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The 2015 “Parent Power Index” from the Center for Education Reform (CER) gave Montana a zero percent score for “parent power,” good for last place in the nation among the 49 other states and the District of Columbia.
With U.S. Senate Democrats — including U.S. Sen. Jon Tester — maneuvering to scuttle any possible veto override of President Obama’s nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Montana’s congressional delegation found itself sharply at odds this month over the controversial measure.
The hiring of women by Lee Newspapers in the same positions as men prompted Media Trackers to do an impromptu investigation into the leadership of other print newspapers in the major urban centers of the state.
Trying to convince skeptical voters that Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), an avowed “democratic” socialist, is capable of winning the presidency, “Montanans for Bernie Sanders” decided to channel 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern as proof that Sanders can win.
New information from the Montana Environmental Quality Council (EQC) shows that, accounting for roads that have been decommissioned along with roads considered “unauthorized,” the mileage of road closures on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land in Montana balloons to 21,951 miles.
Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl dismissed a complaint filed by a union activist this week against probable Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte after finding that Gianforte had not violated any laws in traveling the state promoting technology and telecommuting for months before filing official paperwork exploring a run for governor.
A report last week to the Montana Environmental Quality Council (EQC) on the road in Montana that are managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) showed that 9,784 miles — or about 31 percent — of the 32,000 miles of federally managed roads in the state were closed to motorized traffic.
Amidst a growing controversy surrounding the release of secret videos purporting to show executives from Planned Parenthood negotiating the sale of aborted fetal parts, Montana Planned Parenthood locations are set to benefit soon from more than $300,000 in grant money from Obamacare.
In the wake of a story published last week by Media Trackers, the Helena Independent Record (IR) has apparently altered the job title on its website and weekly columns for longtime newsroom staffer Leah Gilman.