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HELENA — Montana’s 2015 House Republican caucus got itself in hot water recently, when two news reporters found its members in the basement of a Helena restaurant at a secret meeting — a violation of Montana’s open-meetings law.
HELENA — G. Bruce Meyers says growing up on Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in north-central Montana, he was taught not to trust anything “white, rich or Republican,” and never questioned it.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock announced Thursday that his chief of staff is resigning to take a new job and named Department of Environmental Quality Director Tracy Stone-Manning as his new chief of staff.
HELENA — As promised, Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday unveiled his plan to make another run at asking the Legislature to accept millions in federal dollars to provide health coverage for 70,000 low-income Montanans.
HELENA — With little fanfare, the second year of buying subsidized health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace kicked off Saturday in Montana — and consumers have just one month to get a policy that will take effect Jan. 1.
HELENA — The state workers’ compensation fund Friday approved a $20 million dividend to be paid to most of its 27,000 business customers in Montana — its largest dividend ever.
HELENA — Montana Sen. Jon Tester was named Thursday as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, where he’ll be in charge of recruiting Senate candidates for the 2016 elections.
HELENA — Montana’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Jon Tester, will now be in the minority for the first time in his Senate career — but said this week his new role may actually create more opportunities to get things done.
HELENA — Montana Democrats are trying to put a good spin on Tuesday’s election losses, noting that while they got creamed in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate races, they actually picked up a couple seats in the Legislature, saying that’s a better showing than Democrats in most other states.
HELENA — Legislators have begun scrambling for party leadership positions within their respective caucuses, including presiding officers of the Senate and House.
HELENA — State Republicans easily held their majorities in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, maintaining a 29-21 margin in the state Senate for the 2015 session and carving out a 59-41 majority in the House — a loss of two seats from the current House makeup.
BOZEMAN — Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat, who faced a tide of spending by conservative, pro-business groups trying to defeat him, easily turned away a challenge Tuesday from former state solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke to win another term on Montana’s high court.
BOZEMAN — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines defeated Democrat Amanda Curtis on Tuesday night in Montana’s U.S. Senate race, becoming the first Republican in 100 years to win the seat — and also helping his party win back control of the Senate.
HELENA — Montana Supreme Court justice candidate Lawrence VanDyke has worked as a lawyer for a giant international law firm and Republican attorneys general in Texas and Montana, focusing on appellate law — experience he says makes him a good choice to serve on Montana’s high court, whose ma…
HELENA — A last-minute flurry of attack mailers targeting Montana legislative candidates is prompting some formal complaints — and Commissioner of Political Practices Jon Motl ruled Thursday that the state Democratic Party may have violated the law on a flier in a Great Falls race.
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-day series looking at the records of Supreme Court justice candidates Lawrence VanDyke and Justice Mike Wheat.
HELENA — From high-profile criminal cases to multimillion-dollar business decisions, Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat has ruled many ways on some of Montana’s biggest cases since joining the court in 2010.
HELENA — The Stanford-Dartmouth political-science study that produced last week’s controversial mailer listing the alleged political leanings of Montana Supreme Court justice candidates is raising eyebrows among academics, some of whom are calling it unethical.
HELENA — Montana’s top political cop is asking two private colleges that sent a controversial mailer last week to 100,000 Montana voters on the state’s two Supreme Court races to send a second mailer disavowing the first.
HELENA — Outside money has been pouring in to influence Montana’s Supreme Court race between Justice Mike Wheat and challenger Lawrence VanDyke — and political observers say Montanans might as well get used to it.
HELENA — State Senate races in Bozeman and north-central Montana are the most expensive legislative contests in the state, with candidates raising a collective $70,000 in each race, finance records show.
HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Friday accused two prominent colleges of “voter manipulation” for their role in a mailer sent this week to 100,000 Montanans, in connection with two Montana Supreme Court races.
HELENA — A conservative political group launched TV and radio ads attacking Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat on Thursday, becoming the fourth outside group spending to influence the outcome of the campaign between Wheat and his challenger, former state solicitor Lawrence VanDyke.
U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., left, and Democrat Amanda Curtis, prepare to begin their second and final debate in Montana’s U.S. Senate race Tuesday night at the Richland County Fairgrounds Event Center in Sidney, before a packed house of 200 people.
SIDNEY – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, debating Democratic rival Amanda Curtis Tuesday night in the heart of eastern Montana’s oil patch, accused her of helping to kill a $35-million bill to fund public works in Montana communities overwhelmed by oil development.
