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In final debate, House candidates spar on health care, military records

In final debate, House candidates spar on health care, military records

GREAT FALLS — Democratic House candidate John Lewis denied helping write the Affordable Care Act as an aide to Sen. Max Baucus, while Republican Ryan Zinke insisted he’s released all of the military personnel records in his possession and had a stellar record as a Navy SEAL.

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Daines ignores aggressive attacks from Curtis in first debate

Daines ignores aggressive attacks from Curtis in first debate

Democratic Senate candidate Amanda Curtis aggressively attacked her Republican opponent, Rep. Steve Daines, throughout their first debate Monday, while Daines mostly ignored her jabs and turned his criticism instead to President Barack Obama.

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Lewis, Zinke trade charges in debate

Lewis, Zinke trade charges in debate

HELENA — With the Nov. 4 election fast approaching, Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke disagreed often and accused each other of waffling on issues during a House debate in Kalispell on Sunday night.

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Zinke raises more in last quarter than Lewis has in entire campaign

Zinke raises more in last quarter than Lewis has in entire campaign

HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke raised more money over the past three months than Democrat John Lewis has collected in his entire campaign.

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Lewis outlines priorities for veterans

Lewis outlines priorities for veterans

HELENA — Democratic House candidate John Lewis on Wednesday released a series of policy priorities for veterans that he said he will support if he’s elected.

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Zinke wants federal land decisions OK'd by local government

Zinke wants federal land decisions OK'd by local government

HELENA — Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he will work to restore access to public roads and require local government officials to sign off on federal land management decisions before they’re implemented.

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AD WATCH: Lewis ad attacks Zinke's second amendment record

AD WATCH: Lewis ad attacks Zinke's second amendment record

Ad content: The ad starts out with a photo of a Montana river scene. It then shows both Democratic House candidate Lewis and his opponent Ryan Zinke, separated by a diagonal line. Lewis disappears from the ad and the other panel has writing to make the same arguments against Zinke as the nar…

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AD WATCH: Zinke ad attacks Lewis' stance on gun control

AD WATCH: Zinke ad attacks Lewis' stance on gun control

This 30-second spot by Republican U.S. House race began airing on Montana TV stations on Oct. 7 and continues to run.

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Justice Wheat cites legal, personal experiences

Justice Wheat cites legal, personal experiences

HELENA — Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat points to his years of legal experience as the chief reason to elect him to a full eight-year term on the Montana Supreme Court.

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Candidate’s donkey symbol draws complaint

HELENA — An Independent legislative candidate from Missoula said his Democratic opponent’s mailers display an image of a bucking horse, instead of a donkey as required by law.

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War College strips Sen. John Walsh of graduate status

War College strips Sen. John Walsh of graduate status

HELENA — The U.S. Army War College on Friday revoked Sen. John Walsh’s master’s degree after its investigation concluded that he had plagiarized his final paper in 2007.

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VanDyke cites experience, criticizes Wheat as result-oriented

VanDyke cites experience, criticizes Wheat as result-oriented

HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke said he’s running for the Montana Supreme Court because he believes his opponent, Justice Mike Wheat, often writes decisions driven by the results he wants to achieve, rather than following the law.

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3rd-party money coming into Supreme Court race

3rd-party money coming into Supreme Court race

HELENA — A national Republican group began running a TV ad in Montana Tuesday as part of an independent expenditure campaign in support of Lawrence VanDyke, a nonpartisan candidate for the state Supreme Court, and against his opponent, Justice Mike Wheat.

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Herbert challenging Rice for Supreme Court

Herbert challenging Rice for Supreme Court

HELENA — Montana Supreme Court candidate W. David Herbert of Billings said he decided to challenge veteran Justice Jim Rice for the court after reading the justice’s opinion in a 2013 case.

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Lewis, Zinke debate federal budget, health care, global warming

Lewis, Zinke debate federal budget, health care, global warming

HELENA — U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan disagreed sharply over balancing the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act and global warming in a debate in Bozeman on Saturday night.

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Libertarian Fellows seeks U.S. House seat

Libertarian Fellows seeks U.S. House seat

HELENA — Mike Fellows said he’s running for the U.S. House for three reasons: to try to balance the federal budget, reduce the federal debt and protect Second Amendment gun rights.

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Bullock says he hopes China trade mission yields contracts

Bullock says he hopes China trade mission yields contracts

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday called his recent trade mission to China a success and one that he hopes will yield future contracts with Montana businesses.

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House candidate Lewis unveils public lands platform

House candidate Lewis unveils public lands platform

HELENA — House Democratic candidate John Lewis released his sportsmen’s and public lands platform Thursday that he said shows a clear contrast with the positions of his opponent, Ryan Zinke.

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Republican Zinke relishes battle for House seat

Republican Zinke relishes battle for House seat

Editor’s note: A similar campaign profile ran Sept. 21 on Democratic House candidate John Lewis.

