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Tom Mcgillvray

Tom McGillvray

Tom McGillvray

Tom McGillvray

September 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana Medicaid expanson nightmare looms

Maybe it was my catfishing trip with my buddy Wallace. Or maybe it was reading too many opinion editorials by my former Democrat legislative colleagues. At any rate, I was having one of those “night terror” dreams. I was flopping around in my bed like a catfish out of water. I was hearing th…

May 08, 2013 12:05 amLoading…
Democrats pick up 7 Montana House seats

Democrats pick up 7 Montana House seats

Democrats gained seven seats in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, including two regional pickups.

November 07, 2012 5:01 pm Photos

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Hill's leadership skills are proven

I have known Rick Hill for a number of years. During that time, I have had the opportunity to sit down with him numerous times to discuss his vision and ideas for Montana. It does not take long to find out that Hill is well informed and knowledgeable on the issues affecting our state. Howeve…

September 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Vote Howard for House in Stillwater County

I am writing to strongly endorse Rep. Dave Howard for Legislature (HD 60 in Stillwater County). As a leader in the Montana House of Representatives I served with Howard for two sessions. Howard has proven himself to be a man who thinks before he votes. He votes his district and his conscienc…

May 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Primary races aplenty for Montana Legislature

Primary races aplenty for Montana Legislature

It’s not unusual for state legislative races to feature no contested primary, but this year is different.

May 06, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…
GOP governor candidates all like their chances

GOP governor candidates all like their chances

There will be no political calculus in the 2012 Republican race for governor. That’s because a nine-way race in which each candidate claims an edge is all about geometry.

November 14, 2011 6:15 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Lindeen ignoring legislative decisions on exchanges

State Auditor Monica Lindeen has forgotten that she was elected by the voters of Montana. She continues to willfully disregard a landslide election that resoundingly rejected the idea of a federal health care plan. Lindeen has said she will implement the unpopular Obamacare bill regardless o…

September 06, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Schweitzer veto of House bill creates school funding shortage

HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s veto this week of an obscure budget bill may end up shorting public schools some $7.5 million next year — although the final outcome may not be decided until two years from now.

May 06, 2011 5:32 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Hold 'em strategy doesn't serve state well

A day after the Legislature adjourned its biennial session, House Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, still had 51 bills to sign and send to the governor, according to legislative information. Senate President Jim Peterson, R-Buffalo, had 22 bills to sign and have delivered to the executive off…

May 01, 2011 12:10 amLoading…

Tax break for Roundup-area coal mine stuffed into bill in final days

HELENA -- An estimated $2.8 million annual tax break for a Roundup-area coal mine, stuffed into a coal-tax bill by Gov. Brian Schweitzer a week ago, won final approval by lawmakers on the last day of the Legislature -- but not before some last-minute lobbying turned around a vote to kill it.

April 28, 2011 8:33 pmLoading…

Bonding bill hits snag

HELENA — In an about face on Monday, the House reversed itself and called for another preliminary vote on a bill authorizing nearly $100 million in bonding for new and renovated state buildings and sent it to a conference committee.

April 18, 2011 9:37 pmLoading…

School-funding compromise floated, but House GOP conferees not enthusiastic

HELENA — A compromise school-funding proposal emerged on Monday to fund annual, inflationary increases in state money for public schools the next two years — and use oil-and-gas revenue from northeastern Montana school districts to help fund that increase.

April 18, 2011 5:47 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: House needs to muster 67 votes to pass jobs bill

What a difference a couple of weeks or even a few days makes in positions of Montana lawmakers. Over a weekend, two leaders of the Senate, Billings Republicans Taylor Brown and Jeff Essmann, switched from supporting a state jobs and infrastructure bill to opposing the legislation.

April 18, 2011 12:10 amLoading…

Montana House passes changes to bonding bill

HELENA - The House voted Wednesday to accept Senate changes to a $100 million bonding bill to keep it alive.

April 13, 2011 8:54 pmLoading…
Democrats' bill revising Montana environmental law endorsed

Democrats' bill revising Montana environmental law endorsed

HELENA — The Montana House on Friday overwhelmingly endorsed what’s become this session’s major bill to revise a key Montana environmental law, as supporters said the changes will clear the way for more natural-resource development in the state.

April 08, 2011 6:00 pmLoading…
Republican jobs bills

Republican jobs bills

Tom McGillvray, R-Billings, majority leader in the Montana House of Representatives, speaks during a press conference Thursday at Helena Sand and Gravel. The event was to promote the Republicans' jobs package, 10 pieces of legislation intended to create jobs.

April 07, 2011 5:15 pmLoading…

House panel amends, passes out new medical marijuana bill

HELENA -- Over Democrats' objections about making a rushed decision, a House committee on Wednesday night heavily amended and then pushed out a bill to repeal Montana's medical marijuana law and impose tougher restrictions than the original bill required.

April 06, 2011 8:55 pmLoading…
Bill calls for referendum on returning some excess tax collections to voters

Bill calls for referendum on returning some excess tax collections to voters

HELENA — A bill heard Wednesday would let Montanans vote next year on whether they want to receive refunds of surplus state tax collections if those collections exceed a certain trigger.

April 06, 2011 4:21 pmLoading…

New medical marijuana amendments emerge

HELENA — A bipartisan group in the House has proposed some major changes that seek to restore Montana's medical marijuana law to what people thought they were voting on in 2004.

April 05, 2011 8:38 pmLoading…

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