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AG’s office defends legal sufficiency of Charter’s initiative

HELENA — The MEA-MFT’s recent challenge of the legal sufficiency of Charter Communication’s ballot initiative lacks merit and should be rejected by the Montana Supreme Court, Attorney General Tim Fox’s office said Monday.

May 19, 2014 7:31 pmLoading…

Montana studies background checks for mentally ill

HELENA — Mass shootings such as the recent Washington Navy Yard killings have prompted Montana lawmakers to look at whether the state should turn over mental illness histories for federal background checks of gun purchases.

September 19, 2013 12:40 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Panel delivers map with 100 equal districts

In the end, the remarkable unanimity of the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission didn’t hold. But the plan that all five members previously approved as a draft was little changed in the final map.

February 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Evenly divided: Panel parceling Montana into districts

The nearly final plan for redrawing Montana state legislative districts to reflect the 2010 census has already achieved the unexpected: All five members voted for the tentative House plan last summer, and earlier this month they voted unanimously to submit the tentative House and Senate plan…

December 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Who benefits from new legislative districts? GOP still looking tough to beat

Who benefits from new legislative districts? GOP still looking tough to beat

HELENA — Montana’s new legislative boundaries aren’t final yet, but they’re close — and it looks like Republicans will be in a good position to retain control of the Legislature during the next decade.

December 09, 2012 12:15 am Related Loading…
AG-elect Fox names 5 appointees

AG-elect Fox names 5 appointees

HELENA — Attorney General-elect Tim Fox on Friday announced the appointments of five top officials who will work for him when he takes over the office Jan. 7.

December 07, 2012 5:20 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Commission finds enough common ground

The most remarkable thing about the tentative Montana redistricting plan is that the bipartisan commission gave it unanimous approval.

August 23, 2012 12:10 amLoading…
Redistricting panel approves statewide map on proposed House districts

Redistricting panel approves statewide map on proposed House districts

HELENA — The map is complete on proposed, redrawn lines for Montana’s 100 House districts effective the next decade — and Democrats and Republicans each have plenty to like and dislike about the almost-final product.

August 21, 2012 6:00 pm Related Loading…

Panel chooses GOP-preferred plan for Missoula legislative districts

HELENA — On its first significant 3-2 vote, the panel drafting new legislative districts for Montana on Tuesday chose its Republican members’ preferred plan for dividing up Missoula and Missoula County.

August 14, 2012 6:27 pmLoading…

Panel ready to start carving Montana’s new legislative boundaries

HELENA — Beginning Monday in a state Capitol meeting room, the five-member panel charged with redrawing Montana’s legislative districts for the next 10 years starts deciding the actual lines. No one is predicting it will be easy.

August 12, 2012 11:00 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Redistricting must serve 1 million Montanans

The decennial redrawing of Montana legislative districts must reflect changes in our state population so that all residents can receive equal representation.

May 13, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Panel redrawing Montana legislative districts has maps ready for review

HELENA -- The panel redrawing Montana's legislative districts for the next decade had its first look Friday at proposed maps -- including one co-sponsored by panel member and Democrat Joe Lamson, architect of the current and oft-criticized district boundaries.

February 17, 2012 8:00 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Let's keep an eye on redistricting panel

While candidates continue filing for 2012 primary elections, upstairs in the Secretary of State Office in Montana's Capitol, a meeting Friday in Room 102 will look ahead to the elections of 2014-2022.

February 15, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Help redraw your legislative district in 2012

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission is drafting plans to divide our state into 100 representative districts and pair them in 50 Senate districts for the next 10 years.

January 06, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

State Fund approves 20 percent premium cut for workers comp

HELENA — Premium rates will drop by an average of 20 percent for the 23,000 employers that buy their workers' compensation insurance from the Montana State Fund, its board of directors decided unanimously Friday.

May 20, 2011 5:38 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Legislature makes progress on jobs bills

In just two months, the Legislature has made good progress on delivering positive legislation targeted to help with the creation of good-paying jobs. Sure, there are some sensational bills on other issues that get a lot of media attention, but there are also several bills that encourage busi…

March 02, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Public participation crucial to state redistricting

The process to redraw Montana’s legislative districts is under way, and there are a number of opportunities for you to get involved. While the new districts will not be in place until the 2014 election, the chance for early public involvement has begun.

February 28, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

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