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Horse Sense: Will Bullock, GOP leaders live up to promises of compromise?

HELENA — A new Democratic governor and new Republican presiding officers of the Senate and House all pledged in speeches last week they would work together and across partisan lines to address Montana’s problems.

January 12, 2013 10:13 pmLoading…

GOP legislative leaders say party promises focus on jobs, easing regulations

HELENA — Republicans are poised to keep control of the Legislature this election, because they’re promising an agenda to sweep away unneeded regulations and other policies that block jobs, GOP leaders said Monday.

June 11, 2012 4:17 pmLoading…
Schweitzer and GOP leaders

Schweitzer and GOP leaders

From left, Gov. Brian Schweitzer meets with newly elected Republican leaders Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, president of the Senate, and Mike Milburn, R- Cascade, House speaker, in a November, 2010 effort to begin their working relationship on a positive note. Milburn and Peterson are urging Cov. …

June 09, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Timeline of key medical marijuana dates in Montana

HELENA — It’s hard to keep track of what’s happening with the state and federal government’s efforts to regulate or control medical marijuana in the state.

May 28, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Documentary about Montana marijuana debate to play at ABT

Documentary about Montana marijuana debate to play at ABT

The documentary film “Code of the West,” which tells the story of the state’s medical marijuana political debate, will screen in four Montana communities this month, including Billings on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Alberta Bair Theater.

May 18, 2012 12:15 am Video Photos

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Marijuana repeal sponsor says he'd do it again

Marijuana repeal sponsor says he'd do it again

HELENA — Montana House Speaker Mike Milburn said Thursday he wouldn't change anything from the 2011 legislative session that saw his bill to repeal the state's medical marijuana law vetoed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

May 17, 2012 3:05 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana bill

Medical marijuana bill

Rep. Mike Milburn speaker of the Montana House and sponsor of House Bill 161 to repeal the Medical Marijuana Act. Milburn is scheduled to sit on a panel of pot advocates and opponents to discuss the fallout from a new state law and federal crackdown on medical marijuana operations.

May 17, 2012 2:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Another reason to be glad we live in Montana

Democrats and Republicans in Congress have dropped the ball once again. The two parties are unable to make an agreement on how to reduce the national debt, unable to set aside their differences, their egos and their electoral agendas, and find a way to put our country first. It’s politics fi…

November 26, 2011 12:30 amLoading…

Medical pot ruling draw mixed reactions

HELENA — Reactions were mixed Thursday to a district judge’s ruling temporarily blocking parts of more stringent 2011 medical marijuana law from taking effect Friday.

June 30, 2011 8:50 pmLoading…
Unions file complaint over pay raise defeat

Unions file complaint over pay raise defeat

HELENA — Three public employee unions filed an unfair labor practice complaint Wednesday over the 2011 Legislature's refusal to pass the pay raises for state workers they had negotiated with Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

May 25, 2011 7:25 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Schweitzer, lawmakers support court treatment, access

Justice will be more effectively administered and more accessible to Montanans because two innovative programs survived the state budget battle that just ended in Helena.

May 17, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
What's next? Much speculation over future for term-limited Gov. Schweitzer

What's next? Much speculation over future for term-limited Gov. Schweitzer

HELENA — What's next for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has become a favorite guessing game in Capitol hallways and political circles as the popular Democrat nears the end of his final term, fresh off a legislative session where he took the lead battling the Tea Party wave.

May 15, 2011 9:09 amLoading…

Schweitzer picks Gallik as top political cop

HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Friday appointed former state Rep. Dave Gallik, D-Helena, to be the state's new political practices commissioner after the state Senate refused last month to confirm the governor's previous pick, Jennifer Hensley.

May 13, 2011 4:34 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Republicans strike out on budget deal

After 88 days of Republican leaders repeatedly ignoring our input, it is not surprising to hear them now cry foul and blame the governor for “breaking the budget deal.” Fact is, they didn’t listen much at all this session, so disregarding the budget agreement they signed seems to be right on cue.

May 10, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Schweitzer wrong to renege on budget deal

As the leaders of the House and Senate for the 62nd legislative session, we strived to adhere to a higher standard of ethics that Montanans should expect from their elected officials. One of the basic ethical rules says: When you make a promise, keep it. We put the state’s budget on the gove…

May 09, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Governor says budget deal with GOP is off

Governor says budget deal with GOP is off

HELENA -- Gov. Brian Schweitzer said late Tuesday that he believes Republicans broke the terms of a deal made with him on the state budget 10 days ago, and that he's free to veto the main budget bill and related items as he sees fit.

May 03, 2011 6:50 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Hold 'em strategy doesn't serve state well

A day after the Legislature adjourned its biennial session, House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, still had 51 bills to sign and send to the governor, according to legislative information. Senate President Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, had 22 bills to sign and have delivered to the executive off…

May 01, 2011 12:10 amLoading…

Here's what happens if medical marijuana law passes

HELENA -- When lawmakers return to work this week, one of the remaining major issues they will face is the bill to tighten down Montana's booming medical marijuana industry and greatly restrict the product's availability to patients.

April 24, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

No state employee pay raises in budget deal, but House will reconsider them

HELENA -- A bill to raise the state employees' pay wasn't part of the budget deal Friday night, but House will take up the stalled measure again next week, possibly tying the salary increases to an improved economy, House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, said Friday night.

April 22, 2011 9:43 pmLoading…
Lawmakers, Schweitzer budget deal

Lawmakers, Schweitzer budget deal

After coming to an agreement, from left, Sen. Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo; Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Rep. Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, sign the main budget bill, House Bill 2, in April 2011 in the governor's conference room.

April 22, 2011 8:28 pmLoading…

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