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Gazette opinion: Start talking out differences over big building bill

Gazette opinion: Start talking out differences over big building bill

House Bill 5 is a 34-page funding plan for building up Montana.

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Montana House appears close on deal to resolve dispute over rules

Montana House appears close on deal to resolve dispute over rules

HELENA — Several proposed rules causing a rift in the Montana House may be changed or abandoned, including one giving the House speaker more power to redirect bills to a committee where a bill may be more easily killed, lawmakers said Monday.

January 05, 2015 5:21 pm Photos

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Youthful House speaker has task of keeping fractious GOP caucus together, fencing with governor

Youthful House speaker has task of keeping fractious GOP caucus together, fencing with governor

HELENA — On a fall bird-hunting trip in northeast Montana in 2009, Austin Knudsen and two close friends spoke frankly about the future of the state and whether they should try to change things for the better.

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As session nears, Bullock, GOP are miles apart

As session nears, Bullock, GOP are miles apart

HELENA — With the 64th legislative session set to convene Monday, Republicans and Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock seem miles apart on their top priorities and pledges to work together seem few and far between.

January 02, 2015 2:28 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: One word that would defeat House majority votes

In the final days of the 2013 Montana Legislature, the major public education legislation of the session – Senate Bill 175 – had been passed by the Senate, and passed as amended on second House reading. The bill had gotten that far despite efforts of Senate and House leadership to kill it.

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Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature

Resource extraction, charter schools, tax relief top GOP agenda for 2015 Legislature

MISSOULA — Montana Republicans will hit the ground running next week when the 2015 Legislature convenes in Helena, and while they agree with the state’s Democratic governor on several points, the similarities quickly diverge.

December 29, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Obscure rules change could roil Montana House at 2015 Legislature

Obscure rules change could roil Montana House at 2015 Legislature

HELENA — The course of the 2015 Montana Legislature may hinge on the battle over an obscure rule change in the Montana House.

December 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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.

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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…
Incoming House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson

Incoming House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson

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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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