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Austin Knudsen

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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Montana House to modify controversial Legislature dress code

Montana House to modify controversial Legislature dress code

HELENA — New House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said Monday he is in discussions with Democratic leaders on how to modify a controversial new House dress code that has drawn widespread criticism and national media attention.

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Dems says House proposed rule changes hurt minority party

Dems says House proposed rule changes hurt minority party

HELENA — Two proposed rules adopted by a House committee last week would dramatically affect the rights of the minority party, Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, said.

December 08, 2014 8:10 pm Photos

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House dress code requires that women be 'sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines'

House dress code requires that women be 'sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines'

HELENA — Some Democratic legislators are critical and social media posters are having a field day ridiculing a strict new dress code for the floor of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

December 08, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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Bullock budget includes $45 million for Eastern Montana oil communities

Bullock budget includes $45 million for Eastern Montana oil communities

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock proposed Monday that the state invest more than $300 million in infrastructure across Montana in a single bill, with about two-thirds of the money coming from money raised by issuing debt and one-third from cash.

November 17, 2014 5:34 pm Photos

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Gazette Opinion: Caucuses must be public wherever they are held

Last week, representatives elected on Nov. 4 to the Montana House met secretly in the basement of a Helena restaurant for a GOP caucus.

November 17, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Contested races likely for House, Senate leadership posts

HELENA — Legislators have begun scrambling for party leadership positions within their respective caucuses, including presiding officers of the Senate and House.

November 05, 2014 6:39 pmLoading…
Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

HELENA — State Republicans easily held their majorities in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, maintaining a 29-21 margin in the state Senate for the 2015 session and carving out a 59-41 majority in the House — a loss of two seats from the current House makeup.

November 05, 2014 11:58 am Related Loading…
Austin Knudsen

Austin Knudsen

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September 09, 2014 4:49 pm

Guest opinion: Bullock's new, old borrowing plan for Eastern Montana

Eastern Montana is seeing unprecedented growth as a result of the Bakken development. This impact comes not only from drilling and related activities in Montana, but also from “spillover” into Montana from North Dakota. These impacts are real, they are in many cases severe, and they need addressing.

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Bullock to unveil $45 million Bakken communities aid package

Bullock to unveil $45 million Bakken communities aid package

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is expected to announce a $45 million aid package for Eastern Montana communities overwhelmed by the Bakken oil boom.

April 16, 2014 4:52 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Montana officials should seek facts on coal exports

Just who is Montana Attorney General Tim Fox working for anyway?

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Guest opinion: Washington coal port EIS jeopardizes Montana jobs

When the state of Washington announced they were taking the unheard-of step of including Montana mines and transportation networks in the scope of an environmental analysis related to a costal port in Washington, a lot of Montana industries took notice. The move was designed to undermine coa…

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Landowner bills may have cost Montana GOP lawmaker his job

Landowner bills may have cost Montana GOP lawmaker his job

HELENA — A Republican lawmaker’s support of bills opposed by the oil industry may have cost him his day job at a law firm that represents the industry’s interests earlier this year.

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House committee OKs bill to extend tax breaks to all new generation facilities

HELENA — The House Taxation Committee endorsed a bill Monday to extend to all new future electrical generating facilities —including coal and natural gas — the current tax breaks offered only to alternative-energy facilities such as wind.

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Legislature poised to help on oil, gas impacts from drilling boom

Legislature poised to help on oil, gas impacts from drilling boom

HELENA — Plenty of big issues are a long way from solved at the 2013 Legislature, but at least one looks like a sure thing: creating a multimillion-dollar fund to help Eastern Montana cities and counties deal with impacts from booming oil development.

February 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

HELENA — Three “school choice” bills that use state funds or tax credits to help finance private or charter schools passed out of legislative committees Wednesday on mostly party line votes, with Democrats solidly opposed.

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Republicans like parts of Bullock speech, disagree on others

Republicans like parts of Bullock speech, disagree on others

HELENA — Republican legislative leaders praised Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock for agreeing to put the state budget online, starting Thursday, but disagreed on a number of other issues in his State of the State address.

January 30, 2013 9:51 pm Photos

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Bullock to give State of State on Wednesday night

Bullock to give State of State on Wednesday night

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock will give his first State of the State address Wednesday night to a joint session of the Montana Legislature.

January 29, 2013 4:55 pm Related Loading…

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