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Democrats vow to block infrastructure funding

Helena – A pair of leading state Democrats vowed to block Republican efforts to pass an infrastructure bill this legislative session because the bill doesn’t spend enough money on the projects they want. Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso, R-Butte, and House Minority Jenny Eck, D-Helena, said the Democrats will not support House Bill 645, known Read More…

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Democrats vow to block infrastructure funding

Helena – A pair of leading state Democrats vowed to block Republican efforts to pass an infrastructure bill this legislative session because the bill doesn’t spend enough money on the projects they want. Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso, R-Butte, and House Minority Jenny Eck, D-Helena, said the Democrats will not support House Bill 645, known Read More…

EPA NEARS CONCLUSION OF YEARS-LONG PROJECT

The sight of emergency shower trailers parked outside houses and crews shrouded in chemical protection masks working in yards and attics has become commonplace in Lincoln county. The EPA crews moved house to house with their asbestos cleanup crews. As dump trucks carrying contaminated soil maneuver down narrow streets, homeowners have mourned the loss of Read More…

Rob Quist

Quist says he will only take union, liberal special interest money

Helena – Democratic Congressional candidate Rob Quist’s campaign says it will only take political action committee (PAC) money from unions and liberal special interest groups. In a statement released to the media on Wednesday, the banjo player and singer turned politician said he will not accept any PAC money from committees associated with corporations. Campaign Read More…

Gazette publisher dumps $436,000 in stock in months leading up to promotion

Billings – Billings Gazette publisher Mike Gulledge was recently named publisher of the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic newspapers by parent company Lee Enterprises on. In the three months leading up to Gulldedge’s promotion he sold off more than $436,000 in Lee stock. In addition to his duties as publisher of the Billings Gazette, and now Read More…

Greg Gianforte

Republicans unite around Gianforte for special election

Helena – On Monday night, Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte easily secured the Republican nomination for the special election to replace Congressman Ryan Zinke. Gianforte was selected in the first round of voting securing 150.5 votes, 123 votes were needed to win the nomination. Greg Gianforte beat out six other Republican candidates, Rep. Carl Glimm, Sen. Read More…

Michelle Braukmann

No jail time for lawyer facing charges after DUI arrest with kids in car

Billings – Attorney Michelle Braukmann who pled guilty to felony criminal child endangerment and aggravated DUI was given no jail time by Yellowstone County District Judge Gregory Todd. Braukman had originally pled not guilty but changed her plea to guilty, in December, as part of a plea agreement with state prosecutors. State law provides for Read More…

Transportation department gives out $2.4 million in raises while seeking tax increase

Helena – A recently released state audit that included the Montana Department of Transportation shows that MDT gave out raises to 82% of employees while postponing construction projects and asking the legislature to raise the state gas tax. The audited conducted by the Legislative Audit Division revealed that MDT handed out raises of $2.4 Million Read More…

Bozeman sanctuary city request shot down by mayor, commissioners

People stood up again during the public comment period at the Bozeman City Commission meeting Monday evening to again ask commissioners to consider making Bozeman a sanctuary city. After everyone supporting the request had commented, Mayor Carson Taylor read aloud the proclamation he presented last week declaring Bozeman a safe and inclusive place for everyone. From KTVQ

Steve Bullock

MDT Chief: Bullock wants to raise gas tax

Helena – Despite months of campaigning on fiscal responsibility and opposition to a statewide sales tax, Governor Steve Bullock is now supporting a raising the state fuel tax. At a contentious confirmation hearing this week, Department of Transportation director Mike Tooley admitted the Bullock administration wanted to propose an increase in the fuel tax but Read More…

Tim Fox

Fox overturns Missoula gun ordinance

Helena – Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has issued an Attorney General opinion that nullifies a Missoula City Council ordinance that would require background checks for private gun purchases within Missoula city limits. Fox ruled Thursday that the ordinance violates state law stating that, “Plainly interpreted, the Montana Legislature has prohibited all forms of local Read More…

