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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Poll: Texans split on impeachment of Trump

Texas voters are almost evenly split on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

When asked if congressional impeachment investigations of Trump are justified, 46% said yes and 42% said no. Only 13% of Republicans agreed that the investigations are justified, compared with 84% of Democrats.

According to the internet poll of 1,200 registered voters conducted Oct. 18-27, 6% of voters said they were unsure and 6% had no opinion. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.83 percentage points.

When asked if Trump’s actions merit early removal from office, Texans were split again, with 43% of voters saying yes and 44% opposed.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/20191101/poll-texans-split-on-impeachment-of-trump
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 07:44 AM (2 replies)

Julian Castro raises $800,000 in 10-day span to stay in presidential race

by Alex Samuels, Texas Tribune


Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced Friday morning he hit his self-imposed $800,000 fundraising goal, giving him the resources he says he needs to keep his campaign alive — and to try to qualify for the next two debates.

The announcement came after a rush to raise money that began Oct. 21. Days after his latest fundraising report showed he had less than $700,000 in the bank, Castro sent a plea to supporters asking them to help him raise the money by midnight Halloween, or he’d drop his White House bid.

“Time and time again this campaign has defied expectations with the support of an army of dedicated, grassroots supporters,” campaign manager Maya Rupert said in a statement. “We set an extremely ambitious goal to keep Secretary Castro’s voice in this race, and our supporters met the challenge and delivered one of the best months of the campaign to date.”

The campaign said it received more than $1 million during the month of October from nearly 50,000 donors and had the best fundraising day of the campaign since August on Thursday. With the money solidified, Castro’s campaign said it plans to make a push for the November and December Democratic primary debates — a lofty goal for a campaign that has been mired in low single digits in polls since entering the race in January.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/11/01/julian-castro-raises-800000-presidential-race-2020/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 07:39 AM (9 replies)

Flyers linked to white supremacy found on MSU campus

A number of flyers with a message that has been linked to white supremacy groups were posted around Montana State University’s campus Friday morning.

The signs read “It’s okay to be white,” a message that has been used by white supremacists.

A university spokesperson said Friday MSU hadn’t removed the flyers pinned to public boards. At least one flyer was removed because it was posted on the sign for Montana Hall — a place MSU doesn’t allow public messaging.

The words on the flyers were typed in all capital letters and large font. There was no indication of where the flyers came from.

Read more: https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/flyers-linked-to-white-supremacy-found-on-msu-campus/article_34099d61-9c55-52ce-91ee-35600b2f864b.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 06:57 AM (0 replies)

Montana Democrats all getting along in governor's race primary

Though it’s just the fall of 2019, the way the political world works now is that it’s already a busy season for the primary election that will be held in 226 days.

Candidates are crisscrossing the state, attending campaign events. And at places where Democratic governor hopefuls tend to show up, voters are often surprised to see them not just tolerating each other, but apparently getting along like old pals.

“People find it to be completely novel and it dumbfounds people that Mike and I will stand together during a political rally and we’ll be laughing and joking and taking pictures together,” said Great Falls state Rep. Casey Schreiner about Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney last week.

Former Livingston state Rep. Reilly Neill was the first candidate to announce for the race. Shortly after, Schreiner joined. Then came the anticipated entry of Cooney in July. Earlier this month, Whitney Williams, a businesswoman who comes from a well-known Montana political family, made her entrance.

Read more: https://ravallirepublic.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/article_f4897a35-948d-59ee-8b22-b5d6036de5ca.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 06:47 AM (0 replies)

Lindeen stepping down as head of Montana Democratic Party

The executive director of the Montana Democratic Party announced Monday she is stepping down by the end of the year.

Monica Lindeen has been at the helm of the party for about 10 ½ months, taking over at the very end of 2018. A press release Monday said she will stay on during the search for her replacement.

“It has everything to do with the fact that I have been doing this sort of thing for 24 years, and there just comes a point in time in your life where you decide that it’s time to turn it over and continue on into the next chapter of my life,” Lindeen said Monday, adding she plans to continue to work and has some opportunities she’s exploring but can’t discuss yet.

Former Executive Director Nancy Keenan, who was in the role about three years, left after the 2018 primary, which saw the party retain the seat of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and fail to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, a Republican.

Read more: https://ravallirepublic.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/article_1f4c4877-6665-5ba1-a0ff-09fcd5fc0765.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 06:34 AM (0 replies)

Hospitals reach proposed $7 million deal with employees

Five major Montana hospitals have reached a preliminary $7 million agreement to settle claims made by employees that the hospitals engaged in a kickback scheme in which the hospitals over-paid for health insurance.

