HELENA — Former Montana first lady Carol Judge was a kind, gracious and remarkable woman who used her public role and her background as a registered nurse to help lead the push to overhaul Montana’s neglected institutions in the mid-1970s.
HELENA — Three members of a prominent Montana Democratic family — former Congressman Pat and ex-state Sen. Carol Williams, and their daughter, Whitney — each has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate or House next year, despite pleas to do so.
HELENA — Montana’s new Senate president, Republican Jeff Essmann of Billings, says his earliest childhood memories are of his family’s dry-cleaning business, watching an artist paint seasonal Christmas scenes on the store’s plate-glass windows.
HELENA — An oil-and-gas development impact fund, freezing college tuition in Montana and tax cuts for small business are among the ideas Democratic legislative candidates will be promoting this election — and, at the 2013 Legislature, they said Wednesday.
HELENA - Montana Democrats have released a jobs plan for the state that is broad in scope and short on specifics.
HELENA — Under the backdrop of ”Montana values,” the Democratic Party’s statewide candidates strode across a stage one by one Friday night to contrast themselves with their Republican opponents.
HELENA -- After a proud tradition of electing many of the first women to hold political office in Montana, Republicans have fallen far behind Democrats these days in fielding female candidates.
More than two hundred candidates have filed with the Montana Secretary of State since Jan. 12. Many more have filed with county clerks for local offices.
Montana ranked a dismal 33rd overall among the 50 states on 10 measures of children’s well-being in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report released last week.
HELENA — Montana received the worst rankings in its five-state region in key child health and well-being indicators, the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported in its 2011 Kids Count Data Book released Wednesday.
After 88 days of Republican leaders repeatedly ignoring our input, it is not surprising to hear them now cry foul and blame the governor for “breaking the budget deal.” Fact is, they didn’t listen much at all this session, so disregarding the budget agreement they signed seems to be right on cue.
Today is my 44th Mother’s Day. As a mother, a grandmother and Montana Senate minority leader, I’d like to share a message of hope for Montana’s children.
HELENA — Majority Republicans at the Montana Legislature voted Wednesday to take an unusual five-day break and resume the session's final five days next Tuesday, saying talks to set the state budget had reached an impasse with Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
Republican legislative leaders passed their plan for the state’s major two-year budget bill Wednesday and called time out.
HELENA — Republicans leading final budget negotiations are signaling they have no intention to bargain with Democrats.
My favorite cowboy, Gene Autry, lived by a code. In Autry’s code, a cowboy would “be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals; help people in distress; respect women, parents and his nation’s laws; and never go back on trust confided in him.”
The best plan in the 2011 Legislature for creating jobs in the upcoming biennium while investing in Montana's long-term future received strong bipartisan approval Monday in the House Appropriations Committee.
HELENA — Senate Republicans are moving quickly to advance the session's major budget bill, prompting a Democratic leader to say Saturday she suspects they're rushing toward a showdown with Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer over the budget.
HELENA — Student leaders from the University System are urging state senators to restore money cut from the higher-education budget to make college more affordable for students and to invest in Montana’s future.
Once again, Montanan lawmakers are debating the merits of switching from regular sessions held once every two years to annual sessions.