How do you run a dirty campaign in which a Montana legislative candidate need do little more than provide his signature for 21 corporate-generated mass mailings attacking his primary opponent?
Montana Republican leaders vilified legislators who crossed party lines, accused Democrats of conspiring to sabotage Republican primary elections and described the GOP brand as “a dead rat” at the bottom of a Diet Pepsi can during a party dinner earlier this year.
Questions are still being asked about infrastructure funding in the 2015 legislative session. It is a complicated story and worth explaining the full tale. The entire infrastructure debate was about the governor wanting to put the state of Montana in debt to pay for his wish list and wants v…
HELENA — Montana’s commissioner of political practices has enlisted two Billings attorneys to head a campaign violations case against a Bozeman Republican.
The 64th Legislative Session is finally over, and as a result, your wallet will be lighter in the future.
HELENA — The House on Thursday endorsed a multimillion-dollar public works and building bill whose passage is key to the Legislature’s adjournment, which could come on Friday.
HELENA — When it came to passing Medicaid expansion in the Montana House last week, opponents ended up on the losing side of bare-knuckled political power, which is seldom pretty.
GOP House leaders attempted an amazing array of maneuvers to block Montana’s 100 representatives from voting on making 70,000 low-income Montanans eligible for Medicaid.
HELENA — A Republican-controlled House committee Tuesday voted to kill the only remaining bill to expand Medicaid health coverage for thousands of low-income Montanans, but a rules battle over its survival tumbled into Wednesday.
HELENA — The sole surviving bill to expand Medicaid in Montana has its first hearing in a House committee Tuesday — and Democrats already are angling to move it to the floor and bypass the committee.
HELENA — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock Friday vetoed a pair of Republican-sponsored gun-rights bills, including one that would allow almost any adult to carry a concealed weapon in Montana without a permit.
HELENA — State lawmakers have tabled a proposal to create a campaign practices and ethics review board to decide whether criminal charges should be pursued in cases of alleged campaign violations.
HELENA — Prevailing on some parliamentary maneuvers, House Democrats and some moderate Republicans on Tuesday moved a major campaign finance bill from committee and onto the House floor for debate on Thursday.
HELENA — As a Republican state senator on Tuesday unveiled his plan to expand Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income Montanans, he called it a “nonpartisan, long-term solution” that will provide health care and a “path out of poverty” for the poor.
HELENA — The Montana House Friday deadlocked 50-50 on a bill outlawing physician-assisted suicide in Montana, possibly killing the measure one day after appearing to approve it.
For nearly six hours Friday, Montanans implored the 17 members of the House Health and Human Service Committee to support access to health care for low-income Montanans as proposed in House Bill 249.
HELENA — Legislative Democrats on Monday blasted Republicans for killing Gov. Steve Bullock’s Medicaid-expansion proposal in committee last Friday night, saying procedural rules were violated — but stopped short of trying to overturn the action on the House floor.
HELENA — No one but the sponsor testified for a right-to-work bill for state employees, but more than 30 people stood up against it Monday.
HELENA — Few committee hearings are set for this week, as legislators prepare for their midsession transmittal break.
We recently introduced our Big Sky Health package, which was developed over two years to address our state’s most serious health care concerns. Montanans have spoken loud and clear, for years, that they don’t want to accept overreaching federal health care programs like Obamacare.
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