Montana Politics

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Wicks sworn in for Farris-Olsen’s seat on Helena City Commission

Resident Kali Wicks became Commissioner Kali Wicks effective Monday night as city commissioners confirmed the Liberty County native and senior manager of government relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana to replace Rob Farris-Olsen on the Helena City Commission. “I have been particularly impressed with Ms. Wicks’ commitment to this community,” said Commissioner Read More…

State superintendent proposes ban on teacher-student sex in wake of case involving 18-year-old

In November, Montana’s Board of Public Education revoked the license of a former Ronan middle school teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a high school student who was 18.  It’s a devastating career impact for a teacher, effectively wiping out their ability to teach in Montana. But the state’s top school Read More…

Regional Politics

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Wyoming county assessor implements overlooked tax

JACKSON, Wyo. — Hundreds of Teton County businesses could owe more in taxes this year as the Teton County Assessor’s Office seeks commercial personal-property taxes that have gone uncollected for years. “This is not anything new,” Assessor Melissa Shinkle said. “This is just a matter of catching up because it hasn’t been done for years Read More…

Billings Gazette

Wyoming lawmakers add money for school security, maintenance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming legislators have endorsed allocating nearly $5 million for security improvements at K-12 schools. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Joint Appropriations Committee added the money to a supplemental school construction bill on Friday. Local districts would identify projects they need. Del McOmie, director of the State Construction Department, says a Read More…

National Politics

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Sentencing Reform Bill Passes But Will It Actually Make Any Difference?

CREDIT: Federal Bureau of Prisons (public domain) https://www.bop.gov/resources/news/20160523_inmates_embrace_threshold.jsp Yesterday, the Senate passed the First Step Act by a vote of 87-12. The First Step Act is a minor sentencing reform act tbat, in my view, should have been uncontroversial. First, it only affects the 181,000 inmates in the custody of Federal Bureau of Prisons and Read More…

An Important Next Step in the America First Oil Business: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Donald Trump Administration has thankfully eradicated another Barack Obama Administration legacy liability. The Obama Administration was the most proactively anti-energy presidency with which We the People have ever been afflicted. Obama’s Quiet War on Oil: “The oil and gas industry is in the crosshairs of the administration’s eco-agenda….” It really wasn’t all that quiet.  Read More…