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Montana Sanders backers believe claims of ‘rigged’ system


Montana Democrats who supported Bernie Sanders were left scratching their heads after a former national party insider said last week that the 2016 Democratic presidential primary was rigged for Hillary Clinton. In her new book, former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile said she found evidence that Clinton’s campaign rigged the party’s nomination process to favor Clinton over Sanders. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Daines introduces bill he opposes

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Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who has been criticized for his silence on healthcare reforms, took to the Senate floor Thursday to thrust a fresh new proposal into the Senate debate: Medicare for all. Daines offered a single-payer amendment identical to House Resolution 676, which has been stalled in the U.S. House since it was introduced in January by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. The House bill has 115 co-sponsors, all of them Democrats. Democrats on Thursday criticized Daines’ amendment as political grandstanding, and all of them voted against it or voted “present,” a tactic urged by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., unless Daines himself voted for the amendment. The amendment failed, 0-57, with both Daines and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., casting “no” votes. Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Answers needed on Tester’s prescription-drug vote


A public servant’s worth is directly proportional to his willingness to seek advice from his constituents. On this score, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester earns high marks for his visit to Billings on a frigid Saturday morning to learn about how repeal of the Affordable Care Act would affect Montanans. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke could take a lesson from Tester.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Viewpoint: Will elites heed wake-up call?


The recent vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has sent economic shock waves around the world. UK Prime Minister David Cameron did not have to hold a referendum on Britain’s staying in the EU, but he thought people would vote to stay and thus give public approval to the partnership. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Openly transgender woman to make history at convention


The Montana Democratic Party will send a diverse delegation to the national convention in Philadelphia later this year, including several Native Americans and the first openly transgender woman to represent the state at a national convention. During the party’s state convention in Helena this weekend, Democrats selected 10 delegates for Hillary Clinton and 11 for Bernie Sanders. The party retains six super delegates, including Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S Sen. Jon Tester, who have yet to pledge their support for either candidate. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Small crowd, big presence: Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary


Former President Bill Clinton showed some of his old political touch in Billings on Friday, but he told a crowd at Middle James Middle School that this year’s presidential campaign is not about the past. “I’m not trying to take you back in time,” he said. “I’m getting you to look forward.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Prairie Lights: Here’s your speech, you find the speaker


Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons delivered the commencement speech at the University of Montana yesterday and I heard it went well. He’s a great actor and reportedly a great guy. Few schools are able to attract that kind of star power. Small high schools in particular are often thrown back on the unpleasant expedient of asking some local politician to speak, or just bagging the commencement speech altogether. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Sanders’ supporters sound off on why they support him

In the line outside the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark in Billings on Wednesday, thousands of people were waiting to get into the Bernie Sanders rally. David Scott Smith, armed with a video camera, asked some of those people why they were supporting Sanders. Their answers ranged from detailed discussions of policy to simple affirmations of trust. One man wearing a Donald Trump hat even weighed in. Continue Reading →

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