Government & Politics

Mark Baker

Family and close friends of attended the internment ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery for former U.S. Senator and Marine Corps veteran Conrad Burns.

The Burns family released the following statement, “We laid to rest today a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Conrad dedicated his life to serving our family and this great state and nation, and we will always hold onto the unconditional love and care he showed our family and the people of Montana.”

The chair of Montana’s utility regulators violated state ethics during the 2016 election, according to a decision released today by Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices.

Interim Indian Health Service Director Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee
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Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester wants to know how the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 federal budget will affect the Indian Health Service.

So, on Wednesday Tester turned to the troubled agency’s new acting director, Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee for answers.

It didn’t go well.

Montana Senator Steve Daines
Jackie Yamanaka

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today the Senate will delay their August recess.

This is the first time in over 20 years that the Senate has stalled in taking their five-week-long summer break.

Montana’s backlogged sexual assault evidence kits will undergo lab testing beginning this month. Last fall, the state got a $2 million federal grant to fund cataloging and testing of the unsubmitted so-called rape kits. 

Attorney General Tim Fox joined Governor Steve Bullock in Missoula today for a ceremony to sign six bills updating Montana’s sexual assault laws.

They posed with Missoula Democratic Senator Diane Sands, who carried two of the bills, the most prominent of which removes force from the definition of sexual assault.

We are pleased to announce that we’ve added a reporter to our team. Nate Hegyi will be expanding our capacity to bring you news from the Gallatin Valley and beyond as Yellowstone Public Radio’s first-ever Bozeman-based reporter.

Yellowstone Public Radio’s long search for an outstanding General Manager is over, and we are thrilled to welcome Kurt Wilson to the station.

Kurt joins us from Michigan with 30 years of broadcasting experience, the last 15 of which were in public media. He said that “I love that the mission of public radio is to serve our local communities and to provide information and programming that makes a difference in our listeners’ lives.”

Montana was one of the last states to expand Medicaid, and its Obamacare marketplace is doing pretty well. It has 50,000 customers, decent competition and no places that have come to be called "bare counties" — where no insurers want to sell plans.

Still, the three insurers selling in Montana now say that if GOP plans to cut Medicaid and repeal the individual mandate go through, it will mean higher costs all around.

Leaders of Montana doctors, nurses and hospital groups today spoke out against the health care bill being proposed by Senate Republicans.

John Goodnow is the CEO of Benefis, Montana's second largest hospital system, based in Great Falls. And he's no fan of the health care bill the House passed in May. Nor does he like the Senate's proposed changes to it.

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