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Daines, in front-runner mode, maintains 'less government' message

Daines, in front-runner mode, maintains 'less government' message

MONTANA CITY — In a visit to the Ash Grove Cement plant here last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., barely mentioned his bid for the U.S. Senate — and never uttered the name of his opponent, Democrat Amanda Curtis.

August 24, 2014 6:00 am Video Photos

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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 …

August 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Who is Amanda Curtis?: A profile of Democrats' candidate for Senate

Who is Amanda Curtis?: A profile of Democrats' candidate for Senate

Amanda Curtis was selected by state Democrats at a special convention Saturday to replace John Walsh as the party's Senate nominee. Curtis is a graduate of Billings Skyview High School. 

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Guest opinion: Chamber's numbers don't make a case against EPA rule

Glenn Oppel’s attack on the new EPA carbon standards for existing power plants in the June 10 Gazette does a serious disservice both to the facts and to intelligent public discussion of this important initiative to combat climate change.

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Despite rocky political landscape, state Democrats eye gains at the Legislature

BUTTE — Conventional wisdom says 2014 looks like a rough political year for Democrats in Montana, but party stalwarts see a bright spot beckoning: Their chances for making gains this election at the state Legislature, particularly the state Senate.

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State senator pleads not guilty, pays bond; Senate President to ask Priest to 'step back'

State senator pleads not guilty, pays bond; Senate President to ask Priest to 'step back'

HELENA — State Sen. Jason Priest, R-Red Lodge, pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he pushed his wife and then fought a police officer who tried to arrest him.

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Key contested GOP Senate primaries

Key contested GOP Senate primaries

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Bohlinger criticizes senators for endorsing Walsh in primary

Bohlinger criticizes senators for endorsing Walsh in primary

HELENA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Bohlinger rapped Montana’s two sitting U.S. senators and “D.C. insiders” on Monday for their early support of fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. John Walsh, saying they should let Montana voters do the choosing.

November 11, 2013 8:08 pm
Senate rejections mean more Bullock appointments

Senate rejections mean more Bullock appointments

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday that he isn't going to change his approach to appointments as he replaces nominees that didn't pass muster with the Montana Senate.

April 30, 2013 5:38 pm Photos

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Montana Senate OKs plan to restrict illegal labor

Montana Senate OKs plan to restrict illegal labor

HELENA — The state Senate moved forward with a plan Monday that would penalize companies that hire workers who live and work in the U.S. illegally.

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Bill to fund infrastructure, other programs in oil-gas-impacted counties headed for approval

Bill to fund infrastructure, other programs in oil-gas-impacted counties headed for approval

HELENA — Cities, counties and schools in Eastern Montana affected by the oil boom along the North Dakota-Montana border are one step closer to getting millions of dollars of state money to help pay for water, sewer and other projects.

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Amended raw-milk bill gets Montana Senate support

Amended raw-milk bill gets Montana Senate support

HELENA — The Montana Senate is backing an amended measure that allows for the sale of raw milk, but only under the Department of Livestock's regulation.

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Montana Senate rejects physician-assisted suicide bill

Montana Senate rejects physician-assisted suicide bill

HELENA — The Montana Senate has rejected a measure that would have made it illegal for doctors and caregivers to help terminally ill people kill themselves.

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Montana FWP commissioner Bob Ream resigns

Montana FWP commissioner Bob Ream resigns

FWP Commissioner Bob Ream unexpectedly resigned Thursday afternoon, tearing up momentarily as he read a statement explaining how he felt he couldn’t get a fair hearing at next week’s confirmation hearing, but enjoyed his past four years on the commission.

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Montana Senate agrees to debate assisted suicide ban

Montana Senate agrees to debate assisted suicide ban

HELENA — The Montana Senate is deciding to allowing debate on two measures that had been stuck in committee

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Montana lawmakers ask DEQ director about tree spiking

Montana lawmakers ask DEQ director about tree spiking

HELENA – Department of Environmental Quality director Tracy Stone-Manning says she did not play a role in a past tree-spiking incident.

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GOP-led panel backs up leadership role in Montana Senate fracas

GOP-led panel backs up leadership role in Montana Senate fracas

HELENA -- A Republican-controlled committee concluded Monday that GOP leaders acted legally during a raucous Senate floor session Friday by allowing votes on bills, while Democrats shouted in protest trying to stop the action.

April 08, 2013 3:21 pm Video Photos

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Demos, GOP continue to tangle over procedural blowup

Demos, GOP continue to tangle over procedural blowup

HELENA — Senate Democrats accused Republicans Saturday of trampling their legal rights during a tumultuous standoff at the Legislature the previous day, but GOP leaders insisted they had operated fully within the law and rules.

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House narrowly endorses school choice bill

House narrowly endorses school choice bill

HELENA – The Montana House Saturday narrowly endorsed the session’s major school choice bill, which would create state income tax credits for donations to groups that fund scholarships for kids attending private schools.

April 06, 2013 4:32 pm Photos

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Senate turns down Williams for regents

Senate turns down Williams for regents

HELENA — On a mostly party-line vote of 26-23, the Montana Senate on Thursday refused to confirm former U.S. Rep. Pat Williams as a member of the state Board of Regents.

April 04, 2013 7:35 pmLoading…

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