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John Esp

Stapleton is clear choice for conservatives

I served in the Montana Senate with the two military war veterans running for Montana's House seat, Senate Majority Leader Corey Stapleton and Sen. Zinke.

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2 lawmakers accuse ATP of illegal coordination

2 lawmakers accuse ATP of illegal coordination

HELENA —Two Republican legislators who won primary elections despite a barrage of third-party attacks have filed political-practices complaints against American Tradition Partnership and others.

December 11, 2012 6:23 pm Photos


Billings collector fills in the pieces of Montana's past

Billings collector fills in the pieces of Montana's past

Thomas Minckler has spent most of his 40-year working life helping other people acquire rare and valuable artifacts, most of them related to the American West and early Montana history.

September 02, 2012 12:05 am Photos


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Primary races aplenty for Montana Legislature

Primary races aplenty for Montana Legislature

It’s not unusual for state legislative races to feature no contested primary, but this year is different.

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School-funding compromise floated, but House GOP conferees not enthusiastic

HELENA — A compromise school-funding proposal emerged on Monday to fund annual, inflationary increases in state money for public schools the next two years — and use oil-and-gas revenue from northeastern Montana school districts to help fund that increase.

April 18, 2011 5:47 pmLoading…

School funding proposal: No action yet -- will there be any?

HELENA — The House panel with the last surviving school-funding vehicle at the Legislature kicked around some options on Monday, but took no action — and it’s not yet clear what it may or may not do, its chairman said.

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Lawmaker would use coal money to help bail out pension funds

HELENA — Some coal tax revenues would be used to help slowly pay down the massive potential deficits in four state public employee pension funds under a bill passed by the House on Monday.

March 28, 2011 8:45 pmLoading…
So far, GOP has cut all family-planning funds from Montana budget

So far, GOP has cut all family-planning funds from Montana budget

HELENA — At Flathead Family Planning Services in Kalispell, some 3,200 people — many of them without health insurance or much money — visit in a year to get physical exams, contraception, pregnancy tests and other reproductive health care.

March 16, 2011 5:58 pmLoading…

GOP school funding bill has support, opposition — and uncertainty

HELENA — School officials offered dramatically different takes on Monday on legislative Republicans’ complex proposal to increase state money for public schools the next two years, at the bill’s first public hearing before a legislative committee.

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House OKs raise in optional park fee

HELENA — The House on Thursday voted to raise the optional fee from $4 to $6 per light vehicle annually to pay for the state parks, fishing access sites and Virginia and Nevada cites.

March 03, 2011 6:15 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: 5 legislators overturn voters' health mandate

What a difference a day makes.

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House reverses itself, kills vote by mail

HELENA — The House on Friday killed a bill that would have switched most Montana elections to a vote-by-mail system, as 15 Republicans switched their votes to "no" after voting "yes" on a preliminary vote Thursday that endorsed the idea.

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Rep. John Esp, R-Big Timber

Rep. John Esp, R-Big Timber


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GOP lawmaker says governor's revenue estimates are overly optimistic

GOP lawmaker says governor's revenue estimates are overly optimistic

HELENA — A Republican senator on Monday accused Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer's budget director of cooking up inflated tax collection projections that don't reflect economic reality in Montana.

January 03, 2011 6:21 pmLoading…

GOP infighting results in a draw

HELENA — Only one incumbent state legislator was ousted in primary elections Tuesday, and it took another incumbent to do it: Rep. Joel Boniek of Pray lost in the House District 61 Republican primary to Sen. John Esp of Big Timber, who is term-limited out of his Senate seat.

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Legislative primaries run tight

Several contested legislative primaries were going down to the wire Tuesday night.

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Esp is respectful, has shown leadership

I am voting for John Esp, Republican candidate for House District 61. The district covers Park and most of Sweet Grass counties, excluding Livingston. Esp has over nine years of experience in Helena. His leadership on conservative issues is well respected. He takes the time to talk with all …

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