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How Democrats Can Hasten Trump's Departure

can hardly keep up with the unprecedented pace at which Donald Trump's presidency is cascading out of control. Ironically, the appointment last week of Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election may slow White House hemorrhaging, taking pressure off GOP congressional leaders and their weak investigations and temporarily shoring up support for Trump on Capitol Hill. For Democrats and independents concerned about the safety and well-bei… Continue Reading


Daines announces $3.2 million for 2 MT health centers

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, on Monday, announced $3.2 million in funding for two north central Montana health providers. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was included in a Labor and HHS Appropriations Bill. The Cascade County Health Department will get just over $1.5 million. The Glacier Community Health Center in Cut Bank will receive almost $1.7 million. "Montana's community health centers are integral to providing high quality, low cost healthc… Continue Reading


Two area health agencies to share $3.2M

Two northcentral Montana health agencies will share $3.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday.The Cascade City-County Health Department in Great Falls will receive $1,558,934 and Glacier Community Health Center Inc. in Cut Bank will get $1, 685,166, Daines said.The funding was from the bipartisan FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill. Daines said Montana's comm… Continue Reading


The Ekalaka Eagle: China agrees to open market to U.S. beef

U.S. SENATE - Last Friday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that an agreement has been reached to open Chinese markets to U.S. beef no later than July 16, 2017. A formalized agreement is expected to be reached in the coming weeks. "Opening Chinese markets to U.S. beef is a win for Montana's producers," Daines stated. "With over 95 percent of the world's consumers living outside of the U.S., access to foreign markets is critical to growing good-paying jobs and maintaining Montana's strong ec… Continue Reading


Hats, caps and Montana politics

The old adage, "The clothes make the man," could be paraphrased for Montana politicians and candidates as "The hat makes the man." Or not. Perhaps in no other state as Montana does headgear carry so much weight for a political figure. This has been especially borne out during the race to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Ryan Zinke. It could be argued that hats, or lack thereof, have been the subtext of the campaign. Democratic candidate Rob Quist is never seen without a cowboy hat, either… Continue Reading


Montana Senators Praise Mueller Appointment in Trump Probe

Both of Montana's U.S. senators are praising Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate any potential ties between President Donald Trump's associates and Russia. Rosenstein made the appointment Wednesday, saying he "determined that it is in the public interest" to have Mueller, a 12-year veteran of the FBI, take over the bureau's investigation. The decision has since received strong support from lawmakers on… Continue Reading


Belgrade News: Tigers' Arthun signs with Air Force Academy

MANHATTAN - Two weeks ago the phone call that Alexa Arthun had been waiting for finally arrived. On the other end of the line was U.S. Senator Steve Daines, who congratulated the Manhattan High senior on her offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. "Alexa has proven to be a tremendous leader and an exemplary student inside and outside of the classroom," Daines stated in a press release. "I have no doubt she will be an asset to the Air Force." … Continue Reading


KBZK Bozeman News: Daines introduces new legislation to increase penalties for acts against law enforcement

After the tragic killing of Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore, U.S. Senator Steve Daines stated in a press release on Tuesday that he introduced the Back the Blue Act of 2017, which would increase penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. "Deputy Mason Moore is a brave hero who laid down his life to protect Montanans. We must send a clear message: criminals who look to hurt law enforcement wi… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Hundreds line streets in Billings to honor Montana deputy killed in line of duty

BILLINGS - Hundreds of people lined the streets of Billings as the body of Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore was transported to Billings for an autopsy on Tuesday afternoon. Moore was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop near Three Forks Tuesday morning by two suspects who were later arrested after leading law enforcement on a chase. Lloyd Montier Barrus, 61, is being held on a felony deliberate homicide charge in the Missoula County jail. The second suspect, 38-year-old Marshall… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: SW Montana deputy killed in shootout identified

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Broadwater County Sheriff's Office identified Mason Moore as the deputy who was killed in a shootout early Tuesday morning. Moore was 42 years old and a three-year veteran of the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office. He was a husband and a father of three children. A procession of Montana law enforcement vehicles escorted Moore's body to the morgue at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings for an autopsy. The procession arrived in Billings at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Firefigh… Continue Reading


MTPR: Montana Senators Aiming To Help State's Gun Manufacturers Access Global Markets

