2015 Legislature

ICYMI: Montana Political Reads for the Week of April 26, 2015

By On April 26, 2015

This week, we’ve got a great collection of reads, including calls to regulate mining and student debt, as well as stirring, satirical piece by Sarah Laszloffy and the Montana GOP Young Guns.… Read More


The Clayton Christian Connection to the Jordan Johnson Story

By On April 26, 2015

I was planning to write about the bizarre decision by Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian to give Jordan Johnson a second chance, but to her credit, Keila Szpaller beat me to… Read More


While Republicans Demagogue on Education, Senator Tester and Superintendent Juneau Lead

By On April 25, 2015

I’ve been remiss not to write about some Common Core and testing issues across the state, ironically enough because I’ve been too busy preparing my students for the ACT and AP exams… Read More

Montana Politics

This is why we need Krakauer’s book.

By On April 24, 2015

I haven’t not yet read Krakauer’s book about Missoula and rape culture. But if we needed evidence that tolerance for rape does exist, and that educated, influential people in our state still… Read More


They Want Their Cake and Eat It Too

By On April 23, 2015

I’m referring to Montana University System students. In a letter to the Missoulian, and I assume other dailies, the writer rebukes students for wanting a tuition freeze and also an increase in… Read More

Montana Politics

Kirsten Pabst, Missoula County Attorney, on Consent

By On April 21, 2015

I’m only nine chapters into Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, but it’s riveting and horrifying. While I suspect I will have more to write once… Read More