We will pick you a “Best of Program” While we take the day off for the New Years Day Holiday.
According to Rules committee chairman Rep. Derek Skees, R-Kalispell, a big opponent of the rules change, Montana legislators will take up the issue again on Jan. 8, the second day of the 2019 session.
Call in and tell us what you think of the “Silver Bullet” Should the majority be able to use it? Many say no, See what the Rules Committee Chairman, Derek Skees says about the possible rules change.
In a recent opinion Piece by Republican Nancy Balance from Hamilton, Montana she states, The Montana Constitution defines only a few cases when a legislative super-majority vote is needed — for example, before spending trust funds, amending the Constitution, or overriding a governor’s veto. Nowhere does the Constitution suggest the Legislature should adopt super-majority rules that limit debate and centralize power in the hands of a few.
The 60-vote super-majority rule for removing bills from House committees has in the past allowed a powerful few legislators, who have received “silver bullets” or have made secret deals, to get their bills out of committee. This insider politics needs to end!
Dan Byers with the Global Energy Institute will be discussing their recently released report on the “Keep It In the Ground Movement” and its impact on energy development in Montana and throughout the United States.
The report received extensive media coverage including stories in the Washington Post, Politico, The Washington Examiner, Oil & Gas Journal, the Daily Caller, and on Fox News.
Dan Byers is vice president for policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. With a focus on environmental and regulatory policy issues, Byers develops and implements strategies in support of the Institute’s broader education and advocacy efforts. Byers brings nearly two decades of public policy experience to his work directing the Institute in assessing the impact of existing and emerging federal laws and regulations on the U.S. energy industry. He frequently speaks and writes on energy policy and environmental regulatory issues and has been published in a number of prominent outlets.
See more at: https://www.globalenergyinstitute.org/dan-byers
Mr. Byers says “While opposition to energy infrastructure projects is certainly not new, the origins of coordinated, focused campaigns are relatively recent. Beginning with the lucrative and polarizing campaign against the Keystone XL Pipeline, environmental activists set out to make opposition to individual energy projects a political litmus test. Led by Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, an influential and well-funded activist organization, this model evolved and was quickly expanded to other projects.
Friday, local business owners announced the formation of the Yellowstone Area Chamber of Commerce. The group was formed in response to a growing belief among business owners that common-sense, pro-business solutions have become secondary policy goals. The group will educate and advocate for proven and business-centric policy prescriptions that create a positive environment for businesses and economic growth.
The Yellowstone Area Chamber of Commerce has formed a Board and hired an Executive Director and lobbyist. According to Sam Loveridge, the Executive Director of YACC, “The YACC is committed to advancing policies and ideas that will grow the economy and help all businesses prosper. We’re not controlled by a single massive company or political party. If something is good for business, we will support it.”
The group and its members will fight for:
- Free-markets solutions—not more taxes, bureaucrats, and regulations.
- A straightforward and equally applied tax code that neither favors nor burdens specific businesses or industries.
- The repeal of unneeded regulations and bureaucratic red tape that disincentives growth and starting a business.
- Accountability for elected officials who serve the people—not special interests.
- An education system built for the 21st century where our best and brightest can find good-paying, fulfilling jobs in the area.
As the 2019 Legislative session nears, the YACC plans to lobby for legislation that will spur innovation, competition, and free and open markets. The group will mobilize its members to ensure that lawmakers are fully informed of the positive and negative effects that varying legislation will have on the business environment, wages, and employment.
Over the coming months, YACC will be recruiting businesses in the Yellowstone area that also seek to create a stronger climate for business in the area. “The Yellowstone Area Chamber was formed because businesses deserve a voice—they deserve someone fighting for them every day.” Sam Loveridge goes on to say, “Our goal is to create a strong, innovative, and competitive marketplace where businesses prosper, grow, and employ more people.”
The Yellowstone Area Chamber of Commerce will provide members with opportunities to network with other local businesses, build relationships, and find new customers and vendors. YACC will also connect prospective employees with member-businesses and provide opportunities for businesses to market their goods and services.
To learn more about the group or become a member of the Yellowstone Area Chamber of Commerce visit YellowstoneChamber.org or contact Sam Loveridge at 406-670-8522.
Join us as we broadcast live from the Great Northern Hotel and the “Eggs & Issues” convention sponsored by the Montana Chamber of Commerce, as part of their 2019 Business Days at the capital. We speak to the 2019 legislative leadership and get their thoughts on the 2019 legislative session. Medicaid expansion will be at the top of the list but hundreds of issues will come up to the legislators during the the sessions. We will speak to many of them, so be sure to join us on Voices of Montana!
