Politics http://mtpr.org en Federal REAL ID Deadlines "Like A House Of Cards"? http://mtpr.org/post/federal-real-id-deadlines-house-cards <p>The Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana an extension to comply with stringent federal driver's license rules under the REAL ID Act.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:26:42 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22341 at http://mtpr.org Federal REAL ID Deadlines "Like A House Of Cards"? Senator Jon Tester on the VA, Iraq and Brian Schweitzer http://mtpr.org/post/senator-jon-tester-va-iraq-and-brian-schweitzer <p>Senator Jon Tester continues his statewide listening tour to hear from Montana veterans about how to improve care at the Veterans Administration.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:15:03 +0000 Edward O'Brien 20816 at http://mtpr.org Senator Jon Tester on the VA, Iraq and Brian Schweitzer Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot http://mtpr.org/post/healthy-montana-initiative-wont-appear-ballot <p>Organizers of the <em>Healthy Montana Initiative</em> - an effort to expand Medicaid to 70-thousand Montanans - conceded defeat today, but vow to continue to support the issue.</p><p> <em>Healthy Montana Initiative</em> president, Kim Abbott, says I-170 will not qualify for the November ballot.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:36:33 +0000 Edward O'Brien 20744 at http://mtpr.org Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot Montana GOP chair optimistic about weekend convention http://mtpr.org/post/montana-gop-chair-optimistic-about-weekend-convention <p>The chairman of the Montana Republican Party predicts the state GOP will emerge more united from its&nbsp; platform convention this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p> Will Deschamps says over 300 Montana Republicans are expected at this weekend's bi-annual convention in Billings.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Conservative and more moderate Republicans on both the statewide and national levels are debating the best course for the party's future. Deschamps suspects that conversation will also be had in Billings this weekend.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:56:18 +0000 Edward O'Brien 20693 at http://mtpr.org Montana GOP chair optimistic about weekend convention Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000 http://mtpr.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://mtpr.org Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000 Former Republican Lt. Gov. files for Senate as Democrat http://mtpr.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://mtpr.org Former Republican Lt. Gov. files for Senate as Democrat Daines officially announces Senate bid http://mtpr.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://mtpr.org Daines officially announces Senate bid Tea Party groups slam Daines for vote to end shutdown http://mtpr.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://mtpr.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://mtpr.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://mtpr.org Why Daines says he broke with House GOP majority to end the shutdown Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws http://mtpr.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://mtpr.org Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws