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NEW: We map where people in #Montana prisons come from, going (where possible) down to the neighborhood level. This is the 12th installment in our series of reports about the geography of mass incarceration. #MTNews #MTPol /1
ICYMI, we also have reports about:
New Jersey
New York

See them here:
Our reports include download-able data tables of incarceration data by city, county, zip code, Census tract, state legislative district, and more.

The reports give researchers the data they need to study how incarceration tracks with other indicators of community health.
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If you’re trying to wrap your head around the connection between Eugene Yu, Konnech, and Montana, please check out my appearance on the local Fighting Back With Faith podcast from Monday #mtnews #mtpol…
The Montana Electronic Absentee System (EAS) is an online voting portal which allows for online voter registration, ballot marking and submission. It is used by Uniformed and Overseas Citizens to allow them to vote remotely in elections #mtpol #mtnews ImageImage
The software was developed by Konnech for the State of Montana through a Department of Defense grant award for “research and development for online wizard providing absentee voting capability for the State of Montana." #mtpol #mtnews… ImageImageImageImage
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Montanans waking up to the news about Kansas:

State government control of your reproductive health care is *also* on the ballot here in November.

In at least three separate ways, actually. 🧵

#mtpol #mtnews
First: if Rs pick up two seats in the legislature, they'd have a supermajority.

A supermajority can place initiatives on the ballot to directly amend our Constitution and exclude abortion care from the right to privacy. They could even call a new constitutional convention.
Second: our Supreme Court affirmed in 1999 (Armstrong) that Montana's constitutional right to privacy includes abortion care.

PSC chair Jim Brown is running against current justice Ingrid Gustafson for the Supreme Court, and if elected would choose not to uphold that precedent.
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Alright Twitterverse, start your engines and get ready for today’s @imagineiflib board meeting to discuss the challenges for Lawn Boy and Gender Queer.

Here’s the background:…

@imagineiflib The meeting room at the library is past capacity (48) and people are overflowign upstairs where the meting will be streamed. Public comment is about to start, I think about 10ish people are signed up to speak.
@imagineiflib Board member Connie Leistiko addresed a few issues of misinformation ahead of public comment, namely that the book challenges were brought by citizens, not board members, and that they are adult books and have been shelved as such. #mtnews s
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Stopped by the place that full-time Californian Ryan Zinke is claiming as his residence so he can run for Congress in Montana...and it’s a hotel.

The king of the grift & most corrupt politician of my lifetime #mtpol #mtnews #mt01
How in the world does someone enter politics with $2 million net worth and leave it with $36 million?

Corruption of course. Zinke made almost $1 million alone this year in consulting fees to the oil, gas, and mining industries.
Hope you’re enjoying your tan over there in Santa Barbara, Ryan!

Us full-time Montanans really appreciate out of state millionaires trying to divide our communities and buy our political offices :) #mtpol
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It’s late and for many Montanans, tomorrow only brings a fresh hell of bad news from the fascists now running our state and blooming in full force in our communities. 1/
I think back to June 2019 and the Montana Newspaper Association conference that inspired me to run for Governor. At the main banquet, I sat at a table with an Indigenous journalism professor and a half-dozen white men who talked for an hour about the ‘Skins.’ 2/
They were talking about the Washington Football Team mascot, laughing and joking like complete and total assholes. You know how many other women or people of color were in that room? Less than a handful. It was a sign of what was to come in Montana. 3/
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We owe a big thanks to @SenatorTester for a transformative investment in our nation’s infrastructure - w/ perhaps no bigger winner than Montana 👏 #mtpol
Politics isn’t pretty - but we got there. And now that this bill is passed it deserves to be viewed in it’s own light...

The fact is that this is a big win for the American people.
The other fact is: both @SteveDaines and @RepRosendale voted against this big win for Montanans.

They consistently put themselves (and their corrupt donors) ahead of the people of this state. Shame on them. #mtpol #mtnews…
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#BREAKING: @umontana @umontanalaw dean Paul Kirgis has resigned.
Here's a statement from Kirgis:
Story TK from @zoe_buchli and I
#mtnews #mtedu
More information from @umontana regarding the transition including a statement from @umtpresident @SethBodnar:
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I'm tuned in to the @McpsMT #COVID19 task force meeting and it's a delayed start due to some technical difficulties with Zoom. Sounds like they've identified the problem and are working to remedy it now.
#mtedu #mtnews
Things are kicking off now, starting with a recap of last week's meeting for members that were unable to attend.
Looking at COVID-19 data for Missoula City County lead by Cindy Farr of the Missoula County Public Health Department.
"We are still seeing record numbers of hospitalizations," she said.
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PSA: #mtleg literally made it against the law for local communities to do anything about COVID. If we pass a local mask mandate the state will strip our city's public funding and/or sue. It's an absolute nightmare. The only person who can take action right now is the governor.
City Councils aren't discussing mask mandates for this reason—not because we don't care. Our cities can't function (water, sewer, roads, transit) without state $$, which was the whole point of writing this threat into law. #mtnews #mtpol
"Just do it anyway, let the state sue you!" The loser there is you the taxpayer who then pays for the lawsuit on BOTH sides. And these aren't cheap lawsuits—they drag on for years. In the meantime the state has dozens of ways to punitively chop Billings' funding. #mtpol
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Starting a list of Montana schools that have had to close or go virtual in the setting of increasing COVID infections in students and staff. Feel free to add. #mtnews 👇
Montforton, masks optional, Sept 2.…
Plains High School, masks optional, Sept 13.…
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The big #mtnews yesterday was the Supreme Court upholding the law that gives the governor power to directly fill judicial vacancies.

