joined by wedding planner Amy Thunell and Kalero Vineyard owner Ann Fortin to discuss the ins and outs of the wedding industry. Read more

Utterly Moderate: All About Weddings (with Amy Thunell & Ann Fortin)

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Senators urge emergency protections for wolves in US West

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

Twenty-one U.S. senators led by New Jersey's Cory Booker and Michigan's Gary Peters asked Interior Sec. Deb Haaland to shield wolves from being killed for 240 days while permanent protections are considered. Read more

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