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State asks U.S. Supreme Court to review ruling on partisan judicial endorsements

HELENA — The state’s attorney general and political practices commissioner have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a 2012 federal appeals court decision that struck down Montana’s ban on political party endorsement of candidates in the state’s nonpartisan juridical races.

January 13, 2014 8:30 pmLoading…

Federal judge sets hearing on candidate's complaint on new election reporting law

HELENA — A federal court judge has set a hearing on a legislative candidate's request to temporarily block enforcement of a new state election law.

January 11, 2014 4:00 pm

E. Helenan’s child porn conviction upheld

An East Helena man will remain in a federal prison for the next 40 years after an appeals court upheld his 2012 child pornography conviction.

September 24, 2013 8:50 amLoading…
Helicopter bison hazing could resume this spring

Helicopter bison hazing could resume this spring

Using helicopters to drive bison back into Yellowstone National Park may resume this spring after a federal court judge ruled against a conservation group that believes hazing harms grizzly bears.

March 28, 2013 7:30 amLoading…
Montana bill seeks cash to fight 'dark money'

Montana bill seeks cash to fight 'dark money'

HELENA — A Republican lawmaker is arguing it will take more money — not less — in politics to beat back the tidal wave of so-called dark money.

January 27, 2013 12:45 pmLoading…
Judge won't intervene in suit over $500K donation

Judge won't intervene in suit over $500K donation

HELENA - A federal judge says he won't intervene in a state lawsuit between two gubernatorial candidates over a $500,000 donation.

October 26, 2012 12:33 pm Related Loading…
District judge to Hill: Don't spend $500K donation

District judge to Hill: Don't spend $500K donation

HELENA — A state district judge on Wednesday temporarily ordered Republican governor candidate Rick Hill to stop spending a disputed $500,000 donation and cancel all pending ads bought with this money, while she reviews the contribution’s legality.

October 24, 2012 2:04 pm Related Loading…

Foes of donation limits want Bullock to drop suit

HELENA — Conservative groups and individuals seeking to dismantle Montana's campaign contribution limits are trying to force Democrat Steve Bullock to drop a lawsuit against Rick Hill, his Republican opponent in the race for governor.

October 22, 2012 4:56 pmLoading…
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…
North Carolina man gets 15 years in Montana child exploitation case

North Carolina man gets 15 years in Montana child exploitation case

HELENA — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to coercing two Montana girls into sending him nude photographs of themselves has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

October 18, 2012 3:18 pm Related Loading…

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October 14, 2012 12:00 am

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…
Montana appeals ruling as campaigns eye unlimited donations

Montana appeals ruling as campaigns eye unlimited donations

HELENA — As state lawyers Thursday asked federal courts to temporarily block a ruling that wiped out Montana’s dollar limits on campaign donations, at least one candidate was already telling donors they can contribute unlimited funds — for now.

October 04, 2012 6:00 pmLoading…

Federal judge strikes down Montana’s campaign contribution limits

HELENA – A federal judge on Wednesday struck down Montana’s dollar limits on campaign contributions to state candidates, dealing another blow to longstanding state laws that attempt to limit the role of money in politics.

October 03, 2012 3:00 pmLoading…
Ex-medical marijuana provider dies in custody

Ex-medical marijuana provider dies in custody

HELENA — A convicted Montana medical marijuana provider with a history of serious illness died Thursday after his transfer to a federal prison that could give him proper medical care was delayed for months.

August 30, 2012 3:16 pmLoading…

Commissioner tosses several campaign complaints

HELENA — The commissioner of political practices on Tuesday tossed out four complaints alleging misrepresentation of a candidate’s record after a judge’s decision that the underlying state laws unconstitutionally restrict free speech, the latest development in the ongoing battle over Montana…

July 24, 2012 3:20 pmLoading…

Judge won’t block Montana law that forbids party endorsements in judicial races

HELENA — A federal judge Tuesday refused to block Montana’s law forbidding political parties from endorsing a nonpartisan judicial candidate, saying their involvement could transform judicial contests into partisan races.

June 26, 2012 1:23 pmLoading…

Judge indicates Montana campaign law on judicial races may fall

HELENA — A federal judge Friday indicated he may strike down a long-standing Montana campaign law that bans political parties from spending money on or endorsing nonpartisan judicial candidates.

June 01, 2012 6:00 pmLoading…

Judge blocks helicopter hazing of wild bison

HELENA - A federal judge on Monday blocked Montana officials from driving wild bison back into Yellowstone National Park with a helicopter after wildlife advocates argued hazing from the air could harm grizzly bears in the area.

May 14, 2012 2:36 pmLoading…

Man pleads guilty to child exploitation in Montana

HELENA — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting two Helena girls by coercing them to send nude photographs of themselves.

May 09, 2012 6:10 pmLoading…

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