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Gazette opinion: Schools need more good trustee candidates

With three weeks left till the filing deadline for school board, it’s time for our annual appeal for more good candidates.

March 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Talk it out before Legislature adjourns

When a Montana governor issues a veto, it has greater than a 99 percent chance of being sustained, according to the record of the past 40 years.

June 14, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Veto override results murky until Monday

HELENA — With Monday’s deadline fast-approaching, it remains unclear whether legislators will succeed in overriding any of Gov. Steve Bullock’s vetoes.

June 07, 2013 9:26 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Stop starving Montana care givers: Enact HB12

Most Montana Medicaid rates have not increased for several years. The Legislature budgeted a 2 percent rate increase in fiscal year 2009, but Gov. Brian Schweitzer rescinded it because state revenue projections were dropping sharply.

May 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Students need governor’s signature on SB175

The biggest Montana school funding changes in decades are headed for Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk.

April 25, 2013 12:10 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Let’s close the deal to upgrade MSU Billings Science Building

Gazette opinion: Let’s close the deal to upgrade MSU Billings Science Building

The long campaign to replace Montana State University Billings' outdated Science Building got its biggest boost ever this weekend when the House approved a bill that would appropriate $10 million from the general fund toward the $15 million project.

April 24, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Covering Montanans: Medicaid must be reformed

The debate this week in Helena about offering Medicaid coverage to Montanans making less than $15,400 a year should be about reform and jobs.

March 24, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Good bill for safer streets, local control

Montana lawmakers have the opportunity to let local voters decide on improvements for pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

March 20, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Blast motions all fail in Montana Legislature

HELENA — House Republicans rebuffed four attempts by Democrats to blast bills from committees onto the floor for debate, including Gov. Steve Bullock’s $400-a-taxpayer rebate and his bill increasing the mandatory percentage of Montana workers on public-works projects.

February 26, 2013 7:32 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Strengthen laws to prosecute child abusers

A Hardin woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the death of a 3-year-old foster child who was left alone in a hot car for several hours.

February 13, 2013 12:10 amLoading…
Montana lawmakers reject Winchester as state rifle

Montana lawmakers reject Winchester as state rifle

HELENA — The Montana House on Tuesday rejected a proposal to name the Winchester Model 1873 the state rifle after Native American legislators said they couldn't honor a weapon that brought "devastation" to their ancestors.

February 05, 2013 5:32 pm Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Keep Montana kids safe from abuse, neglect

The 2013 Legislature will be asked to consider four proposals generated by an interim study on childhood trauma.

January 09, 2013 12:10 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Check out bill ideas pouring into Helena

The 2013 Montana Legislature won’t convene for another four months, but its work is piling up. Lawmakers and interim committees have already requested at least 325 bill drafts.

August 29, 2012 12:10 amLoading…
Lodge Grass IGA closes for a day to protest thefts

Lodge Grass IGA closes for a day to protest thefts

A couple of 10- or- 11-year-old Lodge Grass kids running out of the Little Horn IGA on Wednesday with armfuls of Slim Jims and other snacks wasn’t a big loss for the business.

May 18, 2012 8:00 pmLoading…

Montana Indian Democrats organizing to boost Native American vote in 2012

GREAT FALLS — Montana Democrats may still be licking their wounds from the shellacking they took in the 2010 election, but a group of Native American Democrats is organizing to help reverse those fortunes by turning out Indian voters in far greater numbers next year.

September 16, 2011 7:12 pm Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Hold 'em strategy doesn't serve state well

A day after the Legislature adjourned its biennial session, House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, still had 51 bills to sign and send to the governor, according to legislative information. Senate President Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, had 22 bills to sign and have delivered to the executive off…

May 01, 2011 12:10 amLoading…

Ups & Downs

Ups and Downs gives a quick take on news of the week.

March 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
House OKs bills aimed at illegal immigrants

House OKs bills aimed at illegal immigrants

HELENA — The House on Wednesday passed a pair of bills targeting illegal immigrants who are seeking jobs with Montana employers and trying to obtain state government services.

February 23, 2011 7:30 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: A prudent plan to create jobs, train future workers

University biology students and professors from Billings and a Chamber of Commerce representative joined a standing-room-only crowd at the Capitol on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to approve the long-awaited renovation of the Montana State University Billings Science Building.

February 18, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Heights lawmaker challenges citizenship of U.S.-born babies

Heights lawmaker challenges citizenship of U.S.-born babies

A Billings Heights lawmaker would deny state citizenship to U.S.-born babies of illegal immigrants under a bill introduced Monday in Helena.

February 07, 2011 11:30 pmLoading…

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