The United States is a big player in the global arms trade, and nationwide, Montana is pretty into the gun business, it has the highest number of licensed gun manufacturers per capita of any state. But not very many Montana guns are sold overseas. Montana's Senators Jon Testerand Steve Daines are trying to change that for people like Peter Noreen. Noreen started and runs Noreen Firearms in Belgrade, which has 15 employees. Several men oversee SUV-sized machines that turn aluminum bricks into g… Continue Reading


Catholic Stand: Student leader at Archbishop Carroll hopes to serve in government to 'help people in need'

Growing up, Malik Washington witnessed his father wearing the uniform and going to work as a D.C. police officer, dedicating his life to a "greater cause" of serving and bettering the community. Washington, a member of the class of 2017 at Archbishop Carroll High School in the nation's capital, serves as his school's student body president. At Carroll, he said he's learned enduring lessons about leadership and serving others. This summer, he will intern on Capitol Hill in the office of Montana… Continue Reading


MTPR: Pence Told Crow Tribe 'War On Coal Is Over' During Absaloka Mine Visit

A coal mine on the Crow Reservation was the first stop for Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Montana. After Air Force Two landed, Pence climbed into a waiting vehicle and went directly to the Crow Reservation. "Mr. Vice President it's so good to have you here in Montana," said U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) who accompanied Pence on Air Force Two. "I think it is noteworthy that the plane lands today in Billings and the very first stop of the vice president was to Crow Country and to coal… Continue Reading


KRTV: VP Mike Pence visits coal country, declares 'war on coal is over'

Prior to his appearance on Friday night, Vice President Pence received a first hand look at a Montana coal mine, then later declared that the "war on coal is over." Vice President Mike Pence took the opportunity to visit coal country during his trip to Montana. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke and Senator Steve Daines joined him in riding horseback at Westmoreland's Absaloka Mine in Sarpy Creek. The meeting provided the Crow Tribe a platform to speak with the administration. With 85 employed … Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: VP Mike Pence says 'war on coal' is over during visit to Crow coal mine

United States Vice President Mike Pence declared "the war on coal" over Friday after touring a Crow Indian coal mine on horseback and meeting with stakeholders. "I just want to assure you that this administration is absolutely determined to continue to expand the opportunities to develop American energy in an environmentally responsible way," Pence said. The vice president gathered with Crow tribal leaders and coal supporters at Absaloka Mine's headquarters on the Crow Reservation. The … Continue Reading


ABC News: Mike Pence in Montana: Tours coal mine on horseback, stumps for GOP candidate

Vice president Mike Pence headed to Montana Friday to garner support for Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate vying for the Treasure State's only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. And considering he is in Big Sky Country, the former Indiana governor's method of transportation while touring the Westmoreland Coal Company's Absaloka Mine on the Crow Indian Reservation was, not surprisingly, horseback. Wearing denim blue jeans and sturdy boots, Pence toured the coal mine with Interi… Continue Reading


E&E News: USDA official on proposed cuts: 'We hope that won't happen'

The director of pesticide programs at the Department of Agriculture is rooting against President Trump's proposed budget cuts to her agency. "We hope that won't happen," Sheryl Kunickis, director of USDA's Office of Pest Management Policy, said at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on pesticide registration programs. Kunickis and U.S. EPA's acting director of pesticide programs, Rick Keigwin, each took questions from panel Democrats about the potential effect of the deep cuts Trump e… Continue Reading


BDC: Montana's economy linked it agriculture

In Montana, we know how important agriculture is - to our economy, to jobs and to keeping food on our tables, and on tables around the world. I'm thrilled to have former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as our new Secretary of Agriculture. I know Secretary Perdue will be a champion for Montana agriculture. Don't take my word for it - come hear from him yourself when he is the keynote speaker at the Montana Ag Summit 2017 in Great Falls May 31-June 1. During a time of historically low prices, … Continue Reading


Politico: Europe, airlines await word on new U.S. laptop ban

An expected expansion of the Trump administration's laptop ban to include flights from Europe is causing heartburn among the travel industry and some European officials, who fear a logistical nightmare for millions of trans-Atlantic passengers just ahead of the summer vacation season. Briefings Thursday for U.S. senators and the major domestic airlines ended with no announcements from the Department of Homeland Security about changes to the restrictions, which already prohibit passengers from c… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Trump Defends Comey Firing, Says Both Parties Will Thank Him

President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey, asserting in a flurry of tweets Wednesday that Republicans and Democrats "will be thanking me." Trump did not mention any effect the firing might have on the probe into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia. Instead, Trump tweeted that he'll name a replacement "who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI." Nevertheless, Tuesday's abrupt firing throws into question the future of th… Continue Reading

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