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Joe Balyeat

Zachery Lahn is new director of conservative advocacy group

HELENA — Zachary Lahn is the new state director of the Montana chapter of Americans for Prosperity,

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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.

May 28, 2014 5:08 pmLoading…

ACA's individual mandates have plenty of exceptions

HELENA — One of the most controversial parts of “Obamacare” is its requirement that all Americans buy or have health insurance this year, or face a tax penalty — but, for many, the requirement may not apply.

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Guest opinion: Ailing Obamacare will fail within 3 years

Since 1990, culminating with Obamacare, progressives progressively destroyed health insurance. How? By switching definitions. Old definition: Insurance is fixed, smaller payments to protect yourself from future potential unforeseen catastrophic events. The potential future loss multiplied by…

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Guest opinion: Government debt monstrous threat to economy

As Halloween approaches, an old familiar monster rises from the grave like Freddy Krueger in “Nightmare on Elm Street.” But, unlike the famous fictional character, this beast is real and threatens to choke off our children’s future, consigning our great grandchildren to lifetimes of bondage.…

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Montanans fractured over farm bill proposals; Daines voices concerns

Montanans fractured over farm bill proposals; Daines voices concerns

Farmer Lola Raska knows a tough row to hoe when she sees one, which is why after holding the Senate farm bill to high standards, she is ready to reap whatever House lawmakers can sow.

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Guest opinion: Irresponsible spending continues in Helena

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”

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One pension fix passes House, another is close

One pension fix passes House, another is close

HELENA -- The House on Monday gave final approval to one bill to fix one of Montana’s financially troubled pension funds and preliminarily endorsed another bill to address the other major plan.

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Guest opinion: Medicaid expansion is bad for Montanans' health

Growing up in a Montana family of 14, my parents taught us most important life lessons. One lesson driven home repeatedly: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Such is the Obamacare deal. Everybody will be forced to buy health insurance, and that will magically mean better h…

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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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Guest opinion: Schools will run better with free market competition

“There is no respect in which inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood are so disadvantaged as in the kind of schooling they can get for their children.”

February 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Any federal tax increase will hurt Montana's middle class

You don’t raise taxes in a recession. (August 2009)

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Conservative group's tour bus stops in Billings

Conservative group's tour bus stops in Billings

The Obama Failing Agenda Tour, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, rolled into Billings on Saturday. It featured Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, who's also the co-founder of the Daily Caller, Joe Balyeat and Henry Kriegel.

October 27, 2012 10:07 pm Photos

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Obama still marching to destructive, big government mantra

Mitt Romney was recently castigated for commenting that 47 percent of people are beholden to government, so they’re wedded to Obama and won’t listen to Mitt.

October 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Americans for Prosperity targets Obama with bus tour

Americans for Prosperity targets Obama with bus tour

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group behind millions of dollars of TV ads targeting Democrats, rolled into Billings on Monday to speak about President Barack Obama’s “failing agenda.”

September 24, 2012 7:22 pm Video Loading…

Red state farmers, conservatives clash over farm bill

The House adjourned for its five-week August break on Friday without passing a controversial farm bill, revealing a widening split between conservative farmers and Republicans opposed to subsidies.

August 04, 2012 8:30 pmLoading…

Health care professionals rally in Helena against ‘Obamacare’

HELENA — A group of doctors and other health care professionals gathered in Helena on Monday to rally in support of free-market health care and voice concerns about changes in federal health care.

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State appeals tax rebate ruling

HELENA -- The state on Friday appealed to the Montana Supreme Court a lower court decision that struck from the ballot a legislative referendum providing for automatic tax refunds to taxpayers if certain fiscal conditions are met.

June 22, 2012 6:12 pmLoading…

National group targets Tester votes

With a rolling call center as their backdrop, members of the well-financed conservative group Americans For Prosperity rallied Tea Party supporters against U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in Billings on Wednesday.

June 20, 2012 9:00 pmLoading…
District judge: Tax rebate referendum is unconstitutional

District judge: Tax rebate referendum is unconstitutional

HELENA — A state district judge has struck from the November ballot a legislative referendum that, if approved by voters, would have provided for money to be automatically refunded to taxpayers if certain fiscal conditions were met.

June 06, 2012 3:12 pm Related Loading…

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