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Wildfires seem unstoppable, but they can be prevented

By RYAN ZINKE   Ryan Zinke, a Whitefish Republican who previously served as a state senator and Montana’s congressman, is the U.S. secretary of the interior. The flames of the Ferguson Fire in California have become the latest symbols of a seemingly perennial challenge of fighting fires in the West. I just returned from the Ferguson Fire …

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Gianforte’s bid for Montana Governor is Toast

by Dr. Ed Berry Greg Gianforte does not understand the Montana Republican Party. There are four faces to the Republican Party (before Donald Trump carved a new face). He does not understand that he is in the Very Conservative Evangelical (VCE) face which is only 20 percent of the Republican Party. He does not get it …

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GOP Debate Poll for March 4

Here are four key polls that show how viewers rated the debate. Trump scored between 55 to 72, Kasich 14 to 21, Cruz 7 to 21, Rubio 4 to 7. Moral: More negative candidates scored lowest. New Jersey Syracuse   Time

GOP Delegate Data

Republican delegates as of March 4. Red line shows needed to win. I will update this display after each election.  

Congressman Ryan Zinke, a former SEAL, questions story of Iran capture of US sailors

by Dr. Ed Berry Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana, a former Navy SEAL, questions the public story about how Iran captured 10 US Navy sailors and detained them for 16 hours two weeks ago. The Iran navy confiscated all evidence of navigation from the US sailors, including cell-phone memory chips. Iran turned the incident into …

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Voters should question Gianforte’s “religion”

by Dr. Ed Berry Montana Rep. Daniel Zolnikov thinks the public does not have the right to ask potential governor candidate Greg Gianforte questions about his religious beliefs. In his letter to the Billings Gazette, Zolnikov wrote, “Ehrlick’s piece sets up a false dichotomy where people of deep religious faith cannot possibly support ideas of …

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Rep. Zinke scores “A”, Conservative Review “F”

by Dr. Ed Berry A few weeks ago, some conservatives sent me an email that claimed Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke failed to vote conservative on 5 of 9 issues. So I checked the source of these reviews. The truth is Ryan Zinke scored conservative on all 9 of 9 issues, while Conservative Review (CR) scored conservative on only 4 …

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One down, 47 to go to remove MT Tea Party Reps

by Troy Carter, Bozeman Daily Chronicle On the same day a Manhattan farmer entered the race for House District 69, incumbent Rep. Matthew Monforton said he will not seek re-election. Walt Sales, a Republican, announced his campaign for the state House of Representatives’ HD 69 on Thursday. Monforton, also a Republican, was elected to the …

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Montana AG Tim Fox stops EPA “Clean Water Rule”

by Dr. Ed Berry Congress intended the federal government to have control over “navigable” waters. But Obama’s EPA wants to control water anywhere you can float your rubber duck. On June 29, 2015, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox joined with 12 other states to sue the EPA over its “Clean Water Rule.” Fox says this new EPA rule …

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How Dan Happel would destroy Montana’s GOP

by Dr. Ed Berry On June 27, some 300 representatives of Montana’s Republican Party will elect their next chairman. They have three choices: Will Deschamps, Chairman since 2009; Jeff Essmann, Representative from Billings; and Dan Happel, former Madison County Commissioner. What’s at stake in this election of a Party chairman? The job of a Party chairman is to …

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Why the Republican Party is fractured

by Dr. Ed Berry Everyone knows the Republican Party is fractured. Some people propose to glue the Party back together, as if it were a broken Humpty Dumpty. But before you can solve a problem, you must understand the problem. Very few people understand the problem. And that’s the problem. Until you understand why the Republican Party …

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The Fix Was In

by Rep. Rob Cook, HD18 – Glacier, Pondera, & Toole Counties, Mountains & Main Streets “The fix was in,” has become the rallying cry of Montana’s extremists and, as such, it represents their efforts to engage and energize the small minority of Montanans who believe they share the same nihilistic views. As rhetoric and sound bites go, it is …

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The Four Faces of the Republican Party

by Dr. Ed Berry Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center wrote an insightful article “The Four Faces of the Republican Party” in February 2014. His review of the national Republican Party helps us understand the Montana Republican Party. According to Olsen, Republicans fall into “four rough camps,” with approximate composition shown in parentheses: Somewhat …

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