A few years ago, I was at a polling place here in Indiana where a long line of people stood waiting to vote. A woman recognized me and called me over. “Why is it,” she asked, “that you politicians make it so hard and inconvenient to vote?”

I grew up in the 1960s and saw first-hand how easy it was to dehumanize soldiers returning from Vietnam as racist killers. Nowadays it is politically correct to decry that horrific treatment and talk about it as an aberration of American decency, but it was much more than that.

The Democratic debates, so called, didn’t accomplish much, but they might have struck a blow for valium. Valium is the calm-down pill that we should put in the water.

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Newspapers are feeling under the gun. People don’t want to pay for what they’re selling. The sweet aroma of paper and ink, the bang and clatter of hundreds of typewriters that evaporated in the clouds of tobacco smoke that once made newsrooms dark and mysterious cave-like places, the thunder…

I’m not going to be buying Jim Acosta’s new book. I’ve already been snookered by a slick carnival barker once, back when I was a young man at the Feast of San Gennaro. No need to pay money twice for the same old sleight of hand.

Pity good ol’ Joe Biden. He’s eager at last to master the hounds, to impose order in the kennel. He wants to encourage the amiable golden retrievers, collies and cocker spaniels in his care, and he has to throw a little raw meat to the rabid pit bulls. How can he do that and escape with his …

I firmly believe Montana farmers and ranchers care deeply about developing and growing consumer confidence and trust in the products we painstakingly raise.  It’s a key goal in helping a growing urban demographic understand why we’re so passionate about our agricultural and rural lifestyles …

My column this week at Real Clear Politics urges Republicans and Trump administration officials to stay off CNN and MSNBC. If you need any proof of the ambush waiting to happen, the interview of Hogan Gidley by Hallie Jackson last week should have sealed the deal. Conservatives who go on the…

It’s the first rule of politics that you can’t beat somebody with nobody, but the Democrats are determined to repeal that rule in the year 2020. If anybody can do it, the Democrats think they can. They’ve got a lot of nobodies to choose from.

The petition to close the district that formerly operated the Teton Medical Center is moving right along.  With this beautiful warm weather, the collectors will be working on contacting those who have not signed.  

Plain speech is the most effective way to persuade the most people to do what a speaker wants them to do. Every successful politician knows that, and Donald Trump learned the lesson early.

Why should someone who works and cannot afford insurance pay for the insurance of someone else who does not work at all? Continuing to fund Medicaid Expansion with tax revenue from Montana’s struggling workers lacks real compassion.

It’s too bad so many of the reporters and correspondents of the mainstream/legacy media never went to Sunday school. Not for what that might have done for their immortal souls (many of them don’t believe they have one, anyway), but for their educations, which many of them have yet to complete.

President Trump was on fire this afternoon at the conservative CPAC convention. He happily promoted his America First agenda, but my favorite moment was when the president took on the Fake News Media over their distortion of his 2016 campaign joke about Hillary’s missing emails.

The end is near. The man in the sandwich board bearing that dread message in a thousand cartoons, the object of laughter and derision, is about to be vindicated.

Robert Mueller is said to be hitting his old textbooks from law school, perhaps an early chapter on how to keep the clock running on a rich client. Lawyers charge by the hour and a clever Blackstone can keep the meter running until the 12th of Never.

You probably already heard about Lara Logan’s stunning indictment of mainstream media for liberal bias, but I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to applaud a journalism whistleblower. They are, after all, few and far between at the level of achievement reached by Logan, who until recently wa…

On Wednesday the Supreme Court held that the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from being excessively fined by all levels of government in this country—not just the federal government. The decision in this case, Timbs v. Indiana, is a significant victory that limits the abusive use of f…

The legislature’s only constitutionally mandated task is to produce a structurally balanced state budget. The requirement for structural balance means we cannot rely on debt spending to fill holes in revenue. With that in mind, let me spend a little time discussing where we are in the budget…

This week is the seventh week of the Montana Legislature.  We have now completed one-third of the 2019 session.

The worst news for Democrats is not that President Trump warned them against embracing socialism, but that Cass Sunstein agrees with the president. But the bad news for Republicans is that Sunstein may just be smart enough to save Democrats from themselves and eventually bring about the soci…

This cartoon appeared in the Fairfield Sun Times of November 22, 2018

This cartoon appeared in the Sun Times issue of November 15, 2018

The challenge farmers and ranchers in western states have when it comes to public lands has its roots back in the Revolutionary War, when states were fighting for self-governance, according to George Wentz Jr., a partner in the Davillier Law Group, who presented at the American Farm Bureau (…

I am writing this column with a very heavy heart and I have shed many tears. I feel numb right now. My daughter-in-law Tammy Traylor Rudolph died January 14, at 3:15 a.m. central time. Tammy was only 47-years-old and died in the University of Minnesota Hospital. She and my son Karl lived in …