By Dustin Hurst | | Mar 18, 2014 5:00 AM | 181

By Dustin Hurst | For some, ignorance is bliss, but for Democrat Jon Tester, it’s an important campaign tactic. Sure, the second-term senator from Montana isn’t up for re-election until 2018, but that won’t stop him from using disingenuous attacks on the wealthy to scare his constituents into sending him campaign cash. “Today, it looks like the billionaire Koch [...]

By Johnny Kampis | | Mar 14, 2014 5:00 AM | 811

The Alabama Legislature is on track to pass a law this session outlawing bestiality in the state.

By Dustin Hurst | | Jan 03, 2014 7:00 AM | 271

By Dustin Hurst | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington bills itself as a government watchdog, a good-government group tasked with keeping an eye on the scoundrels in Congress. Too bad CREW doesn’t actually do what it claims it does. While Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Walsh, now Montana’s lieutenant governor, faces ethical problems over an Army report [...]

By Watchdog Staff | | Nov 01, 2013 2:59 PM | 10

By Michael Mattson | Watchdog Wire – Montana On November 5, Billings voters will decide the fate of School District 2′s expansion plan. That decision comes down to whether residents are willing to foot the bill for a $122 million levy. The levy includes tens of millions for deferred maintenance throughout the school district. District 2 currently logs [...]

By Deena Winter | | Aug 06, 2013 3:27 PM | 54

By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog LINCOLN – Bold Nebraska is organizing opposition to a planned transmission line by the state’s largest electric utility in north central Nebraska out of suspicion it’s meant to serve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. They appear to be looking for a bogeyman in the wrong place. Because in the meantime, the [...]

By Dustin Hurst | | Aug 05, 2013 5:44 PM | 230

By Dustin Hurst | Are there any Democrats in the state willing to run in 2014 for the Senate seat to be vacated by Sen. Max Baucus? It doesn’t look like it. View the story “Another Dem passes on 2014 #MTsen run” on Storify

By Dustin Hurst | | Jul 25, 2013 2:23 PM | 59

By Dustin Hurst | In a battle that cut across partisan lines, Montana’s lone congressman, Republican Steve Daines, voted Wednesday to support an amendment that would have curtailed some spying activities by the U.S. government. The amendment, pushed by Michigan Reps. Justin Amash, a Republican, and John Conyers, a Democrat, would have ended the National Security [...]

By Dustin Hurst | | Jul 17, 2013 5:51 PM | 12

By Dustin Hurst | The community organizers are coming. Backed by federal cash, community health centers around Montana collectively will  hire 27 workers tasked only with pushing more people into Obamacare. Last week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $150 million in community health center grants, money that will go to hire more than 1,100 [...]

By Dustin Hurst | | Jul 15, 2013 3:27 PM | 8

View the story “As Schweitzer passes on Senate, eyes turn to Daines, Juneau and Lindeen” on Storify

By Dustin Hurst | | Jun 27, 2013 5:30 PM

By Dustin Hurst | HELENA – In fall 2006, many of Montana’s civil libertarians fell in love with Jon Tester — for good reason. The then state senator proclaimed his dislike for famed privacy-intruding legislation by saying,  “I don’t want to weaken the Patriot Act, I want to repeal it.” That line helped propel Tester to an [...]