The 🔥🤯🧐 news was Justice Rice's concurring opinion that compared Attorney General Austin Knudsen to Andrew Jackson. In a very bad way. (🧵)
Rice's opinion focused on some of the early moves in this saga between the Leg. and the judiciary. TLDR: the Leg. subpoenaed the court administrator for judicial records. She filed a challenge to that subpoena in the SB140 case, even though she/the Leg. were not parties to it.
This all happened very quickly. The Leg. had already gone to a state agency and was getting a flood of emails. The court ruled on a Sunday that, even though this was totally bonkers, the risk of releasing private, personal information was high. They quashed the subpoena. THEN:
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BREAKING: Tonight’s school board meeting for Florence-Carlton public schools has been moved to a fully virtual format via Zoom. #mtnews #mtedu
The district’s meetings usually take place at the district offices building, however tonight’s meeting was moved to the new gymnasium in anticipation of a large turnout.
A Facebook post from the district said that the meeting was moved to a virtual format after some individuals indicated they would be bringing firearms to tonight’s meeting.
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.@GovGianforte violated hunting regulations when he trapped and killed a Yellowstone-collared wolf near the park boundary last month. Our story here:… #mtnews #mtpol
It's legal to kill wolves when they wander outside the park's boundaries. @GovGianforte had the necessary licenses but he failed to take a required wolf trapping certification course before he trapped and shot an adult, black wolf known as "1155."
He was given a written warning by @MontanaFWP and enrolled in the online class 3/24. He was allowed to keep the animal's skull and hide. But @Backcountry_H_A 's John Sullivan says the governor should've known better. "It's difficult to fathom accidentally not taking that class."
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.@SteveDaines helped get Isaac Sturgeon home from Morocco at the start of the pandemic. #mtnews #mtpol
This is Sturgeon's photo (upper right) from the FBI bulletin looking for information. #mtnews
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MISSOULA: vaccine appts at Walgreens for all 1B+ and educators/childcare workers. #mtnews #COVID19… Image
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BUTTE: Vaccine appointments available right now for next week at Safeway! #mtnews #COVID19 Image
WHITEFISH and POLSON: Same story as above. Appointments available right now for next week at Safeway.
#mtnews #COVID19 Image
GREAT FALLS: Vaccine appointments available for next week at Albertson's. #mtnews #COVID19 Image
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NEW: @SteveDaines staff says he is safe and all staff at the Capitol are safe.

#mtnews #mtpol
Spox for @SenatorTester says he is safe at the moment. #mtnews #mtpol
Tester staff safe also.
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Happening now: @VP calls joint session of Congress to order.
No objections for Alabama or Alaska... but Arizona is next.
Objection for Arizona being recorded "on the ground they were not under all of the known circumstances regularly given."
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Starting momentarily: press briefing with @GregForMontana one week before he's inaugurated. Follow this thread for updates. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says they're prepping for their move into the governor's residence in Helena. One week from today, he will be sworn in. #mtnews #mtpol
.@GregForMontana says they are inviting all Montanans to be part of a virtual swearing in ceremony, which will be live streamed on Facebook. He says rather than invest taxpayer dollars in inauguration related activities, they're going to get straight to work. #mtnews #mtpol
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More crap coverage from @bozchron, who seem to think #Bozeman's economic catastrophe just involves the feelings of businesses, instead of the fact the economy is in crisis because disgraced health officer Matt Kelley continues to lie to push awful public policy.
#MTnews #MTpol
Journalism =/= stenography

But @bozchron continues to pretend Matt Kelley has credibility -- despite him being wrong since March -- and the result of crap coverage is that crap public policy is getting worse.

#Bozeman's institutions are broken.
Phase One provided undeniable proof that the shutdown was unnecessary and was the worst public policy mistake in #Bozeman history.

But instead of editorializing to #FireMattKelly, @bozchron shows contempt for #Bozeman by pretending he has credibility. The lie is killing the town
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🚨 🚨#BREAKING @GovernorBullock suing USPS and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, saying the USPS didn't follow required procedures to make policy changes. He appears to be the first governor to make such a move, after multiple attorneys general filed suit in Aug. #mtnews #USPS
The suit says unlawful actions have directly harmed Montanans by "impeding the flow of mail, including medical prescriptions, replacement parts for farm machines, utility bills, stimulus checks, application materials, and other essential communications." #mtnews #USPS
The court filing specifically mentions our @NBCMontana reporting on leaked photos of disassembled sorting machines and removed collection boxes in Montana. It was filed in U.S. District Court in Great Falls just now. #mtnews #USPS
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These are leaked photos sent to me by someone who wants to stay anonymous of what they say is a disassembled DBCS sorting machine in a MT USPS plant. I’m told the stackers are waiting to be sent to other facilities. #mtnews #USPS
My source says this is a disassembled AFCS100 in Missoula that is being discarded. It basically cancels stamps and faces mail. They say they are supposed to get an upgrade, but it’s unclear when. They worry their remaining machine will go down before it comes. #mtnews #usps
I've been reaching out daily to reps with USPS about boxes, machines and today reached out with new questions about the removals in 2009. Just received a response: #mtnews #USPS
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I'm following up on MANY USPS-related questions after our story on collection box removals Friday. We were told it's common to remove or replace boxes with low density numbers. Today, I have reports from union leaders who raise questions about those density tests. #mtnews #USPS
Look at this letter leaked to me by a source who wants to stay anonymous. The writer says they were told not to count all mail in a density test done in the last year. They say they were only told to count mail with a tracking number, and to just give a best guess. #mtnews #USPS
Another union leader told me they heard the same thing happened in Billings. The letter writer attached another sheet of the boxes on their route, where they counted all mail Friday. I've marked the ones on the list to be removed with a yellow dot. #mtnews #USPS
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