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Opinion: Education has an ally in Tracy Stone-Manning, Biden’s pick to lead Bureau of Land Management

Over the past five months, the nation has suffered too much misinformation about how federal oil and gas leasing practices affect education budgets. Well, let me tell you from an educator’s point of view why all teachers and all Americans who care about funding our nation’s public schools should be excited about Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination […]

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Democrats keep focus on public lands in Colorado, Montana Senate races despite GOP legislative win

BILLINGS, Mont. — Democrats seeking to pick up U.S. Senate seats in Montana and Colorado are falling back on a party playbook now familiar for the U.S. West: Paint their opponents as a threat to the public lands the two sprawling Rocky Mountain states are known for. The Republican incumbents appeared to have inoculated themselves […]

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Montana governor asks court to block actions by Trump’s land boss, William Perry Pendley

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The governor of Montana on Monday asked a judge to block three sweeping land use plans that would open most U.S.-owned lands in the state to energy development, saying the documents were invalidated when the Trump administration’s public lands boss was removed for being in the […]

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Governors like John Hickenlooper are still in the shadows of Democrats’ 2020 presidential campaign

By Nicholas Riccardi and Bill Barrow, The Associated Press Being a governor isn’t what it used to be, at least not in presidential politics. Three Western executives are learning that the hard way in a crowded Democratic scramble dominated by former Vice President Joe Biden and a gaggle of nationally known senators. Montana Gov. Steve […]