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By Commissioner Roger Koopman
Bozeman, Mont. 

The public takes a back seat to politics on the PSC


November 21, 2019

The Public Service Commission has always been a somewhat surly bunch. The PSC’s devoted staff has often had to deal with varying degrees of political game-playing, deception, threats and intrigue.

Sure. Politicians politic. The question is, at the end of the day, can elected officials bury their egos and ambitions long enough to put the people’s business ahead of their own? Recent events would suggest that where the Montana PSC is concerned, the answer is “no.”

That might surprise you, given that the commission is entirely Republican. But politics is more than campaign scuff...

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