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Mitch Tropila

Gazette opinion: Senator's case spotlights common crime

A state senator pleaded not guilty to felony assault on a minor. Jason Priest, R-Red Lodge, was charged in Carbon County District Court with throwing his 4-year-old daughter, causing the child to suffer a bump on the head when she hit the floor. Priest would face a maximum penalty of 5 years…

February 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Mandela's vision of freedom transformed pariah nation

I was sitting at my kitchen table in Maun, Botswana, when I learned of Nelson Mandela’s prison release in February 1990. I was a Peace Corps volunteer.

December 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Progress on protecting Montana’s kids, elders

At the start of the 2013 Legislature, Montana county attorneys supported several bills to help protect the state’s oldest and youngest residents. All but one of those bills has become law or can become law within the next few days.

May 02, 2013 12:10 amLoading…
Budget panel approves most of Corrections' requested spending increases

Budget panel approves most of Corrections' requested spending increases

HELENA — A legislative panel Friday endorsed most of the state Corrections Department’s requested $30 million budget increase for the next two years, but did not approve any pay raise or increased staffing for correctional officers at the Montana State Prison.

January 25, 2013 7:03 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Let's resolve to strengthen child protection laws in 2013

In recent years, stories of horrific child abuse in Montana have become all too frequent: children violently killed by their parents or other adult caregivers; infants and toddlers suffering broken bones; children molested by adults; children exposed to meth distribution and production, and …

January 13, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP ignores market reality in spinning Corette story

Pennsylvania Power and Light’s announcement of the closure in 2015 of the Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings has fueled a preposterous blame game. The timing is glaringly obvious — just weeks before an election.

October 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Remodeled State Grain Lab opens in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS — The Montana Department of Agriculture held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled State Grain Lab, showing off $500,000 in improvements.

June 03, 2012 2:11 pmLoading…
HB2 moves forward

HB2 moves forward

From left, Sens. Mitch Tropila, D-Great Falls, Steve Gallus, D-Butte, and Cliff Larsen, D-Missoula, converse Wednesday during the Senate debate on House Bill 2, the main budget bill.

April 27, 2011 11:59 pmLoading…

Eminent domain bill tabled; future of bill and power-line work in doubt

HELENA — A state Senate panel on Monday voted to table a high-profile bill designed to override a court decision that has stalled construction of a northern Montana power line to transport wind energy — but it’s unclear whether the measure is dead at the Legislature.

April 11, 2011 12:09 pmLoading…

Tears, memories of mom, 'hold-fast' lectures spice budget debate

HELENA -- As he pleaded once more Monday night to add money to the budget of Montana's School for the Deaf and Blind, Great Falls Democratic Sen. Mitch Tropila's voice broke.

March 28, 2011 9:36 pmLoading…

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