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Former Montana Attorney General and Gov. Marc Racicot, right, wrote to the state's parole board that there has been no change in Barry Beach's circumstances that would justify a new investigation since he was denied clemency in 2007.
GREAT FALLS — Attorneys for a Montana prisoner serving a 100-year murder sentence are disputing a letter opposing his release by the former governor who prosecuted him.
The special prosecutor in the 1984 murder trial of a Montana prisoner serving a 100-year prison sentence for a killing committed when he was 17 says the case has been exhaustively reviewed and the state parole board should reject a recent plea for clemency.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Ed West is a former Gazette sports writer and is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the history of high school sports in Montana.
HELENA — Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot says he will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus.
HELENA -- A former secretary of state and four current or ex-legislators are among the Republicans looking to run for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat if Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., enters the Senate race instead of seeking re-election.
HELENA — Former state legislator Ryan Zinke of Whitefish said Wednesday he might consider a U.S. Senate run if the Montana Republican Party's big names don't get in the race.
TROY – The letter arrived in the governor’s office in January, the request coming from students in a 104-year-old one-room school in one of the farthest reaches of Montana.
HELENA — Top legislative leaders on Friday recommended to Gov. Steve Bullock the names of all five finalists for the job of commissioner of political practices.
HELENA — Hired as an $8-an-hour state budget analyst in 1973, Sen. Dave Lewis is winding down what may be an unparalleled career in Montana government.
HELENA — A Senate committee on Monday unanimously endorsed a bill to name the state building housing the state Justice Department, Library and Supreme Court after former Attorney General Joe Mazurek, who died last summer.
Both President Barack Obama and his congressional adversaries have shown themselves to be better at making tough talk to each other than making the tough choices necessary for the country. Their response to the so-called “fiscal cliff” did not involve a single tough decision and actually inc…
MISSOULA — As Montana Republicans gathered here Thursday to kick off their state convention, they heard first from the man trying to become the first Republican state attorney general in two decades: Tim Fox.
Republican voters gave Tim Fox another shot to become Montana's attorney general by delivering a victory over state Sen. Jim Shockley in Tuesday's primary.
As Montana’s attorney general in 1996, Joe Mazurek argued a case before the U.S Supreme Court while maintaining daily contact with the director of the FBI to bring the 84-day standoff with the Freemen in Eastern Montana to a successful conclusion.
HELENA — For both Republican candidates for attorney general, federal health care reform — commonly known as Obamacare — is a top issues, right up there with gun rights.
HELENA — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign announced Tuesday the support of a key Montana delegate and three former governors, including a former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
HELENA -- The four people nominated by state lawmakers to be the next commissioner over ethics and campaign complaints all have partisan ties.
HELENA — A total of 16 people applied for the open job of state political practices commissioner by Friday’s deadline.