Brad Molnar will be in-studio discussing the upcoming legislative session including a hunting bill he will introduce.
A well-funded, highly coordinated national effort is underway to call a constitutional convention, under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, for the first time in history. The result of such a convention could be a complete overhaul of the Constitution and supporters of the convention are dangerously close to succeeding. With special interest groups gaining more momentum, conservative advocates are just six states short of reaching the constitutionally-required 34-state goal. They are targeting Republican-controlled legislatures in 2018 and are within striking distance.
The unknowns surrounding a constitutional convention pose an unacceptable risk, particularly in the current polarized political climate. Given how close calling a new convention is, it’s time to spotlight that risk and sound an alarm for the preservation of our Constitution.
Robert Brown will be speaking on those risks!
The Montana Congressman will be taking your, e-mails, texts and phone calls!
And Representative Brad Tschida joins us for the second half hour.
The Mission Statement for the Montana Electric Cooperative Association and the Montana Telecommunications Association. Who provides the Montana Legislative Guide.
Provide the leadership, expertise and coordination necessary to strengthen legislative and regulatory relations for its members; to focus resources on communications and public information regarding the vital role of rural electric cooperatives in enhancing the quality of life of all Montanans; and to coordinate strong safety, director, and employee training programs on issues of current concern to MECA member systems.MECA is a not-for-profit, statewide trade association representing 24 consumer-owned electric distribution cooperatives and three generation and transmission cooperatives serving more than 250,000 people across Montana and in the Dakotas, Wyoming and Idaho. Our cooperatives’ service areas cover all 56 Montana counties. Each cooperative is customer-owned, locally controlled and not-for-profit. MECA (also commonly referred to as Statewide), is headquartered in Great Falls, Montana along the banks of the Missouri River. Formed by electric cooperatives in 1940, MECA performs many vital functions for its members. Including:
- Legislative representation at the state and national levels.
- Safety and loss control training and demonstrations for cooperatives’ employees and directors.
- The award winning Rural Montana, a monthly magazine on topics of interest to cooperative customers.
- Education and training programs and tours to Washington, D.C.
- Administrative oversight for the self-insured workers’ compensation pool of 50 Montana telephone and electric cooperatives and subsidiaries.
We speak and interview the legislators making news in Helena.
Gregory Wrightstone’s book Takes a contrarian position on climate and reveals that, contrary to the “mainstream opinion,” the Earth and humanity are flourishing and goes on to challenge the predicted apocalyptic forecasts of pending climate doom.
Wrightstone is a geologist who has been investigating the Earth’s processes for more than 35 years. He received a bachelor’s in geology from Waynesburg University and a masters degrees in geology from West Virginia University. He has written and presented extensively on many aspects of geology including how paleogeography and paleoclimate control geologic processes. His findings have allowed him to speak at many venues around the world including Ireland, England, China and most recently India.
Wrightstone’s commentaries and opinions can be found in print, radio & television, where he is a popular expert that is often tapped for his non-consensus viewpoints.
Ms. Goodloe and her law practice specialize in estate planning and business law. She has drafted a seemingly countless number of Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Releases, and End of Life Directives. She has also drafted a wide variety of trusts, including testamentary trusts, generation skipping trusts, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, and trusts with charitable components. She has handled intestacy matters, probate matters, guardianship cases, and minors’ guardian ad litem cases. In the area of business law she has created corporations and limited liability partnerships and drafted operating agreements and partnership agreements. Ms. Goodloe has also created a corporation to be the holding entity for a private water company, helped set up a commercial condominium, and written residential condominium declarations.
Montana’s lone Congressman Greg Gianforte joins the show once again from Washington, DC.
Call, text or email your questions and comments and we will answer them live.
Montana demonstrates the high value it places on educating our children, by electing a State Superintendent for K-12 public educating our children.
By law, the State Superintendent has general supervision of the K-12 public schools and districts. The State Superintendent also serves as a member of the Land Board, the State Library Commission, and as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Public Education, and the Board of Regents for the University System.
Elected in 2016 to a four-year term, Elsie Arntzen is the current State Superintendent. Arntzen is a 4th generation Montanan from Billings. She is the daughter of two Montana public school teachers and she taught 5th and 6th grade in Billings Public Schools for 23 years. She has degrees in Economics and Education from the University of Montana and Montana State University respectively. In addition to her teaching career, she served in the Montana Legislature for 12 years. She served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013 and one term in the Montana Senate from 2013 until she was sworn in as Superintendent of Public Instruction on January 2, 2017. She is the proud mother of two daughters and grandmother of four grandchildren. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Steve for 41 years.
