In the wake of Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, France both Republican members of Montana’s expressed opposition on Monday to Syrian refugee resettlement within the United States and Montana. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock emphasized that the safety of Montanans was his “top priority” in considering this issue.
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The office of U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is denying that the senator will no longer oppose Medicaid expansion going forward after a quote appeared in a Capitol Hill news outlet, where the Republican — and noted Obamacare critic — said that he respects “the decision of our Legislature and our governor on Medicaid expansion.”
The left-leaning Center for Public Integrity (CPI) released the results of its 2015 “State Integrity Investigation” earlier this week. No state fared better than a C- minus grade, and, while Montana manged to rank in the top half of states in its overall integrity score, the state pulled a solid “F” grade on public access to information.
In the face of growing skepticism from Montanans, U.S. Senator Jon Tester appeared to double down on his support for a highly controversial new EPA water regulation this week. As reported by Media Trackers Tester recently joined with Democrats to block a measure which would have permanently killed the EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS).
In a humorous social media mess up Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s official Twitter account posted an article earlier today lauding the governor’s recent trade mission to Taiwan and “North” Korea.
After spending more than a year attempting to convince Montanans that he was concerned with the impacts of the proposed EPA Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) once again sided with the Obama Administration.
A model of state level public opinion from the Yale University Project on Climate Change Communication is being reported as finding that 61 percent of Montanans support the controversial EPA Clean Power Plan, despite no actual surveys of Montanans being included in the data.
Both the U.S. Supreme Court and a Montana District Court have ruled in recent years tax credits do not amount to an “appropriation” of public funds.
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) criticized Republicans last week for what he considers as “playing games” with the nation’s economy. Tester has called for an unconditional increase in the national debt limit, a position in contrast to that of GOP leaders who have called for conditional increases which are tied to spending cuts
The Montana AFL-CIO has launched a new advocacy organization called the “Montana Union Sportsmen Alliance” (MUSA), and the group takes direct aim at conservative efforts to give the state more say over federally controlled public land.