Government & Politics

Jackie Yamanaka

 

Governor Steve Bullock said coal is going to a be a significant part of Montana’s energy future going forward even though that future is uncertain for the coal market.

“But certainly I am committed, been committed, to making sure we’re turning over every rock,” he said.

Bullock told the crowd gathered at the Colstrip City Hall for his Energy Roundtable he has met with Asian markets and the owners of the Colstrip plants, pursuing carbon capture projects, and challenging the federal Clean Power Plan initiative that’s currently on hold.

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One of the issues on Yellowstone County’s June primary ballot is overcrowding at the jail. Voters will be asked to give the county permission to pay for jail expansion.

The jail is bursting at the seams. The facility was built to hold 286 inmates, both men and women; as of last weekend there were 504 inmates.

Captain Sam Bofto is the jail commander. He says it’s like a pressure cooker for the inmates when the facility is this crowded,” It does affect the inmates and it does affect their attitude.”

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  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump flew into Montana on the news he has sewn up the GOP nomination.

The New York businessman says he wanted to campaign in Montana, in part because his son is a regular visitor to go hunting. He used that news to affirm his support of gun rights.

“We’re going to protect your 2nd Amendment 100%,” he said.

Then he launched into the first of his attacks on Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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  About 400 people were packed into a Billings gymnasium  Friday night  to hear Bill Clinton deliver the campaign message for his wife’s presidential bid.

The former president spoke of Hillary Clinton’s  desire to build the economy and bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign event at MetraPark in Billings on May 26, 2016.

According to the candidate's website door open at 1:00 pm for the Donald J. Trump for President rally that's to officially start at at 4:00 pm.

The public may go to the website to request tickets for the event.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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