Gov. Steve Bullock says he's willing to call a special legislative session if legislators want to deal with the state's budget crisis. If they don't, his administration will have to go ahead and make millions in budget cuts to get the state's budget in balance, he said.  (Helena IR)



AFTER he finished his term as governor and led President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, former Gov. Marc Racicot dropped out of sight for years. Even close friends were left wondering what had happened to the once-popular politician.

But now Racicot, who lives on Swan Lake, is stepping back into the public eye with a speech at Flathead Lake Community College Monday evening on "The Meaning of Leadership." His primary focus will be on the late Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador Mike Mansfield of Montana.

Racicot told the Flathead Beacon he was stepping back into the limelight because he was impressed by the growth of FVCC and because he always admired Mansfield, with whom he had a chance to spend quite a bit of time. 

"He was courageous," Racicot said of Mansfield. "Because of the way he led with such humility and a quiet thoughtful touch with those he served with, he was able to accomplish extraordinary things. But he never would take credit for it. That was probably one of the secrets to his success."

Racicot, who also chaired the Republican National Committee in 2002 and 2003, also decried the current political climate, which he described as a "an all-or-nothing mentality frequently and maybe always." Yet he said he remains hopeful as Americans are resilient and are people of good faith.

Asked if he ever feels the urge to re-enter public public service, Racicot acknowledged that he did. "But I’ve never gotten past that question. I haven’t thought about seriously being a candidate for a long time. But every once in awhile, I surely do."

HOPE TO be the lucky motorist who snags a personalized Montana license plate with President Donald Trump's mystery word: "covfefe?"

Sorry, but you won't be able to get it. Nor will any other Montana motorist, according to Phil Drake of the Great Falls Tribune.

Drake says the Montana Motor Vehicle Division has decided that the word isn't appropriate for a state license plate. Go to the link above for an explanation why. After Trump tweeted "covfefe" -- he apparently meant to say press coverage -- motorists in at least 21 states attempted to see if they could get it on their license plates. 

SURPRIZE....err... suprise ... err ... Many Montanans aren't sure how to spell surprise.

​Google Trends has produced a study of the words that Americans have the most trouble spelling in each state. It can do this by looking at searches folks do in each state that start with "how to spell..."

And in Montana, believe it or not, that word is surprise. In the United States as a whole, "beautiful" is the word misspelled most often. If you want to see a map showing the top words people have trouble spelling in each state, you can go here.


​GREG GIANFORTE's body slam of a reporter inspired a lot of outrage. It's also inspired a new dance track called, of course "Gianforte (Bodyslam)."

The track was put together by Nick Ferrington, a full-time DJ and producer living on the East Coast who grew up in Montana. Ferrington, also known as DJ Nick Minaj, says the track is a "mix between a parody and just kind of taking notice of what happened in Montana..."

If you want to hear "Gianforte (Bodyslam)" you can find it here. Or you can also look for Ferrington's four-city tour of Montana in July.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A daily digest of Montana news

Sept. 25, 2017



State's budget director wants $229 million in budget reductions

Bullock says he'd consider a special legislative session

Supreme Court calls for redraft of transgender bathroom ballot measure

Wildfire smoke smothered Montana businesses this summer

Auction to raise funds for victims of fire west of Eureka

UM law professor discusses dispute over election procedures

Missoula sheriff cleared of conflict of interest charge

Researchers issue Montana climate assessment

Zinke memo hints at monument status for Badger-Two Medicine area

State grants draft permit for copper mine near White Sulphur Springs

School bus crash near Glasgow kills 2 adults, injures 4 children

Town of Browning selling assets to Blackfeet Tribe as it dissolves

Congressional delegation raps federal agency for harassing meat plant

Meth, heroin crimes spike in Montana, DOJ report says

Panelists at MSU speak up for free speech

Cost of fighting nation's wildfires tops $2 billion

Fire restrictions being lifted across northwestern Montana

Foreign hackers try to extort Columbia Falls school, officials say

Yellowstone Co cops: Man beat girlfriend until she was 'unrecognizable'

2 students arrested after bringing loaded revolvers to Dillon high school

Tester says mail workers who delayed postal delivery should be fired

Firefighters get control of wildfires with help of cooler, wetter weather

Fire season not yet over in northwestern Montana, officials warn

State parks system aims to correct mistakes of past

 A college degree that will help you find a good job? Skip general studies

Pablo man charged with shooting man to death

Libby asbestos claims still finding way through courts

Federal regulator, ignoring federal rules, hammers MT food processors

Flathead schools will resume Tuesday after cyber threats

Why did the state's budget projections miss the mark so badly?

Bitterroot forest officials seek comments on logging, access plans

Rain helped but didn't solve Montana's fire problem

UM's Mansfield Library faces another $600K in budget cuts

Some rural Montanans scared of losing cell service after Verizon action

Authorities communicate with suspect in Flathead schools cyber threats

Residents start to regroup in wake of Caribou fire west of Eureka

Judge enters not guilty plea for man accused of killing county deputy

Pre-evacuation warnings lifted for Apgar, West Glacier


Butte's REC Silicon plant lays off 30 workers

Bozeman law firm representing Montanans sues over Equifax breach

PSC hears comments on proposed rate cap on inmate calls

Taiwan signs $576 million wheat deal with US

Settlement could speed up closure of Colstrip plants

Kids' social media firm opens branch office in Bozeman

Lincoln Co trio find success building teardrop recreational trailers


Freshman QB to lead Griz against No. 11 Eastern Washington

Bobcats change kickers before taking on No. 17 North Dakota

Griz QB Phillips discloses severity of injury, says thanks for support

UM confident in ability of Jensen as new starting quarterback

Griz win in blowout over Savannah State but lose QB Reese Phillips

MSU's Murray hopes to prove himself as dual-threat QB

Big Sky Conference moving hoops tourney to Boise from Reno



Lawsuits robbed Forest Service of ability to integrate fire into landscape

Are wildfires the smoking gun of climate change?

Legislators should raise taxes to help get through budget crisis

We should manage the forests, or the forests will manage us

Bullock tried to continually fool Montanans about his plane trips

Group that sponsored anti-Zinke ads is secretive, dark-money 'charity'

Thanks to firefighters and others helping to protect Montanans


A century ago, 'unpatriotic' Montanans were being put on notice

After career as pioneering astronaut, Frank Borman became MT rancher

Oral history project looks at Japanese war brides who came to MT

Bozeman's brush with the KKK in the early 1900s

Many Glacier Hotel shows off historic $42 million facelift

Universities, museums to make some archives available online

Lincoln's new 10-ton Sculpture in the Wild art a community effort



Florida Georgia Line, Nelly coming to Missoula, Bozeman Sept 22-23

Bob Seger and band coming to Billings Nov. 13

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