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HELENA — The Great Falls area is enjoying some industrial and other growth that is helping spur the local economy.
HELENA — In an unusual occurrence, the top two leaders of the Montana Senate in 2013 are moving over to the state House in January, where each will play key roles as committee chairmen.
HELENA — The controversy over a dress code for the Montana House of Representatives is over.
HELENA — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has turned to Republican State Rep. Jeff Welborn of Dillon to sponsor his nearly $400-million-plus infrastructure bill in the 2015 Legislature.
HELENA — New House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said Monday he is in discussions with Democratic leaders on how to modify a controversial new House dress code that has drawn widespread criticism and national media attention.
SIDNEY — Out in the epicenter of the oil and gas boom, communities are growing so quickly they can’t keep up with their basic infrastructure needs such as water and sewage treatment facilities, housing and roads and bridges.
HELENA — Former Montana first lady Carol Judge was a kind, gracious and remarkable woman who used her public role and her background as a registered nurse to help lead the push to overhaul Montana’s neglected institutions in the mid-1970s.
HELENA — The state Board of Livestock next week may be asked to lay off some staff members at the state Livestock Department and offer unpaid furloughs to others.
HELENA — Two proposed rules adopted by a House committee last week would dramatically affect the rights of the minority party, Minority Leader Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, said.
HELENA — Some Democratic legislators are critical and social media posters are having a field day ridiculing a strict new dress code for the floor of the 2015 Montana Legislature.
HELENA — The state political practice commissioner has dismissed a Republican lawmaker’s complaint that Democratic Secretary of State Linda McCulloch improperly used public resources to solicit opposition to a ballot issue.
HELENA — Overall highway crashes have dropped annually on some stretches of Interstate 15 in Utah since the state raised the speed limit to 80 mph in late 2008, studies have shown.
HELENA — Incoming Republican and Democratic legislative leaders agreed Thursday that the state needs to make a major investment in infrastructure in 2015 but disagreed over how best to pay for it.
HELENA — Montana has joined 16 other states in challenging President Barack Obama’s recent executive order to suspend immigration laws for 4.1 million people living illegally in the United States.
HELENA — Four legislators are having separate bills drafted for the 2015 session to raise the daytime speed limit on Montana interstate highways from 75 mph to 80 mph, and in one case, 85 mph.
HELENA — A disproportionate share of Montana women and American Indians and other people of color are earning less than a living wage, according to a report released this week.
HELENA — State Sen.-elect Nels Swandal, R-Wilsall, recently shared on his Facebook page a post from someone else showing a drawing of slaves working in a field and with a caption comparing the Democratic Party to slaveholders.
HELENA — A Meagher County couple has reached a confidential settlement with Bank of America in its lawsuit alleging the bank engaged in fraudulent dealings.
HELENA — A Helena judge on Friday set a show-cause hearing for Dec. 9 on whether the Montana House Republican caucus should be found in contempt for holding an unannounced Nov. 13 meeting in apparent violation of state law.
HELENA — After deadlocking along partisan lines on setting a general-fund revenue estimate, the majority of a bipartisan legislative committee agreed Thursday to split the difference on two key tax sources.
HELENA — The value of residential property in Montana dropped by 2.85 percent from 2008 to 2014, the state Revenue Department’s recent reappraisal found.
HELENA — An interim legislative committee on Thursday will come up with the first estimate of projected state tax revenues for the next two fiscal years.
HELENA — The Flathead County Republican Central Committee has unanimously censured veteran Sen. Bruce Tutvedt, R-Kalispell, for misconduct and undermining the credibility of local Republicans.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock proposed Monday that the state invest more than $300 million in infrastructure across Montana in a single bill, with about two-thirds of the money coming from money raised by issuing debt and one-third from cash.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday released his proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year that includes a new way to expand Medicaid to cover low-income Montanans, a voluntary prekindergarten program and a call to spend $300 million on public works projects statewide.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed budget for the next two years will include a plan to expand Medicaid and start a pre-kindergarten education program, while he again insists that lawmakers leave a substantial “rainy day fund” or budget surplus.
HELENA — House Republicans gathered in secret in the basement of a Helena restaurant Thursday night for a party caucus that was not publicly noticed ahead of time, as required by law.
HELENA — The national Human Rights Campaign gave Missoula a perfect score of 100 points for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in its municipal laws and policy.
HELENA — Senate Republicans broke barriers Thursday by electing Sen. Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, as the first woman chosen as president of the Montana Senate in state history.
HELENA — U.S. Rep.-elect Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., is headed to Washington Tuesday for an orientation for new members of Congress, to get a look at his personal congressional budget and to lobby to get on the committees he’s requested.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock’s administration and three public employee unions have agreed to a pay deal that would give most state government workers 50 cents an hour raises in both October 2015 and October 2016.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock spent much of Wednesday on the phone congratulating both Democrats and Republicans who won legislative races and saying he hopes they again can find common ground on some key issues.
HELENA — Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke captured seats in the U.S. Senate and House on Tuesday by each winning 50 of the state’s 56 counties.
HELENA — Legislators have begun scrambling for party leadership positions within their respective caucuses, including presiding officers of the Senate and House.
HELENA — Republican Ryan Zinke, a retired Navy SEAL commander and former state senator from Whitefish, won a decisive victory over John Lewis on Tuesday night to become Montana’s next congressman.
HELENA — In a complaint filed Monday, Senate President Jeff Essmann accused Secretary of State Linda McCulloch of illegally using government resources to influence voters to oppose a ballot measure to end Election Day voter registration.
HELENA — Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke are crisscrossing Montana in the final days before the election Tuesday in their race for an open seat in the House.
HELENA — The National Republican Senatorial Committee leaked to the New York Times an analysis showing that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized much of his final paper at the Army War College, according to a report Thursday by Politico.
HELENA — Absentee ballots are pouring in to county election offices in the final days before Tuesday’s election.
HELENA — House candidate Ryan Zinke on Monday released all of his Navy personnel evaluations, including one from mid-1999 in which he was marked down for lapses in judgment over two disputed travel claims, but was otherwise praised and recommended for an early promotion.
HELENA — If he’s elected to the U.S. House, Democratic candidate John Lewis said he will put up a firewall to ensure no conflict of interest arises with his wife, Melissa Lewis, who is a registered lobbyist.
HELENA — A federal judge has blocked a Helena nonprofit group’s attempt to prevent Montana’s political practices commissioner, attorney general and a Lewis and Clark County attorney from enforcing state campaign-finance laws.
HELENA — The U.S. Navy has not yet responded to a formal request sent Sept. 1 by House Republican candidate Ryan Zinke for copies of his military personnel records covering his 23-year-career as a Navy SEAL, his campaign said Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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