Michelle Braukmann

Braukmann pleads guilty to felony and misdemeanor charge after DUI arrest

Billings – Attorney Michelle Braukmann has pled guilty to felony criminal child endangerment and aggravated DUI in Yellowstone County District Court. Braukman had originally pled not guilty but changed her plea to guilty as part of a plea agreement with state prosecutors. Michelle Lynn Braukman, 39, an attorney with Billings law firm, Moulton Bellingham, was Read More…

Steve Bullock

Memo shows agency knew about budget shortfall before election

Helena – A newly released memo shows that Montana Department of Transportation(MDT) officials and Governor Bullock knew of shortfalls in the highway fund before Election Day but kept the information hidden from the public until after Governor Bullock had been re-elected. The memo was obtained by state legislators and released to the media on Thursday, Read More…

Jessica Rhoades

Bullock Hires Planned Parenthood Exec as Health Policy Advisor

Bullock Hires Planned Parenthood Exec as Health Policy Advisor Helena – Governor Steve Bullock announced Friday that he has hired Jessica Rhoades as his health policy advisor. Ms. Rhoades has had a long career in Democrat political circles, including time with Planned Parenthood. Rhoades was the western regional field director for Planned Parenthood of America Read More…

Montana Contractors

Contractors push for 38% increase in gas tax

With estimated shortfalls in the state highway fund, the Montana Contractors Association and other special interest groups are pushing for a 38 percent increase in the gas tax. Recently MTN reported that Governor Steve Bullock’s administration has spent $75 Million more than the fund has brought in since fiscal 2012. And now the balance has Read More…

Motl

Democrats file suit to keep Motl in office

Helena – A group of Democrats has filed a lawsuit in a last minute attempt to keep controversial Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl in office for two more years. Former Democrat State Senator Christine Kaufman;  outgoing Democrat Secretary of State Linda McCulloch;  A trial lawyer political action committee headed by Motl’s lawyer John Heenan Read More…

Corey Stapleton

Stapleton Announces Top Staff

Republican Secretary of State-Elect Corey Stapleton announced several top staff appointments Tuesday. Stapleton, takes office Jan. 2, he was elected in November, handily defeating Democrat Monica Lindeen, who was the state auditor, with 56 percent of the vote. “There’s no more important function than picking good people,” he told a group in the Capitol. Stapleton Read More…

Ed Buttrey

Medicaid Expansion Author wants Zinke Seat

Great Falls – State Senator Ed Buttrey has told Republicans that he would run for Montana’s lone congressional seat in a Special Election to replace Ryan Zinke. Mr. Buttrey, 51, was the primary driver of a bill in 2015 to expand Medicaid in Montana. The bill was panned by most Republicans and narrowly passed with Read More…

Ryan Zinke

Trump Selects Zinke for Interior Secretary

President-Elect Donald Trump has offered the Interior secretary job to Montana’s lone Congressman Ryan Zinke, according to Washington D.C. news outlet Politico. Politico sources said Zinke has yet to accept the position and as not indicated which way he is leaning. Mr. Zinke met with Trump in New York City earlier this week. He was Read More…

John Verbsky

Billings Clinic Doctor Arrested on Rape, Assault Charges

Billings Clinic doctor John Wilson Verbsky was arrested over the weekend on charges rape and partner or family member assault. Verbsky, 47, was arrested Saturday  on charges of sexual intercourse without consent, two counts of partner or family member assault and criminal destruction of a communication device. He is being held at the Yellowstone County Detention Read More…

Jon Tester

Senator Tester Committee Involved in Illegal Contributions Controversy

Jon Tester, Democratic U.S. Senator from Montana, rode to national elected office on a pledge to restrict lobbying, end campaign finance violations, and the like. Despite his promises to the contrary, Senator Tester is now in the midst of a scandal, involving allegations of campaign finance violations, illicit lobbying practices, and a firm of trial Read More…

Steve Bullock

Bullock lays out priorities: new spending, new taxes

Helena – Fresh off a narrow re-election victory Governor Steve Bullock is laying out his priorities for the 2017 legislative session. Despite the gains made by Republicans on Election Day Mr. Bullock remains confident that he can secure legislative victories. Mr. Bullock told Lee Enterprises, “I don’t anticipate much different dynamics than we’ve seen in Read More…