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House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

House freshmen Essmann and Wittich get committee chairmanships

HELENA — In an unusual occurrence, the top two leaders of the Montana Senate in 2013 are moving over to the state House in January, where each will play key roles as committee chairmen.

December 20, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
GOP criticizes Mead for not fighting gay marriage

GOP criticizes Mead for not fighting gay marriage

CASPER, Wyo. — GOP leaders in Goshen County signed their names to a letter that rebuked Republican Gov. Matt Mead for not appealing a judge’s order that allowed same-sex marriage in Wyoming.

December 18, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Montana counties have lost $20 million in the bipartisan spending bill to avoid another government shutdown.

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Democrat MacDonald wins recount in South Billings House district

Democrat MacDonald wins recount in South Billings House district

Incumbent Rep. Margie MacDonald has won a recount challenge to her South Billings legislative district.

December 03, 2014 2:17 pm Photos

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14 Republicans express interest in McNiven's HD56 seat

14 Republicans express interest in McNiven's HD56 seat

The legislative seat abruptly vacated by Rep. Jonathan McNiven has attracted interest from 15 would-be replacements, Republicans said Monday.

December 01, 2014 6:57 pmLoading…
Recount for South Billings legislative seat happens Wednesday

Recount for South Billings legislative seat happens Wednesday

A too-close-to-call Billings legislative district will be decided by recount Wednesday.

December 01, 2014 3:53 pm Photos

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Tester: 'There’s things we need to do' to help middle class in Congress

Tester: 'There’s things we need to do' to help middle class in Congress

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said there will be opportunity to get things done with the Republican-controlled Senate next year.

November 24, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Little time to find replacement for resigning lawmaker

Little time to find replacement for resigning lawmaker

Short on time, Republicans and Yellowstone County commissioners will have to hustle to replace Rep. Jonathan McNiven, who recently resigned, before the 2015 Legislature begins.

November 22, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
Lawmaker McNiven resigns 2 weeks after re-election to run newspaper

Lawmaker McNiven resigns 2 weeks after re-election to run newspaper

Lockwood and Worden state legislator Jonathan McNiven has resigned his post just two weeks after the general election.

November 20, 2014 7:30 pmLoading…
Agriculture groups see benefits to Republican Senate majority

Agriculture groups see benefits to Republican Senate majority

Montana farm and ranch groups will appeal to a Republican U.S. Senate to turn back federal land and environmental laws challenging their industry, representatives said this week.

November 13, 2014 4:52 pmLoading…
Tester’s new role in the minority: Swing vote that could help move key issues

Tester’s new role in the minority: Swing vote that could help move key issues

HELENA — Montana’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Jon Tester, will now be in the minority for the first time in his Senate career — but said this week his new role may actually create more opportunities to get things done.

November 11, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Billings Republican seeks recount in legislative race

Billings Republican seeks recount in legislative race

Trailing his opponent by a dozen votes, Republican legislative candidate Tony O’Donnell said he will ask for a recount of his south Billings district.

November 11, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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National trends 'carried in Montana'; Dems fell short in urban areas

National trends 'carried in Montana'; Dems fell short in urban areas

HELENA — Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke captured seats in the U.S. Senate and House on Tuesday by each winning 50 of the state’s 56 counties.

November 05, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

HELENA — State Republicans easily held their majorities in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, maintaining a 29-21 margin in the state Senate for the 2015 session and carving out a 59-41 majority in the House — a loss of two seats from the current House makeup.

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Statewide legislative races favor incumbents

Statewide legislative races favor incumbents

Editor's note: Two errors were corrected in this story at 8:08 a.m., Wednesday, Nov.5.

November 04, 2014 8:25 pmLoading…
Candidates crisscross state pushing voters to the polls

Candidates crisscross state pushing voters to the polls

There may be no candidate who knows better than Jon Tester the importance of high voter turnout in a nonpresidential election.

October 31, 2014 6:33 pm Photos

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Haynes announces write-in bid for Wyoming governor

Haynes announces write-in bid for Wyoming governor

CASPER, Wyo. — Taylor Haynes, who lost the governor’s race in GOP primary, announced Wednesday morning he will run again as a write-in candidate.

October 22, 2014 9:40 am
Half of Yellowstone County's absentee ballots should be in this week

Half of Yellowstone County's absentee ballots should be in this week

Officially, the record shows that 20,000 Yellowstone County residents had already voted by Tuesday. But County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford knows the number was a few thousand ballots off.

October 21, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…
Tuned out: Billings candidate demands equal time from Miles City radio station

Tuned out: Billings candidate demands equal time from Miles City radio station

A Republican lawmaker from Billings Heights is demanding equal time on a Miles City radio station where his opponent does the weather.

October 21, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Democrats say they have good chance for gains in Legislature, but GOP thinks otherwise

Democrats say they have good chance for gains in Legislature, but GOP thinks otherwise

HELENA — In western Montana’s sprawling House District 92, Democratic candidate Dave Strohmaier says he’s knocked on doors from East Missoula to Condon, halfway up the Seeley-Swan Valley.

October 19, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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