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Adams, Curtis, Wanzenried vying to replace Walsh in Senate race – and maybe Bohlinger

Adams, Curtis, Wanzenried vying to replace Walsh in Senate race – and maybe Bohlinger

HELENA — At least three, perhaps four, people will compete this Saturday to become the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate replacing Sen. John Walsh — and the emerging front-runner may be a little-known high school teacher from Butte.

August 11, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Montana Democrats, looking at uphill climb this year, vow to make a fight out of it

Montana Democrats, looking at uphill climb this year, vow to make a fight out of it

BUTTE — Congressional candidate John Lewis had some frank words for fellow Montana Democrats at this weekend’s party convention, saying they have a steep hill to climb if they hope to succeed in November elections.

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State’s largest union tells members to consider voting for certain Republicans in GOP primaries

HELENA — The state’s largest labor union, MEA-MFT, usually endorses Democrats — but in Tuesday’s primary election, it’s advising its 18,000 members to consider voting for a slew of centrist Republicans in hotly contested GOP legislative primaries.

May 30, 2014 9:47 pmLoading…

MEA-MFT asks Supreme Court to block Charter tax initiative from ballot

HELENA — The MEA-MFT union has asked the Montana Supreme Court to throw out a ballot measure by Charter Communications to reclassify its property for tax purposes and block a tax hike exceeding 300 percent.

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Bullock draws mixed reviews in 1st year

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock gets mixed reviews, often but not always following party lines, for his first year as Montana’s chief executive.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am

New law, higher returns boost teacher pension finances

HELENA — Major changes passed by the 2013 Legislature and higher investment returns have put the Montana Teachers’ Retirement System pension plan on a much sounder financial footing, actuaries told the board Friday.

September 27, 2013 6:10 pmLoading…

Horse Sense: Little joy among state workers over pay deal

HELENA — No one was jumping for joy over the deal struck last week to give most Montana state government workers pay raises starting next month.

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Groups spent $6.1 million trying to woo lawmakers in 2013 session

Groups spent $6.1 million trying to woo lawmakers in 2013 session

HELENA — Corporations, trade associations, unions and advocacy groups spent nearly $6.1 million trying to influence the 2013 Legislature, according to financial reports filed with the state political practices commissioner’s office.

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School choice advocates -- losers at 2013 session -- vow to return with same bills

School choice advocates -- losers at 2013 session -- vow to return with same bills

HELENA — While advocates of school choice struck out again this year in Montana, failing to enact a bill providing tax credits or any public money for private or charter schools, they say they’re not giving up.

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Unions still eye 5% pay hikes for state workers

HELENA — Public employee unions still intend to negotiate with the Bullock administration for 5 percent raises in base pay for state workers in each of the next two years, despite the Legislature providing only 75 percent of the needed money.

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Major school-funding bill scheduled for House hearing; amendments coming

Major school-funding bill scheduled for House hearing; amendments coming

HELENA — The session’s major school-funding bill, which easily passed the Senate more than a month ago, finally has a hearing scheduled in the House — but it will be amended, its sponsor said this week.

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Bill for state pay plan amended, passes House committee

Bill for state pay plan amended, passes House committee

HELENA — A split House Appropriations Committee approved a state pay plan Saturday, but stripped out the 5 percent raises in base pay for state workers in each of the next two years that Gov. Steve Bullock and unions had sought.

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MEA-MFT's Feaver: School choice rips the fabric of public education

HELENA — Eric Feaver, the leader of MEA-MFT, the union representing teachers and other public workers, says it’s no coincidence the entire public-education community is battling hard against school-choice bills this Legislature.

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State employees lobby legislators for pay raises

State employees lobby legislators for pay raises

HELENA — More than 100 public employees spent their holiday Monday tracking down legislators to seek support for the proposed pay increase agreement reached by unions and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer last summer.

February 18, 2013 6:00 pm Photos

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Bullock appoints Billings lawyer to head Board of Investments

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed former Rep. Mark Noennig, of Billings, as the new chairman of the Montana Board of Investments.

February 11, 2013 5:45 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Don't buy Balyeat's argument against public schools

Joe Balyeat (Feb. 2 guest opinion) is no friend of public programs and services, especially public education and the folks who serve therein. He would privatize our public schools at taxpayer expense. He would lay waste to the democratic public school governing structures outlined in our sta…

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Horse Sense: Lawmakers may want to alter pay deal

HELENA—State employees, some struggling to get by, offered a compelling case for a pay raise when they testified at a legislative hearing last week.

January 26, 2013 11:30 pmLoading…

Broad education coalition kicks off push for sweeping K-12 school-funding bill

HELENA — A broad coalition of school groups pitched its sweeping public-school funding plan Tuesday, saying it offers a rare chance to boost money for schools, cut property taxes and link both to natural-resource development in Montana.

January 22, 2013 4:07 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Keep Montana's promise to public servants

We've all heard the slogans about our home state.

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Guest opinion: Public schools ensure community ownership, local control

In recent public policy discussions regarding the use of public funds to pay for private education in Montana, there are critical facts that are lost in the details.

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