What Steve Daines doesn't understand about flags and free speech

What Steve Daines doesn't understand about flags and free speech

Last week, as senate Republicans crafted a secret bill to remake the nation's health care system, a special prosecutor moved closer to investigating the president and nine separate mass shootings erupted across the country, Sen. Steve Daines took on our most pressing problem: flag burning.

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Do you really want an anti-media GOP controlling your news?

On Monday, congressman-elect Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service.

(Opinion)   Jun 15, 2017

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Correcting the record on Montana's marijuana tax

In the past, I have appreciated much of Dan Brooks's work.

(Opinion)   Jun 15, 2017

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Is the Revenue Department ready for Montana's weed tax tidal wave?

This spring, the state Legislature passed a 4-percent sales tax on medical marijuana.

(Opinion)   Jun 8, 2017

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When is a gun too hot to handle? When you're holding for a friend considering suicide.

The pistol arrives at my house in a padded tote, the size you'd pack a picnic lunch in.

(Opinion)   Jun 8, 2017

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Now that I'm rich, I can give till it really hurts

Ever since I built a successful newspaper column and sold it to Lee Enterprises for $1.8 billion, I've been thinking: What should I do with my golden years?

(Opinion)   Jun 1, 2017

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Montanans for National Security calls on Tester and Daines to discuss Russian interference

In the wake of President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of special counsel, many citizens may feel powerless to comprehend, let alone influence, where this story leads next.

(Opinion)   Jun 1, 2017

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A seemingly endless election cycle finally comes to a finish

By the time you read this, Montana's special election will be over (unless you read this on Thursday, in which case the results won't be in until later in the day).

(Opinion)   May 25, 2017

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As river flows increase, so too must caution

As spring returns to the Rockies, I think about a day last summer when we packed for a rafting trip, never thinking to pack for death.

(Opinion)   May 25, 2017

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Why is the GOP so infatuated with millionaires?

The changing of the seasons has brought with it a heavy blanket of campaign mailers, which seem to grow more shrill as summer and the special election approach.

(Opinion)   May 18, 2017

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Rick Bass: We need to make room for rhinos—and bears

My guide, David, a member of the Maasai Tribe, has been showing me his home ground, in what is now the Lewa Conservancy of northern Kenya.

(Opinion)   May 18, 2017

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What a tool believes: Does Greg Gianforte support repeal and replace, or not?

Last week, House Republicans passed a new version of the American Health Care Act, moving one step closer to fulfilling their explicit promise to repeal and replace Obamacare and their tacit promise to do something really awful to poor people.

(Opinion)   May 11, 2017

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Power, vulnerability, and prairie dogs: an American morality tale

There's a place in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where a small colony of prairie dogs survives between railroad tracks and the busiest road in town.

(Opinion)   May 11, 2017

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Quist and Gianforte shoot first, pander later

The race between Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte is heating up, like one of those dreams where you wake up to find that your hair is on fire and you are still, in fact, stuck in a dream.

(Opinion)   May 4, 2017

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Leading by example: How Missoula Rep. Kim Dudik did Montanans proud in Helena

By the time you read this, Montana's 65th Legislature will likely have completed its 2017 session.

(Opinion)   Apr 27, 2017

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Missoula is dead. Long live Missoula.

At this writing, the Merc is mostly demolished, hollowed-out, a giant broken Easter egg in the middle of downtown filled with bricks and rubble.

(Opinion)   Apr 27, 2017

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Remember: In the wild, humans aren't at the top of the heap

In the next few weeks, as the bears wake up from their snowy hibernation into the lengthening days of spring, I'll head into grizzly country to interview a couple bruins for a piece in a national magazine.

(Opinion)   Apr 27, 2017

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Daily chain, on life support, buys a helping Indy hand

Big changes are afoot at Lee Enterprises.

(Opinion)   Apr 20, 2017

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Governor Bullock prepares to commit legicide

Those who know me know that I am a staunch defender of the rights of the unborn.

(Opinion)   Apr 13, 2017

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To save wildlife, humans better start sharing

We live in a time where we are heading toward a world without wildlife.

(Opinion)   Apr 13, 2017

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Is it cool to fill the state's coffers from the pockets of the poor?

Normally this column is aimed squarely at schoolchildren, but I'm going to ask you kids to stop reading right now.

(Opinion)   Apr 6, 2017

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Zinke didn't, but hunters can still choose to protect wildlife

When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rode Tonto, a handsome bay roan horse, through the busy streets of Washington, D.C., into work his first day on the job, he was making a statement: Zinke is a Westerner, a Montanan, a sportsman.

(Opinion)   Apr 6, 2017

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Suppressing the vote is not a campaign tactic

Jeff Essmann has a tough job.

(Opinion)   Mar 30, 2017

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Sometimes environmentalism starts with a doggie baggie

When I'm 90, I'll probably still be haunted by memories of bins overflowing with the remnants of hiking snacks and thinly wrapped dog turds, left to bake for a week in black plastic bags.

(Opinion)   Mar 30, 2017

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There's a reason they call them land 'lords'

Longtime readers of this column know that my political views are utterly incoherent.

(Opinion)   Mar 23, 2017

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