Government & Politics

Montana Free Press

A high profile political corruption trial is scheduled to proceed March 28, 2016 now that the Montana Supreme Court denied an appeal in the case.

Investigative Reporter John Adams of Montana Free Press has been covering the legal maneuvering in this case featuring state Representative Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, and Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl.

 This Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of Montana’s most high-spirited celebrations.  So  law enforcement is ramping up patrols.

Butte will be the center of attention. That means a stepped level of impaired driving enforcement.

Jackie Yamanaka

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte today called on Washington Governor Jay Insley to reject a bill that could lead to the eventual shutdown of coal fired power plants in Colstrip.

Gianforte was joined by members of the group Colstrip United, members of the Boilermakers Union, a representative of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, and others.

Ashley Dennehy and Lori Shaw are with Colstrip United.

Dave Skinner, RANGE Magazine

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte announced Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson as his choice for lieutenant governor.

The Bozeman businessman says Robinson has the qualities he’s looking for in a running mate.

Gianforte says Robinson has a strong Montana work ethic. He adds as a rancher in northeastern Montana, Robinson is a fierce advocate for rural Montana and Montana’s number one industry.

“Agriculture needs a voice in Helena which it has sorely lacked,” Gianforte says.

Jackie Yamanaka

Democratic U-S House candidate Denise Juneau kicked off her jobs tour today in Billings.

Juneau is currently the state school superintendent. She made her announcement in front of Medicine Crow Middle School, which is under construction.

“What better place than a construction site that’s actually building infrastructure for the community where students can learn,” she says.

Juneau says education and workforce training will prepare the workers of tomorrow. She wants them to be able to earn a living wage and raise their families in Montana.

Montana’s Disclose Act Key in 2016 Elections

Feb 25, 2016
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A campaign disclosure bill passed by the Montana Legislature and signed into law last year is putting new pressure on independent political committees.

  The Disclose Act requires all of the 122 organizations registered in Montana as independent political committees to report all their contributors and expenses. And they must do it electronically.

Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl says this new act is vital because candidates no long have to report these independent expenditures, which are by definition ,independent of the candidate.

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