Voices of Montana Upcoming Show Calendar

Montana’s Statewide Radio Talk Show …Since 1998

Read the below calendar to see what is coming up on Voices of Montana.

  • 01

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    January 1, 2019

    We will pick you a “Best of Program” While we take the day off for the New Years Day Holiday.

  • 02

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    January 2, 2019

    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.

  • 03

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    January 3, 2019

    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!

     It is time to bring fair and honest debate back into the process. Time to make the committees do their job instead of simply “killing” bills House leadership doesn’t like. Time to end the secret deals and bring transparency back into the process. Time to go back to the simple majority rule for bringing bills to the floor of the Montana House and ensure all Montanans are represented as promised by our state’s Constitution.
    Nancy Balance.
  • 04

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    January 4, 2019

    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.


  • 07

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    January 7, 2019

    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.