By Amy R. Sisk
Community News Service
University of Montana School of Journalism
Time’s running out for lawmakers to propose options to Medicaid expansion. Lee Newspapers’ Mike Dennison tells us about two proposals and notes that legislators must act soon to meet fast-approaching deadlines.
Dennison’s colleague, Charles S. Johnson, covered a new development in a lawsuit against the state’s former ethics chief. A Missoula district judge said the case can proceed in court, denying the state’s motion to dismiss the case.
Meanwhile, a GOP political consultant has created a fake campaign website for Republican Sen. Llew Jones “to do a little planning” before a possible campaign to defeat the senator next election. John Adams of the Great Falls Tribune reports that site was created by Jake Eaton, a former executive director of the Montana Republican Party, who accused Jones of “actively conspiring with Democrats to beat Republican members of the Legislature.”
Elsewhere in the capital city, Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioner has resigned. Eve Byron of the Helena Independent Record reports that Bob Ream believed the Legislature’s partisan nature would have resulted in “a sham” confirmation hearing.
Dan Boyce of Montana Public Radio covered a proposal to end the tax on pollution-control equipment.
In case you missed it, check out the latest installment of Jackie Yamanaka’s Capitol Connections program on Yellowstone Public Radio. This week, she sat down with Republican and Democratic Senate leadership to discuss the fallout of last Friday’s chaotic floor session.