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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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State health officials proposing big expansion of mental health services; Bullock yet to weigh in

HELENA — State health officials are proposing a two-year, $12 million expansion of services for the mentally ill and mentally disabled in Montana — but Gov. Steve Bullock hasn’t decided yet what he’ll support in his final proposed budget.

September 12, 2014 10:30 pmLoading…
U.S. House candidate Zinke outlines education priorities

U.S. House candidate Zinke outlines education priorities

HELENA — Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke on Friday outlined his priorities for education, saying states, rather than the federal government, should dictate school standards and have more flexibility in using federal education money.

September 12, 2014 1:45 pmLoading…
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.

September 11, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
In state’s major congressional races, 1 debate scheduled, 1 other looks likely

In state’s major congressional races, 1 debate scheduled, 1 other looks likely

HELENA — Just eight weeks before the election, an Oct. 4 debate between Montana’s U.S. House candidates is the only debate scheduled for any candidates in state congressional races — but another one appears likely to happen.

September 11, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Man who filed 3 campaign violation complaints violated requirements

BOZEMAN — The commissioner of political practices says a Bozeman man who filed three complaints with the commissioner earlier this year has himself violated campaign reporting requirements.

September 11, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Montana delegation reacts to Obama’s speech on confronting Islamic State

Montana delegation reacts to Obama’s speech on confronting Islamic State

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, a Republican, agreed Wednesday night on two aspects of the country’s response to Islamic terrorists in the Middle East: That President Barack Obama should consult with Congress and any response should not put new U.S. tro…

September 10, 2014 9:30 pmLoading…
Billings lawmakers plan to reform forfeiture law

Billings lawmakers plan to reform forfeiture law

A pair of freshman state lawmakers from Billings — a Democrat and a Republican — are proposing changes to the state’s civil asset forfeiture law and expect to bring legislation forward during the next legislative session.

September 09, 2014 4:04 pm Photos

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New Lewis ad accuses Zinke of wanting to cut education, Medicare

New Lewis ad accuses Zinke of wanting to cut education, Medicare

HELENA — In a new TV ad Monday, Democratic House candidate John Lewis promotes his ideas and accuses Republican Ryan Zinke of wanting to cut education and Medicare to pay for tax breaks to corporations and billionaires.

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GOP committee sues to close Montana primaries

GOP committee sues to close Montana primaries

HELENA — Ravalli County Republicans sued the state Monday in an attempt to require voters to register with the GOP in order to participate in the party’s primary elections.

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U.S. ivory laws deflate Glasgow tradition

U.S. ivory laws deflate Glasgow tradition

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife policy targeting ivory smugglers has deflated an Eastern Montana community’s tradition of hosting Canadian bagpipers.

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Curtis campaign says 'tracker' attempting to record her every move with video camera

Curtis campaign says 'tracker' attempting to record her every move with video camera

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis had just announced her plan for higher education reforms and was about to head to a lunch meeting with veterans when she ducked down a hall toward the women’s restroom at Montana State University in Billings.

September 05, 2014 11:33 am Photos

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Chamber endorses Billings public safety levy

The Billings Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors have announced their endorsement of the 2014 public safety levy, which voters will decide on in the Nov. 4 election.

September 03, 2014 3:22 pmLoading…
Montana voters will decide whether to keep Election Day registration

Montana voters will decide whether to keep Election Day registration

HELENA — Montana voters will decide in November whether to end a nine-year practice of Election Day voter registration for future elections.

September 03, 2014 1:42 pmLoading…
At MSUB event, Curtis pushes for U.S. Senate debates

At MSUB event, Curtis pushes for U.S. Senate debates

Democrat Amanda Curtis said she’s hopeful U.S. Senate opponent Republican Steve Daines can agree to at least a few debates.

September 03, 2014 11:26 am Photos

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Attorney general, former political practices commissioner settle lawsuit

Attorney general, former political practices commissioner settle lawsuit

HELENA — Attorney General Tim Fox’s office and former Political Practices Commissioner Dave Gallik settled a case Tuesday involving allegations that Gallik was paid for hours he didn’t work as commissioner.

September 03, 2014 6:50 am Photos

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MontanaPBS scrubs U.S. House debate coverage

MontanaPBS scrubs U.S. House debate coverage

BOZEMAN — MontanaPBS has canceled its broadcast coverage plans for an upcoming debate in Montana's U.S. House race now that one of the two candidates isn't planning to attend.

September 01, 2014 1:24 pmLoading…

When RightNow sold to Oracle for $1.8 billion, who got the money?

HELENA — After international software giant Oracle Corp. bought Bozeman software firm RightNow Technologies in 2012 for $1.8 billion, economists saw a noticeable jump in earnings for Gallatin County and the state.

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Daines' work with cloud computing pioneer shapes his perspectives on government

Daines' work with cloud computing pioneer shapes his perspectives on government

BOZEMAN — At age 36, Steve Daines was working at his father’s construction firm in Bozeman when he got involved with a small but growing company that had developed new customer-service software for the Internet.

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Senate candidate Curtis outlines plans to improve education for students

Senate candidate Curtis outlines plans to improve education for students

MISSOULA — On Day 11 of her campaign for the U.S. Senate, Amanda Curtis released a six-point plan to improve education for students.

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Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

Judge rejects Montana Senate leader's conspiracy claims

HELENA — A Helena judge has dismissed claims by the Montana Senate majority leader that the governor, a state senator and two commissioners of political practices conspired to drive him out of office.

August 27, 2014 1:53 pmLoading…
2015 health-insurance policies on Obamacare exchanges won’t increase much

2015 health-insurance policies on Obamacare exchanges won’t increase much

HELENA — Prices for 2015 health insurance policies sold on Montana’s federal online “marketplace” will increase only 1.35 percent, on average, state Auditor Monica Lindeen said Wednesday.

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Only 1 candidate debate set before election day

Only 1 candidate debate set before election day

HELENA — With more than two months to go before the general election, the only U.S. House and Senate candidate debates scheduled so far will be on Oct. 4 in Bozeman, officials said Monday.

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Congressional candidate Lewis unveils first TV ad; takes veiled shot at Zinke

Congressional candidate Lewis unveils first TV ad; takes veiled shot at Zinke

HELENA — Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis unveiled his first TV ad of the campaign Monday, in which he takes a veiled shot at his Republican opponent, Ryan Zinke.

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