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School funding bill made Republican a target for party's conservative wing

School funding bill made Republican a target for party's conservative wing

Editor’s note: This story is the second of a two-part series on contested Republican legislative primaries in Montana, pitting one faction of the party against another.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: GOP leaders target lawmakers who supported public education

In a Jan. 16 guest opinion, Yellowstone County Republicans Dale Mortensen, Jennifer Owen and Anna Woods argued that primary efforts under way to purge so-called moderate Republicans from the party in Montana are something to cheer. This power grab from the right wing of the Republican Party …

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Judge hears arguments in redistricting lawsuit

HELENA — A commission’s last-minute reassignment of two state senators to new central Montana districts was a political move to allow another state senator from Conrad to run for re-election in 2014, and should be thrown out, a lawyer for citizens in one of the districts argued Friday.

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Gazette opinion: School law change helps growing districts

Montana school districts with growing enrollment will receive money to educate new students the same year they enroll, thanks to a new state law.

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Ex-lawmaker suggests GOP candidates be rated for party loyalty

Ex-lawmaker suggests GOP candidates be rated for party loyalty

HELENA — As a divided Montana Republican Party gathers Friday in Bozeman for its annual state convention, a GOP ex-legislator is suggesting the party should rate its candidates and officeholders on how they uphold party principles — and perhaps withhold support from those who don’t.

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Ballot measure on dark money

Ballot measure on dark money

State Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, right, speaks at a news conference Monday to launch a campaign for a ballot measure to require disclosure of political “dark money” spent to attack candidates for Montana office. He was joined by several other Republican state lawmakers. Just left of Jones is…

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GOP lawmakers launch initiative to force disclosure of 'dark money' in Montana

GOP lawmakers launch initiative to force disclosure of 'dark money' in Montana

GREAT FALLS — A Republican-led group Monday launched a campaign for a Montana ballot measure that would require disclosure of political “dark money,” which group members said is corrupting the state’s political system.

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Chamber News: 2013 Legislature had a mix of accomplishments, disappointment

As with any legislative session, there are high and low points, drama, heartbreak and joy. The 2013 session was no exception.

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Gazette opinion: State investment will aid schools big and small

By signing Senate Bill 175 this week, Gov. Steve Bullock assured that public schools across Montana will get a funding boost over the next two years.

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Bullock signs major spending bills; budget director to run final numbers on Tuesday

Bullock signs major spending bills; budget director to run final numbers on Tuesday

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed into law some major spending bills to fix Montana’s troubled pension systems, raise state employees’ salaries and pay for some new and renovated university system buildings.

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Gazette opinion: Students need governor’s signature on SB175

The biggest Montana school funding changes in decades are headed for Gov. Steve Bullock’s desk.

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State senate backs Olympic wrestling

HELENA -- The Montana Senate passed a resolution on Thursday urging the International Olympic Committee to reconsider its decision to drop the sport of wrestling from the 2020 Olympics.

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Montana GOP split lingers over 'dark money' crackdown

Montana GOP split lingers over 'dark money' crackdown

HELENA — Senate debate Friday on a relatively minor bill dealing with so-called "dark money" in politics prompted another public row in the Republican caucus.

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Consultant creates site against moderate lawmaker

Consultant creates site against moderate lawmaker

GREAT FALLS -- A Republican political consultant has created what appears to be a campaign website for a GOP legislator but which may be used to help defeat him in the 2014 primary election.

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Montana House panel advances much-changed, scaled-back school-funding bill

Montana House panel advances much-changed, scaled-back school-funding bill

HELENA — The House Education Committee on Wednesday advanced the session’s major school-funding bill, but not before making major changes that reduced its cost and removed provisions that would reduce local school property taxes.

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Senate GOP split surfaces again in caucus

Senate GOP split surfaces again in caucus

HELENA — In a tense Senate Republican caucus Monday, a conservative leader asked senators to publicly show whether they would be standing with him or against him on an motion to blast a Democrat’s Medicaid expansion bill onto the floor.

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Major school-funding bill scheduled for House hearing; amendments coming

Major school-funding bill scheduled for House hearing; amendments coming

HELENA — The session’s major school-funding bill, which easily passed the Senate more than a month ago, finally has a hearing scheduled in the House — but it will be amended, its sponsor said this week.

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Bill to overhaul campaign finance law passes

HELENA — The Senate, in a vote Monday that exposed the split among Republicans, endorsed an overhaul of Montana’s campaign finance law to require anonymous “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.

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Voters in central Montana Senate district sue to invalidate portion of redistricting plan

Voters in central Montana Senate district sue to invalidate portion of redistricting plan

HELENA — A last-minute change in the assignment of two “holdover” senators in Montana’s newly drawn Senate districts shortchanges the voting rights of people in a new central Montana district and should be thrown out, a lawsuit says.

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Gazette opinion: Capitol ideas for dealing with oil impacts

In the second week of March, the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation:

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