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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Various unions, social causes and organizations attend a rally calling on greater social equality, organized by non-unionized fast food workers demanding for a wage raise from $7.25 per hour to $15.00 per hour and to be unionized on December 5, 2013 in New York, United States.  The day held various protests in front of fast food outlets around the country and culminated in a larger rally attended by various groups in downtown Manhattan.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Various unions, social causes and organizations attend a rally calling on greater social equality, organized by non-unionized fast food workers demanding for a wage raise from $7.25 per hour to $15.00 per hour and to be unionized on December 5, 2013 in New York, United States. The day held various protests in front of fast food outlets around the country and culminated in a larger rally attended by various groups in downtown Manhattan. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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My Three Political Pet Peeves

Yesterday I was a guest on Rick Tryon’s “Politics in Montana” radio show in Great Falls and the topics were my three pet peeves about our political climate.

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 20:  Volunteers unfurl a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the United States Constitution during a demonstration against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall October 20, 2010 in Washington, DC. The rally at the memorial was organized by brothers Laird and Robin Monahan who spent the last five months walking from San Francisco, California, to Washington to protest the court decision, which overturned the provision of the McCain-Feingold law barring corporations and unions from paying for political ads made independently of candidate campaigns.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 20: Volunteers unfurl a giant banner printed with the Preamble to the United States Constitution during a demonstration against the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall October 20, 2010 in Washington, DC. The rally at the memorial was organized by brothers Laird and Robin Monahan who spent the last five months walking from San Francisco, California, to Washington to protest the court decision, which overturned the provision of the McCain-Feingold law barring corporations and unions from paying for political ads made independently of candidate campaigns. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Citizen’s United Four Years Later

On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States heard a case brought by a conservative lobbying group known as Citizens United.

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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 31:  Whole Foods Market employees and union activists protest outside a Whole Foods Market store on July 31, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The protest was one of many scheduled against fast food and retail stores in several cities nationwide. The campaign, dubbed "Fight for 15", calls for workers to be paid at least $15-per-hour and have the right to form unions without retaliation. Similar protests are scheduled in New York City, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Flint, Michigan.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 31: Whole Foods Market employees and union activists protest outside a Whole Foods Market store on July 31, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The protest was one of many scheduled against fast food and retail stores in several cities nationwide. The campaign, dubbed "Fight for 15", calls for workers to be paid at least $15-per-hour and have the right to form unions without retaliation. Similar protests are scheduled in New York City, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Flint, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Minimum Wage vs. Living Wage

The minimum wage was never designed to be a living wage. It was designed to define an entry-level wage to gain experience and skill before moving up the income ladder.

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Woodhull Campaign
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Who Was Lucretia Mott And Why Should You Care?

She became active in women’s rights when she discovered that male teachers were being paid three times more than she was.

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Markets Soar On Budget Deal OnFirst Trading Day Of 2013
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Some Year End Thoughts

As we look at the end of 2013 most people born this year will live to see the year 2100. Imagine what they will see.

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Road Work
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War Internment Camps: Racial Lessons From Our Past

Over 110,000 people of Japanese heritage, sixty-two percent being American citizens, were ordered to report to internment camps.

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Boston Tea Party
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The Boston Tea Party: No Taxation Without Representation

On December 16, 1773 a group of demonstrators disguised as Indians destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent to the colonies by the East India Company.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26:  Under-Secretary-General for Public Information of the UN Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal speaks the special Screening Of HBO's "The Battle Of AmfAR" at United Nations Headquarters on November 26, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for HBO)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Under-Secretary-General for Public Information of the UN Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal speaks the special Screening Of HBO's "The Battle Of AmfAR" at United Nations Headquarters on November 26, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for HBO)
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

Sixty-five years ago today, nine years before the United States Congress passed the first Civil Rights Act of 1957; the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 3:  People protest outside the U.S. Courthouse where federal bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is to rule on Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy eligibility December 3, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Judge Rhodes ruled that the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection and that pensions can be cut. Detroit is the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy.  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 3: People protest outside the U.S. Courthouse where federal bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is to rule on Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy eligibility December 3, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Judge Rhodes ruled that the city is eligible for bankruptcy protection and that pensions can be cut. Detroit is the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Why Are Cities Going Bankrupt?

The big difference is that it would take longer for Detroit to go bankrupt than Bozeman, Belgrade or Livingston.

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American men guarding their private beer brewing hide-out, during prohibition.   (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
American men guarding their private beer brewing hide-out, during prohibition. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Prohibition Repealed

One of the most ironic events in modern history is Utah of all places casting the 36th vote to repeal the 18th Amendment of Prohibition.

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