The Great Falls Tribune Discovers that Readers Would Like The Paper To Write About Issues in Campaigns

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I realize that a significant amount of what I write on the blog operates at the level of elevated snark, but even I don’t even know how to respond to this piece in the Great Falls Tribune, in which the editors of the paper discovered that readers would like their newspaper to actually discuss issues involved in political campaigns.

 

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Zinke Flip Flops Again. Is the Political Press Dead in This State?

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What happens to democratic elections when a press corps refuses to hold a candidate accountable for such repeated, perfidious dishonesty that his campaign seems less an authentic run for office than a heavy-handed satire about the dishonesty of politicians? It seems we’re about to find out here in Montana, where former State Senator Ryan Zinke has run such a dishonest campaign that he can’t even help but contradict himself on issues tangential to the race in the state.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Liz B.

While it seems to be de rigueur for Republican candidates for any public office in Montana to avoid making any statements about the policies they’d pursue if elected to office, Legislator Liz Bangerter, who is seeking election in House District 82 has taken that strategy to an absurd level. Witness her latest mailer, a massive monstrosity of nothingness.

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A Bank made of BRICS?

While the international attention is focused on Ukraine and Gaza, something of arguably larger consequence occurred recently: the ‘BRICS’ (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) launched a development bank to compete with the World Bank. This is indeed exciting – while the post-Breton Woods era has produced some impressive economic gains, especially after end of the Cold War, the World Bank is far from living up to its potential, and could surely use some competition. But as far as an antidote the that mythical demon of ‘neo-liberalism’, the New Development Bank doesn’t have a very good chance. The recent crisis in Ukraine has caused some contrarian-leaning liberals to embrace Russia as a counterweight to American ‘neo-liberalism’; China has long been viewed in the same way. But even a cursory glance at the numbers indicate that this is far from the case. Continue Reading →

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The Ryan-Daines-Zinke Budget Will Make College Unaffordable for Montana Students

Given that both Representative Steve Daines and State Senator Ryan Zinke have expressed enthusiastic support for the Paul Ryan budget, with the former voting for it and the latter suggesting it doesn’t go far enough, it seems warranted to look at how the budget that both men support would affect the people of Montana.

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Why Doesn’t Steve Daines Know Anything?

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One of the more interesting strategies employed by Steve Daines as a political candidate is to either pretend that he doesn’t know how he’ll vote on an issue or actually not to know. During his House campaign against Kim Gillian, Daines repeatedly pretended that he just wasn’t sure how he felt about the Ryan budget, for example, only to run to Washington to cast votes for it. He’s playing the same game in this Senate race, demonstrating an absolute refusal to inform Montanans where he stands on the issues.

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Breaking! The Top Ten Reasons Ryan Zinke Is Ducking the Billings Congressional Debate

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An Intelligent Discontent exclusive! 1 When I pressed the Zinke campaign for the reasons why he is running scared from the traditional Billings Debate in the Congressional race, his campaign, which usually only offers two sides to every issue, offered ten reasons why Senator Zinke will not face his opponent John Lewis and the Montana electorate.

Said campaign spokeswoman Shelby DeMars, “While Zinke ducking the debate and the rain that has ruined everyone’s weekend is John Lewis’s fault, one of these reasons might be the real explanation for why our candidate is running like a scared kitten from Montana voters.”

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Ryan Zinke: Less Leadership, More Cowardice

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It’s certainly interesting to see a candidate like Ryan Zinke, whose only discernible qualification for Congress seems to be his military service, lacking the courage to debate the issues for Montana voters to decide candidate best represents them.

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