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Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We are halfway through the legislative session. All the bills without money on them had to be transferred from the Senate to the House, and vice versa, so it has been kind of hectic this week. In Fish and Game committee we had...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! We are well aware of the power outages in Eastern Montana and it has been the subject of discussion around the legislature. Almost every source of power had trouble during the ice storm in the south. Wind, solar, nuclear and...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! In Fish and Game committee we confirmed the Governor’s appointment for Director of FWP, Hank Worsech. A couple words that were used by the proponents to describe Mr. Worsech were “integrity” and “fair”. We also...

 

Guest Opinion: Rep. Brandon Ler Legislative Update Weeks 5 & 6

Hello from Helena! The House of Representatives continues to be busy hearing and voting on important legislature. I appreciate all of the input I’ve received from Richland County residents on each of these important proposals. We recently heard HB...

 

Bicoastal & Washington DC Elites Despise Middle America

It has become increasingly obvious that the Bicoastal and D.C “elites” despise Middle America. Unfortunately, they are now the policy makers for the whole country. President Biden seems obliged to appease the elites at the expense of the rest of...

 

Facts Matter

State Senator Steve Hinebauch has written that the Jan. 6 riots in the Nation’s capital were caused by ANTIFA disguised as Trump supporters and that identifying the “far right” as those that caused, “problems” during the administration...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! This week in judiciary committee we heard four pro-life bills. HB136 the Pain Capable Bill, HB140 which allows a pregnant mother to see the ultrasound of her baby before an abortion, HB171 which puts restrictions on abortion...

 

Guest Opinion: Rep. Brandon Ler Legislative Update Weeks 3 & 4

Hello from Helena! It is incredible to be a lawmaker in Helena this session-and I use the term “incredible” in both its positive and negative connotations. On the positive side, the House of Representatives moved five important bills to the...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Report

Greetings from Helena! The bill that received the most interest that my committees dealt with this week was in Senate Fish and Game, SB111. This bill is aimed at giving people with physical disabilities the opportunity to use crossbows during...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Update

Greetings from Helena! We are starting to see more bills come before the committees and onto the floor. A couple bills we heard in Senate Health and Human Services committee were SB100 and SB108. SB100 deals with the corruption involving welfare...

 

Guest Opinion: Legislative Update

I was sworn in on Jan. 4 with my family watching from the Gallery. I am honored to represent House District 35 in the House Agriculture, Education and Judiciary Committees. The 67th Legislature hit the ground running. We’ve started hearing bills in...

 

Gun Owners Beware: Marijuana Use & Gun Ownership Do Not Go Together

In the last election, Montana voters chose to legalize recreational marijuana starting in 2021. Medical marijuana use is currently legal in both North Dakota and Montana. North Dakota has not legalized recreational use. While many may be...

 

Legislative Update

Greetings from Helena! The 67th Legislative Session has begun. This session I am again on the Senate Judiciary committee, which is a very active committee. We meet in the mornings Monday through Friday. It is one of the busiest committees in the...

 

Legislative Update

Greetings! Another year is about to end, and a legislative session is about to start. I am honored to have been re-elected by the people from Senate District 18. Through the election the people gave a loud and clear message to those of us in the legi...

 

Family Meal Time

In today’s world, it can be hard to find the time to stay connected to your family. Parents and kids are always on different schedules, playing sports, attending classes, running errands, or, in some cases, just too tired to make the effort. With...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, In matters of government my main interest is public education. Public schools are especially important in this area because with shrinking population public schools are evermore the center of the community. I watched Pat and Brenda...

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor • I am writing in response to a recent letter from Susan Peterson from Glendive. Ms. Peterson had attended a community session on Human Trafficking. She criticized Senator Steve Hinebauch for not being in attendance. • Unlike his oppo...

 

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: I have followed Austin Knudsen since 2011, his 1st year in office. I have personally known Austin for several years. Austin and his wife, Christie, have a great family. One thing I am confident about Austin is that he will be tough on...

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor Why does our current state senator continue to try and cut funding for our schools and teachers? I was alarmed when I saw that Steve Hinebauch supported education only 20% of the time. Guess what? After a little more research, I found...

 

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: Experience and Safety in the Attorney General Race Raph Graybill comes to the Attorney General as the only candidate who served as a law enforcement officer as a member of the NYPD. In private practice he represented inventors and...

 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, In 2019 State Senator Steven Hinebaugh voted NO on Hanna’s Act HB 21, which provided for a specialist with the Department of Justice to coordinate efforts between local, state, Federal, and tribal authorities in missing persons cases,...

 

To the Residents of Richland County

On behalf of the Office of Sheriff and my staff, I want to express our appreciation for your continued support during these trying times. We are seeing changes across the nation affecting the relationship between law enforcement and the public. Our...

 

Letter to the Editor

Dear neighbors, It’s summer in Richland County. Like you, my days are filled with sunburns, hard work, and spending time outside with loved ones. However, as your local librarian, there is one pressing topic that I would like to visit about with...

 

Letter To The Editor

I find it ironic and disheartening that Senator Daines, a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative, voted for the 2017 tax bill, which primarily benefited our richest people and our largest corporations and is projected to add $2 trillion to our national...

 

COVID From My Perspective

As an EMT, and a reasonably intelligent person, when I learned about COVID-19, my initial thoughts were: “We just don’t know enough about this virus, so I should proceed with caution, not fear, to protect myself, my family and others that I come...

 

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