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This is Big Sky Lede, a dive into the stories about how government and politics drive the direction of Montana. This podcast is from the reporters of the Montana State News Bureau in Helena, your eyes and ears on state government. The Montana State News Bureau consists of bureau chief Holly Michels, deputy bureau chief Tom Kuglin and investigative reporters Seaborn Larson and Sam Wilson. The podcast is produced by Thom Bridge.
 
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Lawmakers came back to the Capitol on Tuesday after a brief shutdown because of COVID-19 and they wasted no time getting back into action. Reporter Seaborn Larson covered one of the most controversial bills of the session, one to block gender-affirming care for transgender minors. It died by a procedural move in the Senate on Tuesday. He’ll explain…
 
On this week’s episode, we’re going to do things a little different. With a standoff brewing between the legislative branch and the judicial branch of government over legislation advocated for by the executive branch, reporter Seaborn Larson spends the entire show explaining what’s happening and what to expect next. Host Thom Bridge, deputy Tom Kug…
 
Things are moving quickly as we get toward the end of the Legislative session, with rumors of wrapping up by the end of this month. This week Holly Michels, head of the bureau, runs down the status of a major piece of the puzzle still missing — the implementation of a recreational marijauna program. Three bills cleared the House, what’s next for th…
 
This week the Legislature took up not just one, but three proposals to implement a recreational marijuana program in Montana. Reporter Seaborn Larson covered all of them and deciphers some unexpected drama as the bills crashed up against a legislative deadline. Then deputy Tom Kuglin explains a bill that would change how prescriptive easements work…
 
On this week’s show, Holly Michels, head of the bureau, dives into the $2.7 billion Montana is expected to get from the federal American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress. While a lot is still up in the air about the funding, Holly shares what she’s been tracking. Then reporter Seaborn Larson details what happened at initial Senate confirmation he…
 
On this week’s episode, reporter Seaborn Larson delves into a quickly filed lawsuit over a bill signed by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte giving himself the power to appoint judges. And then Seaborn takes a long-awaited first glimpse at the hefty bill to create a recreational cannabis program in the state. There’s a rough online of where the money f…
 
This week’s episode of Big Sky Lede takes a bit of a different format. We’ll run down what’s going on in the Capitol and around state government, but also spend some time reflecting on the year-mark of the coronavirus pandemic in Montana. Up first, Deputy Tom Kuglin talks elk management and a bill that would drastically change Montana's approach to…
 
As the Legislature hits the midway mark, our team breaks down what’s happened so far, what’s left to come and our observations along the way. Holly Michels, head of the bureau, walks through what bills have already passed the Legislature and how other key priorities have fared. She’ll also run through what died up against the transmittal deadline a…
 
We are taking a quick break this week, but we will back next week for transmittal deadline of general bills at the legislature. This podcast from the Montana State News Bureau is created in partnership across five newsrooms – the Billings Gazette, the Helena Independent Republic, the Missoulian, the Montana Standard and the Ravalli-Republic. You ca…
 
In this week's episode, deputy Tom Kuglin digs into the dynamic between the Montana Legislature and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission as lawmakers debate bills that would usurp the commission rule-making process. Then reporter Seaborn Larson shares the details behind a lawsuit and subsequent court ruling when evidence was spoiled by Montana …
 
Gov. Greg Gianforte said he’s lifting the statewide mask mandate. Bureau head Holly Michels was at the press conference where he made the announcement. She'll explain why it’s happening and how people are reacting. Deputy Tom Kuglin covered a bill this week that would allow non-tribal members to hunt on fee lands within tribal reservations. He delv…
 
This week, Montana State News Bureau investigative reporter Seaborn Larson digs into a bill that would eliminate the Judicial Nominating Commission and give the governor sole authority in appointing judges when a vacancy occurs. He'll walk through why the governor wants the bill and why the state created the commission in the first place. Then bure…
 
A little more than four weeks into the Legislature, lawmakers are already moving through some of the most controversial legislation they’ll hear this session. Reporter Seaborn Larson explains the reasons behind that, and dives into the why testimony on one of those bills got shut down when a rabbi and reverend both tried to talk about racism. A bil…
 
This week, reporter Seaborn Larson and photographer Thom Bridge explain what it was like to cover a no-show protest at the state Capitol, a welcome surprise after warnings of armed crowds on Inauguration Day. Lawmakers also heard legislation to limit access to abortions, bills that aren’t as likely to be vetoed this session. Opponents to all but pr…
 
While the insurrection in Washington, D.C., shook the nation, our reporter Seaborn Larson observed the rhetoric of false claims about a stolen election echoed closer to home. He shares his reporting on Montana Republicans who say Trump’s “battle” isn’t done yet. Also this week, avid hunters and longtime journalists Tom Kuglin and Thom Bridge dig in…
 
There is a lot still up in the air before the upcoming Montana legislative session that kicks off Jan. 4. How will things look given the pandemic that makes gathering in-person dangerous? How do ideas about how the sessions should be held break down along party lines? Why aren’t lawmakers subject to things like mask mandates that the rest of Montan…
 
If the last year has shown us anything, it’s that state government isn’t this abstract thing going on in Helena. Through a pandemic and through an election where more Montanans than ever before made their voices heard, governing and politics has met us all face-to-face. There have been public health directives that changed the way we live our lives…
 
In light of the recent news with Ellen Page coming out as Transgender and changing their name to Elliot Page, I got a chance to talk with someone named Ren that is a part of the Transgender community. We talk about a bunch of things that surround transphobia and how we all can start to bridge the gap... take a listen!…
 
(9am) Intro and Top News: https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/officer-who-knelt-with-george-floyd-protesters-accused-of-insubordination-a-day-later/ Related article: https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/fop-chicago-officers-who-kneel-with-protesters-could-be-kicked-out-of-police-union https://www.reuters.com/article/us-minneapolis-police-poll-exclusive/ex…
 
(9am) Intro and Top News: https://deadline.com/2020/06/tucker-carlson-loses-advertisers-fox-news-black-lives-matters-protest-stance-1202956176/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-drugs-antitrust-lawsuit/u-s-states-accuse-26-drugmakers-of-generic-drug-price-fixing-in-sweeping-lawsuit-idUSKBN23H2TR?il=0 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/i-can-…
 
(9am) Intro and Top News: `He is going to change the world': Funeral held for Floyd Long lines, voting machine problems fuel investigations in U.S. state of Georgia - Reuters Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester 'Cops,' on air for 33 seasons, dropped by Paramount Network A Missouri woman asked Merriam-Webster to update its definit…
 
(9am) Intro and Top News: Florida police union offers to hire cops who were fired or resigned over police misconduct - CNN CrossFit chief sorry for tweet on Floyd killing after Reebok split - Reuters Mad magazine legend Al Jaffee retires at age 99 after a record-breaking career | The Spokesman-Review IBM exits facial recognition business, calls for…
 
(9am) Intro and Top News: Daily Mail Online U.S. firms shield CEO pay as pandemic hits workers, investors - Reuters Exclusive: U.S. taxpayers' virus relief went to firms that avoided U.S. taxes - Reuters Shameik Moore says Rosa Parks should have taken a cab instead of bus, fuming internet declares 'he's lost it' | MEAWW (9:30am) Let’s Talk: The cha…
 
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