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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…

Senate easily approves criminal justice bill

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GOP moves to prevent shutdown with stopgap spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellIsrael boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate Schumer blasts GOP request for immigration ‘slush fund’ Trump: ‘Too early to say’ if shutdown will be averted MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday he will move a stopgap measure funding the government until early February.  The measure if passed by Read More…

China uses Spider-Man motto to slam US over trade at tense WTO meeting

The United States and China may have called a truce on tariffs, but tensions remained high during a diplomatic meeting in Switzerland this week. International frustration over America’s protectionist stance boiled over during a closed-door review of U.S. trade policy at the World Trade Organization, according to an official in Geneva. India called America unpopular. Read More…

Did Erdogan Just Roll President Trump In Syria

CREDIT: 130401-A-MX357-061 by US Army Program Executive Officer Soldier, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original.Sgt. Joshua J. Clark, from Elkhart, Ind., with the 591st Engineer Company (Sappers), provides over watch security for Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel outside an Afghan Border Police checkpoint near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border April 1 in Spin Boldak district, Kandahar province, Read More…

McConnell says Senate will introduce a short-term bill to avoid a government shutdown

The Senate will introduce a short-term measure to fund the government Wednesday as an impasse over President Donald Trump‘s border wall threatens a partial government shutdown. The so-called continuing resolution would fund the government through Feb. 8, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced. The Senate will take up the measure later Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican Read More…

Trump signals US withdrawal from Syria

President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey’s interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE is declaring victory against ISIS in Syria as his administration prepares to withdraw U.S. forces from the country. “We have defeated Read More…

Companies Pull Ads From Tucker Carlson’s Show After Left-Wing Character Assassination Attempt, but Fox News Isn’t Blinking

In today’s politically correct environment, Fox New’s Tucker Carlson isn’t considered safe, but brutal truths are brutal for a reason, and Carlson isn’t shy about being truthful. Recently, Carlson began discussing the illegal immigrants who arrived via the migrant caravan and are now camping out in Tijuana, Mexico. As Tijuana officials and many residents are Read More…

South Carolina GOP open to canceling state's 2020 primary to protect Trump from challenge

The Republican Party in South Carolina is weighing whether to cancel its presidential nominating contest in 2020 in an effort to protect President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey’s interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate Read More…

Michelle Obama talks leaving White House after Trump inauguration: ‘Bye Felicia’

Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama reflects on ‘refreshing’ tradition of sharing candy with George W. Bush Regina King says she’d be honored to portray Michelle Obama in a movie Michelle Obama jokes Barack’s message of hope began with being late for dinner MORE on Tuesday revealed one phrase that was on her mind Read More…

MSNBC host knocks Flynn over ‘lock her up’ chant: ‘Ouch’

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday ripped former national security advisor Michael Flynn for once presiding over a “lock her up” chant about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone fundraising off promise not to testify against Trump Rivaling chants of ‘USA,’ ‘lock him up’ greet Flynn after sentencing hearing The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Flynn awaits sentencing Read More…