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Lawmaker wants to keep sex offenders from living near kids

Lawmaker wants to keep sex offenders from living near kids

HELENA — Some convicted sex offenders could not live within 300 feet of schools or other facilities frequented by children under a bill Montana lawmakers are considering.

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Gazette opinion: Want a workforce? Invest now in career education

Montana's two-year colleges are collaborating on a major project to boost student enrollment and graduation in degrees and certificates needed for high-demand fields.

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Gazette opinion: Capital communications must be two-way

Gazette opinion: Capital communications must be two-way

The Montana Legislature has convened in Helena for its once-in-two-years, 90-day work session.

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Gazette opinion: County delegation breaks the ice on tradition

If every Montana county was home to as many people as Yellowstone, there would be only five other counties (instead of 55 others) in our state of 1 million people.

December 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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…
Motl dismisses complaint against secretary of state

Motl dismisses complaint against secretary of state

HELENA — The state political practice commissioner has dismissed a Republican lawmaker’s complaint that Democratic Secretary of State Linda McCulloch improperly used public resources to solicit opposition to a ballot issue.

December 08, 2014 4:16 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Legislators claim to be above-the-lawmakers

The Montana House Republican legal rationale for disregarding Montana’s open meetings law makes Rep.-elect Jeff Essmann’s logic look believable.

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Gazette opinion: History repeating itself in legislative caucus lawsuit

You probably know that old saying about those who forget history are bound to repeat it.

November 28, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Judicial priorities for Yellowstone County lawmakers

Gazette opinion: Judicial priorities for Yellowstone County lawmakers

Montana’s most populous county has some issues that are much bigger than challenges seen in other counties.

November 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette Opinion: Caucuses must be public wherever they are held

Last week, representatives elected on Nov. 4 to the Montana House met secretly in the basement of a Helena restaurant for a GOP caucus.

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House Republicans hold secret caucus; majority leader apologizes

House Republicans hold secret caucus; majority leader apologizes

HELENA — House Republicans gathered in secret in the basement of a Helena restaurant Thursday night for a party caucus that was not publicly noticed ahead of time, as required by law.

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Gazette opinion: Lawmakers must unite to give city voters new options

In an election with 35,191 votes cast, the Billings public safety levy fell 1,027 votes short on Tuesday.

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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.

June 20, 2014 8:56 pmLoading…
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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