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Court upholds 12-day 'sell-by' rule for milk

Court upholds 12-day 'sell-by' rule for milk

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Friday unanimously upheld a lower-court decision supporting the state Board of Livestock’s decision to keep its rule providing for a “sell-by” date for milk of 12 days after pasteurization.

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VanDyke back on ballot for Montana Supreme Court

VanDyke back on ballot for Montana Supreme Court

HELENA—In a 4-3 decision on Tuesday, the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower-court ruling and put Lawrence VanDyke back on the November ballot as a candidate for Supreme Court justice.

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For 1st time since 1972, no citizen initiatives qualify for 2014 ballot

For 1st time since 1972, no citizen initiatives qualify for 2014 ballot

HELENA — Secretary of State Linda McCulloch said Monday that no citizen initiatives obtained enough voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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State asks court to uphold Montana’s ban on same-sex marriages

State asks court to uphold Montana’s ban on same-sex marriages

HELENA — The state of Montana asked a federal judge on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four gay and lesbian couples challenging Montana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Director says real estate sales prices should be public

Director says real estate sales prices should be public

HELENA — The state Revenue Department will ask the 2015 Legislature to change the law to allow the sales prices of real estate to be publicly disclosed, Director Mike

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U.S. House candidate Zinke's assets exceed those of Lewis

U.S. House candidate Zinke's assets exceed those of Lewis

HELENA — House Republican candidate Ryan Zinke has amassed more in personal wealth than his Democratic opponent, John Lewis, their financial disclosure statements filed with the House show.

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Zinke has raised most in House race; Lewis has most cash in bank

Zinke has raised most in House race; Lewis has most cash in bank

HELENA — Republican candidate Ryan Zinke has raised the most money so far in the race for the U.S. House, but his Democratic opponent, John Lewis, has the most cash left in the bank, new Federal Election Commission reports released Monday show.

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Zabawa: Anti-marijuana initiative likely didn't get enough signatures

Zabawa: Anti-marijuana initiative likely didn't get enough signatures

HELENA — The sponsor of an initiative to make all marijuana illegal in Montana conceded Tuesday that its backers probably didn’t get enough signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.

July 08, 2014 7:18 pm
Lewis touts plan to cut pay for Congress, reduce pensions

Lewis touts plan to cut pay for Congress, reduce pensions

HELENA — Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis released a plan Tuesday to clean up Congress that calls for cutting members’ $174,000-a-year pay by 10 percent and eliminating their “gold-plated” pensions.

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Governor’s Main Street Montana Project proceeding

Governor’s Main Street Montana Project proceeding

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s Main Street Montana project, a public-private partnership to develop and implement a state business plan, is moving ahead, with his appointment of some top business leaders to serve as co-chairs of a dozen industry sectors.

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Union leaders: Court ruling won’t affect Montana now

HELENA — Montana union leaders said Tuesday they foresee no immediate impact in Montana from a U.S. Supreme Court decision that concluded certain government employees don’t have to pay fees to the unions representing them.

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Pro-choice, pro-life leaders disagree on how court decision will affect Montana law

HELENA — Leaders of an abortion rights group here said they don’t believe a Montana law will be affected by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a Massachusetts law banning protests within a 35-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics.

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Attorney wants GOP to sue to close primaries

Attorney wants GOP to sue to close primaries

HELENA — A Bozeman attorney is urging the state Republican Party to proceed with a federal lawsuit to close GOP primary elections to nonparty members, but the party’s state chairman said no decision has been made yet.

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Montana gets $5 million-plus job training grant

HELENA — Montana received a $5.125 million federal grant to help with job-training programs for long-term unemployed residents, two U.S. government agencies said Wednesday.

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State gets $5 million-plus job training grant

HELENA — Montana received a $5.125 million federal grant to help with job-training programs for long-term unemployed residents, two U.S. government agencies said Wednesday.

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GOP favors closed primaries, runoff elections

Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections, state Republican Party delegates on Saturday called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them.

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Montana Republicans vote for closed primaries, for runoff elections

Montana Republicans vote for closed primaries, for runoff elections

Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections, state Republican Party delegates on Saturday called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them.

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Zinke, Daines call for unity in GOP convention speeches

Zinke, Daines call for unity in GOP convention speeches

Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke made a strong pitch for party unity in a speech at the state Republican Party convention on Saturday.

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Zinke pitches unity among Montana Republicans

Zinke pitches unity among Montana Republicans

Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke made a strong pitch for party unity in a speech at the state Republican Party convention on Saturday.

June 21, 2014 4:05 pm

GOP seeks a closed primary

Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention will debate a series of resolutions Saturday, including controversial ones seeking to change Republican primary elections.

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Feuding GOP lawmakers meet

Feuding GOP lawmakers meet

Four legislators representing the two feuding Republican factions in the Legislature met privately with a facilitator on Friday.

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Fox sees 'war on women' differently than Democrats do

Fox sees 'war on women' differently than Democrats do

Attorney General Tim Fox told Montana Republicans Friday that a “war on women” is taking place, but it’s not the war that Democrats accuse Republicans of waging.

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Disputed I-172 off ballot

HELENA — If it qualified, Initiative 172 figured to be one of the most controversial measures on Montana’ s general election ballot, but Charter Communications pulled the plug on it as part of a major tax settlement with the state announced Thursday.

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Montana Revenue Department, Charter reach tax settlement

Montana Revenue Department, Charter reach tax settlement

HELENA — The Montana Department of Revenue and Charter Communications reached a multimillion-dollar tax settlement late Wednesday night, with the company agreeing to drop its controversial proposed ballot initiative to cut its property taxes as part of the deal.

