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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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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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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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Controversy aside, it's been a long run for Max Baucus

Controversy aside, it's been a long run for Max Baucus

HELENA — As U.S. Sen. Max Baucus departs Congress after 39 years, none would disagree that the senior senator from Montana has left an indelible mark on the state and the nation, on everything from health care to highway funds to tax policy.

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Montana’s 2014 election filings start Thursday

HELENA — What seemed like a sleeper of an off-year election in 2014 — after Montana’s 2012 barn burner races — appears likely to be another lively one.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am

Bullock draws mixed reviews in 1st year

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock gets mixed reviews, often but not always following party lines, for his first year as Montana’s chief executive.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am
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.

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As Legislature enters final week, most big issues still in play – but close to solution

As Legislature enters final week, most big issues still in play – but close to solution

HELENA – From the state budget to tax relief to public-school funding, the big issues remain in flux as the 2013 Montana Legislature enters its final week -- but legislative leaders say they’re mostly haggling over a few closing details before wrapping things up.

April 20, 2013 7:00 pm Photos

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Senate Democrats stage chaotic protest as they try to block votes on bills

Senate Democrats stage chaotic protest as they try to block votes on bills

HELENA – Montana’s state Senate careened into partisan chaos Friday, as minority Democrats pounded their desks and shouted protests, trying to shut down the chamber to block a pair of Republican proposals to change Montana voting laws.

April 05, 2013 3:03 pm Video Photos

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Messina talks about lessons learned from running Obama’s 2012 campaign

Messina talks about lessons learned from running Obama’s 2012 campaign

HELENA — After managing President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign last year, Jim Messina came away with an important lesson about how Americans make their political decisions today.

March 09, 2013 9:00 pmLoading…
Schweitzer offers thoughts on various topics as term ends

Schweitzer offers thoughts on various topics as term ends

Outspoken until the end, Gov. Brian Schweitzer had some other thoughts on various topics in an interview with Gazette State Bureau reporters as he prepares to leave office.

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Majority Republican leaders outline legislative agenda

Majority Republican leaders outline legislative agenda

HELENA – The Legislature’s new Republican majority leaders outlined the GOP’s agenda Wednesday, saying they’d focus on tax relief, boosting the state’s economy and revising education — but they also said they want to work with incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Steve Bullock. ...

November 14, 2012 6:11 pmLoading…
GOP picks conservative Senate leaders, elects Blasdel as speaker

GOP picks conservative Senate leaders, elects Blasdel as speaker

HELENA — Montana Senate Republicans on Wednesday narrowly ousted two moderate leaders from the 2011 Legislature and chose a more conservative team for the 2013 session, led by a new Senate president, Sen. Jeff Essmann of Billings.

November 14, 2012 12:18 pm Photos

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Gallik to resign from political practices commissioner post

Gallik to resign from political practices commissioner post

HELENA -- State Political Practices Commissioner Dave Gallik said Tuesday that he will resign from his job after employees called the police to come to the office earlier in the day.

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Medical pot ruling draw mixed reactions

HELENA — Reactions were mixed Thursday to a district judge’s ruling temporarily blocking parts of more stringent 2011 medical marijuana law from taking effect Friday.

June 30, 2011 8:50 pmLoading…

Legislature tackled more than the budget, medical marijuana

HELENA -- A bruising state budget battle and an overhaul of Montana's medical marijuana law dominated the headlines at the 2011 Legislature -- but those were far from the only major items on the agenda.

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Legislature breaks again as budget talks falter and GOP waits for Schweitzer veto

Legislature breaks again as budget talks falter and GOP waits for Schweitzer veto

HELENA — Majority Republicans at the Montana Legislature voted Wednesday to take an unusual five-day break and resume the session's final five days next Tuesday, saying talks to set the state budget had reached an impasse with Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

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GOP leaders now less optimistic about Friday finish

HELENA — The presiding officers of the Montana Senate and House said they were a little more pessimistic Tuesday about chances of the 2011 session adjourning by Friday.

April 19, 2011 8:08 pmLoading…

Bills would give tax breaks for kids to attend private school

HELENA — A pair of bills to offer tax breaks to parents of children attending private schools drew praise from some parents who wanted more options for their children and came under attack as unconstitutional from public school advocates.

February 14, 2011 4:23 pmLoading…
GOP majority takes first go at budget, cutting $300M from governor's proposal

GOP majority takes first go at budget, cutting $300M from governor's proposal

HELENA — Majority Republicans at the 2011 Legislature took their first major step Tuesday on crafting the state budget, voting to chop some $300 million from Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposals for the next two-year period.

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Business owners tell lawmakers that government can be friend or foe

HELENA — From farmers to miners to ice-cream shop owners, businesspeople converged on the Capitol Saturday to bring a diverse message to state lawmakers on how best to create jobs, saying government can be both a negative and a positive influence.

January 08, 2011 4:45 pmLoading…
Budget debate overshadows ceremony on Legislature’s first day

Budget debate overshadows ceremony on Legislature’s first day

HELENA — Soon after the 2011 Montana Legislature convened Monday, top Republican and Democratic leaders immediately began staking out their respective battle lines over state budget issues.

January 03, 2011 8:22 pmLoading…

Governor's budget boosts education, but part of the funding is controversial

Editor's note: This is the second of a three-day series examining Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposed budget for the next two years.

