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

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

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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 (…

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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 …

Hello, from seat #27 on the House Floor at the State Capitol. Immediately, upon taking our Oath of Office on Monday, 7 January, we hit the deck running!

Last week, the Montana Legislature began its 2019 session.  The first week of the Montana Legislature is generally a time when introductory work begins in committees and the first bills start being heard.  By the end of this week, we should start debating bills on the Senate floor.  

This week the Montana Legislature started its 2019 session.  Just like last session, I will be sending out weekly updates to let you know about some of things happening at the Montana Legislature.

Last Thursday was a strange day in Washington. There was the changing, not of the guard but of half of the Congress, and Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats acted as if she were Franklin D. Roosevelt (in drag) and it was 1932 and “happy days are here again.”

Thomas Jefferson collected old books and French wines, Warren Harding collected poker buddies, and FDR collected stamps. Harry S Truman collected sheet music and played the piano. Once he played it at the National Press Club, with Lauren Bacall draped across the upright with a helping of che…

One of us is a Democrat; the other is a Republican.   We each served more than a quarter of a century in the Montana Legislature, mostly at the same time.   We also held positions of top leadership in both the Senate and House of Representatives.  We have been serious rivals, but always frie…

In the days following George H. W. Bush’s death, it was impossible to ignore the mood that settled over much of the country: a yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form of bipartisan nostalgia for a time when the nation seemed to work.

The silent coup has apparently succeeded. President Trump has been convinced to abandon his revolutionary program of putting “America First,” and has decided to play footsy with globalists like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

Summer’s almost gone, but romance is still in the air over Pennsylvania Avenue. Nancy Pelosi’s dancing the night away with the devil at the White House, and Chuck Schumer, the chaperone, is making himself right at home on Donald Trump’s sofa. That’s Mitch McConnell sitting off to the side by…

So, you’re a cowboy and you already know the rules of properly wearing your cowboy hat. Well then, don’t read this; but then maybe you need a refresher course, so you probably should. When you read the word “hat” in this piece, please remember that I am referring to “cowboy hat.” A proper co…

The daily newspaper was not so long ago the king of the mountain, only to become in many places a pale, wrinkled princeling with tired blood, run over by not-so-great entertainers and pipsqueak purveyors of the shallow and the silly — and sometimes the fake — on the internet. As the presiden…

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s column originally ran in a longer form on June 23, 2013, but concerns two subjects that are in the news this week — institutional racism and oppression of minorities in the United States — and how these are often twisted into weapons against Republicans when it is…

We owe Chicken Little an apology. Maybe the sky really is falling. Evidence is everywhere. Cries and whimpers suddenly grow deafening as the landscape is dusted with snowflakes, who imagine they’re unique and have in common with other snowflakes only an extremely low melting point.

A sad intertwining of young and old, in pain and addiction, supply and demand is gripping the citizens of this country as a result of opioids.  Every day - 91 Americans die from prescription opioid overdose.  It is hitting older Americans especially hard. Older Americans are using more narco…

Recent wildfires on the Lewis and Clark National Forests are illustrating the consequences of the “Cottonwood” case that is halting forest health projects throughout Montana. Once again the case comes at the expense of our forests, wildlife and communities.

President Barack Obama once acknowledged, “I actually believe my own bullshit,” which must include statements that, with him, “the rise of the oceans [will] slow and our planet [will] heal,” that projects were “shovel-ready,” and that he is smarter than anyone working for him. To those add h…

It’s early yet, and first impressions are sometimes misleading. But not often. John Kelly looks like the best appointment President Trump has made since he named Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Things that make you feel old; things that make you feel young; the “good ol’ days” of con artists...

First approved in Montana in 2012, the Keystone XL pipeline continues to face obstacles greater than those attributed to the regulatory framework intended to safeguard the environment.

While sitting at a table in the clubhouse after a game, George remarked to a fellow club member, ‘I’m not going to play golf with Jim anymore. He cheats. ’ ‘Why do you say that? ’ asked his friend. ‘Well, he found his lost ball two feet from the green’, replied George indignantly. ‘That’s en…

The preening journalists who have made a profession out of hounding Donald Trump probably see themselves as avatars of Woodward and Bernstein in “All the President’s Men,” but I think they are sadly miscast.

That’s the dilemma of the Democrats, forlorn, despondent and walking in circles like the goose hit on the head with a long-handled wooden spoon. They’re asking questions for which there are no happy answers in the wake of their fourth straight loss in a round of special elections.

One day of huffing, another day of puffing, and we’re just about where we were. Half of us want Donald Trump’s presidency to succeed, whether we like everything about the Donald or not, and the other half regards him as the anti-Christ.

EDITOR'S NOTE - Thanks to our friends at RANGE Magazine for allowing us to share Ray Hunkins’ profile of Henry Poling, a cowboy who works his cattle and manages his own ranch despite being a paraplegic. The story ran in RANGE magazine’s Summer 2017 issue and is reprinted with permission.

Editor’s Note: We received several positive comments about the story we ran for Memorial Day, “Dog Tags From An Angel,” and about the companion article describing how it fell to local, community newspapers to report on the 1943 B-17 crash that occurred in a remote area of Garfield County, Montana.

On June 1, Great Falls was the center of our nation’s agriculture conversation as I hosted the Montana Ag Summit, a conversation about the future of jobs in our state’s number one economic driver: Agriculture.