The top story on the front page of Wednesday's Helena Independent Record took a look at donations GOP Congressman Greg Gianforte has given to conservation organizations that are allegedly trying to dismantle federal campaign finance rules.
The same story also ran in Montana's other Lee Newspapers, and was attributed to the Center for Public Integrity, a group most Montanans probably have never heard of. The center, which describes itself as a nonprofit news organization, is based out of Washington, D.C., and has called itself "strictly nonpartisan."
But the New York Times and Los Angeles Times have both described it as "liberal," while Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a self-described progressive media watchdog, also has labeled the center as progressive. According to Wikipedia, the center's funding comes from various liberal foundations, including George Soros' Open Society Foundations.
So don't the Lee editors owe their readers an explanation for their decision to turn over such prime news space to a group widely viewed as left-of-center? Especially at a time when polls show that readers, especially those on the right, say they don't trust the media to be fair? This recent Gallup poll, for example, showed only 27 percent of Americans said they had a lot of trust in newspapers.
MONTANANS love their huckleberries. But what would they think about the tasty fruit on their burgers? Now we've got a chance to find out.
James Monroe, the Eureka chef who won the nation-wide best burger competition in 2009 with a Cajun-inspired creation on the "Live! with Regis and Kelly" TV show, is back with a new artisan burger that's topped off with a splotch of huckleberry ice cream.
Sounds yummy. Or not. Guess we'll have to try one to find out.
Anyway, because of his burger victory, Monroe's been invited to serve his prize-winning Bubba burgers, as well as the new huckleberry burgers, at a reception that follows the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., in early December. The 70-foot-tall spruce is being harvested in the Kootenai Forest, not many miles away from the Front Porch Grill that Monroe and his wife, Andi, run in Eureka
THE POLICE blotter reports in Montana newspapers offer some of the most amusing -- and perhaps insightful -- commentaries on human nature.
Take this recent item in the Flathead Beacon: "A Canadian called the sheriff’s office and asked, 'What the heck is going on down there?' It’s unclear if anyone had an answer to that question."
BUTTE native Rob O'Neil, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, recently enjoyed dinner at the White House with his new bride, Jessica.
After the dinner, O'Neil lauded Trump as a "great host." As a conservative and a commentator on Fox News, O'Neil was a backer of Trump. But he's also spoken positively of former President Barack Obama.
O'Neil, 41, was married this past summer to Jessica Halprin, 27. Among the guests were his friend, Kid Rock, the Michigan rock 'n roller and potential Senate candidate.
O'Neil met Halprin, who works in public relations, in 2015 while on a speaking tour. "I had to ask who he was," Halprin said of her now husband. As time went on, Halprin learned there was a lot more to O'Neil than the military operation he was most famous for, according to the Daily Mail.
AFTER he finished his term as governor and led President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, former Gov. Marc Racicot dropped out of sight for years. Even close friends were left wondering what had happened to the once-popular politician.
But now Racicot, who lives on Swan Lake, is stepping back into the public eye with a speech at Flathead Lake Community College Monday evening on "The Meaning of Leadership." His primary focus will be on the late Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador Mike Mansfield of Montana.
Racicot told the Flathead Beacon he was stepping back into the limelight because he was impressed by the growth of FVCC and because he always admired Mansfield, with whom he had a chance to spend quite a bit of time.
"He was courageous," Racicot said of Mansfield. "Because of the way he led with such humility and a quiet thoughtful touch with those he served with, he was able to accomplish extraordinary things. But he never would take credit for it. That was probably one of the secrets to his success."
Racicot, who also chaired the Republican National Committee in 2002 and 2003, also decried the current political climate, which he described as a "an all-or-nothing mentality frequently and maybe always." Yet he said he remains hopeful as Americans are resilient and are people of good faith.
Rep. Kelly Flynn (R-Townsend) hugs a colleague as the special legislative session comes to a close early Thursday. Both sides indicated they weren't completely happy with the results but were satisfied they averted deep budget cuts. (Helena IR)
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Nov. 22, 2017
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