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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Does plain vanilla bipartisanship have a chance?

WASHINGTON — When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?

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Guest opinion: Nixon resignation anniversary shows contrast with Obama

The 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation as president is an appropriate time to take note of how nasty and unfounded the current Republican calls for impeaching President Obama happen to be.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: The GOP's impeachment two-step

WASHINGTON — If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

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Democrats file election complaint against Zinke

HELENA — The Montana Democratic Party filed a complaint Monday with the Federal Election Commission seeking an investigation into connections between Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke and the super PAC he founded.

June 30, 2014 4:35 pmLoading…
Attorney wants GOP to sue to close primaries

Attorney wants GOP to sue to close primaries

HELENA — A Bozeman attorney is urging the state Republican Party to proceed with a federal lawsuit to close GOP primary elections to nonparty members, but the party’s state chairman said no decision has been made yet.

June 26, 2014 2:18 pmLoading…

GOP vote on land turnover wasn’t unanimous

HELENA — Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention in Billings on Saturday did not unanimously approve a resolution that called for the turning over federally managed lands to the states, as the State Bureau had reported.

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Republicans weigh broad changes to election rules

Republicans weigh broad changes to election rules

Montana Republicans were weighing broad changes to how candidates are picked during primary election as the political party's convention headed to a finale Saturday.

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GOP seeks a closed primary

Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention will debate a series of resolutions Saturday, including controversial ones seeking to change Republican primary elections.

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GOP conservatives seek closed primary elections

GOP conservatives seek closed primary elections

A Republican committee gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal to close future primary elections to prevent voters outside the party from influencing the outcome.

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With the primary behind him, can Zinke unite Montana's divided GOP?

With the primary behind him, can Zinke unite Montana's divided GOP?

HELENA — After eking out a win in a highly competitive, often bitterly divisive Republican primary for the U.S. House, Ryan Zinke now faces what may be an even bigger challenge: uniting Republicans behind him for the fall election.

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Zinke wins tight primary

Zinke wins tight primary

With more than 91 percent of precincts reporting, Ryan Zinke has held on to win a close primary fight, getting the nod to represent the Republican party in November's U.S. House race.

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Zinke, Lewis win House primaries

Zinke, Lewis win House primaries

HELENA — Ryan Zinke, a former state senator from Whitefish, won a tightly contested Republican race for the U.S. House early Wednesday, while John Lewis rolled to a decisive victory over John Driscoll in the Democratic race.

June 03, 2014 9:22 pm Photos

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Daines, Walsh advance in race for U.S. Senate

Daines, Walsh advance in race for U.S. Senate

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R- Mont., and Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., cruised to easy victories in their respective primary elections Tuesday, setting up a fall showdown between the two incumbents for a U.S. Senate seat held by Democrats for a century.

June 03, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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Majority of Yellowstone County's votes are already in

Majority of Yellowstone County's votes are already in

Election Day isn't until June 3, but Yellowstone County primary races could already be decided by early absentee voters who have submitted nearly three-quarters of the expected turnout.

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State’s largest union tells members to consider voting for certain Republicans in GOP primaries

HELENA — The state’s largest labor union, MEA-MFT, usually endorses Democrats — but in Tuesday’s primary election, it’s advising its 18,000 members to consider voting for a slew of centrist Republicans in hotly contested GOP legislative primaries.

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PACs backing competing GOP candidates report spending

HELENA — In the war between competing factions of the Montana Republican Party this primary election, two new political-action committees are spending to help their chosen candidates — but it’s not exactly big money.

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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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E.J. Dionne: Bitter political battleground in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anyone with a weak stomach and refined sensibilities should stay out of Kentucky for the next six months.

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HORSE SENSE: The GOP’s Eleventh Commandment and Zinke

HELENA — It’s known as the Republican Party’s Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of fellow Republicans.”

May 17, 2014 5:49 pm

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