Government & Politics

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.

ACLU

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.

Jackie Yamanaka

The Republican majority on the Yellowstone County Commission remains firm in opposing a proposed county gasoline tax. But one says he’s not opposed to at least discussing the proposal at a commission meeting.

“They can bring anything they want for a discussion,” says Yellowstone County Commissioner John Ostlund. But he remains firmly opposed to the idea.

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Montana election officials say it’s unlikely the state’s June primary election will see the kinds of long lines and ballot shortages that overwhelmed Arizona officials in Tuesday’s presidential primary election.

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.

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