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Gazette opinion: Unprecedented spending on Supreme Court seat

Gazette opinion: Unprecedented spending on Supreme Court seat

Two weeks before Election Day, at least $730,000 had been spent to influence the Montana Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice Mike Wheat and Lawrence VanDyke. That sum doesn’t count what the candidates themselves spent; it’s money from four outside groups.

October 31, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Find out who’s for political transparency

If a candidate for public office in Montana raised $900,000, he would have to report the funding sources, identifying donors by name.

May 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Montana state senators raise big bucks with secretive nonprofit

A secretive nonprofit connected to a pair of conservative Montana state senators, which spent heavily during the state’s contested 2012 Supreme Court race, raised more than $900,000 in 2012, according to a tax filing obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am

Democrats field candidates in each legislative race; contested primaries abound for both parties

HELENA -- Democrats fielded at least one candidate in every contested Montana House and Senate seat by the filing deadline Monday, and said they’re primed to challenge Republicans this election year for control of the 2015 Legislature.

March 10, 2014 7:29 pmLoading…
Pension fix would work differently than lawmaker expected

Pension fix would work differently than lawmaker expected

HELENA -- Some legislators were surprised to learn that a new pension-fix law increases contributions by workers and government agencies for only six months, but keeps in place lower cost-of-living pension adjustments for retirees possibly into the next decade.

June 14, 2013 7:47 pmLoading…

State pay raise bill advances, but no more money added

HELENA -- A Senate committee on Friday night pushed out a pay plan bill for state employees, but failed to add any more money.

April 12, 2013 8:52 pmLoading…
Stone-Manning grilled at hearing about past environmental activism

Stone-Manning grilled at hearing about past environmental activism

HELENA -- Business and conservation groups testified Monday for the confirmation of state Environmental Quality Director Tracy Stone-Manning, but Republican senators questioned her about past environmental activism.

April 08, 2013 8:36 pmLoading…

Bill to overhaul campaign finance law passes

HELENA — The Senate, in a vote Monday that exposed the split among Republicans, endorsed an overhaul of Montana’s campaign finance law to require anonymous “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.

March 25, 2013 9:50 pmLoading…

Medicaid expansion part of bad Obamacare plan

Medicaid expansion is poised to be a major issue of debate during the 2013 legislative session. Remember when Obamacare was pressed in 2009, President Barack Obama promised “this legislation is paid for, and will not add one single dime to the deficit”. He claimed that this new entitlement p…

March 18, 2013 12:00 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…
3 years later, Tea Party still molding GOP

3 years later, Tea Party still molding GOP

Three years ago, Eric Olsen was a petroleum engineer hungry for employment and fed up with the skyrocketing national debt, newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama and a seemingly lost Republican Party.

April 15, 2012 6:47 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Schweitzer hampers spill cleanup response

Nearly two weeks ago, a 12-inch pipeline unexpectedly ruptured under the stress of heavy flooding, spilling 1,000 barrels of crude into the Yellowstone River. The spill focused the nation’s attention on Montana, providing the country with an interesting study in contrasts on emergency respon…

July 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Senate endorses House's sex ed crackdown

HELENA — The Montana Senate endorsed on Thursday a proposal popular with House Republicans to crack down on local school district sex education policies — a reaction to a contentious curriculum proposal last year in Helena.

March 31, 2011 7:39 pmLoading…

Ewer lays it on the line with Republicans in Senate Finance Committee

HELENA — As state Budget Director David Ewer rose Friday morning before a Senate panel preparing to vote on the session's major spending bill, he didn't hide his displeasure with Republicans' work product.

March 18, 2011 5:27 pmLoading…
GOP lawmakers report to public

GOP lawmakers report to public

Citing extreme media bias, Republican lawmakers home on their midsession break Friday told supporters that their best work was being ignored by the press.

February 25, 2011 8:15 pm Photos

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Senate deadlocks on GOP bill allowing utilities to waive renewable-power standard

Senate deadlocks on GOP bill allowing utilities to waive renewable-power standard

HELENA — The state Senate on Tuesday deadlocked on a bill allowing utilities to request a long-term exemption from Montana's renewable-power mandate, with critics calling it an “end run” around the law.

February 22, 2011 4:27 pmLoading…
Democrats delay vote on Bonogofsky candidacy

Democrats delay vote on Bonogofsky candidacy

State Democratic Party officials decided Tuesday evening to postpone a vote until today on whether to appoint Republican Debra Bonogofsky to run as a Democrat in Senate District 29.

August 17, 2010 3:50 pmLoading…

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