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Guest opinion: 'Former felons' celebrate change in MT code

A year ago this week, Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 107, repealing an archaic state law that made it a felony to be in a same-sex relationship in the state of Montana, a “crime” punishable by fines of up to $50,000 and 10 years in jail.

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Guest opinion: Big money wins again at Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is filled with men and women with Ivy League degrees. They’ve studied law, politics, and history.

April 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Court outsources responsibility for election transparency

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions in both McCutcheon and Citizens United placed great faith in “robust” federal campaign-finance disclosure as an antidote to the corrupting influences of political donations and expenditures.

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Parole possible for Bear Cloud in Sheridan killing

Parole possible for Bear Cloud in Sheridan killing

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — A Sheridan man who had been serving a life sentence for his role in a 2009 home invasion killing will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years for the crime, a district judge ruled Wednesday.

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Supreme Court Justice Scalia to speak in Bozeman

Supreme Court Justice Scalia to speak in Bozeman

BOZEMAN — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is speaking in Bozeman on Monday.

August 19, 2013 8:56 amLoading…

George F. Will: High Court tangles with 14th Amendment in racial preference ruling

“In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race.”

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George F. Will: Signs of grown-ups in charge on Capital Hill

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, chairman of the Financial Services Committee, has told Richard Cordray not to bother. This is part of the recent evidence that government is getting some adult supervision.

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Wyoming juvenile killer law not retroactive

Wyoming juvenile killer law not retroactive

CASPER, Wyo. — A new Wyoming law that ends mandatory life imprisonment for juvenile killers won't change the sentences of eight people already serving life for crimes they committed before the age of 18.

February 24, 2013 10:30 pm Photos


Wyoming Senate pushes bill to end juvenile life terms

Wyoming Senate pushes bill to end juvenile life terms

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming would bring its law into compliance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that outlawed mandatory life sentences for juvenile killers under a bill that cleared its first vote in the state Senate on Thursday.

February 07, 2013 5:13 pm Photos



Guest opinion: Citizens United created 'extraordinary occasion' for amendment

At the top of our state capital building in Helena sits a beautiful copper dome. Nearly a century ago, that copper dome wasn’t just for decoration. It was a symbol of the copper barons and their ultimate power to decide who represented the people of Montana.

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Appeal of Indian land trust settlement rejected

HELENA — The U.S. Supreme Court won't consider a Colorado woman's challenge of a $3.4 billion settlement between the federal government and Native American land trust beneficiaries.

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Fate of juvenile life sentences would rest with judges

CASPER, Wyo. — State and federal judges would decide the fate of eight inmates serving life for crimes they committed as juveniles, even if Wyoming eliminates life without parole for young offenders.

November 05, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Supreme Court asked to rule in Montana campaign case

Supreme Court asked to rule in Montana campaign case

HELENA — Back-and-forth court decisions striking and reinstating Montana laws that regulate campaign contributions have set this election cycle roiling, resulting in candidates showered by unexpected cash and a flurry of legal challenges ahead of Election Day. Conservative groups and busines…

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Montana contribution limits in place through election

HELENA — Montana's campaign contribution limits will remain in place at least through the November election after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday that put a hold on a federal judge's decision that would have allowed for unlimited spending in state races.

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Hill keeps pace with Bullock in latest fundraising

Hill keeps pace with Bullock in latest fundraising

HELENA—Republican Rick Hill outraised his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Steve Bullock, slightly in the latest reporting period in the governor’s race, but Bullock still has a big financial lead over the ex-congressman.

July 10, 2012 5:47 pm Photos



Judge: Diocese cannot hide behind First Amendment in lawsuit

CAPSER, Wyo. -- The Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne cannot use the First Amendment to exempt itself from the nonreligious actions alleged by a former Casper resident against a deacon at St. Anthony's Church, according to an order by a federal judge.

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Supreme Court won't hear Norbeck Preserve case

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case dealing with timber-cutting on 28,000 preserve acres in the Black Hills National Forest.

May 01, 2012 2:40 pmLoading…

Missoula group forms to ban corporate personhood in U.S. Constitution

MISSOULA -- Walter Wilde wants to amend the U.S. Constitution to say corporations aren't people.

April 05, 2012 12:31 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne: Justices use ideology to dissect health law

WASHINGTON — Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions …

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