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Party contributions to Montana judicial candidates banned

HELENA — Montana judicial candidates cannot legally receive contributions from political parties, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

June 21, 2013 1:39 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Campaign rulings demand legislative attention

Federal court decisions this year have knocked down several longstanding Montana laws intended to limit the influence of money in elections. The 2013 Legislature has the opportunity to take back control of some aspects of regulation invalidated by federal courts over the past months.

November 16, 2012 12:10 amLoading…
Bullock campaign cited for check signatures

Bullock campaign cited for check signatures

HELENA — The state deputy commissioner for political practices says Steve Bullock's campaign violated election rules by writing 11 checks that were signed by someone other than the campaign's treasurer or deputy treasurer. Thursday's ruling by Deputy Commissioner Jay Dufrechou says the check…

October 25, 2012 7:10 pm Related Loading…
Supreme Court asked to rule in Montana campaign case

Supreme Court asked to rule in Montana campaign case

HELENA — Back-and-forth court decisions striking and reinstating Montana laws that regulate campaign contributions have set this election cycle roiling, resulting in candidates showered by unexpected cash and a flurry of legal challenges ahead of Election Day. Conservative groups and busines…

October 19, 2012 3:05 pm Related Loading…
Montana GOP donates $500K to Hill campaign

Montana GOP donates $500K to Hill campaign

HELENA — The Montana Republican Party gave governor candidate Rick Hill’s campaign a $500,000 donation during the six-day period after a federal judge threw out the state’s campaign contribution limits and before a federal appeals court reinstated them.

October 17, 2012 11:30 am Related Loading…

Montana contribution limits in place through election

HELENA — Montana's campaign contribution limits will remain in place at least through the November election after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday that put a hold on a federal judge's decision that would have allowed for unlimited spending in state races.

October 16, 2012 4:00 pmLoading…
Appeals court reinstates campaign finance limits

Appeals court reinstates campaign finance limits

HELENA — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who overturned it to outline his full reasoning so the panel can review the case.

October 10, 2012 9:50 am Related Loading…

Judge upholds campaign finance ruling

HELENA — The judge who struck down Montana's campaign contribution limits has upheld his own decision after state attorneys asked him to reconsider.

October 09, 2012 6:14 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Don’t change 2012 campaign rules as voting starts

Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell issued an order Wednesday overturning a Montana law enacted two decades ago to limit the dollar amount that donors can contribute to political campaigns. Lovell’s brief order will be followed “in due course” with his extensive findings and conclus…

October 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Campaign contribution limits under scrutiny

HELENA — Conservative groups are asking a judge to nix Montana's campaign contribution limits, the latest effort to undo the state's political finance restrictions.

September 12, 2012 1:23 pmLoading…

Miles City marijuana provider to appeal sentence

HELENA -- A former Miles City medical marijuana provider is appealing his five-year prison sentence on a charge that he maintained a drug-involved premises.

April 30, 2012 1:53 pmLoading…

Settlement talks ordered in fatal obsession case

HELENA -- A judge ordered settlement talks in the civil case of a Montana woman who was shot by a man obsessed with her genius daughter.

April 23, 2012 12:36 pmLoading…

Federal judge weighs Montana campaign finance case

HELENA -- A conservative group is asking a federal judge to undo Montana's campaign contribution restrictions even as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a related case.

February 16, 2012 1:16 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana family from Miles City negotiating plea deal

Medical marijuana family from Miles City negotiating plea deal

HELENA -- Two members of a family of medical marijuana providers are negotiating guilty pleas with prosecutors, making it uncertain that a judge will ever get to make a much-anticipated ruling on the question of whether federal drug laws trump Montana's medical marijuana statute.

January 06, 2012 12:27 pmLoading…

Billings woman fined $550,000 for cocaine distribution

HELENA — A U.S. district judge on Wednesday sentenced Billings businesswoman Dru Cederberg to two years of probation, including eight months of house arrest, and fined her $550,000 for attempting to maintain a drug-related premises.

May 18, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…

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