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Governor Bullock Joins the Field of Candidates for POTUS

The Story: The field was already an unprecedentedly crowded one: so, what's one candidate more? On Tuesday, May 14, Governor Steve Bullock of Montana announced...
Why Some Dems Want Montana's Governor To Run For Senate Instead Of President | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Why Some Dems Want Montana’s Governor To Run For Senate Instead Of President |...

Montana's Democratic governor Steve Bullock says he's running to challenge Trump for the White House in 2020. But there are plenty in his own party who want him to run for the Senate instead. Garrett Haake and David Jolly discuss.…

DUI bill that caused political furor over process is now dead

“I think a lot of legislators thought that the process was being circumvented, and I didn’t care to have it keep going,” Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, told MTN News on Tuesday. “I’m disappointed for the people of Montana because it is a serious problem in this state,” he said. “When one to two people die every week because of impaired drivers, that’s serious.” The proposal, crafted originally by Republican Attorney General Tim Fox, would have taken a number of steps to attempt to reduce drunken driving, including the use of blood draws from first-time drunken-driving suspects. “Without that hard evidence, it’s hard to get a conviction,” Regier said. In an interview Tuesday, Fox told MTN News that he, too, is disappointed that the bill didn’t pass — but said he plans to keep working on the issue. “Montana, unfortunately, is a state that leads the nation in the number of DUI deaths and DUI, in general, per capita.” Other elements of the bill included increasing fines for serial DUI offenders and making it harder for DUI offenders to get those offenses removed from their record. Regier’s Senate Bill 65, which contained the original proposals, passed the Senate but was killed last Friday by the House Judiciary Committee, with both Republicans and Democrats voting against it. However, late that same evening, Regier and others decided to take parts of the bill and place them in a lengthy amendment that would be offered to another bill Saturday morning, in the Senate Finance and Claims Committee. The committee voted Saturday morning to place the DUI language into House Bill 685, a one-page “companion bill” that had a broad title and had been sitting in committee with virtually no content. Story by Mike Dennison, MTN News

Daines tells Legislature to put aside politics, calls for border security

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines told lawmakers in Helena on Friday to put party politics aside when considering legislation, emphasized the need to pass funding for border security and said it was critical to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Native women in Montana. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester spoke to legislators last month and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte will speak on Monday. Funding for a border wall was the trigger of a 35-day partial federal government shutdown that ended a week ago. President Donald Trump has refused any budget deal that doesn't include $5.7 billion for wall along the southern border. Stopgap funding re-opened the government until Feb. 15 and Trump has said there's a "good chance" he'd declare a national emergency to obtain funding for the wall. In December Daines called for using a "nuclear option" by changing the U.S. Senate rules to require only 51 votes to pass funding for the wall. Those critical of calls to build a wall along the southern border point out the fentanyl was seized at a border crossing, not at a location proposed for a wall. The economy was also a focus of Daines' speech, both its successes and where he sees the need for improvement. The Republican tax cuts passed in 2017 have benefited Montanans to the tune of about $1,000 more annually in their paychecks, Daines said, and told lawmakers not to add any more taxes following on the heels of cuts at the federal level. Montana legislators this week heard a bill called Hanna's Act, the main legislation in a package of five bills related to missing and murdered Native women.
Trump: Anonymous op-ed is 'virtually treason'

Trump: Anonymous op-ed is ‘virtually treason’

In an exclusive 'Fox & Friends' interview, President Trump says the anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times is 'unfair' to the country. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as…
Donald Trump Blasts NYT Op-Ed & Again Relives 2016 Win To Montana Rally | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Donald Trump Blasts NYT Op-Ed & Again Relives 2016 Win To Montana Rally |...

While the White House faces questions about who's really in charge, a reportedly 'incensed' Trump went to a Montana rally blasting the NYT op-ed and reliving his 2016 win. Jonathan Lemire, Nancy Cook, & Eli Stokols weigh in. » Subscribe…
President Donald Trump Talks Impeachment, His Own Mental Health | The Last Word | MSNBC

President Donald Trump Talks Impeachment, His Own Mental Health | The Last Word |...

Reports describe an increasingly paranoid President Trump after the anonymous NYT op-ed written by a senior WH official. But at a rally in Montana tonight, Trump reflected on impeachment and all the people who say "he's lost it." Tim O'Brien…
Watch Live: Trump holds 'MAGA' rally in Montana

Watch Live: Trump holds ‘MAGA’ rally in Montana

Watch LIVE at 9pm EST: President Trump will be in Billings, Montana hosting a campaign rally. The event comes on the heels of an explosive confirmation hearing for Trump's SCOTUS nominee, as well as a damning op-ed in the New…
Halliburton Makes Ryan Zinke's Beer Dream Come True | All In | MSNBC

Halliburton Makes Ryan Zinke’s Beer Dream Come True | All In | MSNBC

The Interior Department's inspector general is investigating whether Zinke colluded to have Halliburton's chairman build him the microbrewery he's always wanted in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth…

‘We protect Ice’: Trump supporters rally behind immigration slogan

The president was referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security that bears the responsibility of carrying out his hardline immigration agenda. The list of those calling for Ice to be abolished nonetheless includes at least some prominent Democrats, such as Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, both regarded as potential contenders for the 2020 presidential race. A recent poll, conducted before the controversy over Trump’s family separation policy, found Democrats with a 14-point advantage over Republicans on each party’s handling of immigration. The US Customs and Border Protection, meanwhile, was tasked with enforcement along the US borders. But the Obama administration, immigration advocates said, shifted its focus in later years by having Ice concentrate on those who committed serious felonies or were considered security risks. The overall arrests in 2017, Trump’s first year in office, were 30% higher than the previous year. The “Abolish Ice” slogan among some progressives, Fitzgerald said, probably has less to do with the agency itself than “a general cry of protest against Trump’s draconian immigration policies”. Democrats in Washington, he pointed out, have largely adopted the position that Ice should be reformed rather than eliminated in its entirety. The agents wrote that the association of Ice with the Trump administration’s controversial detention and deportation policies had made it difficult for its investigative division to pursue threats to national security, organized crime, and drug and human trafficking. “The reality is, at the end of the day, we need to have an agency that enforces immigration law and the border.” “But we need an agency that operates with humanity, with compassion … It’s not about abolish Ice so much as it is about abolish the abuses, abolish the treatment of families like they’re something less than human.”