Darrin Old Coyote, the chairman of the Crow Nation, praised the Montana coal industry in testimony before a congressional subcommittee on Tuesday.
While still serving in his official government position, former Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Dave Gallik served as treasurer of a 527 political group tied to former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, according to IRS records obtained by Media Trackers Montana.
A political organization with close ties to former Gov. Brian Schweitzer funneled over $300,000 to a Washington, D.C.-based dark money group in 2010. The organization that gave the money away, a so-called 527 group named Council for Sustainable America (CSA), appears to be run by Franklin Hall, a former senior aide to Schweitzer.
Media Trackers Montana has reported extensively on the influence of Hilltop Public Solutions and it’s partner companies — Three Point Media, Greenlight Media Strategies and Brushfire Strategies (all share the same offices) — on Montana politics and we have compiled a list of ten expenditures made to Hilltop and its parnters by Montana Democratic politicians and left-wing political organizations.
A private business owned by Bill Fleiner, the coordinator of the Broadwater county Department of Emergency Services (DES), received tens of thousands of dollars worth of DES contracts, in apparent contravention of state conflict of interest laws.
“I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the health care bill.”
Montana Public Service Commission Hears Testimony on Controversial Rule Change for Small Power Generators
The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) heard testimony on Monday morning over a controversial rule change proposed by Chairman Bill Gallagher that would lower the output threshold at which small renewable power production facilities can qualify for an automatic contract from a public utility.
Hopes for building three new west coast coal terminals for the export of Powder River Basin Coal — much of it from Montana — were given a boost earlier this week when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) rejected left-wing environmentalist calls for an expansive environmental impact study that would have further delayed the building of the terminals
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle published a story this morning which touted a poll from the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) that purports to show that westerners prefer land and wildlife conservation to energy development. The poll, which was conducted by Hart Research Associates — a Washington, D.C.-based Democratic polling outfit — was released yesterday.
Montana environmental activists have launched a new anti-coal initiantive aimed at stopping the building of the Tongue River Railroad (TRR) and the Otter Creek Coal Mine in Southeast Montana.