The hospitals continue to deny any wrongdoing and insist no harm was done, but both sides agreed to settle to avoid a lengthy and expensive legal process, according to documents filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.

In December 2018, the group of employees filed a complaint saying the hospitals each signed an agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana in 2012 to give the insurance company their employee health plan business for six years. In exchange, Blue Cross and Blue Shield gave the hospitals more than $20 million.

The employees said they only found out about the arrangement in 2018 and that Blue Cross and the hospitals “have been secretive about the terms of the agreement.” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Read more: https://ravallirepublic.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/article_ebae930d-09f0-52d3-b534-2fa492a354f9.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 05:56 AM (2 replies)

Lawmakers to consider Medicaid expansion again

CHEYENNE – Medicaid expansion could be back up for debate in the Wyoming Legislature’s 2020 session, as lawmakers will consider a bill to expand the program during a Joint Revenue Interim Committee meeting here in just over a week.

Though initially divisive after the federal adoption of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 36 states have either fully expanded or are in the process of expanding Medicaid to uninsured people whose incomes are at or below 138% of the federal poverty level.

Three neighboring states – Idaho, Nebraska and Utah – approved ballot initiatives authorizing such an expansion in 2018.

In Wyoming, consideration of Medicaid expansion comes nearly a year after the state House of Representatives killed a similar bill during the 2019 legislative session.

Read more: https://www.wyomingnews.com/news/local_news/lawmakers-to-consider-medicaid-expansion-again/article_80290fa4-4ab8-5035-9652-26d1711f06a9.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 04:38 AM (0 replies)

Bankruptcy, coal experts voice concerns, takeaways

A group of lawyers, academics and coal bankruptcy veterans shared reservations about new coal companies entering the state, at a University of Wyoming School of Law conference Friday, and highlighted signs that the energy industry may have harmed its “social license” in Wyoming.

As two coal bankruptcies that have dominated the state’s energy discourse come to a close, the panel discussed lessons learned and voiced concerns about future coal troubles and how the state is prepared to deal with them. Neither the Cloud Peak Energy or Blackjewel bankruptcy led to permanent mine closures, as new companies snapped up the five affected mines — four in Wyoming and one in Montana.

But the new ownership shouldn’t necessarily reassure miners and officials, said Rob Godby, panel moderator and director of UW’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy. That’s because the problem facing Wyoming coal country, he said, is overcapacity.

“As long as that overcapacity hangs over the [Powder River] Basin, we will be waiting for the shoe to drop and mines to close,” Godby said. “The longer it stays like that, the more unhealthy conditions get [and] the more we have to ask: ‘how are liabilities going to be handled when these mines close?’”

Read more: https://www.wyofile.com/bankruptcy-coal-experts-voice-concerns-takeaways/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 03:57 AM (0 replies)

State lawmakers continue work on financial transparency

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee heard updates on work being done to improve the clarity of a comprehensive data book that compiles state financial records at its interim meeting in Riverton this week.

The committee’s work on the data book is part of a broader statewide effort on the part of lawmakers and state officials to not only improve public access to Wyoming’s financial records, but also improve the legibility of those records.

The LSO has published the Budget Fiscal Data Book, which is intended to serve as a “fiscal almanac” for Wyoming by compiling both current and historical financial data, since 1999.

The book was originally only published as a hard copy and was primarily used by state legislators.

The publication has since moved online, however, and become more visible to the public.

Read more: https://thesheridanpress.com/114926/state-lawmakers-continue-work-on-financial-transparency/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 03:50 AM (0 replies)

Although far from the R-word, Wyoming's economy is slowing

Wyoming’s economy continues to grow, but it’s at a slower pace than in the past – raising the question of whether a recession is in the near future.

Consider this: Wyoming’s number of single-family residential building permits increased by just six in the first eight months of the year over the same period last year.

That’s according to the Wyoming MACRO Report, a quarterly publication looking at economic and revenue data.

Non-farm employment is up only 1.3 percent in August of this year, compared to August 2018, blunted by 1,400 jobs lost in mining – including coal — and virtually no growth in oil and gas jobs, the report states.

Read more: https://cowboystatedaily.com/2019/10/30/although-far-from-the-r-word-wyomings-economy-is-slowing/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Nov 3, 2019, 02:59 AM (1 replies)
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