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04.06.17

Ravalli Republic: Lead versus non-lead bullets: Demonstration to provide insights of the differences between the two

Any hunter worth his salt wants to know the animal he shoots won't suffer. For that reason alone, many sportsmen have been hesitant to change from lead bullets to another alternative. On Sunday, at the MPG Ranch in Florence, hunters will have a chance to see first hand what happens to lead and copper bullets when they strike an animal. The two wildlife biologists offering the demonstration say it will offer a whole other view to what's become a controversial issue in some quarte… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Washington Post: Senate Republicans go 'nuclear,' pave the way for Gorsuch confirmation to Supreme Court

Republicans on Thursday cleared the way for Judge Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, overcoming a historic Democratic blockade by changing the rules of the U.S. Senate - a move that highlighted the fierce partisanship that has seized Congress. The long-anticipated rules change now means that all presidential nominees for executive branch positions and the federal courts need only a simple-majority vote to be confirmed by senators. The GOP decision to ram through the rule… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Grouch a supreme nominee to serve our country

One of the most important votes a U.S. senator casts is a vote for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. An associate justice for the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment. That's why a decision on who to vote for, who to stand behind, and who to stand with is so important - not only to me but to our children and grandchildren. We want a Supreme Court justice who upholds the rule of law and follows the Constitution. We want a Supreme Court justice who doesn't legislate from the bench. … Continue Reading


04.04.17

Ravalli Republic: New internet privacy rules won't impact local ISP customers

New rules that allow internet service providers to collect and share their client's information with a third party won't change a thing for customers of smaller ISPs like Stevensville-based Rocky Mountain Internet. "None of our client's information is ever exposed to the outside world," said Martha Weifenberger, who owns the ISP with her husband, Terry. On Monday, President Donald Trump approved a resolution that repealed protections requiring internet service providers to seek permiss… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Washington Examiner: Illegal crossings cut 67% under Trump, border wall price set at $5-$8 billion

A top border expert said Tuesday that illegal border crossings since President Trump took office have been cut 67 percent. Former Border Patrol chief David Aguilar revealed the new numbers at a Senate hearing. Previous reports said that the crossings had been cut 40 percent. At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing focused on building the wall, Montana Sen. Steve Daines pointed to a recent Border Patrol press release about the 40 percent drop, when Aguilar noted… Continue Reading


04.03.17

Washington Examiner: Big Coal starts hiring, opening plants, 'through the roof'

West Virginia coal industry executive Mike Grose knows fake news when he sees it. And the headlines claiming that President Trump's new executive order to dismantle clean power rules won't revive mining employment were Exhibit A. "It's growing, a lot better than it ever was," said Grose, owner of Superior and Elite Coal Services, a mining employment firm. "Once Trump was elected, I have increased staff 20-fold. Once he was elected, it went through the roof." From his office in central West Vir… Continue Reading


04.03.17

Morning Consult: Coal Plants Near Retirement Age as EPA Reviews Emissions Rules

The 26 states suing over the Obama administration's greenhouse gas-cutting Clean Power Plan may essentially get their wish, as President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency to review the rule last week. But the likely rollback of the plan might not make a big difference for these states, many of which were already on track to shift away from coal-fired electricity. Instead, opponents say they are more concerned about further emissions cuts if the U.S. keeps the promises i… Continue Reading


04.02.17

Ravalli Republic: Sportsmen's Bill resumes march through Congress

A wide-ranging "Sportsmen's Bill" introduced Thursday in Congress would expand hunting opportunities on federal land but doesn't include a reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., noted the absence of LWCF in his comments at S.B. 733's mark-up before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Daines co-sponsored the measure authored by committee Chairwoman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, along with four other Republicans and three Demo… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Helena Independent Record: Daines: We don't want Washington dictating energy policy

Almost one year ago to the day, I held an energy summit in Billings with over 600 Montanans talking about the future of Montana energy. This week I stood with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Energy Secretary Perry, Interior Secretary Zinke, EPA Administrator Pruitt as well as 20 coal miners to mark the start of a new era in energy production and job creation. On Tuesday, President Trump took decisive action directing the EPA to suspend, revise, or rescind the EPA Power Plan that… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Billings Gazette: Trump's repeal of Clean Power Plan gets mixed Montana reception

Even before President Donald Trump declared the Clean Power Plan dead, the autopsy in Montana was underway. Coal advocates hailed the repeal as the break coal needs to rebound from several years of bad economic news. Groups concerned about climate change said, unfortunately, the repeal would undo little. Challenged in court by 24 states, including Montana, the plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions was never put to use. The Clean Power Plan, crafted under former President Barack Obama… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Livingston Enterprise: Tester, Daines announce Montana Academy Days

