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All of the Above? The Ancient Voting Method One City Might Adopt:


Advocates say "approval voting," which has never been used in electoral politics, offers voters more flexibility. It can be tough for voters to choose which person to support when elections feature ...


For Next-Generation City Infrastructure, Consider Partnerships:




New emails reveal a central political motivation for changing the census:


When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross instructed the Census Bureau earlier this year to include a question on the decennial census about the citizenship of residents, he offered a specific rationale. ...


North Dakota voter ID law upheld by Supreme Court could affect Senate race:


The Supreme Court ruled this week to uphold a North Dakota voter identification law which requires that voters present an ID which includes a residential address in order to vote, potentially restricting ...


Here's how the FCC plans to defend its net neutrality repeal in federal court:


The Federal Communications Commission told a federal court on Thursday that it acted properly when it repealed the U.S. government's net neutrality rules in 2017, marking its first legal salvo ...


Illinois' New Education Cluster CIO Talks Training, Upcoming Work:


After holding tech and innovation positions in government in Boston and Rhode Island, Kevin Parker discusses priorities for his new position in Illinois. Parker's arrival in the state came just a ...


Senator Tester Delivers Grant to Support Homeownership in Montana $434,246 to Educate, Improve Housing Conditions Across the State:


U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced a grant that will help Montana homeowners stay in their homes. The $434,246 will benefit NeighborWorks Montana, which works to increase access to quality, ...


"The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis - What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?:


"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing ...


How a group of firefighters in California helped save net neutrality:




Rural Americans Suffer the Costs of Faulty FCC Broadband Data:




FCC Sets Rules for 5G Infrastructure, Limiting State and Local Control:


The new industry-backed regulations are likely to attract lawsuits from state and local government groups that worry they will cost them revenue, make it easier for internet providers to sue them and ...


Gov Bullock Announces Health Insurance Premium Working Group:


Governor Steve Bullock is creating a bipartisan working-group to develop a plan to reduce premiums for people who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace. A Montana Healthcare Foundation study ...


President Trump Signs Senator Tester's Campaign Finance Reform Bill into Law:


President Donald Trump today signed U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bill to make Senate campaigns more transparent. Tester's bill, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, requires candidates to electronically ...


New Credit Freezes Now Available Thanks to Senator Tester's Law Senator's Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Bill Helps Consumers Defend Against Identity Theft:


Consumers are now guaranteed free credit freezes thanks to U.S. Senator Jon Tester's recently signed legislation to protect Montanans from fraud and identity theft. The additional consumer protections ...


Sexual remarks at statewide Montana Association of Counties conference offend, have some seeking change:


Jokes about "well-endowed" women and other off-color remarks at this week's meeting of the Montana Association of Counties in Missoula didn't sit well with some, and it has prompted calls for the organization ...


Governor Bullock, Department of Administration Task New Bipartisan Work Group with Saving Montanans Money on Health Insurance:


Report commissioned by Montana Healthcare Foundation shows reinsurance could save Montanans 10-20% on individual health insurance premiums Governor Steve Bullock and Department of Administration ...


Supreme Court Orders Disclosure For Dark Money, As New Report Unveils Some Donors:


Chief Justice John G. Roberts had blocked a lower court order that would have required politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors. But on Tuesday the full Supreme Court overturned his ...


Bozeman's first affordable housing manager to leave job:


City officials announced Monday that Bozeman's first affordable housing manager will "pursue other career options" seven months into the job. That comes as leaders are trying to build Bozeman's definition ...


Montana Association of Counties meets in Missoula to develop legislative goals:


About 200 elected officials, exhibitors and sponsors are expected to descend on Missoula this week for the 2018 Montana Association of Counties' annual meeting. Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, and ...


The House Is Trying to Sneak These Controversial Changes Into the Farm Bill - Even if the SNAP work requirements don't make it through, these three wrinkles could. :


Such as: Preventing localities from regulating pesticides. Titled "Regulatory Reform," Section 9101 of the House Bill would forbid "political subdivision[s] of a state"--i.e., counties, cities--from ...


A Troubling Trend for Cities: Slowing Revenue But Rising Spending Growth:




Thanks to SCOTUS, States Are Taxing Online Sales. But the Legal Fight May Not Be Over.:




"The United States In A New Global Order: An Evening With Larry Summers And Max Baucus" - 9/24 - Missoula:


Powerhouse Harvard scholars from the worlds of economics and poetry will each offer public lectures at the University of Montana on Monday, Sept. 24. The speakers are Lawrence Summers, one of ...


NASA: Looking into selling rockets' names to private companies:




Many lawmakers and aides who crafted financial regulations after the 2008 crisis now work for Wall Street:


Ten years after the financial crisis brought the U.S. economy to its knees, about 30 percent of the lawmakers and 40 percent of the senior staff who crafted Congress' response have gone to work ...


'Active Measures' - In theaters, on iTunes, Hulu and digital platforms 8/31:


ACTIVE MEASURES chronicles the most successful espionage operation in Russian history, the American presidential election of 2016. Filmmaker Jack Bryan exposes a 30-year history of covert political ...


Money (in Politics) Doesn't Just Talk - It Screams:


A ballot initiative in Missouri would set limits on political contributions in an effort to keep Big Money from running the state. If it passes, ordinary citizens will be the ones who benefit. By ...


Minneapolis Federal Reserve president talks interest rates, wages at Montana State University:


Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari didn't pull any punches at Montana State University on Wednesday, discussing everything from trade wars to interest rates and Bozeman's housing shortage. Kashkari ...


Millions of Acres of 'Public' Land Are Not Legally Accessible:


Private holdings block public access to nearly 10 million acres of federal land in the West, hampering growth in the recreation economy, a new report says. The federal program that could help ...


ServeMontana is still seeking community input on what Montanans think are the most critical needs facing their communities.:


Every three years, the Governor's Office of Community Service http://lists.mt.gov/t/4348961/932696/1718/2/ uses a Community Needs Assessment survey to identify the needs facing Montana communities. ...

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