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5 things to know about Montana's midterm elections

HELENA — In two months, Montanans will choose two new members of the state’s congressional delegation, which party will be in control for the 2015 Legislature and whether to change the makeup of the state Supreme Court. Here are five things to know about Montana’s midterm elections:

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Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office.

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Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said he expects to be ready to brief state lawmakers early next year about the best deal Wyoming could get from the federal government if the state agrees to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of low-income workers.

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George F. Will: Americans fed up with cupcake cops

WASHINGTON — In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans' comprehensive withdrawal of confidence f…

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Tea party leaders don't fare so well in primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two top tea party organizers in Wyoming lost their bids for legislative seats as most state Senate and House incumbents fended off challengers in Tuesday's primary.

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5 things to know about Wyoming's primary elections

5 things to know about Wyoming's primary elections

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming voters overwhelmingly chose incumbents in the top races in Tuesday's Republican primary election. Here are five things to know about the election:

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Montana candidates for U.S. House offer ideas for veterans

Montana candidates for U.S. House offer ideas for veterans

HELENA — Montana’s two major U.S. House candidates, Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis, have offered ideas on how to make good on the nation’s promises to veterans and how to give veterans a better voice.

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Target signs legal brief backing gay marriage

Target Corp. has for the first time come out publicly in support of gay marriage, as a growing number of high-profile businesses take positions on the divisive issue.

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Mitt Romney endorses incumbent Wyoming governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Mitt Romney has endorsed Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead's re-election campaign.

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War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

War College to investigate Walsh plagiarism allegations

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

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Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

Walsh case shows how candidates risk 'oppo-research' revelations

WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to be Montana’s lieutenant governor. It’s another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.

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George F. Will: Immigrants' son is California's new Goldwater

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 m…

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Montana Supreme Court: Sentencing enhancement justified in sex crime

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhancement due to the girl's age, even if the ages of the defendant and the victim were not on the verdict form.

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Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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Sheridan selects John Heath to be new mayor

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Sheridan Councilman John Heath will be the city's new mayor, replacing Dave Kinskey as he leaves to join the Wyoming Legislature.

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4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

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Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

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George F. Will: The cost of campaign finance restrictions

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota says it has 10,000 lakes. The state also has, according to Anthony Sanders, “10,000 campaign finance laws.” He exaggerates, but understandably. As an attorney for Minnesota’s chapter of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, Sanders represe…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: State control: Georgia gun supremacists' folly

WASHINGTON — Have we gone stark raving mad?

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Simplifying taxes fastest way to grow our economy

NEW YORK — The modern income tax was passed 100 years ago on a simple premise — it would apply only to the top one-half of 1 percent of the population and it would be easy to fill out — just one page.

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