Montana politics

Senator-elect Steve Daines
5:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Daines Sounds Off On Cabin Fees, Cyber Attacks

Senator-elect Steve Daines met with a group of Montanans who own cabins on Forest Service land.They thanked Daines for a measure they say will allow them to keep those cherished cabins in their families.
Credit Edward O'Brien

A group of Montanans who own cabins on Forest Service land thanked Republican Senator-elect Steve Daines today for a measure they say will allow them to keep those cherished cabins in their families.

Some cabin fees spiked from $5,000 to $20,000 within just a few years.

The Cabin Fee Act establishes a predictable fee-setting system for at least 700 Montana cabin owners.

The bill was included in the lands and resources legislation recently approved by Congress as a rider on a Defense spending bill.

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Flathead Water Compact
5:01 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Will 'Adaptive Management' Put Flathead Water Compact Fears To Rest?

Today we continue our coverage of the proposed water compact negotiated by the federal government, the state of Montana, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The compact itself is expected to be over a thousand pages long; it’s still being drafted. The road to this point stretches back over 35 years of negotiations. And it’s clear from the reaction to our coverage that people have strong feelings about it.

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Public Lands Package
4:09 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Public Lands Compromise A 'Bittersweet Pill' For Some Environmentalists

Ranch along the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.
Credit Flickr user SBebee

Dupuyer-area rancher, Karl Rappold, is thrilled that the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act has finally passed.

"My grandparents and my mom and dad took care of this place. the bears and wolves and everything else. This is a historic deal for me to see that my grandkids and their grandkids will hopefully have this same view and this same region will be protected so it will never change," says Rappold.  

Last week Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act which now awaits President Obama's signature.

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Flathead Water Compact
2:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Share Your Opinions On The Flathead Water Compact

Montana Public Radio News wants to hear your thoughts and opinions on the Flathead water compact. Do you support the new compact? Why or why not?

Leave us a comment here or on our Facebook page. Or email our news department with your thoughts at news@mtpr.org

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Legislature Must Approve
6:06 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tribes: New Water Compact Has Better Chance

Image courtesy CSKT

An attorney for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes says the latest compact governing tribal water rights has a better chance of passing the state legislature, than one that was rejected two years ago. 

Rhonda Swaney, says the biggest single improvement in the latest version of the tribe’s water compact with the state and federal governments is in its timing. The previous version was just introduced too late in the legislative session for lawmakers to deal with, she says.

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Gov. Steve Bullock
5:00 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Gov. Bullock Explains His 2015 Legislative Priorities

Montana governor Steve Bullock. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit 2011 Century Council

Montana Governor Steve Bullock discusses Medicaid expansion, early-childhood education, infrastructure spending, the upcoming legislature, and more with "Home Ground" host Brian Kahn.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Bullock says the "Healthy Montana" plan is a unique solution that will insure thousands of Montanans and help relieve the burden of uncompensated care on small hospitals.

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Flathead Water Compact
7:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

The New Flathead Water Compact Explained

    

One of the issues that you will hear a lot about in the coming months is the proposed water-rights compact between the State of Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. It’s the only water compact involving a Montana reservation that remains un-ratified by the state legislature, after the first version was rejected in 2013.

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Preschool Grants
5:41 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Montana To Get $10 Million In Grants For Preschools

Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
Credit MT OPI

Montana is receiving $10 million in federal grants to set up preschool programs and train teachers in sixteen communities around the state. The money would provide preschool programs for 4-year-olds from low and moderate-income families. Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau says this grant is separate from the Governor’s proposal to fund a new statewide preschool program.
 

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Coal & Climate Change
4:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Crow Nation Opposes President's Climate Plan

Much of the coal from the Crow Reservation gets shipped to power plants in other states.

Southeastern Montana's Crow Nation says President Obama’s pending climate plan would wreak economic havoc on the already-impoverished reservation.

Under the administration's proposal, states must reduce their carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is going up to bat for the Crow Nation. Fox says he's troubled by how the President is unilaterally guiding this climate proposal.

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Senator John Walsh
4:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

In Final Senate Speech, Walsh Highlights Veteran Suicides, Money In Politics, Public Lands

Senator John Walsh used his last speech on the Senate floor this morning to talk about money in politics, protecting Montana public lands and veteran suicides.

In August, Walsh dropped out of his Senate reelection bid amid a plagiarism scandal.

Walsh said 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

"If this country were losing 22 service members a day on the battlefield, Americans would be in the streets protesting."

On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed a bill to reduce vet suicides, it’s now before the Senate.

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