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Gazette opinion: Time to rethink Montana Supreme Court contests

Gazette opinion: Time to rethink Montana Supreme Court contests

The Montana Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Mike Wheat and Lawrence VanDyke was flooded with several hundred thousand dollars in outside spending that dwarfed what the candidates’ own campaigns spent.

November 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Changing the culture of money in politics

Congress has returned to Washington after five weeks of vacation to squander their few fall “work” days with political posturing and a “must-pass” bill that will fund the U.S. government only through mid-December.

September 11, 2014 7:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Does plain vanilla bipartisanship have a chance?

WASHINGTON — When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?

August 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Scholar's theory may reveal reason behind Watergate

WASHINGTON — At about 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: “I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.”

August 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Less thinking ahead for think tanks

WASHINGTON — Unless you're a dedicated policy wonk, the name Stuart Butler probably doesn't ring a bell. For 35 years, Butler has been a senior researcher at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. He was among the most visible figures — and possibly the most visible — shaping conse…

August 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The GOP's impeachment two-step

WASHINGTON — If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

August 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP must reclaim wisdom of TR, Lincoln

Many Republicans have been waiting and wishing to vote for a Republican U.S. Senate. But no matter how decent or even reasonable Steve Daines may be, he is beholden to the party with a loud and demanding base that perverts reasonableness and insists on slavish obedience to a toxic orthodoxy.

July 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Great Society bifurcates LBJ legacy

WASHINGTON — Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.

May 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: The right message and the right-wing message

Montana has already embarked on a political season long on promises and rhetoric, short on what voters really care about.

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: 1st Amendment religion clauses: A sword with 2 edges

There is gathering national support acknowledging that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens are simply that —citizens — with the same rights, privileges and obligations as other citizens. In response, some states, along with various fundamentalist religious and conservative organi…

February 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Ignoring aging costs may end government as we know it

WASHINGTON — Something strange is happening in Washington. We are slowly dismantling the federal government, even as its spending is growing larger. The paradox is that governmental competence is being systematically degraded while the government’s size, as measured by its budget, is increas…

February 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Must the Obamacare debate be stupid?

WASHINGTON — One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.

February 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Obamacare opponents launch Montana ad campaign

Obamacare opponents launch Montana ad campaign

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative social welfare group that blanketed Montana with mailers and bus tours during the 2012 election, launched a new TV ad blitz on Wednesday targeting Obamacare.

January 15, 2014 6:30 pm Video Photos

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George F. Will: Calculating political prospects by the numbers

WASHINGTON — Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be — in congressional elections. Some nu…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama needs to win his friends back

WASHINGTON – President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

November 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Worse than Nixon? Check Obama's public-information record

If you really want to grab people’s attention, call a president “worse than Nixon.”

November 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Professor Clinton explains far right politics

DALE CITY, Va. — Bill Clinton, the nation’s politician in chief, is on a roll on behalf of his friend Terry McAuliffe, the front-runner in Tuesday’s election for governor of Virginia.

November 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Politifact: Democrats' attack on Daines erroneous

Politifact: Democrats' attack on Daines erroneous

The PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter is not reading favorably for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee after it targeted Montana Rep. Steve Daines over anti-shutdown legislation the Republican previously co-sponsored.

October 18, 2013 5:40 pm Photos

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George F. Will: Budget sequester remains the hammer in Republicans' hands

WASHINGTON — Liberals constantly lecture, more in theatrical sorrow than in actual anger, about their eagerness to compromise with Republicans, just not with Republicans who are — liberal moderation expresses itself immoderately — hostage-taking, terroristic, anarchistic, jihadist suicide bo…

October 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Politics for 2016: The quiet gender revolution

WASHINGTON — American politics has gone through a gender revolution that has barely been noticed.

July 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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