HELENA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis doesn’t deny her sympathies for an obscure union with a radical past — the Industrial Workers of the World — and said she’s “amused” that the state Republican Party is labeling her a “communist” because of it.
HELENA — In western Montana’s sprawling House District 92, Democratic candidate Dave Strohmaier says he’s knocked on doors from East Missoula to Condon, halfway up the Seeley-Swan Valley.
HELENA — As John Walsh looks toward his final weeks as a U.S. senator, he says he has “no regrets” about his aborted run as Senate candidate — and that he still has some work to do as an officeholder.
HELENA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis, who’s been in the race just nine weeks, put up her first TV ad Thursday — less than three weeks before the Nov. 4 election.
HELENA — U.S. Sen. John Walsh, who suspended his campaign two months ago, filed his final fundraising report this week, showing he raised a total of nearly $3 million — and had spent all but $119,000 through September.
HELENA — Progressive groups are putting money and shoe leather into defeating a Republican-sponsored ballot measure that would end Election Day voter registration in Montana.
HELENA — Republican state lawmakers who track education policy said Monday they have many questions about Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's plan for state-funded preschool — including whether it's the best use of state education dollars.
Editor’s note: A campaign profile on Democrat Amanda Curtis ran Oct. 5.
HELENA — Democrat Galen Hollenbaugh, running for the Public Service Commission in western Montana’s District 5, says it’s not easy to engage voters on the obscure race — but this year he’s finding a spark of interest.
HELENA — The Montana Democratic Party has sent campaign mailers attacking Republican candidates in two key state Senate races — and the GOP targets say the mailers are grossly misleading or false.
Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines talks business with Big Sky Brewing Co. co-owner Bjorn Nabozney, left, at the brewery’s Missoula plant on a recent campaign swing.
Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, the favorite to win Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat, takes a sniff of beer at the Big Sky Brewing Co. in Missoula as co-owner Bjorn Nabozney looks on.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate and Montana Congressman Steve Daines talks with Barbara Crawford of Columbia Falls and Pamela Dylina of Lakeside, right, members of the Patriot Guard Riders, who attended a ceremony at the Florence Hotel building in Missoula last week where Daines handed out …
HELENA — Nearly 400 Butte-Silver Bow employees soon will have access to a free, state-run health clinic in Butte — but they’re not the first local government workers with access to the state clinics.
HELENA — A new state-employee health clinic is opening in Butte next month to serve workers in Butte, Anaconda and Deer Lodge, prompting some local private health care providers to raise concerns about unfair competition.
Editor's note: A profile of Republican Senate candidate Steve Daines will run next Sunday.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis speaks with labor representatives at the Union Hall in downtown Missoula, on a recent campaign swing through western Montana. Curtis, a high school math teacher from Butte who became the Democratic nominee just seven weeks ago, faces an uphill b…
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis, right, shares a laugh with supporter Donna Mollica of Arlee at a dinner and fundraiser at the Arlee Community Fitness Center. Curtis, nominated as the Democratic candidate just seven weeks ago, faces an uphill battle against Republican U.S. Rep…
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis of Butte, speaks with Joe McDonald, Salish Kootenai College’s founder and president emeritus, during a campaign stop in Pablo.
At the Kerr Dam overlook on a recent campaign swing through western Montana, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis talks energy policy with Brian Lipscomb, CEO of Energy Keepers Inc., the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ entity that will operate the dam beginning in 2015.
HELENA — A federal judge Tuesday said the Montana Judicial Standards Commission cannot prohibit a Montana man from publicly criticizing the panel’s ruling on his complaint, and that the gag rule may be unconstitutional.
Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke, in their first one-on-one debate in Montana’s U.S. House race, painted slight shades of contrast between themselves Monday night on energy, climate change, the Middle East conflict and health care.
HELENA — As Republican Steve Daines campaigns for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat, he’s hammered home his message of “more jobs, less government,” saying he knows what the private sector needs to create jobs in Montana.
HELENA — A leading Republican lawmaker Tuesday unveiled his proposal to revamp and expand Medicaid coverage for the poor in Montana — but said it wouldn’t accept additional federal dollars offered to the states under Obamacare.
HELENA — Public Service Commission candidate Galen Hollenbaugh said Tuesday that a fundraiser for his Republican opponent, Brad Johnson, shows that Johnson is beholden to big-energy interests rather than energy consumers.