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.
WASHINGTON — Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans' 1964 presidential nomination, said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," Democrats have been decrying Republican "extremism." Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, rea…
A 23-year-old former Republican candidate for the 24th Senate District in Billings made an initial court appearance Monday on a charge that he solicited sex from a 15-year-old girl.
Public service has always run deep in my blood. Nothing is more important to me than giving my all to the people of our great state--for 33 years as a soldier, then as your lieutenant governor, and now as Montana's U.S. Senator.
The highways America needs can’t be built in five months. Major projects may take years of planning and multiple years for construction.
Attempting to move beyond the plagiarism scandal that’s engulfed his campaign, U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., said Tuesday he’s hopeful voters will consider his entire career.
Elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the state of Montana. Unfortunately, that oath is being cast aside when it comes to upholding the Montana Constitution and our public lands.
Montana won't likely have to hit the brakes on its summer road construction after a last-minute federal budget patch passed Tuesday in the U.S. House.
HELENA — The Fourth of July in an election year sees candidates pressing the flesh at parades and other holiday events.
WASHINGTON — High-dollar donors' favorite political machine on Tuesday began booking $20 million in television air time for an advertising blitz aimed at tipping six Senate seats into Republican hands.
U.S. Sen. John Walsh
WASHINGTON — The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code that benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the …
HELENA — An Oklahoma senator who last week blocked passage of a bill protecting the North Fork of the Flathead River from energy development says he’d consider an amended bill, such as halting development for 20 years rather than forever.
Montanans know hard work. After spending the last few weeks in Washington, I can tell you it’s something a lot of folks back there talk about but never actually get around to doing.
HELENA — As Gov. Steve Bullock decided this year who to appoint as Montana’s next U.S. senator, he had no shortage of suggestions from the public.
Up to 1,400 Yellowstone County residents have been on a waiting list for help choosing a private insurance plan in a new federal health program. Billings hospitals are deluged with patient requests for help with the new program. The program website is distinctly unfriendly. Choices are compl…
Congressman Steve Daines talks with the Billings Gazette's editorial board in January.
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., testifies Jan. 28 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The committee subsequently recommended approval of Baucus’ nomination to become U.S. ambassador to China.
Future Senator John Walsh speaks in Billings Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.