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Here is Todd Wilkinson’s excellent “Freshman Montana Legislator Learns Ignorance Not Blissful.” New West. It’s about Mike Phillips’ first year in the Montana House of Representatives where the Republicans rule, but only with a one vote majority (based on a third party extremist).

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to Former wolf biologist gets elected to Montana House and learns about real ferocity

  1. avatar Denise Johnson says:

    KUDOS to Mike!
    He said what need to be said.
    Hope he can take all the heat! He has great goals and aspirations.
    Great story! Thanks for the post! It’s so real world in the West.

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