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REAL ID
3:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates

Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduces his "Repeal ID Act of 2014" Thursday in the state capitol along with Attorney General Tim Fox (R-MT)
Credit Dan Boyce

Montana Congressman Steve Daines announced plans Thursday to introduce a bill repealing portions of the 2005 REAL ID Act related to federally-mandated security protocols for driver’s licenses and other state-issued ID cards.

“In recent months, Montanans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government’s access to Montana’s personal information,” Daines said during a press conference in the state capitol building’s old Supreme Court chambers.

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Angela McLean
6:56 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Board of Regents Chair McLean tapped as new Lt. Gov.

Anaconda High School teacher and Board of Regents Chair Angela McLean giving her last classroom lesson after taking the oath of office as Montana's 31st Lt. Gov. on Monday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Anaconda High School teacher and chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean has been selected as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.

The move comes after Bullock tapped Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to serve the remainder of Max Baucus’s U.S. Senate term, who left last week to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.

Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Angela McLean from her fifth period American government class on Monday.

Her experience experience compliments the Governor’s policy agenda.

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Senate appointment
11:31 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator

Lt. Gov. John Walsh speaks to reporters shortly after Gov. Steve Bullock (left) announced he is nominating Walsh to fill the Senate seat vacated by Max Baucus Tuesday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Just one day after Montana’s Senior Senator, Max Baucus, was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Governor Steve Bullock has appointed his Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh, to serve the remainder of Baucus’s term. The move keeps the post in Democratic hands and may bolster the party’s hopes of keeping the seat in November.

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REAL ID
1:18 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

MT driver’s license not in compliance as REAL-ID Act enforcement begins

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin to gradually enforce components of the 2005 REAL ID Act, a law which sets federal security standards for state-issued IDs.

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Year in Review
11:22 am
Tue December 31, 2013

News staff looks back on a busy year

Sen. Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman) quoting from the Montana Constitution in opposition to Republicans taking votes before recognizing a “call of the Senate” during the 2013 legislature
Dan Boyce

2013 began with a new governor and a new legislature - and wound down with a government shutdown. In-between there were headline-grabbing trials and home-destroying fires.

The MTPR news staff - Sally Mauk, Edward O'Brien, Dan Boyce and Katrin Frye - covered the issues and breaking news. In this feature, they take a look back at a year of drama and heartache, and political surprises.

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Bakken Spinoffs
6:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Oil Boom continues to strain infrastructure of Eastern Montana communities

Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser stands out on the sidewalk of Central Avenue, which has seen a dramatic increase in truck traffic the last few years.
Dan Boyce

(Note: This is the first of a six-part series on "Bakken Spinoffs" airing Thursdays through January 9th on "Montana Evening Edition.")

Sidney’s Mayor, Bret Smelser, stood at the corner of his community’s busiest street, Central Avenue. A steady stream of traffic, punctuated with big rigs, leaves thick white exhaust hanging in the frigid air. Smelser nodded to one truck.

“One of our city crew, collecting twice as much garbage as we did two years ago,” he said.

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Public Defenders
11:49 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Raises and increased staff not enough to stop case overload for public defenders

The state’s Chief Public Defender says workloads for public defense attorneys have improved due to financial help from the Montana Legislature. However, Bill Hooks said his office still needs more help.

The 2013 Legislature gave the public defender’s office *$1.2 million in new money for employee raises, which Hooks said has been very helpful.

"We were able to bring our attorney salaries more in line with what our colleagues were getting in other courts throughout the state,” Hooks said. “So I think that was a significant improvement and we're very appreciative of that.”

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2014 Election
10:40 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Sen. Peterson continues efforts to rein in dark money with ballot initiative

Sen. Jim Peterson (R-Buffalo)

A prominent Republican State Senator is leading efforts to qualify an initiative for the 2014 ballot which would require more disclosure of political spending on state elections. The Stop Dark Money initiative is based upon a bill that failed this last legislative session.

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2014 Senate Race
2:39 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

FULL INTERVIEW: Lt. Gov. Walsh announces U.S. Senate bid

A screenshot taken from Lt. Gov. John Walsh's Senate campaign website.

Montana's Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh has announced he is running for the U.S. seat being vacated by Sen. Max Baucus in 2014. 

Walsh announced his intentions today, launching this website complete with a more than two minute video outlining his 33 years serving in the Montana National Guard, including serving as Adjutant General from 2008 to 2012, when he left the guard to join the ticket of then-gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock.

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Montana Symphony Orchestras
6:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Helena Symphony opens 59th with Governor Bullock

Governor Steve Bullock

The 59th Season opens with Governor Steve Bullock narrating the powerful words by and about President Lincoln in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. This spirit of Americana is coupled with maverick Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, complete with gospel tunes, American songs, and barn-dancing fiddles. The season opener culminates with Beethoven’s revolutionary testament in THE groundbreaking and mighty Eroica Symphony. The evening concludes with a dessert reception in the Helena Civic Center Ballroom.

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