A Republican-led legislative committee is investigating state settlements paid out to public employees under the administration of Democratic Governor Steve Bullock . The Special Select Committee on State Settlement Accountability held its first meeting via phone conference Wednesday.
Senator Jon Tester this afternoon released a two-page summary of allegations against Admiral Ronny Jackson , the physician President Trump has nominated to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. They include accounts of drunkenness, over-prescribing drugs, and creating a hostile work environment.
Yesterday a state district court judge heard arguments over whether the Green Party should be allowed on Montana ballots in November. The Montana Democratic Party brought the suit against the Greens and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton. MTPR’s capitol reporter Corin Cates-Carney was at the Lewis and Clark County courthouse for the hearing, and spoke with MTPR News Director Eric Whitney. Eric Whitney: Corin, the judge didn’t decide anything yesterday, right? Corin Cates-Carney: Right. Most...
Conservation groups alleged yesterday that Wyoming used part of Montana's grizzly bear hunting quota to increase its own allocation for a proposed hunt this year, even though Montana wildlife regulators voted not to give away any part of its quota.
Senator Steve Daines put out a press release Tuesday saying he’s "building momentum" for the U.S. to re-join negotiations for the trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. In a White House meeting with Daines and other farm state lawmakers on April 13th President Trump made remarks that some interpreted as a potential policy change towards re-joining TPP talks. Pulling out of the trade agreement was one of Trump’s first actions after being elected, and he spoke strongly...
A group tasked by the legislature to protect water quality in the Flathead Valley is in jeopardy after its funding was cut during Montana’s special legislative session in November and its executive director was terminated in February. On Wednesday the Flathead Basin Commission will meet in Pablo and reassess its future.
The Montana Democratic Party will make its case in Lewis and Clark County Court on Tuesday against the Montana Green Party appearing on election ballots this year. Democrats say the Greens didn’t collect the required number of voter signatures on its petition to quality as an official political party on this year’s November ballot.
Campaign war chests are growing, some more than others. One Senate candidate looks for help from disgraced General Michael Flynn, and Governor Bullock gets a warm reception in Iowa. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin look at these stories and the latest ads right now on "Campaign Beat."
Missoula students from Hellgate High joined a nationwide student walkout today on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where 13 people died. Missoula’s walkout started at about 1:30 at the Xs sculpture at the north end of Higgins Avenue downtown. About 50 people were there when it started.
Montana’s Medicaid expansion program, which provides more than 93,000 people in the state health coverage, expires in just over a year. Campaigns are now underway to stop that from happening and to lobby support for the health care program.
The national website coordinating school walkouts Friday to demonstrate against gun violence shows four events in Montana. They’ll be held in Helena, Butte, Bozeman and Missoula. Friday is the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, where 15 people died.
Americans had until midnight Wednesday to file their taxes this year. Next year, they’ll be filing under the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump. Montana’s Republican U.S. House Rep. Greg Gianforte is pretty excited about that.
The Trump administration this week released almost $500 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. Montana’s share of that federal funding from Health and Human Services is $2 million, the same amount it received last year.
Governor Steve Bullock launched a statewide tour today to, in his words, "highlight the health and economic benefits of Medicaid" in Montana. At Missoula’s Providence Hospital, Bullock cited a University of Montana economic analysis released last week that says the Medicaid expansion Montana launched in 2015 will pay for itself . It found that expansion offsets other state agency costs, and yields economic benefits that exceed state spending on Medicaid expansion .
The latest American Lung Association air quality report shows some Montana communities continue to have unhealthy levels of air pollution on a national scale. Wildfires are the main culprit. According the Lung Association’s most recent "State of the Air" report, the city of Missoula ranks as the 12th most polluted city in the nation for short-term particle pollution.
Faculty at the University of Montana had their first opportunity to give feedback on the new preliminary plan University administrators released this morning that suggests cutting more than 50 faculty positions.
A group called Free and Fair Montana is urging voters to oppose the so-called “bathroom ballot” initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms that align with the gender on their birth certificate rather than the gender by which they live and identify.
The band Pearl Jam is embarking on a brief, four city North American tour that includes a show in Missoula. Part of the proceeds from the concert will go to a get-out-the-vote effort in Montana. The band’s founding member, bassist, Montana native and part-time Missoula resident Jeff Ament sat down in our studios with Sally Mauk to talk about that – and about music and politics.
The University of Montana today revealed preliminary plans to eliminate more than 50 faculty positions in order to bring its budget into balance. The University calls its proposed recommendations a "Strategy for Distinction."