by Holly Michels, Helena Independent Record, 1-6-19

Less than 24 hours before the start of the 2019 Legislature, with debates brewing over Medicaid expansion, the state budget and a number of other issues, a bipartisan group of lawmakers met to make the sausage.

Republicans and Democrats, longtime legislators and first-timers to the session, gathered around tables with ground pork, elk, spices and herbs in a metaphor come to life.

“Of course we’ve all heard the expression ‘You don’t want to see two things being made — sausage and laws,’” said Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion, who organized and hosted the event at his home. “And so I think that expression sells them both short in that it can actually be fun, rewarding and even though it’s a little bit messy at times and intimidating, I think it can be very rewarding at the end and it’s something you can be proud of.” Read the full story.