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Montana GOP looks at only letting registered Republicans vote in primary

Montana GOP looks at only letting registered Republicans vote in primary

HELENA — Delegates to the Montana Republican Party convention in Billings this weekend will take up a resolution that would allow only registered Republicans to vote in future GOP primary elections.

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Officials: Higher values don’t necessarily mean higher taxes

HELENA — Increased property values through reappraisal do not necessarily translate into higher property taxes, state Revenue Director Mike Kadas said.

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Early reappraisals show little change in median sales prices of residential property

HELENA — As the Montana Department of Revenue completes a new statewide reappraisal of residential property for tax purposes, preliminary numbers show the median sales prices have changed very little on average over the past five-and-a-half years.

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Walsh, Daines spar over health care

Walsh, Daines spar over health care

BUTTE — In their first debate, U.S. Sen. John Walsh and his challenger, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, disagreed on the Affordable Care Act, campaign finance reform and the federal minimum wage.

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Here’s a look at other major initiatives

HELENA — With the June 20 deadline to submit signatures fast approaching, only a group backing an initiative by Charter Communications to reverse a Montana Supreme Court decision and lower its property taxes is confident it will qualify for the November ballot.

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Democratic House candidate Lewis presents energy plan

Democratic House candidate Lewis presents energy plan

HELENA — Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis released a plan Thursday to spark a discussion on energy and jobs in Montana.

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Political commissioner seeks more tools, staff

Political commissioner seeks more tools, staff

HELENA — State Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl will be asking the 2015 Legislature for some additional staff and a dozen laws to help him enforce Montana’s campaign and ethics laws.

June 06, 2014 7:42 pm

State budget outlook good, analyst says

HELENA — Montana state government’s budget outlook is “relatively positive,” legislative fiscal analyst Amy Carlson told a committee Thursday.

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With the primary behind him, can Zinke unite Montana's divided GOP?

With the primary behind him, can Zinke unite Montana's divided GOP?

HELENA — After eking out a win in a highly competitive, often bitterly divisive Republican primary for the U.S. House, Ryan Zinke now faces what may be an even bigger challenge: uniting Republicans behind him for the fall election.

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Zinke, Lewis win House primaries

Zinke, Lewis win House primaries

HELENA — Ryan Zinke, a former state senator from Whitefish, won a tightly contested Republican race for the U.S. House early Wednesday, while John Lewis rolled to a decisive victory over John Driscoll in the Democratic race.

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Shea sworn in as Supreme Court justice

Shea sworn in as Supreme Court justice

HELENA — Jim Shea was sworn in Monday as a new justice on Montana Supreme Court before a standing-room-only crowd before the court.

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GOP House race tops primary contests

HELENA — Montana voters will choose the winners in state and local primary elections Tuesday in races including a tough intraparty Republican battle for the nomination for the U.S. House.

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Billings businessman's marijuana proposal cleared for signature-gathering

Billings businessman's marijuana proposal cleared for signature-gathering

HELENA — Backers of a proposed ballot measure that would make marijuana illegal in Montana can begin gathering signatures.

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Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

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Montana Supreme Court rejects union's attempt to block I-172

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to declare a proposed initiative by Charter Communications legally defective and prevent it from being circulated for signatures or require the ballot statements to be replaced.

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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.

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Rosendale, Stapleton make big loans to their campaigns

Rosendale, Stapleton make big loans to their campaigns

HELENA — Some Republican U.S. House candidates are doubling down with large personal loans to their campaigns in the closing days before the June 3 primary election, the latest Federal Election Commission reports show.

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Tester, Walsh back Indian voting rights bill

Tester, Walsh back Indian voting rights bill

HELENA — U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh said Thursday they are supporting a bill to better protect voting rights across Indian country.

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'The time for the case is now': 4 couples sue over state ban on same-sex marriage

'The time for the case is now': 4 couples sue over state ban on same-sex marriage

HELENA — Four Montana same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in federal court in Great Falls on Wednesday challenging the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriages.

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AG’s office defends legal sufficiency of Charter’s initiative

HELENA — The MEA-MFT’s recent challenge of the legal sufficiency of Charter Communication’s ballot initiative lacks merit and should be rejected by the Montana Supreme Court, Attorney General Tim Fox’s office said Monday.

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Some House hopefuls gaining endorsements

Some House hopefuls gaining endorsements

HELENA — Some candidates for the open U.S. House seat are racking up endorsements from various national and state groups as well as political leaders, while others haven’t garnered any endorsements.

May 18, 2014 9:49 pm

Wittich denies charges, accuses Bullock, others of misconduct

HELENA — State Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich on Friday asked a District Court judge to dismiss a complaint against him filed by the state political practices commissioner and accused Gov. Steve Bullock, two commissioners and a legislator of conspiring to remove him from office.

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HORSE SENSE: The GOP’s Eleventh Commandment and Zinke

HELENA — It’s known as the Republican Party’s Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of fellow Republicans.”

May 17, 2014 5:49 pm

MEA-MFT asks Supreme Court to block Charter tax initiative from ballot

HELENA — The MEA-MFT union has asked the Montana Supreme Court to throw out a ballot measure by Charter Communications to reclassify its property for tax purposes and block a tax hike exceeding 300 percent.

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Bullock expresses sympathy to German official over exchange student’s shooting

Bullock expresses sympathy to German official over exchange student’s shooting

HELENA — Responding to the German consul general’s concerns, Gov. Steve Bullock this week expressed “profound sympathy” on Montana’s behalf to the German government and friends and family of a 17-year-old exchange student killed in Missoula last month.

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Court to VanDyke: McGrath, Wheat already recused selves

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court ruled as moot on Wednesday a motion by Lawrence VanDyke to recuse Chief Justice Mike McGrath and Justice Mike Wheat from hearing his appeal of a District Court decision removing him as a justice candidate on the ballot.

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