Government & Politics

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Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday,  May 20, 2016 in Billings, Montana.

The public is invited to hear Bill Clinton discuss why Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to raise wages and break down all the barriers holding Montana families back.

Jackie Yamanaka

Montana Department of Justice officials say the newly operating satellite crime lab will speed up the process of analyzing drug evidence.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says the Eastern Montana Crime lab should reduce expenses and delays for the state’s criminal justice system.

“Because every time I need to move to continue a trial when some test or something isn’t done that’s an expense to our system to everybody in this region,” he says.

Jackie Yamanaka

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders brought his message that he’s the champion for the the middle- and working-classes at a Rally in Billings last night.

Sanders specifically singled out workers in the fossil fuels industry.

“I know,” he says. “I know that I am in coal country.”

But he says he feels obliged to be honest and bring the same message to Montana that he does to his home state Vermont.

Some Montana high school students added their perspective to the war in Syria and how to deal with the war’s refugees. 

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Montanans will get a chance  to say good bye to former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns, R-MT, on Friday, May 6, 2016 at a memorial service in Billings. The former Yellowstone County Commissioner, auctioneer, and farm broadcaster  died in his home last Thursday.

One of the last people to see Burns was long time friend Dwight MacKay. They had coffee together that morning. 

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Supporters of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders say the race for the Democratic nomination is not over. With one month to go before Montana’s primary election, they’ve scheduled a training session and rally Saturday in Butte.

Margot Kidder of Livingston is one of the organizers. She says Butte was selected because of its deep roots in this country’s labor union movement.

Jackie Yamanaka

Both of the major candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race agree infrastructure funding is important for the state and its citizens.

Governor Steve Bullock announced his plan for the 2017 Legislative Session during a stop in Billings.

The Democrat says this proposal melds together ideas negotiated with the Republican majority in the 2015 session that narrowly failed.

Jackie Yamanaka

Those who provide senior service programs in Yellowstone County are serving more people, and the demand is going to skyrocket.

“We have a silver tsunami happening in Yellowstone County...in the state of Montana,” says Denise Armstrong, the Executive Director of Big Sky Senior Services. She says right now one in five in the county is over the age of 60. That will grow to one in four in the next four years as more the Baby Boomers retire.

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Debate over new law in North Carolina aimed at civil rights for the LBGT community has become a campaign issue across the country, including Montana’s gubernatorial contest.

Anthony Romero, attorney and executive director of the ACLU, is scheduled to be in Montana April 13 and 14, 2016 to discuss this and other civil liberty issues. 

Jackie Yamanaka

Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke, say they need a partner in Montana’s statehouse.

That is why the two Republican members of the state’s Congressional delegation endorsed Greg Gianforte’s campaign for governor.

But the campaign manger for Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock scoffed at the “news.” Eric Hyers charges this event was called to distract attention away Gianforte’s support of discriminatory laws passed in states like North Carolina.

Gianforte says his focus is on jobs, especially on keeping coal jobs in Montana.

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