SAVA committee OKs resolution for study of Political Practices office

By   /  April 19, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

HELENA – A state committee voted Thursday to have staff draft a resolution calling for a study of the state Commissioner of Political Practices office, following a discussion by lawmakers on changing an office some observers have labeled as too politically partisan.
Members of the State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs Interim Committee (SAVA) offered several suggestions [...]

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Legislative leaders discuss making changes to political practices office

By   /  March 7, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE
HELENA – Members of the Legislative Council on Wednesday discussed making changes to the commissioner of political practices office, citing concerns of partisanship and outlining what they said were flaws in the appointment process.
However, another legislative panel, the State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs committee (SAVA), is reviewing the office and is expected to [...]

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Complaint against governor tossed out by Political Practices deputy

By   /  March 1, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

HELENA – The state political practices deputy commissioner dismissed a complaint against Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday in which the Montana Republican Party charged he violated campaign laws when he used state resources to make public service announcements in 2008 while he was a candidate for reelection.
James H. Goetz, deputy commissioner, wrote in a 34-page decision, [...]

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Jim Murry appointed commissioner of political practices by governor

By   /  February 6, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog  /  No Comments

Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Monday appointed James W. “Jim” Murry, a former labor union secretary and current historical society board member, to serve as the next Commissioner of Political Practices.
The governor made the appointment after interviewing two of the four candidates recommended by legislative leaders – Murry and Colleen Urquhart-Fillner.
Murry will  start at his new post Tuesday and fill the remainder [...]

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Lawmakers pick 4 nominees for political practices commissioner

By   /  February 2, 2012  /  Montana, Montana Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

By PHIL DRAKE
HELENA – Legislative leaders selected four nominees Thursday to be considered as Montana’s next Commissioner of Political Practices (CPP), but expressed reservations that at least one candidate had ties to a current Democratic gubernatorial campaign.

Candidates selected were Colleen Urquhart-Fillner, Jim Murry, Johnny Walker and Susan Witte. One of them is expected to be [...]

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