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Gazette opinion: Stand up for voting rights; vote no on LR-126

Gazette opinion: Stand up for voting rights; vote no on LR-126

Legislative Referendum 126 would repeal Montanans’ right to register and vote on Election Day.

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Guest opinion: Bipartisan coalition created Montana's Election Day registration

When the 2005 Legislature passed the law that created Election Day voter registration in Montana, I was proud of our state, our legislature and our bipartisan coalition as we placed a commitment to democratic ideals ahead of partisanship.

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Guest opinion: Moving voter registration deadline back 2 days is common sense

There has been a lot of hyperbole in the press lately from people opposed to LR-126, the referendum that will appear on the ballot soon that moves the deadline for voter registration to 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day. This change will merely ensure that all properly registered voters …

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GOP favors closed primaries, runoff elections

Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections, state Republican Party delegates on Saturday called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them.

June 22, 2014 12:15 am

GOP seeks a closed primary

Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention will debate a series of resolutions Saturday, including controversial ones seeking to change Republican primary elections.

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Feuding GOP lawmakers meet

Feuding GOP lawmakers meet

Four legislators representing the two feuding Republican factions in the Legislature met privately with a facilitator on Friday.

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In GOP legislative primaries, moderates and conservatives battle to a draw

In GOP legislative primaries, moderates and conservatives battle to a draw

HELENA — In legislative primary elections Tuesday, the battle between conservative and moderate wings of the Montana Republican Party pretty much ended in a draw — although, in most cases, incumbents survived.

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Centrist GOP group unleashes new attack mailers in nearly 20 legislative primaries

HELENA — A political group formed by centrist Republicans in Montana has fired the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between competing GOP factions, sending out new campaign mailers attacking the more-conservative-leaning Republicans in nearly 20 legislative primary races across the state.

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Gazette opinion: National honor for Yellowstone County’s commitment

Gazette opinion: National honor for Yellowstone County’s commitment

When the Yellowstone National Cemetery is dedicated today, Yellowstone County residents should take pride in knowing that they created this honorable resting place for American heroes.

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Daines, coal stakeholders alarmed by new Washington state pollution laws

Daines, coal stakeholders alarmed by new Washington state pollution laws

A Washington state ban on electricity from coal-fired power plants would be an economy killer for Montana, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday.

May 12, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Vocal GOP critic of his own party hit with lawsuit challenging his residency

Vocal GOP critic of his own party hit with lawsuit challenging his residency

HELENA — A Great Falls legislator who’s been a vocal critic of leaders in his own Republican Party has been sued by a pair of constituents, who say he no longer lives in the district and should vacate his seat.

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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.

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State coal funds could be tapped for rail crossings

State coal funds could be tapped for rail crossings

A coal impact fund already on the books could be tapped to help Montana cities deal with an anticipated increase in the number of coal trains bound for the Pacific Northwest.

March 25, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Guest opinion: GOP leaders target lawmakers who supported public education

In a Jan. 16 guest opinion, Yellowstone County Republicans Dale Mortensen, Jennifer Owen and Anna Woods argued that primary efforts under way to purge so-called moderate Republicans from the party in Montana are something to cheer. This power grab from the right wing of the Republican Party …

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New battle lines drawn for legislative races

New battle lines drawn for legislative races

Campaign filing season begins Thursday with new battle lines drawn for state legislative districts.

January 08, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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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
Legislative panel votes not to seek subpoena for board correspondence

Legislative panel votes not to seek subpoena for board correspondence

HELENA — On a party-line vote Friday, the Legislative Council rejected an attempt to subpoena emails, text messages and other correspondence to and from a state retirement board during its meeting last month.

October 25, 2013 7:15 pmLoading…
Group starts year-long process to improve Legislature

Group starts year-long process to improve Legislature

HELENA — A legislative panel this week begins a yearlong project to explore ways to reinvigorate a branch of government that some lawmakers believe is playing a lesser role since the passage of term limits.

October 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Gazette opinion: Unintended consequences: Pension fix must be fixed

The growing, unfunded public pension liability was one of the biggest, most urgent problems the 2013 Montana Legislature addressed.

June 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Essmann seeks AG opinion on pension law

Essmann seeks AG opinion on pension law

HELENA — Senate President Jeff Essmann on Friday asked for an attorney general’s opinion on how a state retirement board should interpret a new law to prepare for an actuarial valuation of the Public Employees Retirement System.

June 21, 2013 7:21 pmLoading…

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