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Gov. Bullock’s chief of staff resigns to take new job

Gov. Bullock’s chief of staff resigns to take new job

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.

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Bullock on Medicaid: 'More or less a new way, than any other state has taken'

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.

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With much less fanfare, insurance marketplace kicks off second year

With much less fanfare, insurance marketplace kicks off second year

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.

November 16, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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State work-comp fund declares record $20M dividend paid to customers

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.

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Tester named to lead Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Tester named to lead Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

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.

November 13, 2014 12:09 pmLoading…
Tester’s new role in the minority: Swing vote that could help move key issues

Tester’s new role in the minority: Swing vote that could help move key issues

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.

November 11, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Reporter's notebook: After Democrats' drubbing on Tuesday, Bullock agenda faces uphill battle

Reporter's notebook: After Democrats' drubbing on Tuesday, Bullock agenda faces uphill battle

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.

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Contested races likely for House, Senate leadership posts

HELENA — Legislators have begun scrambling for party leadership positions within their respective caucuses, including presiding officers of the Senate and House.

November 05, 2014 6:39 pmLoading…
Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the House

Republicans hold majorities in state Senate, House; lose 2 seats in the 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.

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Wheat, Rice win easy victories in bids for Supreme Court

Wheat, Rice win easy victories in bids for Supreme Court

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.

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Republican Daines defeats Curtis in U.S. Senate race

Republican Daines defeats Curtis in U.S. Senate race

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.

November 04, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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VanDyke’s background: Conservative ties and practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana

VanDyke’s background: Conservative ties and practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana

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…

October 30, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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Flurry of mailers on state legislative races prompting complaints

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.

October 30, 2014 5:33 pmLoading…
VanDyke’s background: Conservative ties and practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana

VanDyke’s background: Conservative ties and practicing appellate law in Texas, D.C. and Montana

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.

October 30, 2014 3:50 pm
Wheat’s Supreme Court record under attack; what’s actually in the record?

Wheat’s Supreme Court record under attack; what’s actually in the record?

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.

October 29, 2014 5:44 pm Photos

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Controversial mailer on MT SupCo races product of voter-behavior study, which is now under fire

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.

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Montana's top political cop wants action, apology from Dartmouth and Stanford

Montana's top political cop wants action, apology from Dartmouth and Stanford

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.

October 27, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Money pouring into Wheat-VanDyke Montana Supreme Court race

Money pouring into Wheat-VanDyke Montana Supreme Court race

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.

October 25, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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State Senate races in Bozeman, north-central Montana most expensive in state

State Senate races in Bozeman, north-central Montana most expensive in state

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.

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Tester accuses Stanford, Dartmouth of 'voter manipulation'; demands funding disclosure

Tester accuses Stanford, Dartmouth of 'voter manipulation'; demands funding disclosure

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.

October 24, 2014 4:43 pm Photos

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4th outside group throws money at state Supreme Court race

4th outside group throws money at state Supreme Court race

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.

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Senate debate

Senate debate

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.

October 22, 2014 6:18 am
Daines goes after Curtis’ oil infrastructure votes; bashes federal government

Daines goes after Curtis’ oil infrastructure votes; bashes federal government

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.

October 21, 2014 9:15 pm Photos

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Curtis 'amused' by GOP depiction of her as anti-capitalism

Curtis 'amused' by GOP depiction of her as anti-capitalism

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.

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Democrats say they have good chance for gains in Legislature, but GOP thinks otherwise

Democrats say they have good chance for gains in Legislature, but GOP thinks otherwise

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.

October 19, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Sen. Walsh looks back, and to the future – and says he has `no regrets’

Sen. Walsh looks back, and to the future – and says he has `no regrets’

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.

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U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis releases 1st TV ad

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis releases 1st TV ad

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.

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Walsh files final fundraising report; raised $2.65M

Walsh files final fundraising report; raised $2.65M

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.

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Groups working hard to keep same-day voter registration

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.

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GOP legislators ask whether early childhood program is a wise investment

GOP legislators ask whether early childhood program is a wise investment

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.

October 13, 2014 4:42 pm Photos

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Hollenbaugh, Johnson tangle in only contested PSC race

Hollenbaugh, Johnson tangle in only contested PSC race

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.

October 11, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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GOP state Senate candidates say Democratic Party mailers are inaccurate smear attempts

GOP state Senate candidates say Democratic Party mailers are inaccurate smear attempts

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.

October 09, 2014 4:25 pm Photos

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Daines chats with Bjorn Nabozney

Daines chats with Bjorn Nabozney

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. 

October 08, 2014 9:00 am
Daines sniffs beer barrels

Daines sniffs beer barrels

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.  

October 08, 2014 8:57 am
Steve Daines talks with Barbara Crawford and Pamela Dylina

Steve Daines talks with Barbara Crawford and Pamela Dylina

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 …

October 08, 2014 8:51 am

Some cities' employees using state-employee health clinics, other counties considering it

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.

October 07, 2014 5:26 pmLoading…

New state-employee health clinic in Butte will cover city-county employees

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.

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Curtis: 'Regular people' can still overcome adversity, become political leaders

Curtis: 'Regular people' can still overcome adversity, become political leaders

Editor's note: A profile of Republican Senate candidate Steve Daines will run next Sunday.

October 05, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Amanda Curtis

Amanda Curtis

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…

October 02, 2014 9:51 am
Amanda Curtis and Donna Mollica

Amanda Curtis and Donna Mollica

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…

October 01, 2014 4:58 pm
Amanda Curtis and Joe McDonald

Amanda Curtis and Joe McDonald

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.

October 01, 2014 4:58 pm
Amanda Curtis and Brian Lipscomb

Amanda Curtis and Brian Lipscomb

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. 

October 01, 2014 4:58 pm
Federal judge lifts gag order on Montana man criticizing judicial commission

Federal judge lifts gag order on Montana man criticizing judicial commission

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.

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U.S. House candidates Lewis, Zinke contrast themselves in debate

U.S. House candidates Lewis, Zinke contrast themselves in debate

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.

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Daines cites efforts to create jobs for Montana; most have not become law

Daines cites efforts to create jobs for Montana; most have not become law

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.

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Leading Republican has plan for more Medicaid coverage

Leading Republican has plan for more Medicaid coverage

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.

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In PSC race, Hollenbaugh slams Johnson for fundraising help from energy interests

In PSC race, Hollenbaugh slams Johnson for fundraising help from energy interests

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.

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Feds again funding 'navigators' to encourage signups for subsidized health insurance

Feds again funding 'navigators' to encourage signups for subsidized health insurance

HELENA — The federal government is again funding “navigators” in Montana to help the uninsured buy private, subsidized health coverage this fall — with a new emphasis on Native American consumers.

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Bullock outlines options to reduce CO2 emissions without shutting down plants

Bullock outlines options to reduce CO2 emissions without shutting down plants

HELENA — The Bullock administration Friday unveiled five options for how Montana can meet proposed federal rules to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and none includes shutting down or curtailing existing coal-fired power plants.

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