Month: February, 2017

Elevated Comment From The Trib Online
GFPS, Great Falls Tribune, U.S. House Special Election

Elevated Comment From The Trib Online

In today’s “The Edge,” the Tribune’s editorial board took issue with Republican Rep. Jeff Essmann’s opposition to a mail-in ballot for Montana’s U.S. House special election. The Tribune raises a legitimate point, one we agree with: Shouldn’t we want the most people, regardless of party, voting? Commenter and occasional contributor to this blog, Rick Tryon,…

Poll: Do You Support A State Tax Increase On Gas And Diesel?
2017 Legislature, Poll

Poll: Do You Support A State Tax Increase On Gas And Diesel?

Local government officials from throughout Montana, including ours here in Great Falls, are pushing the Legislature to pass an 8-cent tax increase on gasoline, as well as a 7.25-cent increase (both figures per gallon) to the state’s diesel tax. The bill at issue, HB 473, sponsored by Rep. Frank Garner, R-Kalispell, was introduced in the House Transportation Committee on…

The School District Wants Your Input
GFPS

The School District Wants Your Input

We received the following message from Aaron Weissman this morning, and are happy to help spread the word. Please take a minute and let the School District know which academic calendar you like best, or, dislike the least: “The school district calendar committee (aka, the “make everyone unhappy” committee) is working on the 2018-2019 calendar and have…

More “Alternative Facts” In The Great Falls Tribune?
2017 Legislature, GFPS

More “Alternative Facts” In The Great Falls Tribune?

Has anyone else noticed a pattern in the Great Falls Tribune’s education beat? Do you recall its blatantly inaccurate coverage a couple weeks ago? In an article about this Tuesday night’s GFPS budget meeting, Trib reporter Sarah Dettmer pointed to rising K-8 enrollment, but less high school students in the district this year: According to the final 2016-2017 school…

Hypocrisy In Action: Montana Democrats Welcome Sen. Cory Booker From…New Jersey!
U.S. House Special Election

Hypocrisy In Action: Montana Democrats Welcome Sen. Cory Booker From…New Jersey!

There’s comedy, there’s high comedy, and then there’s the Montana Democratic Party. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s Troy Carter has a story up that Montana Democrats hope will quietly just… go away. Of course, they have no one to blame but themselves: Montana Democrats have announced that they’re bringing in a New Jersey politician for their keynote…

There’s More To The Story About The City And The Children’s Museum…
City Commission, Great Falls Tribune

There’s More To The Story About The City And The Children’s Museum…

Move along. Nothing to see here… What else is one supposed to glean from the Tribune’s coverage of the City’s relationship with the Children’s Museum of Montana? The City isn’t evicting the museum, they would never do that, and angsty, misinformed residents are spewing “alternative facts” on social media, etc. But doesn’t it seem like there’s more to this story? Here’s the…

The City Manager’s Weekly Packet
City Commission

The City Manager’s Weekly Packet

Have you seen the City of Great Falls’ new website? It’s very well done, and is for the most part a user-friendly hub of relevant information. In addition to the City directory and meeting minutes, there is also the City Manager’s Weekly Packet. While not strictly released on a weekly basis, the latest installment contains some awfully interesting items,…

Adam Hertz Might Be Our New Favorite Legislator
2017 Legislature

Adam Hertz Might Be Our New Favorite Legislator

Rep. Adam Hertz is the man. He’s young, he’s smart, and he’s getting things done in Helena. (Two of his bills, HB 297 and HB 300, were passed out of committee unanimously.) Before entering the Legislature, Hertz served a term on the Missoula City Council, where he opposed Missoula’s unconstitutional gun ordinance. As a fiscal conservative, he found himself…

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