With her strong background in public education, she is honored to serve as Superintendent of Montana’s public schools and it is her mission to put Montana students first at the Office of Public Instruction. She is accomplishing this through four key initiatives: Montana Hope, which is the whole child approach to education; Montana Teach, which promotes teacher leaders; Mo
We will try to interview as many lawmakers as we can in the one-hour
We go live to Helena for this special 2-day event.
Hunters Can Help Manage CWD
CWD has been found in fewer than 9 percent of jurisdictions in the U.S. That means residents of the other 91 percent can avoid the CWD problem. Here’s how.
A. Find out if the area where you hunt is CWD-positive. Visit the CWD Alliance (cwd-info.org) and click on the national map or state-specific links. If you subscribe to onX Hunt, click on the CWD layer.
B. Work to keep CWD out of your area. If you travel to hunt a CWD-positive area, submit every animal you kill for testing. Follow all carcass-transport rules, and do not eat any venison until you receive results of the CWD test. Never dispose of any part of a deer or elk from a CWD-infected area anywhere but an approved sanitary landfill. And if you hunt near a CWD area, voluntarily submit your deer for testing.
C. Report any sick or disoriented deer to the state wildlife agency. If you see someone illegally transporting whole carcasses of dead deer or any live deer, notify law enforcement immediately.
D. Reconsider your use of deer urine as a cover scent or lure. Use products approved by the Archery Trade Association’s Deer Protection Program (look for the blue ATA checkmark), which requires producers to adhere to stringent guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading CWD through infected urine.
Miss Montana 2019 is Laura Haller from Helena and she will help me out with my interview with Congressman Greg Gianforte.
Joining us will be, Pat Barkey, Director of the UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, previewing the Economic Outlook Series schedule around the state, including Billings on February 5.
Professor Bill Whitsitt will be speaking about our energy situation and outlook.
Darla Tyler McSherry is the director of student health services at Montana State University Billings. She is trained to spot depression and suicide. But in her own father, she never saw what was coming.
He took his own life on the very farm where he was born and raised. Afterward, his daughter struggled with guilt. She’s now determined to take her family’s anguish and use it for good by advocating on behalf of other farmers who may be in crisis.
Her motivation is to honor his memory — and because she knows that her family isn’t alone.
The suicide rate in rural America is 45% greater than in large urban areas, according to a study released last fall by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. A more recent CDC report said Montana’s suicide rate leads the nation
, coming in at nearly twice the national average. A third long-touted CDC study, currently under review
, listed farming in the occupational group, along with fishing and forestry, with the highest rate of suicide deaths.
That occupational study
was based on 2012 data, when farming was strong and approaching its peak in 2013, says Jennifer Fahy, communications director for the nonprofit Farm Aid
. Farmers’ net income has fallen 50% since 2013 and is expected to drop to a 12-year low this year, the US Department of Agriculture reports
Darla will be taking your calls and texts on the subject.
We get as many legislators as we can to come on the air with us and update us on what’s happening in Helena.
Senator Steve Daines joins us for the last half-hour of the show taking your calls and texts….
Steve Daines (born August 20, 1962) is an American entrepreneur and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Montana since 2015. He is a member of the Republican party. He previously was the U.S. Representative for Montana’s at-large congressional district from 2013 to 2015. In the 2014 midterm election, he won an open seat, defeating Democrat Amanda Curtis.
Steve Daines spent 13 years with Procter & Gamble. After seven years managing operations in the United States, he moved his family to Hong Kong and China for six years opening factories to expand Procter & Gamble’s Asian business. During the 2014 campaign, this period became a campaign issue, with the Montana Democratic Party stating that he assisted the company in outsourcing U.S. jobs to China. Daines responded to this charge by saying that he created hundreds of jobs in Montana when he worked for RightNow Technologies. In 1997, Daines left Procter & Gamble to join the family construction business in Bozeman. Three years later, Daines met Greg Gianforte, founder of RightNow Technologies, and was put in charge of running RightNow’s customer care division. Daines went on to become Vice President of North America Sales and Vice President of the Asia-Pacific division. During his tenure, the cloud-based software company became a publicly traded company and Bozeman’s largest commercial employer. Daines remained with the company until March 2012, when he left to campaign full-time.
Last November Bowen Greenwood had the honor to be the first Republican elected Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court in the last 30 years.
He gives us an explanation of what exactly the office is, what it does, and even the fact that it’s elected and partisan.
Also, Montana Native, Drew Lesofski joins us from Washington DC and updates us on the government shutdown.