Category Archives: Elections

School levy approved for Great Falls

The operational school levy has passed by nearly 2,000 votes. The unofficial results show that 10,795 voted in favor of the $1.75 million operational levy and 8,893 voted against. By the end of the night, 20,426 ballots had been counted, but the results are still considered unofficial until elections officials conduct their canvas with the school district. There are a

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Court denies request for electronic signatures for marijuana ballot initiatives

A district court judge in Helena has denied a request to collect signatures electronically to put initiatives legalizing marijuana on the ballot. In early April, New Approach Montana filed a lawsuit in Lewis and Clark County District Court asking to allow, for just the current election cycle, electronic signatures in support of their petition to put Constitutional Initiative 118 and Statutory

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School board candidate questionnaire: Eric Hinebauch

Name: Eric Hinebauch Age: 34 Occupation: Self-Employed, Insurance Agent (Farmers Union Insurance) Relevant experience: Heisey Community Center, Advisory Board; MT Farmers Union Local, Officer; Volunteer coach for several age groups; Business owner Q: Why are you running for school board? A: All sectors of the Great Falls School District should be represented on its board. As a young business owner,

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School board candidate questionnaire: Bill Bronson

Name: Bill Bronson Age: 65  Occupation: Attorney/Adjunct College Instructor/Executive Director, Cascade County Law Clinic Relevant experience: Background in public law, employment and labor issues (including collective bargaining) and administrative law; 12 years teaching experience (college level) Member, Great Falls City Commission for 12 years, with experience in developing and managing significant, complex budgets, and overseeing policies related to public safety,

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School board questionnaire: Jan Cahill

Name: Jan Cahill  Age: 72  Occupation: Administration  Relevant experience: Education (Teacher and administrator for nearly 40 years); Chairman of the Board Number of years on the GFPS Board: 15  Q: Why are you running for school board? A: I am running because I believe in public education. Education is the foundation upon which our society and economy thrive. Children need a

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School board candidate questionnaire: Kim Skornogoski

Name: Kim Skornogoski Age: 43 Occupation: United Way of Cascade County Marketing Director Relevant experience: current school trustee, parent, volunteer with Kids Education Yes, served on the school board budget committee, attended several statewide trustee trainings For incumbents, number of years on the GFPS board: three Q: Why are you running for school board? A: These past few weeks have

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COVID-19 driving changes to election cycle

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing changes for this year’s election cycle. Last week, New Approach Montana filed a lawsuit in Lewis and Clark County District Court asking that for just the current election cycle they can obtain electronic signatures in support of their petition to put Constitutional Initiative 118 and Statutory Initiative 190 on the 2020 ballot. CI-118 would amend

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Bullock gives counties option to do June primary by mail due to COVID-19; Cascade County will do mail ballot

Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive on March 25 allowing counties to expand mail voting and early voting for the June primary. “This is about protecting Montanans’ right to vote at a time we face unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bullock said in a release. “Locally elected officials best understand the voting needs of their communities, and taking this

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