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Maine Tests a New Way of Voting, and Opts to Keep It:


"We want to make sure every vote counts because that's what this is all about: more voice and more choice." On Tuesday, the state became the first to use ranked-choice voting, a system that could ...


Bozeman commissioner wants minimum wage increase for city employees:


One city commissioner is sparking up the conversation around minimum wage. At the June 4 city commission meeting, Commissioner Terry Cunningham said he wanted to change city employees' minimum wage ...


Senator Tester Secures $2.5 Million Investment in Rural Water Systems in 8 Montana Communities:


U.S. Senator Jon Tester delivered a $2.5 million investment to protect clean water in Big Sky Country. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tester secured the grants ...


Why the U.S. Needs to Embrace Private Sector Involvement in Infrastructure:


The United States could learn a great deal about infrastructure finance from Australia, which has paved the way for public-private partnerships in that domain, writes Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett in ...
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Goodbye to net neutrality. Hello to an even-bigger AT&T?:


Two pivotal developments this week could dramatically expand the power and footprint of major telecom companies, altering how Americans access everything from political news to "Game of Thrones" on ...


NEW ON TED.COM What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people?:


If you think democracy is broken, here's an idea: let's replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random ...


Press Groups Criticize the Seizing of a Times Reporter's Records:


The revelation that federal prosecutors seized years' worth of email and phone records from a New York Times reporter drew criticism on Friday from news organizations and press rights groups, which expressed ...


Yellowstone superintendent says the Trump administration is forcing him out:


Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Thursday that he's being forced out as a "punitive action" after disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain, ...


2018 USDA Summer Food Service Programs in Montana - Free to all kids 18 and under:


All kids have to do is show up! School is out. Summer is in. Let's keep kids fueled to learn with summer meals! Communities across Montana plan to operate USDA's Summer Food Service Program ...


City government 101 program in the works in Great Falls, Montana:




President Signs Tester's 15th Bill into Law:




Missoula County looks to limit Bitcoin operations:


New or expanded cryptocurrency -- or Bitcoin -- mining operations could be limited in Missoula County under temporary emergency interim zoning that will be discussed during the commissioners' June 14 ...


$12M requested to reconstruct Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet:


The National Park Service is moving forward with reconstruction at the same high-altitude site above Lake McDonald http://www.sperrychalet.com/ . The park envisions a construction schedule that spans ...


At Home on the Farm With Montana Senator Jon Tester:


Jon Tester https://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=press_releases was obscured under the hood of a towering red tractor when I pulled up to his farm one day last week. I'd come to pay a visit and hold ...


Balancing Act: City and county officials juggle needs of rural and urban residents:


Bozeman Mayor Cyndy Andrus recently blamed the county for not cooperating with the city and described the situation as "frustrating." "Let's face it, Gallatin County and the city of Bozeman leaders ...


Balancing Act: City and county officials juggle needs of rural and urban residents:


Bozeman Mayor Cyndy Andrus recently blamed the county for not cooperating with the city and described the situation as "frustrating." "Let's face it, Gallatin County and the city of Bozeman leaders ...


When 160 Mayors Talk About the State of the City:


An annual report aggregates the State of the City speeches of mayors all over the country. Given the current environment, how do mayors perceive their role? Which issues are most important now, ...


Senator Jon Tester Steps Up in Fight Against Student Loan Debt:


U.S. Senator Jon Tester is defending the tens of thousands of Montanans with student loan debt by pushing back against the Administration's attempt to decimate one of the government's main student loan ...


County in Montana Works Toward Mosquito-Fighting Drone Program:


Drones might be a better solution for controlling mosquitoes in remote areas that ground vehicles have a hard time accessing. by Adrian Horton, Daily Inter Lake http://www.govtech.com/health/County-in-Montana-Works-Toward-Mosquito-Fighting-Drone-Program.html *** Soooo ...


Senator Tester Asks Nation's Cell Carriers to Make Billings, Montana a 5G Pilot City:


Senator: The Magic City is Ready for You U.S. Senator Jon Tester is asking the nation's cell phone companies to establish a 5G pilot network in Montana's largest city. Tester is asking ...


Teddy's gift: Public lands, not for sale:


At the dawn of the 20th century, a squat, chubby and bespectacled man laid out a series of maps on what was likely a very large table. His focus was the American West. Vast swathes of land that were still ...


Senator Jon Tester Calls on Senate to Use Farm Bill to Stop the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease:


Senator: CWD Threatens Wildlife, Our Outdoor Economy, and Human Health and Safety (Big Sandy, Mont.) -U.S. Senator Jon Tester is calling on the Senate to draft a Farm Bill that tackles the Chronic ...


Governments Haven't Had Rules for Revealing Their Private Debt -- Until Now:


A new requirement forces states and municipalities to annually report the terms and amount of loans they have taken directly from banks. It's a growing source of financing for many public entities. by ...


President Trump Signs Montana Senator Jon Tester's Bill to Cut Regulation and Create Jobs but Doesn't Invite Him to the Signing Ceremony.:


Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act is Senator's 14th Law this Congress President Donald Trump today signed U.S. Senator Jon Tester's major reform bill to reduce government ...


Movie Trailer: "Dark Money" the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials:


DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film ...


Appeals court upholds Montana's landmark campaign-disclosure law - Here is the link to the Trailer for "Dark Money":


A federal appeals court has upheld Montana's landmark law to force disclosure of campaign spending and fundraising by so-called "dark money" groups - and others attempting to influence elections here. The ...


Senator Tester Works Across the Aisle to Strengthen Montana's #1 Industry, Protect Clean Water:




Heartland innovation depends on net neutrality:


If you told me seven years ago that my friends and I would be running a software company with thousands of customers and four employees in an old refurbished Ford plant in the heart of North Dakota, I'd ...


San Francisco's Bold Plan to Treat Homeless Drug Addicts:


San Francisco's mayor wants to create a special medical team -- the first of its kind in the nation -- to spread out onto the city's streets and give homeless people a drug that one expert calls "blindingly ...

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