NEWS: January 17, 2019
A 76-year-old Montana State Prison inmate has died at the Lewistown Infirmary following an extended illness. The Montana Department of Corrections says Ronald A. Dunn died on Wednesday. A news release from the agency says Dunn was sentenced out of Missoula County in 2014 for abuse of older or developmental disabled person. Dunn was sentenced to 10 years with five years suspended. It says Dunn was scheduled to be released from prison this coming August.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appears to be in no hurry to announce his plans for the 2020 election, even as the Democratic field of presidential candidates grows more crowded by the day. Bullock made multiple trips last year to early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire as he flirts with joining what's expected to be a large field of would-be challengers to President Donald Trump. But he's not jumping in yet, and he has given no sign that he plans to announce a decision before Montana's legislative session ends in April. During a news conference Wednesday, Bullock deflected repeated questions on his presidential aspirations and whether delaying an announcement would put him at a disadvantage when it comes to raising money in a crowded field. On Tuesday, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand became the latest Democrat to enter the race. Last week, former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced their candidacies. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren previously announced she is forming an exploratory committee.