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House committee advances income tax cut bills

HELENA — The House Taxation Committee on Friday endorsed two Republican bills opposed by the Bullock administration that would provide millions of dollars of one-time and permanent state income tax cuts.

January 23, 2015 6:15 pmLoading…
House Republicans, governor's revenue director disagree on tax cuts

House Republicans, governor's revenue director disagree on tax cuts

HELENA — Hearings on three bills by Republicans to cut taxes prompted discussions Tuesday on whether the money should be returned, how it should be distributed and if it would stimulate the economy.

January 20, 2015 5:31 pm Photos

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Subpoenaed welfare workers criticize verification system

Subpoenaed welfare workers criticize verification system

HELENA — The accuracy of Montana’s welfare system came under the microscope Monday at the Legislature, spotlighted by rare, under-oath testimony from state workers subpoenaed by Republican legislative leaders.

January 19, 2015 8:00 pm Photos

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Bills to expand net-metered, renewable-power systems

Bills to expand net-metered, renewable-power systems

HELENA — For firms installing solar-power systems on homes and businesses in Montana, the market is limited — but a coalition of odd political bedfellows at the 2015 Legislature wants to expand it.

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GOP House committee chairs subpoena welfare workers

GOP House committee chairs subpoena welfare workers

HELENA — Republican chairmen of two Montana House committees have taken the unusual step of issuing subpoenas to state welfare workers to look into allegations that the Bullock administration is qualifying people for welfare benefits without proper verification.

January 16, 2015 7:30 pm Photos

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Mike Dennison: Legislative week in review: GOP split alive, well and influential

Mike Dennison: Legislative week in review: GOP split alive, well and influential

HELENA — One week into Montana’s 2015 Legislature, one thing is clear: The conservative-moderate split in the Republican Party that determined key outcomes of the 2013 Legislature is alive and well and set to do it again.

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House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

HELENA — In an unusual occurrence, the top two leaders of the Montana Senate in 2013 are moving over to the state House in January, where each will play key roles as committee chairmen.

December 20, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Lawmakers enjoy taxpayer-funded insurance while denying it to others

Hy•poc•ri•sy- noun- The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

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Gazette opinion: Montanans must drive safely at any speed

Gazette opinion: Montanans must drive safely at any speed

Do speed limits make highways safer?

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Some lawmakers want to increase interstate speed limit to 80 mph

Some lawmakers want to increase interstate speed limit to 80 mph

HELENA — Four legislators are having separate bills drafted for the 2015 session to raise the daytime speed limit on Montana interstate highways from 75 mph to 80 mph, and in one case, 85 mph.

November 29, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Local Energy Investment Act would empower Montanans

Our proposition is simple: businesses and residents should have more opportunities to produce their own energy, and get credit for it from their utility.

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Guest opinion: Montana should invest in federalism

The American experiment of federalism, and the proper role of the states versus the federal government, continues to evolve. Even though many of us are cautiously optimistic after this election that the federal government will improve, given the federal government's past inability to properl…

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Leading Republican has plan for more Medicaid coverage

Leading Republican has plan for more Medicaid coverage

HELENA — A leading Republican lawmaker Tuesday unveiled his proposal to revamp and expand Medicaid coverage for the poor in Montana — but said it wouldn’t accept additional federal dollars offered to the states under Obamacare.

September 23, 2014 8:30 pmLoading…
Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office.

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Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

HELENA — A judge has rejected the Montana Senate majority leader's attempt to dismiss charges that his campaign took illegal contributions and coordinated with a conservative group.

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Montana Senate leader asks judge to dismiss illegal contribution complaint

Montana Senate leader asks judge to dismiss illegal contribution complaint

HELENA — Charges that state Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich broke campaign-reporting laws were filed improperly and should be dismissed, an attorney for Wittich told a state judge Monday.

June 23, 2014 2:55 pmLoading…

Wittich denies charges, accuses Bullock, others of misconduct

HELENA — State Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich on Friday asked a District Court judge to dismiss a complaint against him filed by the state political practices commissioner and accused Gov. Steve Bullock, two commissioners and a legislator of conspiring to remove him from office.

May 17, 2014 8:38 pmLoading…
Commissioner: Montana Senate leader broke campaign laws

Commissioner: Montana Senate leader broke campaign laws

HELENA — The state political practices commissioner released findings Tuesday showing he concluded that Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich violated the law by coordinating with Western Tradition Partnership and other entities to accept illegal corporate donations in his 2010 primary election…

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Commissioner calls for removal of state rep from office for campaign violations

Commissioner calls for removal of state rep from office for campaign violations

HELENA — State Rep. Mike Miller, R-Helmville, should be removed from office or fined for accepting illegal campaign help from several secretive conservative groups, the state political practices commissioner said in court filings Friday.

January 24, 2014 4:42 pm Photos

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In 2014 legislative races, the battle is on … within the Republican Party

In 2014 legislative races, the battle is on … within the Republican Party

HELENA — In the campaign for Eastern Montana’s Senate District 20 this year, Republican Duane Ankney of Colstrip knows he’ll be facing an opponent — from within his own party.

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