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Ted Schwinden

Guest opinion: Political debates strengthen our democracy

In our democracy, having an “informed” electorate is essential to the proper functioning of our government and to the free elections which are its hallmark. Informing the voters is the dual responsibility of the news media and the candidates. The news media provide the primary communication …

September 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Looking back: Montana governors appointed senators in 1978, 1933

HELENA — Montana governors have twice previously made appointments to fill vacancies in the U.S. Senate.

December 18, 2013 5:08 pm

Guest opinion: Many Montana vetoes: Party loyalty, ideology clash

Since adoption of Montana’s 1972 constitution our governors have vetoed 293 bills in 21 legislative sessions. More than half the vetoes — 149 — have been cast in just the last two sessions.

June 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Lewis is finishing long state government career

Lewis is finishing long state government career

HELENA — Hired as an $8-an-hour state budget analyst in 1973, Sen. Dave Lewis is winding down what may be an unparalleled career in Montana government.

May 01, 2013 7:40 pmLoading…

Calls of Senate, House risky maneuvers

HELENA — Senate Democrats tried a risky and rare parliamentary move known as a “call of the Senate” in a futile attempt to stop the Republican majority from voting on some controversial bills facing a deadline Friday.

April 05, 2013 8:46 pmLoading…
A dream for decades, road from Ekalaka to Alzada is paved at last

A dream for decades, road from Ekalaka to Alzada is paved at last

EKALAKA — Residents of this remote town in southeastern Montana have lost one of their main claims to distinction, but don’t look for any of them to mourn the loss.

October 23, 2010 12:15 am Photos


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Longtime governor's mansion cook dies at 96

HELENA - Elsie Jones, who was the cook at the Governor's Mansion for 44 years, has died. She was 96.

August 18, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

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