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Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

While officials with the Montana Department of Revenue threw a lot of numbers around during a presentation on the state’s upcoming reappraisal cycle Tuesday morning, one preliminary figure will be of interest to local homeowners: Next year property tax bills could go down by about 1.5 percent.

September 16, 2014 3:50 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Changing the culture of money in politics

Congress has returned to Washington after five weeks of vacation to squander their few fall “work” days with political posturing and a “must-pass” bill that will fund the U.S. government only through mid-December.

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Gazette opinion: Common misconceptions about the ‘Core’

Gazette opinion: Common misconceptions about the ‘Core’

Teachers' unions have protested it. Republicans have condemned it. U.S. businesses helped initiate it and President Obama endorsed it.

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Gazette opinion: Americans’ inheritance cannot be given away

Gazette opinion: Americans’ inheritance cannot be given away

The public lands of the United States belong to every citizen, a fact that has never deterred efforts to convert the public domain to private profit.

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Guest opinion: CSKT water compact will serve all Montanans well

As members of the Montana Senate who come from opposing parties, we have often found ourselves disagreeing about political values, legislative proposals and our constituents’ interests. But we do agree there are times when we all should leave our politics, animosity and distrust at the door …

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Longtime state legislator Red Menahan dies

BUTTE — Humorous, beloved, a champion for working people, a tough legislator who worked across the aisle.

July 28, 2014 4:53 pmLoading…

Missoula man sentenced for illegal securities sale

HELENA — A former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to selling securities in Montana without a license has been given a six-year deferred sentence and ordered to repay his victims the nearly $336,000 they lost.

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Gazette opinion: Make real estate prices public

Legislators, the state's Revenue Department is poised to give you a gift. 

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Proposal to raise license fees OK’d; but emergency funds for FWP rejected

HELENA — A legislative council on Thursday cut emergency funding from a draft bill proposing increases to several hunting and fishing license fees and standardizing discounted licenses before sending the bill out for public comment.

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Guest opinion: AG will help counties prosecute rape cases

Sexual assault is a heinous crime. An authoritative study has concluded that one in three American women will be sexually abused in their lifetime. The physical and emotional damage can be deep and long-lasting. That’s why I took the U.S. Department of Justice’s questions about the handling …

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Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

HELENA — A judge has rejected the Montana Senate majority leader's attempt to dismiss charges that his campaign took illegal contributions and coordinated with a conservative group.

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Gazette opinion: Years of waiting after disabled youth leave school

Parents of developmentally disabled Montanans probably left a recent legislative forum with more questions than answers.

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Trial delayed for state senator in assault case

Trial delayed for state senator in assault case

HELENA — The trial of a state senator charged with assaulting his young daughter, estranged wife and her boyfriend has been delayed from August to January.

June 19, 2014 5:28 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Montanans must bridge urban-rural divide

Now that the primaries are over, it’s time to take the temperature of the political climate in Montana. And wherever politicians in this state might stand on the issues of water and weather, they would all agree that, when it comes to politics, our state will get a whole lot warmer in the ne…

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Billings City Council set to determine NDO's fate Monday

Billings City Council set to determine NDO's fate Monday

With a vote scheduled on whether to move forward with drafting a nondiscrimination ordinance, Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could be one of the most crowded of the year.

June 09, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Montana lawmakers consider political practices bill

Montana lawmakers consider political practices bill

HELENA — An interim legislative panel considered a bill Thursday that would require the governor to choose a commissioner of political practices from a list of nominees.

June 05, 2014 2:11 pmLoading…
In GOP legislative primaries, moderates and conservatives battle to a draw

In GOP legislative primaries, moderates and conservatives battle to a draw

HELENA — In legislative primary elections Tuesday, the battle between conservative and moderate wings of the Montana Republican Party pretty much ended in a draw — although, in most cases, incumbents survived.

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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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Battle for the GOP: Hard-line conservatives battle 'solution-oriented' pragmatists in primaries

Battle for the GOP: Hard-line conservatives battle 'solution-oriented' pragmatists in primaries

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

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Special legislative session for Medicaid expansion, other issues?

Special legislative session for Medicaid expansion, other issues?

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock, some Democratic legislators and others have been discussing whether to call a special legislative session next month, to consider Medicaid expansion and other issues, such as funding Bullock’s $45 million plan for infrastructure in eastern Montana.

May 21, 2014 12:47 pmLoading…

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