The Gallatin City-County Board of Health met on May 28, 2020, to vote to move to Phase 2 of reopening. What did not happen at that meeting continues to haunt the Gallatin Valley.

On that day, this body recognized that the Phase 1 rules were more than were needed. That was an implicit recognition that Health Officer Matt Kelley’s March 16th shutdown was unnecessary. The numbers proved that beyond all doubt — Phase 1 was more than enough.

Kelley bet big — and he lost. He committed the biggest public policy mistake since Fort Ellis.

He shut down the entire…


NRCC Entirely Unprepared for Dem Nominee in Statewide Special Election

NRCC Brags Montana Democrat is Nothing Like Pelosi or Schumer; Lauds Music Legend as “Montana’s Bernie Sanders”

Out here in Montana, the conversation has been a helluva lot different than back east. But just like in Washington, DC, everyone in Montana has spent the last 24 hours talking about the surprise nomination of rancher, musician, and Montana legend Rob Quist for US Congress.

The gulf between Montanans and DC is so expansive that the Republican congressional campaign arm has been furiously repeating the exact same message as the Democratic Party nominee.

Obviously, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) was caught off guard. I image every Republican operative…


The following testimony was submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel M Ashe on May 10, 2016.
Docket No. FWS–R6–ES–2016–0042

My name is Robert Brigham. I am a Bozemanite and I am an ethical hunter who was fortunate to grow up just north of Yellowstone National Park.

I have some thoughts on the proposed delisting plan to withdraw Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the North American brown bears, or grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) and the additional proposal to identify Yellowstone grizzlies as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS). Removing grizzlies from…


At 11:30 yesterday morning, interim Montana Senator John Walsh filed to officially withdraw his name from the 2014 ballot. This was due to a bungled response to a plagiarism scandal that derailed his election campaign.

This was not surprising to people in Missoula, Montana, where the local daily newspaper the Missoulian publishes columnist George Ochenski every Monday. …


The Governor of Montana tried to defy history with his appointment of John Walsh as interim US Senator. Montana’s initial examination of the process behind Governor Steve Bullock’s appointment.

As Ambassador Max Baucus departs for China, Montanans are taking a closer look at how Baucus managed to bypass voters to get his chosen successor in the United States Senate.

One week ago today, Governor Steve Bullock appointed his Lt Governor, John Walsh, as interim senator. Prior to the appointment, wise Montana Democrats had urged Governor Bullock to choose a caretaker, somebody who wouldn’t be running for reelection. After all, this seat had been in one person’s hands since 1978, shouldn’t the governor let the voters decide which direction we want to go?

Hanging over the governor’s decision, was the…


Montana voters long history of punishing politicians viewed as using appointments to give an unfair advantage in Montana Democratic Party primary elections.

With United States Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont) soon to vacate his senate seat to serve as Ambassador to China, all eyes are on Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Under section 13-25-202 of Montana law, the governor is allowed to make a “temporary appointment” to fill a senate vacancy until the next general election.

As serious political junkies know, the selection of such an interim senator is a decision that has cursed past Montana governors and their selections.

A similar appointment to the one that will mark the end of Baucus’s senate career was last made at the start of his time…

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