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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.

December 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

November 17, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
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.

November 14, 2014 4:07 pmLoading…

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.

November 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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 …

September 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

June 04, 2014 5:00 pm Related Loading…

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.

May 28, 2014 5:08 pmLoading…
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.

May 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

May 08, 2014 5:12 pmLoading…

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…
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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