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Legislative candidates talk Medicaid expansion

POCATELLO — With the Nov. 8 election day fast approaching, local legislative candidates recently exchanged viewpoints on one of the biggest issues facing the state.

Closing the Medicaid gap to provide tens of thousands of Idahoans with health insurance was debated in-depth at a recent public forum sponsored by American Legion Post 4 at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building.

The debate mostly featured Republican candidates explaining why they don’t want to eliminate the gap while not sounding insensitive to the plight of the uninsured, and their Democratic opponents countering by trying to put a human face on the problem.

Dustin W. Manwaring, a Pocatello Republican running for the Idaho House of Representatives, said he’s against accepting federal dollars to close the gap but is in favor of making sure everyone has health insurance.

Read more: http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/legislative-candidates-talk-medicaid-expansion/article_2513eeac-bfb3-54fe-b2dd-499d0a1eeeb9.html

AG's office reviewing alleged voter intimidation in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho -- A northern Idaho prosecutor has asked the state Attorney General to look into complaints of voter intimidation and interference.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane said Wednesday that the office is currently reviewing the case submitted by the Bonner County prosecutor's office and could not yet comment.

The Idaho Democratic Party announced earlier this month that it had pulled a volunteer from campaign work in District 1. The district includes Bonner and Boundary counties, where many residents support far-right Republican candidates.

"Most of us in Idaho will go to the polls in November without any fear lurking about this basic act of participating and growing our democracy. But not all," Idaho Democratic Chairman Bert Marley said in a statement this week.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article109242422.html

Billings candidate for Montana Legislature accused of racist remarks

A Billings candidate for state Legislature is being accused of racism by his former classmates at a conservative Christian university.

Republican Robert Saunders is being accused of telling a black college peer at Patrick Henry College that at an earlier point in America’s history, he would have owned her. Another peer said Saunders once said President Barack Obama and his family should be “sent back to the fields to pick cotton.”

The comments, including a video of Saunders’ female accuser, were posted on the Democratic gossip blog Montana Cowgirl.

Through interviews and email inspections, The Gazette confirmed Saunders’ classmates were the source of the allegations.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/billings-candidate-accused-of-racist-remarks/article_d57752fe-95c6-5cb7-8133-1a2b84705756.html

Montana News is being cross-posted to http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/board/47/montana .

Son of Montana day care owner sentenced to 100 years in prison for sexually abusing children

A man who admitted to 12 child sex abuse charges was sentenced Thursday to 100 years to the Montana State Prison.

Jared Addison Terhune, 40, was sentenced by Yellowstone County District Court Judge Michael Moses.

Terhune pleaded guilty in August to five counts of sexual assault, three counts of sexual intercourse without consent and four counts of sexual abuse of children.

Moses issued a sentence of 100 years on each charge, although the sentences will run at the same time.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/crime/son-of-day-care-owner-sentenced-to-years-in-prison/article_ebeda652-b84b-5334-bf0d-4e4f732f7d9f.html

Montana News is being cross-posted to http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/board/47/montana .

Hoeven bill gets talked up during Montana farm bill panel

BILLINGS, Montana — A bill Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) co-introduced with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) that would raise the maximum loan amounts for farmers and ranchers under FSA programs was mentioned positively multiple times during a farm bill panel that included cattle ranchers and farmers put on by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) Monday.

The Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act is intended to help both farmers and ranchers navigate a low-price environment, in which cattle and wheat — two of the MonDak’s top commodities — are facing historic lows. Meanwhile, on top of that, vomitoxin has struck wheat farmers in both northwestern North Dakota and northeastern Montana, deepening the pain for both. Such high vomitoxin means that even using it for feed can be problematic, and many have said they will have to burn the contaminated crop..

The Hoeven-Klobuchar measure would raise caps on Farm Service Agency direct farm loans, operating loans, and ownership loans, as well as guaranteed farm loans, operating loans and ownership loans.

“This legislation is really important for our farmers and ranchers now, so that they can get access to credit during these challenging times with low commodity prices,” Hoeven said when the bill was introduced. “It will help them to maintain their operations so that they can continue to provide affordable, high-quality food to the American people.”

Read more: http://www.willistonherald.com/news/hoeven-bill-gets-talked-up-during-montana-farm-bill-panel/article_991ccec2-9590-11e6-9075-ff10202e28fc.html

Montana News is being cross-posted to http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/board/47/montana .

