Politics http://kufm.org en Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000 http://kufm.org/post/judge-fines-dark-money-group-more-260000 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American Tradition Partnership, one of the primary “dark money” groups operating in Montana the past few elections, has been fined more than $260,000 for illegal campaign activity. This even as the group may be quietly dissolving.</span></p><p>“Here, we have what appears to be a deliberate attempt to evade Montana’s campaign and reporting requirements,” District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock wrote in his Monday ruling.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:39:21 +0000 Dan Boyce 11719 at http://kufm.org Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000 Former Republican Lt. Gov. files for Senate as Democrat http://kufm.org/post/former-republican-lt-gov-files-senate-democrat <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Republican Lieutenant Governor John </span>Bohlinger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said Thursday he would be the Democratic candidate most able to defeat Congressman Steve </span>Daines<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the 2014 Senate Race.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:51:29 +0000 Dan Boyce 10797 at http://kufm.org Former Republican Lt. Gov. files for Senate as Democrat Daines officially announces Senate bid http://kufm.org/post/daines-officially-announces-senate-bid <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Steve Daines officially announced his intentions Wednesday to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Max Baucus in 2014.</span></p><p>"Montanans fundamentally understand that our federal government is too big, it is too powerful, it spends too much and it interferes too often with our daily lives," Daines told the crowd of a couple hundred supporters at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:03:13 +0000 Dan Boyce 10743 at http://kufm.org Daines officially announces Senate bid Tea Party groups slam Daines for vote to end shutdown http://kufm.org/post/tea-party-groups-slam-daines-vote-end-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The end of the federal government shutdown this week exposes a growing rift in the Republican Party—a rift between moderates and Tea Party Republicans.</p><p>Passage of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act boosted the Tea Party movement three years ago and the momentum put the GOP back in charge of the House of Representatives. Republicans have since tried multiple tactics to delay or defund Obamacare—culminating in the government shutdown early this month.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:07:40 +0000 Dan Boyce 9905 at http://kufm.org Tea Party groups slam Daines for vote to end shutdown Why Daines says he broke with House GOP majority to end the shutdown http://kufm.org/post/why-daines-says-he-broke-house-gop-majority-end-shutdown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Steve Daines was one of eighty-seven House Republicans to vote for legislation ending the partial federal government shutdown and raising the country’s debt ceiling.</span></p><p>Many more Republicans voted against ending the shutdown—one hundred forty four of them.</p><p>Daines&nbsp;previously voted for measures to defund the Affordable Care Act, which eventually prompted Washington’s most recent gridlock.</p><p>He defends republican actions through the standoff—saying it was a result of Democrats refusing to negotiate.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:02:51 +0000 Dan Boyce 9846 at http://kufm.org Why Daines says he broke with House GOP majority to end the shutdown Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws http://kufm.org/post/political-practices-commissioner-declares-atp-violated-mt-election-laws <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana&rsquo;s commissioner of political practices is ruling the conservative dark money group American Tradition Partnership illegally coordinated election activities with a former state legislator.</span></p><p>Commissioner Jonathan Motl said Wednesday ATP distributed campaign mailers in coordination with former Billings Republican Representative Dan Kennedy. It&rsquo;s the second blow to ATP this week, after a federal judge threw out a lawsuit from ATP associates.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:28:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 9797 at http://kufm.org Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws Finally, a Democrat announces a Senate bid, but who is he? http://kufm.org/post/finally-democrat-announces-senate-bid-who-he <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana political observers spotted their first Democrat to officially file for U.S. Senate Wednesday.</span></p><p>Dirk S. Adams, a Wilsall Rancher,<a href="http://helenair.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/wilsall-rancher-political-unknown-says-he-s-running-as-democrat/article_b0ea31b4-0535-11e3-b2fb-001a4bcf887a.html" target="_blank"> told Lee Newspapers Reporter Mike Dennison </a>he decided about a month ago to get into the race and that it’s his first time running for office.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:35:29 +0000 Dan Boyce 6874 at http://kufm.org Finally, a Democrat announces a Senate bid, but who is he? Gov. hopes surveys spark economic development ideas http://kufm.org/post/gov-hopes-surveys-spark-economic-development-ideas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Steve Bullock is asking the public to help flesh out a plan for economic development in the state.</span></p><p><a href="http://mainstreetmontanaproject.com/" target="_blank">The Main Street Montana Project</a> wrapped up a series of seven roundtable discussions in different communities in July. The governor is now hoping to collect ideas through surveys. He said he wants to figure out what works for businesses and what doesn’t—from the businesses themselves.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:28:44 +0000 Dan Boyce 6623 at http://kufm.org Gov. hopes surveys spark economic development ideas Former MT First Lady remembered for fostering political cooperation http://kufm.org/post/former-mt-first-lady-remembered-fostering-political-cooperation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Montana First Lady Betty Babcock died this past Sunday in Helena at age 91.</span></p><p>The wife of former Republican Gov.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tim Babcock was known for pushing hard for passage of the 1972 Montana Constitution, a renovation of the state capitol building and other issues.</span></p><p>Montana Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps described her as an immeasurably kind woman who wouldn’t say an ill word about anyone.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:10:39 +0000 Dan Boyce 6372 at http://kufm.org Former MT First Lady remembered for fostering political cooperation Why the AG doesn’t want the AP to know who has a concealed carry permit http://kufm.org/post/why-ag-doesn-t-want-ap-know-who-has-concealed-carry-permit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attorney General Tim Fox said Monday he is denying a request from the Associated Press to turn over information about the state’s more than 30-thousand concealed carry permit holders.</span></p><p>The information includes names, addresses and driver’s license numbers for those with the concealed weapons permits. The AP made the request in mid-March, after the legislature passed a bill making the information confidential but before it was signed by Governor Steve Bullock.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:33:20 +0000 Dan Boyce 6057 at http://kufm.org Why the AG doesn’t want the AP to know who has a concealed carry permit