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George F. Will: For GOP, re-evaluation time

WASHINGTON — The morning after, at breakfast at the Republicans' Capitol Hill Club, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was, as befits one of Washington's grown-ups, measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise "to take a step back and a d…

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George F. Will: Congress should seek sense on sentencing

WASHINGTON — Libertarians believe government should have a compelling reason before it restricts an individual’s liberty. Today’s liberals believe almost any reason will do, because liberty is less important than equality, fraternity, fighting obesity and many other aspirations. Now, however…

June 07, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: A crime-fighting team for Yellowstone County kids

Prosecuting crimes against children requires special skills and techniques that will gather evidence without causing further harm to the young victims.

April 11, 2013 12:10 amLoading…
Bill seeking death penalty abolition inspires emotional testimony

Bill seeking death penalty abolition inspires emotional testimony

HELENA — Some families of murder victims lined up opposite side of a bill Thursday to abolish the death penalty in Montana and replace it with life imprisonment with no possibility of parole.

February 14, 2013 7:38 pm Related Loading…

Sporting groups to rally as Missoula legislator tries to blast land access bill

BUTTE — A coalition of sporting groups from throughout the state is heading to Helena en masse Monday to rally for a bill that would allow access for corner crossings.

February 14, 2013 9:48 amLoading…

Lawmakers, judges quarrel over courthouse gun regulation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A district court judge in Laramie sparked a conflict between the state's legislative and judicial branches late last year over control of courtrooms and courthouses. House and Senate lawmakers want the enmity to end.

February 06, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
Bill to address youth concussions draws big support

Bill to address youth concussions draws big support

HELENA — Numerous Montanans — including parents, doctors, nurses, lawyers, athletic trainers and school officials — supported a bill Friday to require youth athletes with signs of concussions to be sidelined and not participate in sports again until they receive medical clearance.

February 01, 2013 6:57 pm Related Loading…

Gazette opinion: Keep jail suicide prevention bill alive

On Jan. 18, a 36-year-old man hanged himself in the Yellowstone County jail.

January 30, 2013 12:10 amLoading…
Washakie County school officials OK gay senior's yearbook photo

Washakie County school officials OK gay senior's yearbook photo

CASPER, Wyo. -- Washakie County School officials said Tuesday they will allow the photo of openly gay senior Matt Jolley to be published in the Worland High School yearbook. Jolley had submitted a photo that included him holding a gay pride flag.

January 29, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Bill allowing identification of sexual-assault defendants advances

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The state House Judiciary Committee voted 5-4 Monday in favor of a bill that would allow disclosure of the name of a defendant in sexual-assault cases.

January 21, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Too many Montana lawmakers put NRA first

As a Montana legislator, I have seen how easily our attitude on gun control has been undermined by the National Rifle Association.

December 30, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Wyoming legislative committee backs seismic bonding bill

DOUGLAS, Wyo. — A legislative committee voted Friday to support a bill that would set a minimum bond for seismic exploration, although at least one state official thinks it’s unnecessary.

October 26, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Guest opinion: Leadership skills honed in legislative, community work

Guest opinion: Leadership skills honed in legislative, community work

I am running to be the public service commissioner for District 2 because Montanans deserve a representative to make decisions based on facts and an established track record of getting things done. I am serious about my campaign.

May 05, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Mead adviser says tracking Wyoming juveniles would cost $500K

UPDATE -- 12:58 P.M.:

October 18, 2011 10:34 amLoading…
Wyoming lawmakers hear testimony on records law, approve changes

Wyoming lawmakers hear testimony on records law, approve changes

LARAMIE — A panel of state lawmakers endorsed a proposal Thursday that would make emails sent to fewer than a quorum of members of a governmental body exempt from disclosure under Wyoming's public records law.

October 13, 2011 12:51 pmLoading…
GOP Senate won't vote on state's political cop's nomination

GOP Senate won't vote on state's political cop's nomination

HELENA — The Republican-controlled Senate is preparing to let Gov. Brian Schweitzer's nomination of Jennifer Hensley, a former Democratic activist and wife of a Democratic senator, as state political practices commissioner, die in committee without a vote.

April 27, 2011 6:22 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: House majorities rain on sunshine bills

The Montana Constitution and open-meetings/open-records laws offer strong guarantees of the public’s right to know about government. However, right-to-know legislation hasn’t fared well in the House this session.

March 31, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Wyo. Legislature turns failed bills into studies

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Some bills that failed to pass the Wyoming Legislature will become interim studies.

March 03, 2011 9:45 amLoading…

Montana lawmakers get help with legislative rules

HELENA — After the first half of the legislative session was filled with procedural hiccups, state lawmakers are getting a refresher course on the rules.

March 01, 2011 5:47 pmLoading…

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