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Mitt Romney endorses incumbent Wyoming governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Mitt Romney has endorsed Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's re-election campaign.

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War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

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Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to be Montana’s lieutenant governor. It’s another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.

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George F. Will: Immigrants' son is California's new Goldwater

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 m…

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Rekha Basu: You can’t escape the Kochs

You can’t escape the Koch brothers. They’re everywhere. Underwriting efforts to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. Trying to get rid of aid to education, the Environmental Protection Agency and minimum-wage laws. They’re the brunt of late-night monologues, dramatic TV series and …

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Campaign Watch: Walsh offers coal proposal; Daines sponsors rural water bill

Campaign Watch: Walsh offers coal proposal; Daines sponsors rural water bill

HELENA — This week, candidates have been busy introducing legislation and laying out their campaign platforms. Here's a look at the week's most interesting and important developments in Montana's election campaigns:

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: How GOP incumbent reached out to Democrats and won

WASHINGTON — “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”

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George F. Will: Mississippi choose pork barrel over Tea Party

WASHINGTON — Chris McDaniel, 41, the flawed paladin of the Tea Party persuasion who in Mississippi's Republican Senate primary failed to wrest the nomination from the faltering hands of six-term incumbent Thad Cochran, 76, came into politics after a stint in talk radio. There practitioners d…

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Guest opinion: Keep an eye on how Congress acts on voting rights

The right to vote is sacred. It is how we hold our leaders accountable and make sure our democracy is responsive to all citizens. Yet, today, powerful forces are intent on making voting more difficult instead of more accessible and it could hurt Montana families in Indian Country.

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George F. Will: For GOP, re-evaluation time

WASHINGTON — The morning after, at breakfast at the Republicans' Capitol Hill Club, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was, as befits one of Washington's grown-ups, measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise "to take a step back and a d…

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New voting setup is easier on voters and volunteers

New voting setup is easier on voters and volunteers

In past primaries, long lines causing big headaches have been enough to deter some Billings residents from casting a ballot. 

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Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

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George F. Will: The cost of campaign finance restrictions

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota says it has 10,000 lakes. The state also has, according to Anthony Sanders, “10,000 campaign finance laws.” He exaggerates, but understandably. As an attorney for Minnesota’s chapter of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, Sanders represe…

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E.J. Dionne: Bitter political battleground in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anyone with a weak stomach and refined sensibilities should stay out of Kentucky for the next six months.

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Tester, Walsh back Indian voting rights bill

Tester, Walsh back Indian voting rights bill

HELENA — U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh said Thursday they are supporting a bill to better protect voting rights across Indian country.

May 22, 2014 4:37 pm Photos

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George F. Will: Government by intimidation in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene.

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Gazette opinion: Why primary ballots arrive on school election day

Tuesday is a day Montana elections officials have dreaded. Two major election cycles coincide and some voter confusion is certain.

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David Ignatius: Gangs take over in Iraq's never-ending war

AMMAN, Jordan — Iraq appears to be slipping back into civil war, and Sheik Zaydan Aljabiri, one of the political leaders of the Sunni insurgent group known as the Tribal Revolutionaries, seems confident that his side is winning.

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Gazette opinion: Time running out for choices on school boards

Gazette opinion: Time running out for choices on school boards

Do you live in the Blue Creek, Independent, Canyon Creek, Elysian, Elder Grove or Morin school districts? If so, did you know that you are at risk of having no say in who represents you on the Billings high school board?

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