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Democratic senator: To solve mental health, expand Medicaid

Democratic senator: To solve mental health, expand Medicaid

HELENA — If the Legislature really wants to solve Montana’s mental health care crisis, a simple solution exists, a Democratic state senator said Thursday: expand Medicaid.

January 15, 2015 5:21 pmLoading…
Tester says things can get fixed, if the Republicans play ball

Tester says things can get fixed, if the Republicans play ball

HELENA — Montana’s lone Democrat in Congress, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, said Monday the new GOP-controlled Congress has the chance to address many problems facing the country — if Republicans are serious about advancing “responsible” proposals.

January 05, 2015 4:29 pmLoading…
Parties pledge cooperation as Montana Legislature convenes

Parties pledge cooperation as Montana Legislature convenes

HELENA — The 2015 Montana Legislature kicked off Monday, with top leaders from both parties pledging to work together for the public good during the 90-day session.

January 05, 2015 3:09 pm Photos

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There's a lot to like in Bullock's record, but GOP leaders say he doesn’t deserve all the credit

There's a lot to like in Bullock's record, but GOP leaders say he doesn’t deserve all the credit

HELENA — Two years into his first term as governor, Democrat Steve Bullock has no shortage of positives he can point to when talking about his record.

December 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bullock’s agenda facing tough sledding at GOP-controlled Legislature

Bullock’s agenda facing tough sledding at GOP-controlled Legislature

HELENA — As Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock eyes his second Legislature, which begins next week, he knows he’ll need some Republican help to move any part of his agenda through the GOP-controlled body.

December 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

HELENA — In an unusual occurrence, the top two leaders of the Montana Senate in 2013 are moving over to the state House in January, where each will play key roles as committee chairmen.

December 20, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Commissioner: Planned Parenthood Advocates violated Montana campaign laws

Commissioner: Planned Parenthood Advocates violated Montana campaign laws

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana violated state law in its campaign against a Billings Republican in the 2014 elections, the state Commissioner of Political Practices has ruled.

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Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Montana counties have lost $20 million in the bipartisan spending bill to avoid another government shutdown.

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Democrat MacDonald wins recount in South Billings House district

Democrat MacDonald wins recount in South Billings House district

Incumbent Rep. Margie MacDonald has won a recount challenge to her South Billings legislative district.

December 03, 2014 2:17 pm Photos

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Recount for South Billings legislative seat happens Wednesday

Recount for South Billings legislative seat happens Wednesday

A too-close-to-call Billings legislative district will be decided by recount Wednesday.

December 01, 2014 3:53 pm Photos

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Tester: 'There’s things we need to do' to help middle class in Congress

Tester: 'There’s things we need to do' to help middle class in Congress

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said there will be opportunity to get things done with the Republican-controlled Senate next year.

November 24, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Tester named to lead Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Tester named to lead Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

HELENA — Montana Sen. Jon Tester was named Thursday as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, where he’ll be in charge of recruiting Senate candidates for the 2016 elections.

November 13, 2014 12:09 pmLoading…
Tester one of at least two U.S. senators up for DSCC chairman

Tester one of at least two U.S. senators up for DSCC chairman

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is among at least two Senate Democrats being considered to chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which will recruit and support U.S. Senate candidates for the 2016 election.

November 11, 2014 4:27 pmLoading…
Tester’s new role in the minority: Swing vote that could help move key issues

Tester’s new role in the minority: Swing vote that could help move key issues

HELENA — Montana’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Jon Tester, will now be in the minority for the first time in his Senate career — but said this week his new role may actually create more opportunities to get things done.

November 11, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Billings Republican seeks recount in legislative race

Billings Republican seeks recount in legislative race

Trailing his opponent by a dozen votes, Republican legislative candidate Tony O’Donnell said he will ask for a recount of his south Billings district.

November 11, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Bullock praises farm economy, recognizes challenges

Bullock praises farm economy, recognizes challenges

Montana’s agriculture economy faces challenges, but is still one of the state’s best performers, Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday.

November 10, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Reporter's notebook: After Democrats' drubbing on Tuesday, Bullock agenda faces uphill battle

Reporter's notebook: After Democrats' drubbing on Tuesday, Bullock agenda faces uphill battle

HELENA — Montana Democrats are trying to put a good spin on Tuesday’s election losses, noting that while they got creamed in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate races, they actually picked up a couple seats in the Legislature, saying that’s a better showing than Democrats in most other states.

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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.

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Statewide legislative races favor incumbents

Statewide legislative races favor incumbents

Editor's note: Two errors were corrected in this story at 8:08 a.m., Wednesday, Nov.5.

November 04, 2014 8:25 pmLoading…
Candidates crisscross state pushing voters to the polls

Candidates crisscross state pushing voters to the polls

There may be no candidate who knows better than Jon Tester the importance of high voter turnout in a nonpresidential election.

October 31, 2014 6:33 pm Photos

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