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‘Frozen’ Homeland Security funds now not ‘frozen,’ state officials told

By   /  May 23, 2012  /  Montana, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE | Montana Watchdog HELENA – A March 20 e-mail to emergency coordinators throughout the state saying that nearly $5.7 million in Homeland Security Funds were “frozen” prompted an explanation Wednesday to two state representatives, saying the funds are not being held back and the author was trying to explain to the providers […]

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GOP alleges Bullock campaign violated election laws; Bullock spokesman denies claims

By   /  March 14, 2012  /  Montana, News, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

HELENA  – The head of the Montana Republican Party said he has been notified by the acting state adjutant general that he is looking into allegations raised by the GOP that Steve Bullock, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, used on-duty National Guard personnel for a campaign video. It’s an accusation that a spokesman for Bullock denies. […]

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Brig. Gen. Walsh leaves Military Affairs to run for lieutenant governor

By   /  March 8, 2012  /  Montana, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

HELENA – Montana National Guard Brig. Gen. John E. Walsh resigned as director of the Department of Military Affairs Wednesday to run as lieutenant governor in Attorney General Steve Bullock’s gubernatorial campaign. “I hereby resign as director of the Department of Military Affairs effective March 7, 2012,” Walsh wrote in a letter released Thursday by […]

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Committee may ask political practices chief to discuss allegations by staff

By   /  January 17, 2012  /  Montana, News, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE HELENA – The head of a state legislative panel that monitors the Commissioner of Political Practices said Tuesday she has asked fellow committee members if they want him to attend their Jan. 27 meeting to discuss claims by his staff of ethics violations, which include allegations he is doing private work on […]

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State Department of Emergency Services cuts 3 staffers, reorganizes

By   /  January 3, 2012  /  Montana, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

HELENA – A plan to reorganize the Montana Disaster & Emergency Services (DES) agency will result in the loss of three positions beginning next year, KXLH-TV is reporting. Officials in DES hope that the reduction in force means an increase in grants as new positions are added. The department has 23 full-time employees and is operated […]

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Top Watchdog stories of 2011 unfold on walk down Memory Lane

By   /  December 30, 2011  /  Montana, News  /  1 Comment

By PHIL DRAKE So how do you pick the top story of the year? Do you go by the number of hits it generates on the website or do you trust your gut and select the story you think made the biggest impact? Does popularity override importance and who’s to say what’s popular is not […]

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