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Longtime state legislator Red Menahan dies

BUTTE — Humorous, beloved, a champion for working people, a tough legislator who worked across the aisle.

July 28, 2014 4:53 pmLoading…
Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

Lawmaker's attempt to toss complaint rejected

HELENA — A judge has rejected the Montana Senate majority leader's attempt to dismiss charges that his campaign took illegal contributions and coordinated with a conservative group.

July 08, 2014 1:48 pmLoading…
Trial delayed for state senator in assault case

Trial delayed for state senator in assault case

HELENA — The trial of a state senator charged with assaulting his young daughter, estranged wife and her boyfriend has been delayed from August to January.

June 19, 2014 5:28 pm Photos

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Montana lawmakers consider political practices bill

Montana lawmakers consider political practices bill

HELENA — An interim legislative panel considered a bill Thursday that would require the governor to choose a commissioner of political practices from a list of nominees.

June 05, 2014 2:11 pmLoading…
In GOP legislative primaries, moderates and conservatives battle to a draw

In GOP legislative primaries, moderates and conservatives battle to a draw

HELENA — In legislative primary elections Tuesday, the battle between conservative and moderate wings of the Montana Republican Party pretty much ended in a draw — although, in most cases, incumbents survived.

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School funding bill made Republican a target for party's conservative wing

School funding bill made Republican a target for party's conservative wing

Editor’s note: This story is the second of a two-part series on contested Republican legislative primaries in Montana, pitting one faction of the party against another.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Battle for the GOP: Hard-line conservatives battle 'solution-oriented' pragmatists in primaries

Battle for the GOP: Hard-line conservatives battle 'solution-oriented' pragmatists in primaries

Editor’s note: This story is the first of a two-part series on contested Republican legislative primaries in Montana, pitting one faction of the party against another.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Special legislative session for Medicaid expansion, other issues?

Special legislative session for Medicaid expansion, other issues?

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock, some Democratic legislators and others have been discussing whether to call a special legislative session next month, to consider Medicaid expansion and other issues, such as funding Bullock’s $45 million plan for infrastructure in eastern Montana.

May 21, 2014 12:47 pmLoading…

Legislators, health care lobbies, governor's office discussing Medicaid-expansion plans

HELENA — A coalition of health care and business lobbies, state lawmakers and Gov. Steve Bullock’s office has been quietly discussing options to expand Medicaid in Montana, hoping to craft a compromise on the politically charged topic.

May 08, 2014 7:22 pm Related Loading…

Lawmakers weigh elections cop's selection, powers

HELENA — State lawmakers considering whether to water down the powers of the person who polices their conduct in election campaigns voted Wednesday to draft legislation that would change how the commissioner of political practices is chosen.

April 09, 2014 1:47 pmLoading…
Commissioner: Montana Senate leader broke campaign laws

Commissioner: Montana Senate leader broke campaign laws

HELENA — The state political practices commissioner released findings Tuesday showing he concluded that Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich violated the law by coordinating with Western Tradition Partnership and other entities to accept illegal corporate donations in his 2010 primary election…

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In 2014 legislative races, the battle is on … within the Republican Party

In 2014 legislative races, the battle is on … within the Republican Party

HELENA — In the campaign for Eastern Montana’s Senate District 20 this year, Republican Duane Ankney of Colstrip knows he’ll be facing an opponent — from within his own party.

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2013 Legislature tackled several major issues in its 87-day session

2013 Legislature tackled several major issues in its 87-day session

HELENA — From bison to abortion, from school funding to public-employee pensions, the 2013 Montana Legislature tackled a host of meaty and expensive issues during its 87-day session that ended on Wednesday.

April 28, 2013 7:00 am Photos

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