High school students interested in attending a military academy after graduation may attend an upcoming information day. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have announced the dates and times of their annual Academy Days this year. The free events will take place in Missoula, Great Falls and Billings and are open to Montana students interested in attending a military academy or pursuing a career in the military, according to a news release from Tester's office.… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Shelby Promoter: Austin Taylor receives Montana State Degree at State FFA Convention

Austin Taylor is your typical high school senior in many ways. He's a multi-sport athlete, attends school events, rides his dirt bike and contributes to the everyday grind a kid his age experiences. What sets him apart is that fact he takes on a different role when he's at home. Austin is what many would consider a "good old-fashioned farm kid." In the age of unlimited technology and so many distractions an average kid will face from day to day, Austin chooses to help out at his family's farm … Continue Reading


03.29.17

The Hill: Trump administration ends Obama's coal-leasing freeze

The Interior Department on Wednesday officially rolled back a major Obama administration coal initiative. Secretary Ryan Zinke formally lifted the ban on new coal leasing on federal land, a policy shift that was one of the cornerstones of the climate and energy executive order that President Trump signed on Tuesday. Interior also suspended a review of federal coal-leasing rates that the Obama administration and environmental activists had touted as a win-win for the climate and for taxpayers… Continue Reading


03.29.17

The Hill: Interior secretary reopens federal coal mining

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has ended the federal government's Obama-era moratorium on coal-mining leases on federal land. Zinke signed an order repealing the pause in leases Wednesday in his Washington, D.C., office, surrounded by Republican lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers. The action implements parts of an executive order that President Trump signed Tuesday - focused on repealing environmental policies and restrictions on energy production - under the goal of increasing energy independen… Continue Reading


03.27.17

Roll Call: The Snapchat Senators

Snapchat was initially established in 2011 and within the last year or so, a few senators have jumped on the social messaging app popular with millennials. The lawmakers usually send multimedia messages, or snaps, themselves - as opposed to having their staffers do it - and they get pretty creative with what they send to followers. We asked a few avid senatorial Snapchatters about how they use the service. Montana Republican Steve Daines@stevedainesEstablished: Early 2016. Is it you Snapchat… Continue Reading


03.27.17

Sidney Herald: Trump's proposed agriculture cuts not going over well

The White House has released a budget blueprint that calls for deep cuts to USDA, sparking criticism from the MonDak's Congressional delegates and its major farm groups. The budget released by President Donald Trump proposes a 21 percent spending cut to USDA discretionary spending. The likely effect of such cuts include reductions in staff at USDA field offices, as well as to USDA-ARS research units, of which there are two in the MonDak, one in Sidney and the other in Minot. C… Continue Reading


03.27.17

KPAX: Daines, Montana agriculture leaders host roundtable

GREAT FALLS - Montana's agriculture leaders recently met with Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) in Great Falls to talk about the future of the industry under the Trump Administration. Sen. Daines discussed a number of issues with ranchers, farmers and livestock owners at a roundtable discussion. A concern felt across the board was the future of trade for Montana's agriculture industry and export opportunities under the new administration. "There's so much uncertainty on the direction that we're head… Continue Reading


03.24.17

AgWeek: Perdue promises he'll be 'tenacious' fighter for ag

Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump's nominee for agriculture secretary, pledged to be a "tenacious advocate and fighter" for farmers within the administration and said he would try to address requests for help from dairy and cotton producers ahead of the next farm bill. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, Perdue promised to work with Robert Lighthizer, the nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to p… Continue Reading


03.23.17

Williston Herald: Ag pick appears to win over delegation in confirmation hearings

The state's U.S. Senate delegation had a laundry list of concerns for former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who was in the nation's Capitol Thursday for confirmation hearings before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Three of Montana and North Dakota's senators are members on the committee, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D, Steve Daines, R-Mont. and John Hoeven, R-N.D., who is also chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. is not on the committee, but ha… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Billings Gazette: Trump proposes gutting rural flight program in Montana

The Trump administration proposed Thursday that as part of its new budget it would eliminate federal subsidies for flights from Billings to five rural communities in Eastern Montana. The cuts would target the 39-year-old Essential Air Service, which subsidizes Cape Air flights from Billings to Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Wolf Point and Sidney. Without the program, Cape Air would unlikely be able to afford to continue operating the service, which peaked during the Bakken boom earlier this… Continue Reading

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