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…
Democrats gained seven seats in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, including two regional pickups.
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…
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…
It’s not unusual for state legislative races to feature no contested primary, but this year is different.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
HELENA - The House voted Wednesday to accept Senate changes to a $100 million bonding bill to keep it alive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.