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Legislative leaders support investing in public works, but disagree how to fund it

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.

December 04, 2014 8:30 pmLoading…
Zinke assigned to Armed Services, Natural Resources committees

Zinke assigned to Armed Services, Natural Resources committees

HELENA — Rep.-elect Ryan Zinke said Thursday that he has been assigned to the House Armed Services and Natural Resources committee, which were his top choices.

December 04, 2014 7:15 pmLoading…
Democrat MacDonald wins recount in South Billings House district

Democrat MacDonald wins recount in South Billings House district

Incumbent Rep. Margie MacDonald has won a recount challenge to her South Billings legislative district.

December 03, 2014 2:17 pm Photos

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Montana Republican Party names new director; Greenwood joins conservative group

Montana Republican Party names new director; Greenwood joins conservative group

HELENA — The Montana Republican Party has appointed Chris Schipp as its new executive director, state Chairman Will Deschamps said Monday.

December 02, 2014 2:30 pmLoading…

Coal industry, utilities, governor express concern over EPA’s carbon rules

HELENA — Montana energy interests, environmentalists and others this week weighed in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules to limit carbon emissions at existing power plants, raising scores of questions about the rules’ workability.

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Commissioners set schedule for HD56 interviews

Commissioners set schedule for HD56 interviews

The Yellowstone County commissioners will hold interviews Dec. 9 for candidates seeking to fill the House District 56 legislative seat.

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14 Republicans express interest in McNiven's HD56 seat

14 Republicans express interest in McNiven's HD56 seat

The legislative seat abruptly vacated by Rep. Jonathan McNiven has attracted interest from 15 would-be replacements, Republicans said Monday.

December 01, 2014 6:57 pmLoading…
Recount for South Billings legislative seat happens Wednesday

Recount for South Billings legislative seat happens Wednesday

A too-close-to-call Billings legislative district will be decided by recount Wednesday.

December 01, 2014 3:53 pm Photos

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Clerk with religious objection can keep job, says county attorney

Clerk with religious objection can keep job, says county attorney

The Yellowstone County Commissioners and Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito will meet Monday afternoon to discuss religious exemption in the Yellowstone County Clerk of District Court's office.

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Speed limits always controversial in Montana

Speed limits always controversial in Montana

HELENA — Speed limits have long been controversial in recent Montana history.

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Some lawmakers want to increase interstate speed limit to 80 mph

Some lawmakers want to increase interstate speed limit to 80 mph

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.

November 29, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Food labeling proponents praise U.S. appeal of trade ruling

Food labeling proponents praise U.S. appeal of trade ruling

The battle to inform American consumers about where their meat comes from is headed for another round after a U.S. notice to appeal was filed Friday.

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Gazette opinion: History repeating itself in legislative caucus lawsuit

You probably know that old saying about those who forget history are bound to repeat it.

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At least $1.5M spent on Wheat-VanDyke Supreme Court race

At least $1.5M spent on Wheat-VanDyke Supreme Court race

HELENA — At least $1.6 million was spent on the Montana Supreme Court race between Justice Mike Wheat and challenger Lawrence VanDyke this year, records show, likely making it the most expensive judicial race in state history.

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New lawmaker posts comment comparing Demos to slaveholders

New lawmaker posts comment comparing Demos to slaveholders

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.

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Board of Canvassers certifies election results

Board of Canvassers certifies election results

HELENA — The state Board of Canvassers has certified Montana's general election results.

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Speaker names legislators Montana House committees

Speaker names legislators Montana House committees

HELENA — House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, has announced the following chairs and members of Montana House committees for the 2015 Legislature:

November 25, 2014 1:54 pmLoading…

MDU to purchase wind farm in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase a the wind farm to be developed outside of Hettinger next year.

November 25, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
New speaker says Republicans have followed legal advice on caucuses

New speaker says Republicans have followed legal advice on caucuses

HELENA — The incoming House speaker said legislative Republicans have followed the advice from the legislative legal staff on open-meeting requirements concerning party caucuses.

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State senator arrested for DUI; claims harassment

State senator arrested for DUI; claims harassment

GREAT FALLS — Tribal law-enforcement officers arrested a Democrat state senator and Blackfeet leader for driving under the influence, a charge he says has since been dropped and was politically motivated.

November 24, 2014 8:35 pmLoading…
Tester: 'There’s things we need to do' to help middle class in Congress

Tester: 'There’s things we need to do' to help middle class in Congress

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said there will be opportunity to get things done with the Republican-controlled Senate next year.

November 24, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…

GOP to decide on joining closed primaries case

HELENA — Montana Republican Party members plan to meet in early January to decide whether to join a lawsuit seeking to allow only registered Republicans to vote in GOP primaries.

November 24, 2014 4:20 pmLoading…
Butte-Silver Bow clerks must issue marriage licenses

Butte-Silver Bow clerks must issue marriage licenses

BUTTE — No deputy clerks in the Butte-Silver Bow clerk of court office are exempt from issuing wedding licenses for same-sex couples, Clerk of Court Lori Maloney said Monday.

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'Focus on your teacher and not your empty tummy': Governor a hit a Lockwood Schools

'Focus on your teacher and not your empty tummy': Governor a hit a Lockwood Schools

For breakfast, Gov. Steve Bullock told Lockwood Intermediate School students Monday he usually enjoys a bowl of Cheerios and yogurt.

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House Republican caucus isn't 1st in recent past to violate open-meetings law

House Republican caucus isn't 1st in recent past to violate open-meetings law

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.

November 23, 2014 11:50 am Photos

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