Montana oil and gas gears up for legislative battles

SIDNEY, Mont. — With state oil revenues significantly down due to a two-year price slump and continuing price weakness in the oil and gas sector, the next budgetary session in the Montana state capitol also promises to be brutal.

Amid that coming challenge, at both state and federal levels, the oil and gas industry is also facing what Montana Petroleum Association’s Executive Director Alan Olson says is an “alphabet soup” of new regulations from both federal and state entities. His organization is among those crafting position statements for 2017 responding to proposed federal rules for venting and flaring, as well as new standards for water discharge permits, and, at the state level, sage grouse preservation and proposed expansion of notice requirements ahead of drilling. That’s just to name a few of the many issues ahead for Montana’s slice of the Bakken.

Olson was in Sidney Tuesday night to discuss the next legislative session and outline MPA priorities on a legislative tour that is winding through oil country in northeast Montana. Among top issues will be preservation of the state’s voluntary sage grouse conservation efforts and a state call-before-you-dig program.

Olson said Montana’s sage-grouse plans haven’t been moving as fast as needed to prevent federal intervention, and he is concerned that funds set aside for the effort may get raided in upcoming budget battles. Matt Rosendale, incumbent Senate District 18 representative now running for state auditor, was asked to weigh in on the matter.

Read more: http://www.willistonherald.com/news/montana-oil-and-gas-gears-up-for-legislative-battles/article_cf2590e8-9663-11e6-90ed-03d577577678.html

Montana News is being cross-posted to http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/board/47/montana .

Two face charges for operating drones during pipeline protests

MANDAN, N.D. – Two participants in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest have been charged with crimes related to using drones in what may be the first criminal cases in North Dakota against drone operators.

One man is charged with stalking after he used a drone to photograph private security workers and another man is charged with felony reckless endangerment for allegedly flying a drone near a North Dakota Highway Patrol aircraft.

Meanwhile, the use of drones and other surveillance tactics by the pipeline company and law enforcement are being questioned by attorneys representing the pipeline resistance camp.

Open records requests filed recently by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild seek to find out what surveillance methods have been used by law enforcement and whether any of it has been unconstitutional.

Read more: http://www.inforum.com/news/north-dakota/4142234-2-face-charges-operating-drones-during-pipeline-protests

More than 80 protesters arrested Saturday near Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK -- Law enforcement officers used pepper spray Saturday as 200 to 300 protesters gathered during the early morning hours at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site in Morton County.

"We want to use the most nonlethal method possible," said Rob Keller, a spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.

The confrontation off N.D. Highway 1806 south of Mandan lasted more than five hours and resulted in 83 arrests. Among those detained were two legal observers, according to Bruce Ellison, a attorney with the protest camp. As of 6 p.m., none had bonded out.

Kellie Berns, a protester who hung back behind a fence at the scene, said she received reports of people being pepper-sprayed and thrown to the ground and described law enforcement as being more aggressive than in past incidents. She said protesters were encircled by police as they walked onto the site.

Read more: http://www.inforum.com/news/4142545-more-80-protesters-arrested-saturday-near-dakota-access-pipeline

South Dakota Democrat reveals rape in condemning Trump

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Democratic U.S. House candidate on Tuesday shared the story of her sexual assault in condemning Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for making predatory comments about women in 2005.

Paula Hawks wrote in an essay published on the website Medium that condoning such behavior enables it at colleges and in the workplace.

Hawks wrote she was raped by "a person in a position of authority" while in college. In a telephone interview, Hawks said it happened in 1995 while she was at South Dakota State University. She said she didn't report the assault to police.

Hawks in part didn't want to have to repeatedly relive the experience and at the time didn't want her friends and family to know, she said.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/bd9fc49bb97e4bf7b293204a1e843569/south-dakota-democrat-reveals-rape-condemning-trump

Schools want state to fill juvenile justice reform gaps

They were cited for skipping school and sent before a Minnehaha County judge.

Of the nine students at this month's hearing, only one had spent even a day in class since the semester began.

Two years ago they would have faced probation or juvenile detention, but today it's a $100 fine and two more strikes before more serious consequences.

A year and a half after Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a widely praised package of juvenile justice reforms, South Dakota school administrators say the law has left them with few options for addressing truancy, underage drinking and other smaller offenses by students.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/education/2016/10/22/schools-want-state-fill-juvenile-justice-reform-gaps/92478234/
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