Politics

Senate Race
12:35 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Finally, a Democrat announces a Senate bid, but who is he?

Screenshot of Dirk Adams taken from his campaign website

Montana political observers spotted their first Democrat to officially file for U.S. Senate Wednesday.

Dirk S. Adams, a Wilsall Rancher, told Lee Newspapers Reporter Mike Dennison he decided about a month ago to get into the race and that it’s his first time running for office.

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Economic Development
3:28 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Gov. hopes surveys spark economic development ideas

Gov. Steve Bullock is asking the public to help flesh out a plan for economic development in the state.

The Main Street Montana Project wrapped up a series of seven roundtable discussions in different communities in July. The governor is now hoping to collect ideas through surveys. He said he wants to figure out what works for businesses and what doesn’t—from the businesses themselves.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Former MT First Lady remembered for fostering political cooperation

Betty Babcock pictured with her husband, former Gov. Tim Babcock on the back cover of their 2008 biography "Challenges: Above and Beyond"

Former Montana First Lady Betty Babcock died this past Sunday in Helena at age 91.

The wife of former Republican Gov. Tim Babcock was known for pushing hard for passage of the 1972 Montana Constitution, a renovation of the state capitol building and other issues.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps described her as an immeasurably kind woman who wouldn’t say an ill word about anyone.

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Concealed Carry
6:33 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Why the AG doesn’t want the AP to know who has a concealed carry permit

MT Attorney General Tim Fox

 Attorney General Tim Fox said Monday he is denying a request from the Associated Press to turn over information about the state’s more than 30-thousand concealed carry permit holders.

The information includes names, addresses and driver’s license numbers for those with the concealed weapons permits. The AP made the request in mid-March, after the legislature passed a bill making the information confidential but before it was signed by Governor Steve Bullock.

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MT Senate Race
3:11 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Who do the Dems get to run now?

Former Republican Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger said he is considering jumping into the U.S. Senate race as a Democrat
Credit Wikipedia

With former Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s weekend decision not to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus in 2014, the list of Democratic candidates who might run is an ever-changing puzzle.

After Schweitzer’s decision, political observers quickly turned to Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and State Auditor Monica Lindeen.

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MT Senate Race
11:50 am
Mon July 15, 2013

MSU Political Analyst David Parker on Schweitzer decision against Senate race

David Parker

Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer shocked the political world this past weekend in announcing he will not run for the open Senate Seat being vacated by Max Baucus in 2014.

Schweitzer says he is not interested in moving to Washington D.C., saying he’s happy with his current position as Board Chairman of the Stillwater Mining Company and is content living in his new house on Georgetown Lake.

Republican Congressman Steve Daines has expressed interest in running for the seat, and is considered to be the new frontrunner.

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MT Democratic Convention
5:13 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Will Schweitzer announce a Senate run during this weekend's Democratic Convention?

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-Mont)

Montana Democrats are preparing for their party’s annual convention this Friday and Saturday in Lewistown.

The party will be electing officers and examining their rules. Executive Director Andrea Marcoccio said the party will be using the convention to unify—to build on the types of strategies which allowed Democrats to win big statewide races in 2012.

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Main Street Montana Project
4:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Forming a "blueprint" for economic growth, town by town

Governor Steve Bullock listens in at an economic round table discussion in Kalispell recently as part of the Main Street Montana Project.
Credit Katrin Frye

Affordable airfare, higher education, low wages, and quality of life are among the challenges and opportunities business leaders from across the state identify as hampering or helping economic growth.  These questions of opportunities and challenges are being asked as part of Governor Steve Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project. Governor Bullock said it’s a bottom up economic development plan to create a blueprint for job growth in Montana.

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Capitol Evacuation
5:25 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Capitol building evacuated after suspicious letter received by Governor's Office

A Helena Fire Department engine is parked outside the Montana Capitol Wednesday afternoon after the building was evacuated.
Credit Dan Boyce

  Law Enforcement and fire officials evacuated the state capitol building Wednesday after a suspicious letter was received, intended for Governor Steve Bullock. The Governor was not in the building at the time. 

The state employee receiving the letter has been quarantined, though there have been no injuries.

Helena Fire Captain Brian Roberts said his Department and the Helena Police Department were called to the Capitol building at about 12:15 PM A mail handler for Governor Steve Bullock’s office had opened an anonymous letter.

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Public Service Commission
10:11 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Renewable energy advocates oppose PSC proposed rule change

Credit jabzoog/Flickr

Renewable energy advocates are blasting a new proposal from the Montana Public Service Commission.

The PSC is looking to change the rules for which small power production facilities qualify for certain standard rates.

Opponents say the change could significantly hinder expansion of renewable energy production.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says supporters of the change say it would prevent cost increases for ratepayers.

    

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