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Missoula College Groundbreaking
5:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Montana Dignitaries Break Ground On Missoula College Site

Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site on Friday, August 22, 2014.
Credit Christopher Allen

On a blustery, rainy afternoon, several Montana dignitaries gathered just offshore of the Clark Fork River today to officially break ground on construction of the Missoula College’s new site.

Officials expect construction of the $32 million project to last about two years, after nearly eight years of planning and some controversy. College officials considered several other sites, including the 90-year-old university golf course, before funding complications and public protest forced them to look elsewhere.

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This Week In Montana Politics
3:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Plagiarism, Citizen Initiatives, REAL ID And Logging

This Week in Montana politics.

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REAL ID
2:26 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Federal REAL ID Deadlines "Like A House Of Cards"?

Credit MT DoJ

The Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana an extension to comply with stringent federal driver's license rules under the REAL ID Act.

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Beach Clemency
5:11 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Governor Bullock urges clemency recommendation for Barry Beach

In an unusual step, Governor Steve Bullock has sent a two-page letter to the state Board of Pardons and Parole, outlining why he thinks the board should recommend clemency for convicted murderer Barry Beach. The board is set to hear Beach's application for clemency April 29th. Beach has already served 30 years of a 100-year sentence for the 1979 murder of Poplar teen Kim Nees. He has long maintained his innocence, and was granted a new trial by a district judge in 2011.

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Climate Change
1:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future

Credit mt.gov

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report at the end of March.

The panel, established by the United Nations, continues to point to the vast majority of scientific research indicating human activity is a primary driver of our warming global climate.

In Montana, research suggests a future with lower mountain snowpack, hotter drier summers, and more severe wildfires.

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Economic Development
5:28 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bullock unveils "Main Street Montana" economic development initiative

Gov. Steve Bullock announces the Main Street Montana Project Business Plan at the Boeing plant in Helena.
Credit Dan Boyce

Governor Steve Bullock has released a major economic development initiative which will guide his administration’s approach to growing jobs and raising wages.

The governor’s office has been working on the Main Street Montana Project for almost a year—holding roundtable discussions around the state led by some top business leaders.

The Governor describes the plan as a bottom-up method for growing the state economy.

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McCutcheon Decision
6:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Motl: Supreme Court decision will not impact MT elections much

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let individuals give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want.

The 5-4 vote Wednesday, led by the court’s conservative majority, frees up wealthy contributors to give more campaign donations ahead of the 2014 election.

It will have an immediate impact on Montana races for federal office, such as the US Senate and House of Representatives.

But, the state Commissioner of Political Practices says statewide elections will not be affected that much.

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Cancer Challenge
5:04 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

State employees to don sneakers with their suits for cancer awareness

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) announces the American Cancer Society's Suits and Sneakers Challenge from the capitol rotunda Tuesday
Credit Dan Boyce

State employees are taking an opportunity to sport some casual wear to work in exchange for donations to the American Cancer Society.

It’s part of what the society calls the suits and sneakers challenge.

From now until the end of the NCAA finals basketball tournament, state workers will be able to wear sneakers with their business suits or collegiate apparel on Thursdays and Fridays in exchange for a $5 dollar donation.

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John Walsh
4:17 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Sen. Walsh on Obamacare, military spending, and the controversy surrounding his appointment

U.S. Sen. John Walsh (D-MT)

Montana’s newest United States Senator, John Walsh, is starting his second month in office.

The former Lieutenant Governor and head of the Montana National Guard was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to fill the seat vacated by long-time Senator Max Baucus. Baucus is now the U.S. Ambassador to China. 

Walsh was already running for the Senate Seat when appointed. Bullock’s move to appoint him has been seen as an attempt to give Walsh a political edge in this November’s election against likely Republican challenger, Congressman Steve Daines.

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Walsh Appointment
5:52 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Bullock says he was not in touch with Democratic operatives on Walsh appointment

Gov. Steve Bullock, Lt. Gov. John Walsh and Walsh's wife, Janet on the day of Walsh's appointment to the U.S. Senate.
Credit Dan Boyce

Governor Steve Bullock said Friday he spoke to no Democratic Party officials ahead of appointing John Walsh to the U.S. Senate other than to tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the issue was “none of your damn business.”

This is in response to criticism from the state GOP, which has described the move as a political backroom deal orchestrated to help Democrats maintain control of the Senate in the 2014 election.

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