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Gov. Bullock hears plenty from the public - and answers them, to - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

kxlh.com — If Gov. Steve Bullock wants a taste of what's on the public mind, he doesn't have to go far - or even leave his office. Every day, dozens of Montanans contact the governor, by phone, email and letter, on issues as diverse as bison, convicted murderer Barry Beach, Syrian refugees, carbon regulations or "the homosexual agenda."
Jan 28, 2016

RT @mikedennison: Who's contacting MT Gov. Bullock -- and how does he answer? Take a look: kxlh.com/story/31085551… #mtpol #mtleg #mtnews

Motl further outlines campaign-finance case against GOP Rep. Wit - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

kxlh.com — Montana's top political cop, relying on a trove of emails and other documents, is alleging a clandestine group of political consultants and front groups broke state campaign laws when they helped conservative, Republican legislative candidates in 2010.
Jan 20, 2016

RT @mikedennison: MT COPP Motl alleges secretive political ops illegally aided conservative GOP candidates in 2010: kxlh.com/story/31016326… #mtpol #mtleg

PSC approves $31M rate hike for NW Energy electric customers - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

kxlh.com — NorthWestern Energy's electric customers in Montana are getting a $31.6 million rate increase, thanks to the regulatory structure and approval of the company's 2014 purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams. The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved the temporary rate hike, which takes effect now for NorthWestern's 354,000 electric customers while the PSC reviews it.

`Illegal coordination’ found in high-profile 2012 GOP primary ra - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

kxlh.com — A half-dozen conservative groups and a little-known candidate broke campaign laws when they banded together to attempt to defeat state Sen. Bruce Tutvedt in a high-profile 2012 Republican primary race, the state commissioner of political practices said Friday.

Gov candidates Bullock and Gianforte post strong fundraising num - KRTV.com | Great Falls, Montana

krtv.com — The two top candidates for governor - Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican Greg Gianforte -- turned in strong fundraising numbers on Tuesday for the fourth quarter of 2015. Bullock, who's running for a second term, raised about $220,000 during the last three months of last year, pushing his year-end campaign fund balance to $911,000.

Expanded Medicaid coverage launches Friday; 20,000 signed up alr - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

kxlh.com — Starting Friday, low-income Montanans covered by Montana's expanded Medicaid program can start using their coverage - and 20,000 people have already signed up. "Everyone deserves access to quality health care, and for those who have never been able to afford it ...
Dec 31, 2015

RT @mikedennison: 20,000 Montanans signed up already for expanded Medicaid -- and coverage starts Friday kxlh.com/story/30863248… #mtpol #mtleg #mtnews

Montana `dark money' group financed by a dozen wealthy donors in - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

kxlh.com — A dozen donors gave $750,000 to the Montana Growth Network, the so-called "dark money" group, in the year it spent money to help elect Supreme Court Justice Laurie McKinnon, according to records obtained by MTN News.
Dec 21, 2015

RT @mikedennison: Who funded MT `dark money' group in 2012 election? Read more: kxlh.com/story/30803969… #mtleg #mtpol #mtnews

Montana Health Co-op is one of the survivors, despite losses - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

kxlh.com — So far this year, a dozen health insurance cooperatives created by the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act have failed - but the co-op in Montana says it's relatively healthy, and not in danger of closing. "Will it survive? I think it will," says Montana Health Cooperative CEO Jerry Dworak.

Washington state may play critical role in future of Colstrip po - KRTV.com | Great Falls, Montana

krtv.com — As Montana debates the fate of coal-fired power plants in Colstrip, critical decisions on their future already are in motion - in Washington state. Utilities that own half of Colstrip serve 1.5 million customers in Washington, and they're coming under increasing political and economic pressure to move away from coal-fired power.

Washington state may play critical role in future of Colstrip po - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

kxlh.com — As Montana debates the fate of coal-fired power plants in Colstrip, critical decisions on their future already are in motion - in Washington state. Utilities that own half of Colstrip serve 1.5 million customers in Washington, and they're coming under increasing political and economic pressure to move away from coal-fired power.
Dec 04, 2015

RT @mikedennison: Future of MT's Colstrip power plants may be determined in Washington -- state, that is, not DC: kxlh.com/story/30671627… #mtpol #mtnews

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