Government & Politics

Jackie Yamanaka

U.S. Senator Steve Daines answered questions and listened to his critics last night during his most recent telephone town hall meeting Wednesday night, March 8, 2017. 

Daines has been criticized by some Montanans for not holding in-person town hall meetings. The Republican has said the telephone town halls are a better way to reach more Montanans in this far-flung state.

(Photo courtesy of the Office of Steve Daines)

The U.S. Senate today confirmed Montana's former Republican Congressman, Ryan Zinke, as Secretary of Interior. Zinke resigned his House seat following the 68 to 31 vote triggering a special election in Montana to fill his congressional seat. Governor Steve Bullock made that announcement this morning just minutes after Zinke's confirmation.

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U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-MT, held a Town Hall over the phone for 25,000 Montanans last night. 

According to a spokesperson, a telecommunication system dialed 200,000 subscribers at 6:15 p.m. yesterday evening.

The tele-Town Hall comes just days after about 3 dozen constituents confronted Daines at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport demanding to speak to him face-to-face. Daines declined at that time.

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Matt Powell-Palm was notified the Senator was going to arrive in Bozeman last Friday afternoon on Facebook through a group called The Gallatin Progressive Action Network.

He wanted face to face time with Senator Daines, something he says the Senator has not given his Montanan constituents enough of lately.

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Great Falls Tribune Crime Reporter, Seaborn Larson, often pairs mug shots with his stories. He has several concerns about a Montana measure that would bar public release of mug shots until after a person is convicted of a crime. 

Housing and Urban Development

Thursday night, January 26, 2017, about 50 volunteers and staff with District 7 HRDC will bundle up and fan out across Billings to make contact with the homeless. Their goal is to gather data for the annual Point in Time

Homeless Survey. It is because of this effort to learn about the homeless that local communities get the funding they need to address the issue.

Ed Saunders has been out on the streets with the survey for the past three years.  For the retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. it is all about connecting with his fellow vets and getting them to the services they deserve. 

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U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-MT, has the following details for those who are traveling to Washington, D.C. for the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

Washington, DC Office Open House: Daines will host an Open House at 320 Hart Senate Office Building the day before the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017. He's inviting Montanans to stop by his office, snap a picture in the Senator for a Day! photo booth, and enjoy light refreshments and snacks from Montana. The office will host visitors from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Montana Legislature

A legislator from Billings is the latest candidate to announce he’ll seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the U.S. House seat expected to open up when incumbent Ryan Zinke likely will become the next U.S. Interior Secretary.

State Representative Kelly McCarthy made the announcement last night in an email. He said he wanted to get the word out before the start of 2017 Montana Legislature on Monday.

When  US Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-MT, accepts the appointment as Interior Secretary in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet and is confirmed, then the process begins to fill his House seat.

The open seat will ultimately filled by a special election. But there is disagreement between Montana statute and the US Constitution and the House of Representatives on some of the details.

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A Helena judge ruled that medical marijuana providers can accept more than three-patients immediately rather than waiting six more months for the initiative to take effect. 

The Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative approved in November was a victory for people like Katie Wetch, who endure chronic pain.


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