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State GOP seizing House, Senate majorities

HELENA - Republicans appeared to be seizing substantial majorities in both the Montana House and Senate as they racked up leads in nearly all of the key swing districts around the state.

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Schweitzer wants stimulus on fast track

HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer unveiled his plan Friday to spend $800 million of federal stimulus money and targeted some money to freeze tuition at state colleges, help the struggling timber industry and pump more cash into the teachers' pension system.

March 06, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

Schweitzer wants stimulus on fast track

HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer unveiled his plan Friday to spend $800 million of federal stimulus money and targeted some money to freeze tuition at state colleges, help the struggling timber industry and pump more cash into the teachers' pension system.

March 06, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…
GOP asserts its message

GOP asserts its message

HELENA - At the opening of the 2009 Montana Legislature on Monday, Republican leaders made it clear that they will push their agenda, saying their message of lower taxes and less government still resonates with the public.

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Schweitzer praises Dixon, pillories lobbyists

Schweitzer praises Dixon, pillories lobbyists

HELENA - During his inaugural speech, Gov. Brian Schweitzer paid homage to former Gov. Joseph Dixon, the man he and most historians agree was the best governor in state history, and once again took some shots at lobbyists.

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Lange set on statewide run

HELENA - House Republicans may have ousted him as their majority leader last month, but an undaunted Michael Lange said Friday that he still intends to announce his candidacy for a top statewide office soon, with all signs pointing to a U.S. Senate bid.

June 22, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Session closing in on finish

HELENA - Montana lawmakers, on their fourth day of a special legislative session, toiled late into the evening Monday, closing in on agreements to approve a state budget and tax package for the next two years.

May 14, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Legislature grinds back into action on budget

Legislature grinds back into action on budget

HELENA - The special legislative session got off to a slow start Thursday, but committees began taking up elements of the deal negotiated by a dozen moderate House Republicans and the administration of Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

May 10, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Broad agreement, not deal, preceded session

Broad agreement, not deal, preceded session

HELENA - It started with a few phone calls among House Republicans unhappy with the bitter, stalemate ending to the 2007 Legislature's regular session two weeks ago.

May 10, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Special session looms after budget not passed

Special session looms after budget not passed

HELENA - The 2007 Legislature stumbled to a messy end Friday, as lawmakers left town without agreeing on a state budget, forcing a special session later this spring.

April 27, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Budget politicking intense on deadline

Budget politicking intense on deadline

HELENA - Montana lawmakers remained bitterly deadlocked Thursday over the state budget, setting the Legislature on a crash course to nowhere on its final day, and a possible special session.

April 26, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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Blowup, languishing bills put deadline in jeopardy

HELENA - Prospects of the Legislature finishing its work by Friday's scheduled adjournment appeared bleak Wednesday after a top Republican leader angrily denounced as a bribe a compromise offered by Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

April 25, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Angry Lange lashes out at Schweitzer

Angry Lange lashes out at Schweitzer

HELENA - The House Republican majority leader, Michael Lange, unleashed a profanity-laced tirade at Gov. Brian Schweitzer Wednesday, saying the Democratic governor "can go straight to hell."

April 25, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Legislative stalemate continues as clock ticks

HELENA - With the adjournment clock ticking loudly, top Senate and House leaders made no visible progress Tuesday in finding a compromise on the complex tax relief, school and budget issues facing them.

April 24, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Budget dealings jolted by expletive-laced tirade

HELENA- House Majority Leader Michael Lange, R-Billings, accused Gov. Brian Schweitzer of trying bribe him Wednesday and launched an angry tirade by saying the Democratic governor "can go straight to hell."

April 24, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

House GOP takes break as Dems sound warning

HELENA - With crunch time bearing down on the 2007 Legislature, House Republican leaders took an unusual step Friday: They decided to blow off nearly two days of official action, recessing the House until late Monday.

April 20, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Spending bill falters once again in House vote

HELENA - The bitterly divided House on Wednesday failed again to muster enough votes to pass the state's $3 billion budget for health and human services programs for the next two years.

March 21, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
GOP reveals plan to fund schools

GOP reveals plan to fund schools

HELENA - House Republicans on Friday rolled out their grand plan to jack up school funding by as much as $180 million over the next two years and slash property taxes at the same time - but a wall of critics said the numbers simply won't pencil out.

February 16, 2007 11:00 pm Photos

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GOP tight-lipped about plans for budget bill - or bills

GOP tight-lipped about plans for budget bill - or bills

HELENA - Tight-lipped Republican legislative leaders refused Wednesday to tell their Democratic counterparts whether they intend to make a major change in how the state budget is handled by carving the huge appropriations bill into eight smaller measures.

February 07, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…
Tester wins tight race; Burns waiting for final count

Tester wins tight race; Burns waiting for final count

HELENA - Democratic challenger Jon Tester hung onto his lead Wednesday to narrowly defeat Republican incumbent Conrad Burns in the bitterly contested Montana U.S. Senate race.

November 08, 2006 11:00 pm Photos

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Morrison: Personal conflicts didn't alter investigation

Morrison: Personal conflicts didn't alter investigation

HELENA — State Auditor John Morrison agreed to have an outside attorney handle a 2003 securities fraud case in part because he earlier had had an extramarital affair with a woman connected to the targeted companies, the Gazette State Bureau has learned.

April 05, 2006 11:00 pmLoading…

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