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Posted inCampaign SpendingCorruptionCrime and JusticeElectionsMontana LegislatureNewsPoliticsPublic LandsState Government

Montana Growth Network settles long-standing political practices lawsuit

HELENA – A dark money political organization that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars during the 2012 election to support conservative candidates for office has settled a lawsuit  accusing it of violating Montana’s campaign finance laws. The Montana Growth Network, headed by former Red Lodge Republican state Sen. Jason Priest, agreed to pay a $30,000 […]

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Missoula Independent staff file papers to form a union

The NewsGuild-Communication Workers of America would represent the union in collective bargaining HELENA — The 10 non-management employees of the Missoula Independent today filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to begin the process of forming a union, the Missoula News Guild Organizing Committee announced via a press release issued late Monday afternoon. Independent staff […]

Posted inEnergyEnvironmentLand UseNews

Few signs of coal revival despite Trump administration aupport

Despite the Trump Administration’s ardent support of coal over renewable energy, the percentage of U.S. electricity from renewable sources continued its gradual rise in 2017. Wind, solar and hydroelectric energy accounted for 16 percent of power production during President Trump’s first year in office, up from 13 percent in 2016 and nearly double the level […]

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Lawsuit claims Yellowstone County judge, sheriff’s officer violated civil rights in illegal immigration arrest

A Yellowstone County man who claims a judge illegally ordered his arrest is now suing that judge, and the officer who arrested him, in federal court. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Billings, Miguel Angel Reynaga Hernandez claims former Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez violated his civil rights […]