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

By   /  May 23, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, 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 that [...]

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

By   /  March 14, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, 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.

Bowen Greenwood, [...]

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

By   /  March 8, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, 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 Gov. [...]

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Committee may ask political practices chief to discuss allegations by staff

By   /  January 17, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, 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 state [...]

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State Department of Emergency Services cuts 3 staffers, reorganizes

By   /  January 3, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, 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 through [...]

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