Government & Politics

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.

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.

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.

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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