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Reporter, Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau
As seen in:  Missoulian, Billings Gazette

Reporter for the Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau, covering politics, campaigns, health care, energy ... and plenty more.

Bullock’s State of State: A Montana where we help others, while we succeed

missoulian.com — HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock, in his second State of the State address, said Montana is prospering overall - but called on the 2015 Legislature on Wednesday night to use the tools of government to help fellow citizens who are struggling.

Judge dismisses media complaint against Republican caucus

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - A state judge has dismissed an effort by media groups that sought to have the House Republican Caucus held in contempt of court for holding an unpublicized meeting in apparent violation of state open-meetings law. On Nov. 13, a Great Falls Tribune reporter discovered a Republican caucus being held in the basement of a Helena motel.

House endorses bill giving governor more power over clemency for convicts

missoulian.com — HELENA - The Montana House Wednesday endorsed a bill giving the governor power to overrule the Board of Pardons and Parole on clemency decisions for felons - a measure spurred in part the case of convicted murderer Barry Beach.

Governor fundraising for nonprofit formed to promote his early-education plan

helenair.com — As Gov. Steve Bullock pushes his proposal to publicly fund preschool, he's getting help from a new nonprofit group that has hired a public-relations firm -- and he's helping the group raise money. "The governor was happy that citizens and volunteers are supporting (his proposal)," spokesman Dave Parker said Tuesday.

Top GOP legislator pitches modest property-tax cut

mtstandard.com — HELENA - A top Republican legislator on Tuesday pitched another tax-cut bill for a modest, across-the-board cut in state property taxes. "Less property taxes will leave more money in (taxpayers') pockets," House Majority Leader Keith Regier of Kalispell told the House Taxation Committee. "That money gets spent and the economy grows.

Tanks overflow, cause oil spill near Williston

billingsgazette.com — WILLISTON, N.D. - Tanks that overflowed released nearly 40,000 gallons of oil and brine northwest of here, the North Dakota Department of Health said Wednesday. Oasis Petroleum reported that 490 barrels of oil and 455 barrels of produced water brine, or saltwater, have been released about 11 miles northwest of Williston.

Man who assaulted bartender duct-taped by patrons

billingsgazette.com — HAMILTON - A Stevensville man suspected of assaulting a bartender was duct-taped by fellow patrons and held for police. Jeremy A. Estep, 27, was arrested in front of the Rustic Hut in Florence on Saturday. Court records allege Estep returned after being kicked out of the bar, began arguing with the bartender and tried to hit him with a glass.

Bullock raising funds for nonprofit formed to promote his early education plan

missoulian.com — HELENA - As Gov. Steve Bullock pushes his proposal to publicly fund preschool, he's getting help from a new nonprofit group that has hired a public relations firm - and he's helping the group raise money. "The governor was happy that citizens and volunteers are supporting (his proposal)," spokesman Dave Parker said Tuesday.

Lyft cars still think pink, but streamline the 'stache

billingsgazette.com — SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The pink mustache is out. Ride-hailing company Lyft has pulled the pink furry mustache that drivers display on the front of their cars and replaced it with a 5-inch-long pink "glowstache" that goes on the dashboard.

Top GOP legislator pitches modest property tax cut

missoulian.com — HELENA - A top Republican legislator today pitched a slight, across-the-board cut in state property taxes, saying it will provide some permanent relief for homeowners and businesses. "Less property taxes will leave more money in (taxpayers') pockets," House Majority Leader Keith Regier of Kalispell told the House Taxation Committee.
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Jan 28, 2015

Gov. Bullock delivering the SOS goods. Demos applauding plenty. GOP not so much. pic.twitter.com/FO0SDDHfga

Jan 28, 2015

RT @TribLowdown: HUGE security presence at the Montana Capitol for the 2015 State of the State. #mtleg

Jan 28, 2015

Press row in House as we wait for Gov's speech -- and that's a legislator, too. pic.twitter.com/70ws9OTKYs

Jan 28, 2015

Just ran security gauntlet for Gov's state of state address, for privilege of watching a bunch of reporters sitting around. #mtleg #mtpol

Jan 28, 2015

Bill giving MT gov power to grant clemency despite Parole Bd inaction endorsed by House 86-14. Next stop: Senate. #mtpol #mtleg

Jan 28, 2015

$54M public school-funding bill rolls thru MT House today, 92-8. No controversy. #mtpol #mtleg

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