A bill introduced in the Montana House of Representatives this week would curb the use of isolation in state prisons. The Montana Solitary Confinement Reform Act (or House Bill 490) was introduced by Democrat Jenny Eck and would ban solitary confinement for people under the age of 18 and those with severe mental illness. It would also introduce due process and appeal measures for inmates facing solitary and require weekly mental health evaluations for isolated inmates.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Friday February 20, 2015 12:00 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 20, 2014 2:10 pm|
The people of Montana won’t get a chance to vote on Medicaid expansion this November. The campaign trying to put the issue on the ballot was unable to get enough valid signatures by today’s deadline.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday February 19, 2014 1:30 am|
A new highlight in the history of American jurisprudence, but one example of how Missoula County, Montana dispensed justice between the genders.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 15, 2013 3:15 pm|
Senate Democrats suffered a real set back when former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer decided not to run for the open Senate. While Schweitzer had been seriously considering a run for several months he told the AP over the weekend that he didn’t want to leave Montana for Washington.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 27, 2013 5:00 pm|
With many Republican politicians at the state level refusing to have anything to do with Obamacare, some groups are now starting to look toward the ballot initiative process as a way to circumvent their opposition to the Medicaid expansion provision.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 30, 2013 8:30 am|
While many prominent groups on the left are urging former governor Brian Schweitzer (D) to run for the Montana Senate seat Max Baucus (D) is retiring from Schweitzer still hasn’t officially announced his plans. If he does decide to run he will start off as the clear favorite. A new Harper poll shows him leading ahead of all of the most likely Republican nominees.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 23, 2013 5:12 pm|
Instead of facing a tough re-election next year it looks like Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) will instead retire. Two senior Democratic strategists told the Washington Post of Baucus plans and the story has been confirmed by the AP.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 29, 2013 9:15 am|
Former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold is apparently not pulling any punches as the founder of Progressives United. In an email to supporters about the Amgen subsidyin the fiscal cliff deal, Feingold called out Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) by name for being part of the corruption that permeates government
|By: Bob Brigham Monday January 14, 2013 1:15 pm|
Major tax cuts were extended for giant corporations — while the average Montana was stuck with a $900/year in increased taxes — and the person responsible is claiming he doesn’t even know how his staff put it in there for his former staff? This is why last night Bill Moyers referred to Max Baucus as, “a connoisseur of revolving door corruption.”
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 7, 2012 10:10 am|
Sen. Jon Tester (D) has won re-election in Montana. The election was called by the AP this morning. With 84 percent of precincts report Tester is at 48.8 percent, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) is at 44.7 percent and Libertarian Dan Cox is at 6.5 percent.