Politics

MT Senate Race
3:11 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Who do the Dems get to run now?

Former Republican Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger said he is considering jumping into the U.S. Senate race as a Democrat
Credit Wikipedia

With former Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s weekend decision not to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus in 2014, the list of Democratic candidates who might run is an ever-changing puzzle.

After Schweitzer’s decision, political observers quickly turned to Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and State Auditor Monica Lindeen.

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MT Senate Race
11:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

MSU Political Analyst David Parker on Schweitzer decision against Senate race

David Parker

Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer shocked the political world this past weekend in announcing he will not run for the open Senate Seat being vacated by Max Baucus in 2014.

Schweitzer says he is not interested in moving to Washington D.C., saying he’s happy with his current position as Board Chairman of the Stillwater Mining Company and is content living in his new house on Georgetown Lake.

Republican Congressman Steve Daines has expressed interest in running for the seat, and is considered to be the new frontrunner.

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MT Democratic Convention
5:13 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Will Schweitzer announce a Senate run during this weekend's Democratic Convention?

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-Mont)

Montana Democrats are preparing for their party’s annual convention this Friday and Saturday in Lewistown.

The party will be electing officers and examining their rules. Executive Director Andrea Marcoccio said the party will be using the convention to unify—to build on the types of strategies which allowed Democrats to win big statewide races in 2012.

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Main Street Montana Project
4:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Forming a "blueprint" for economic growth, town by town

Governor Steve Bullock listens in at an economic round table discussion in Kalispell recently as part of the Main Street Montana Project.
Credit Katrin Frye

Affordable airfare, higher education, low wages, and quality of life are among the challenges and opportunities business leaders from across the state identify as hampering or helping economic growth.  These questions of opportunities and challenges are being asked as part of Governor Steve Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project. Governor Bullock said it’s a bottom up economic development plan to create a blueprint for job growth in Montana.

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Capitol Evacuation
5:25 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Capitol building evacuated after suspicious letter received by Governor's Office

A Helena Fire Department engine is parked outside the Montana Capitol Wednesday afternoon after the building was evacuated.
Credit Dan Boyce

  Law Enforcement and fire officials evacuated the state capitol building Wednesday after a suspicious letter was received, intended for Governor Steve Bullock. The Governor was not in the building at the time. 

The state employee receiving the letter has been quarantined, though there have been no injuries.

Helena Fire Captain Brian Roberts said his Department and the Helena Police Department were called to the Capitol building at about 12:15 PM A mail handler for Governor Steve Bullock’s office had opened an anonymous letter.

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Public Service Commission
10:11 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Renewable energy advocates oppose PSC proposed rule change

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Renewable energy advocates are blasting a new proposal from the Montana Public Service Commission.

The PSC is looking to change the rules for which small power production facilities qualify for certain standard rates.

Opponents say the change could significantly hinder expansion of renewable energy production.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says supporters of the change say it would prevent cost increases for ratepayers.

    

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Health
3:09 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

DPHHS unveils new state health initiative

DPHHS Director Richard Opper speaking about the Bullock Administration's new health proposal to a meeting of the Montana Association of Public Health Officials.
Credit Dan Boyce

Gov. Steve Bullock announced a new initiative Thursday to improve health outcomes in the state. The plan, called “Big Sky. New Horizons. A Healthier Montana” outlines a series of strategies to address some of the state’s biggest health and safety concerns, like smoking and motor vehicle fatalities.

“When it comes to healthcare, we will, we have and will continue to have grand policy debates about who pays and how much they should pay,” Bullock said, “but what we shouldn’t lose sight of is there’s so much we can do.”

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State Employee Pay
5:13 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Deal on state employee raises reached, University System still waiting

Hear Dan Boyce's story from "Montana Evening Edition"

Montana’s public employees now just need to wait for state agencies and unions to ratify a plan negotiated with Gov. Steve Bullock in order to receive their first base-pay raises in more than four years.

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GOP Convention
8:06 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Moderate, conservative Republicans lash out ahead of state GOP convention

Montana’s Republican faithful are preparing for their annual convention this Friday and Saturday, despite an unusually stark division between certain factions of the party—specifically legislators.

The increasingly public split between hardline conservatives and a group of moderates labeling themselves ‘Responsible Republicans’ became apparent throughout the course of the 2013 Legislature, with the moderates breaking away from party leadership to side with Democrats on many of the session’s key issues.

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Politics
6:04 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Montana's new First Lady narrowing her priorities

First Lady Lisa Bullock reads to students at Bryant Elementary in Helena on Monday
Credit Dan Boyce

Lisa Bullock is moving into her sixth month as Montana’s First Lady and said she is still exploring how she wants to use her new title.

Traditionally, the First Lady takes on a project, a focused effort during the governor’s tenure. For instance, former First Lady Nancy Schweitzer worked on getting kids interested in science and math. The First Lady is not an official state employee, but she does have certain resources available to her, like staff from the Governor’s office.

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