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Zinke promotes coal

Zinke promotes coal

House Republican candidate Ryan Zinke ties on a black apron promoting coal as he prepares to work the lunch line at Coal Appreciation Day at MetraPark in Billings on Sept. 13.

September 26, 2014 9:18 pm

Supreme Court to hear appeal of $52 million jury award

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court on Friday will hear an appeal of a $52 million verdict by a Butte jury against a bank for reneging on a financial commitment to a company planning to build an office products assembly and distribution plant there.

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'Time for a change': Lewis presents himself as something different in race for House seat

'Time for a change': Lewis presents himself as something different in race for House seat

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a series of stories about statewide candidates. A profile of Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke will run next Sunday.

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Lewis says Zinke wants to cut Medicare; Zinke disagrees

Lewis says Zinke wants to cut Medicare; Zinke disagrees

HELENA — Returning fire with fire, Democratic House candidate John Lewis is airing a new TV ad that accuses Republican Ryan Zinke of backing a plan to cut Medicare, while protecting tax breaks for billionaires and out-of-state corporations.

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Lewis wants to close gender pay gap; seeks women for 'brain trust'

Lewis wants to close gender pay gap; seeks women for 'brain trust'

HELENA — Democratic congressional candidate John Lewis on Wednesday endorsed a federal bill aimed at reducing the differences in pay between men and women as part of his platform on women and families.

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Zinke's ad contrasts what he, Lewis were doing in 1988 and 1996

Zinke's ad contrasts what he, Lewis were doing in 1988 and 1996

HELENA — In his first statewide television ad for the general election, Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke contrasts his background with that of his Democratic opponent, John Lewis.

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6 justices defend rule banning partisan judicial endorsements

HELENA — Six of the seven Montana Supreme Court justices have filed a friends-of-the-court brief asking a federal judge to uphold a 2008 state judicial rule that prohibits judicial candidates from seeking or accepting partisan endorsements.

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Study: Montana’s tax system is fairest among states

HELENA — The personal finance website Wallet Hub has ranked Montana’s state and local tax system as the fairest in the country.

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Montanans like to split their tickets politically

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-day series on the divided political landscape in Montana, which is neither “red” nor “blue,” but somewhere in between.

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Silver Bow and Missoula: The bluest of the blue counties

Silver Bow and Missoula: The bluest of the blue counties

HELENA — When a candidate knocks on a door in Butte, the first question some voters ask is if the politician is a Democrat.

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House candidate Lewis offers debt-reduction plan

House candidate Lewis offers debt-reduction plan

HELENA — Democratic House candidate John Lewis on Friday released five ideas that he said would help reduce the $17 trillion federal debt.

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VanDyke tops court fundraising for month

VanDyke tops court fundraising for month

HELENA — Now that he is back on the ballot, Supreme Court candidate Lawrence VanDyke raised more campaign money during the past month than the other three candidates combined for the two justice seats.

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Yellowstone County moves from solid to leaning Republican

HELENA — Yellowstone County, home to Montana’s largest city and one-seventh of its voters, was once considered solid Republican country — but now, it’s become the site of the occasional Democratic victory in statewide races.

September 10, 2014 12:09 pm
Tester pushing three public land bills

Tester pushing three public land bills

HELENA — Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Friday he will look for opportunities to get the Senate to pass three public-land related bills before the election, but called the prospects doubtful this session.

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In House race, Lewis gets 71% of funds from Montana vs. 28% for Zinke

HELENA — Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke are taking opposite approaches in their campaign fundraising for the U.S. House, with Lewis relying heavily on individual Montana donors, as Zinke depends more on out-of-state contributors.

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Montana candidates for U.S. House offer ideas for veterans

Montana candidates for U.S. House offer ideas for veterans

HELENA — Montana’s two major U.S. House candidates, Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis, have offered ideas on how to make good on the nation’s promises to veterans and how to give veterans a better voice.

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Zinke releases some Navy records on SEAL career; Dems seek more

Zinke releases some Navy records on SEAL career; Dems seek more

HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke recently released some of his military records that show he was a highly decorated Navy SEAL during his 23-year career, but the Montana Democratic Party has called on him to release all of his records.

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Senate race drawing interest; Schweitzer rules himself out

Senate race drawing interest; Schweitzer rules himself out

HELENA — A number of Democrats expressed interest in seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate to replace Sen. John Walsh, who ended his campaign Thursday.

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Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race

Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper.

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Montana House candidate John Lewis offers agriculture plan

Montana House candidate John Lewis offers agriculture plan

HELENA — Democratic House candidate John Lewis on Thursday released a five-part farm and ranch platform that he said reaffirms his commitment to the one in five Montana jobs that depend on agriculture.

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Initiatives failed to make 2014 ballot for several reasons

HELENA — Direct democracy, a proud tradition in Montana for more than a century, fell flat on its face this year.

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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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