Steve Bullock http://mtpr.net en Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future http://mtpr.net/post/bullock-burning-coal-will-continue-foreseeable-future <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released <a href="http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/images/uploads/IPCC_WG2AR5_SPM_Approved.pdf" target="_blank">its latest report</a> at the end of March.</span></p><p>The panel, established by the United Nations, continues to point to the vast majority of scientific research indicating human activity is a primary driver of our warming global climate.</p><p>In Montana, research suggests a future with lower mountain snowpack, hotter drier summers, and more severe wildfires.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:00:13 +0000 Dan Boyce 17345 at http://mtpr.net Bullock: burning coal will continue into the foreseeable future Bullock unveils "Main Street Montana" economic development initiative http://mtpr.net/post/bullock-unveils-main-street-montana-economic-development-initiative <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Steve Bullock has released a <a href="http://governor.mt.gov/docs/MSMP_draft_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">major economic development initiative</a> which will guide his administration’s approach to growing jobs and raising wages.</span></p><p>The governor’s office has been working on the Main Street Montana Project for almost a year—holding roundtable discussions around the state led by some top business leaders.</p><p>The Governor describes the plan as a bottom-up method for growing the state economy.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:28:08 +0000 Dan Boyce 17169 at http://mtpr.net Bullock unveils "Main Street Montana" economic development initiative Motl: Supreme Court decision will not impact MT elections much http://mtpr.net/post/motl-supreme-court-decision-will-not-impact-mt-elections-much <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let individuals give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want.</p><p>The 5-4 vote Wednesday, led by the court’s conservative majority, frees up wealthy contributors to give more campaign donations ahead of the 2014 election.</p><p>It will have an immediate impact on Montana races for federal office, such as the US Senate and House of Representatives.</p><p>But, the state Commissioner of Political Practices says statewide elections will not be affected that much.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:41:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 17111 at http://mtpr.net State employees to don sneakers with their suits for cancer awareness http://mtpr.net/post/state-employees-don-sneakers-their-suits-cancer-awareness <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State employees are taking an opportunity to sport some casual wear to work in exchange for donations to the American Cancer Society.</span></p><p>It’s part of what the society calls the <a href="http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?team_id=1605797&amp;fr_id=62200&amp;pg=team">suits and sneakers challenge.</a></p><p>From now until the end of the NCAA finals basketball tournament, state workers will be able to wear sneakers with their business suits or collegiate apparel on Thursdays and Fridays in exchange for a $5 dollar donation.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:04:13 +0000 Dan Boyce 16379 at http://mtpr.net State employees to don sneakers with their suits for cancer awareness Sen. Walsh on Obamacare, military spending, and the controversy surrounding his appointment http://mtpr.net/post/sen-walsh-obamacare-military-spending-and-controversy-surrounding-his-appointment <p>Montana’s newest United States Senator, John Walsh, is starting his second month in office.</p><p>The former Lieutenant Governor and head of the Montana National Guard was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to fill the seat vacated by long-time Senator Max Baucus.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baucus is now the U.S. Ambassador to China.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:17:04 +0000 Dan Boyce 16376 at http://mtpr.net Sen. Walsh on Obamacare, military spending, and the controversy surrounding his appointment Bullock says he was not in touch with Democratic operatives on Walsh appointment http://mtpr.net/post/bullock-says-he-was-not-touch-democratic-operatives-walsh-appointment <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Steve Bullock said Friday he spoke to no Democratic Party officials ahead of appointing John Walsh to the U.S. Senate other than to tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the issue was “none of your damn business.”</span></p><p>This is in response to criticism from the state GOP, which has described the move as a political backroom deal orchestrated to help Democrats maintain control of the Senate in the 2014 election.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:52:12 +0000 Dan Boyce 15029 at http://mtpr.net Bullock says he was not in touch with Democratic operatives on Walsh appointment Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates http://mtpr.net/post/daines-introduces-bill-repeal-federal-id-mandates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana Congressman Steve </span>Daines<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced plans Thursday to introduce a bill repealing portions of the 2005 REAL ID Act related to federally-mandated security protocols for driver’s licenses and other state-issued ID cards.</span></p><p>“In recent months, Montanans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government’s access to Montana’s personal information,” Daines said during a press conference in the state capitol building’s old Supreme Court chambers.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:35:17 +0000 Dan Boyce 14973 at http://mtpr.net Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates Board of Regents Chair McLean tapped as new Lt. Gov. http://mtpr.net/post/board-regents-chair-mclean-tapped-new-lt-gov <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anaconda High School teacher and chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean has been selected as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.</span></p><p>The move comes after Bullock tapped Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to serve the remainder of Max Baucus’s U.S. Senate term, who left last week to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.</p><p>Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Angela McLean from her fifth period American government class on Monday.</p><p>Her experience experience compliments the Governor’s policy agenda.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:56:29 +0000 Dan Boyce 14827 at http://mtpr.net Board of Regents Chair McLean tapped as new Lt. Gov. Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator http://mtpr.net/post/walsh-appointed-montanas-next-us-senator <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just one day after Montana’s Senior Senator, Max Baucus, was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Governor Steve Bullock has appointed his Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh, to serve the remainder of Baucus’s term. The move keeps the post in Democratic hands and may bolster the party’s hopes of keeping the seat in November.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:31:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 14699 at http://mtpr.net Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator MT driver’s license not in compliance as REAL-ID Act enforcement begins http://mtpr.net/post/mt-driver-s-license-not-compliance-real-id-act-enforcement-begins <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin to gradually enforce components of the 2005 </span><a href="http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/real-id-act-text.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">REAL ID Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a law which sets federal security standards for state-issued IDs.</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:18:41 +0000 Dan Boyce 13804 at http://mtpr.net MT driver’s license not in compliance as REAL-ID Act enforcement begins