Montana politics

Montana CO2 Emissions
6:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State Rep. Ankney: Governor's CO2 Proposal 'Worth Talking About'

Republican State Legislator Duane Ankney.
Credit Montana Legislature

Tonight Governor Bullock’s proposal for how Montana can reduce C02 emissions from its coal fired power plants gets its first public airing at a meeting in Colstrip.

More public meetings will follow in Billings tomorrow night, and Missoula on Thursday. The administration is trying to meet a goal set by the Environmental Protection Agency for Montana to reduce C02 emissions 21 percent by the year 2030.

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Ski, Liquor Businesses Make Deals
6:03 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Montana Trade Mission Returns From China

The Montana Trade Delegation in China.
Credit Meg O'Leary

Governor Steve Bullock’s eight day trade mission to China has concluded and participants say Montana still has a lot to learn about conducting business there.

Montana exported over $100 million worth of goods to China last year, but state officials say we can do more.

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U.S. House Debate
2:09 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lewis-Zinke Debate Audio

9/29/14 debate between candidates for Montana's U.S. House seat, John Lewis - D, and Ryan Zinke - R.

U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan Zinke debated at the Petro Theater in Billings on September 29th, 2014.

The event was sponsored by The Billings Gazette, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Montana State University Billings.

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Name Recognition Still A Challenge For Both
3:42 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Analyst: In Tonight's Debate, Lewis, Zinke Must 'Tread Fine Line'

What a difference a weekend can make in Montana's U.S House debate schedule.

Republican U.S House candidate Ryan Zinke will debate Democrat John Lewis tonight in Billings. Zinke originally declined to participate in the Billings debate citing scheduling conflicts. His campaign issued a press release late Friday afternoon saying he'd changed his mind.

Montana Public Radio is broadcasting the debate starting this evening at 7:00. That debate will be aired on this radio station and streamed on our website.

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MTPR Will Air The Debate
7:13 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Lewis, Zinke Debate Tonight In Billings

John Lewis and Ryan Zinke will debate in Billings on Sept. 29.

Montana Public Radio will air the debate between Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis in Billings live tonight at 7:00 p.m. Listen on our live stream.

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Campaign Beat
4:32 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Campaign Beat: Have Voters Tuned In Yet?

Screen shot from the Daines "good guy" ad.

This week on "Campaign Beat:" Is the media counting Curtis out too soon? The analysts look at the "good guy" ad by Steve Daines. Ryan Zinke continues to tout his military experience, and John Lewis gets more aggressive in the House race. Sally, Chuck, and Mike wonder if voters have tuned in for this off-year election yet.

"Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season.

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Montana News
4:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service: Wilderness Photo/Film Policy Misunderstood

U.S. Forest Service issued a press release late Thursday to clarify the intent behind the proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in Congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The Forest Service describes it as a good faith effort to ensure wilderness areas are protected.

Critics say it essentially gives the agency story-approval power.

Montana’s entire congressional delegation today called for the rule to be clarified and re-drafted.

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Forest Photography & Filming
3:43 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Montana's DC Delegation Opposes Forest Service Photo Permits

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed  requiring permits for still photography and commercial filming in designated wilderness areas, making permanent an interim rule in place since 2010.

According to The Oregonian, permits would cost up to $1,500, with a $1,000 fine for failure to get a permit.

Montana's entire congressional delegation has written to the Forest Service expressing concerns with the proposal.

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Two Seats Up In November
3:03 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Montana Supreme Court Candidates Debate

Montana's Current Supreme Court Justices
Credit Montana Supreme Court

Montana's Supreme Court candidates faced off Tuesday night in a forum at the University Of Montana Law School. Sitting Justice Mike Wheat is running against former Montana solicitor general Lawrence Van Dyke, and incumbent Justice Jim Rice faces Billings Attorney and Podiatrist David Herbert. Listen to the entire the debate at the link above.

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A Change in Dialogue
11:03 am
Tue September 23, 2014

UM Climate Scientist: Governor's C02 Options Are Progress

Dr. Steve Running, is a Regents Professor of Ecology and Director of the Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group at UM.

The state of Montana has a new set of proposed options for reducing how much carbon dioxide the state’s coal burning power plants release. Those options, released by Governor Bullock Friday, have won praise from both the Montana Environmental Information Center, and PPL, the company that owns the Colstrip power plant, which is the state’s largest C02 emitter.

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