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Guest opinion: Montana Republicans cross over to be Democratic candidates

In an affirmation of ideological purity the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee, is suing the county election administrator and the Montana secretary of state to block anyone but Republicans from voting in a Republican primary election. Their concern is that in some Republican primar…

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Gazette opinion: Changing the culture of money in politics

Congress has returned to Washington after five weeks of vacation to squander their few fall “work” days with political posturing and a “must-pass” bill that will fund the U.S. government only through mid-December.

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George F. Will: Extremism in defense of re-election

WASHINGTON — Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans' 1964 presidential nomination, said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," Democrats have been decrying Republican "extremism." Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, rea…

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Democrat Gosar: Look beyond my party

Democrat Gosar: Look beyond my party

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Pete Gosar kept up a steady jog down Main Street in Torrington. He crisscrossed the road to shake hands with people in folding chairs watching the Goshen County Fair Parade.

August 15, 2014 11:30 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Does plain vanilla bipartisanship have a chance?

WASHINGTON — When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?

August 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Four Democrats running for U.S. Senate

CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming’s Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate said they are running because they are common, working people.

August 07, 2014 8:15 pmLoading…
Democrats rush to choose new Senate candidate by Aug. 20

Democrats rush to choose new Senate candidate by Aug. 20

HELENA — Montana Democratic Party officials have not yet set a time and a place for a convention to nominate a new Senate candidate to replace Sen. John Walsh, but said they will do so as soon as possible.

August 07, 2014 6:56 pmLoading…

George F. Will: Supreme Court plays indispensable constable role

WASHINGTON — Two 5-4 decisions last week on the final decision day of the Supreme Court’s term dealt with issues that illustrate the legal consequences of political tactics by today’s progressives. One case demonstrated how progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, manufactures soci…

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Democrats file election complaint against Zinke

HELENA — The Montana Democratic Party filed a complaint Monday with the Federal Election Commission seeking an investigation into connections between Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke and the super PAC he founded.

June 30, 2014 4:35 pmLoading…
Zinke, Lewis win House primaries

Zinke, Lewis win House primaries

HELENA — Ryan Zinke, a former state senator from Whitefish, won a tightly contested Republican race for the U.S. House early Wednesday, while John Lewis rolled to a decisive victory over John Driscoll in the Democratic race.

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Daines, Walsh advance in race for U.S. Senate

Daines, Walsh advance in race for U.S. Senate

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R- Mont., and Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., cruised to easy victories in their respective primary elections Tuesday, setting up a fall showdown between the two incumbents for a U.S. Senate seat held by Democrats for a century.

June 03, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Harry Reid shouldn't have meddled in Montana election

Montanans' most fundamental right is at risk: the right to choose who we want to represent us in free and open primary elections.

March 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Bullock's closed-door politics

It’s always a little galling when folks accuse politicians of playing politics.

February 11, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: GOP leaders target lawmakers who supported public education

In a Jan. 16 guest opinion, Yellowstone County Republicans Dale Mortensen, Jennifer Owen and Anna Woods argued that primary efforts under way to purge so-called moderate Republicans from the party in Montana are something to cheer. This power grab from the right wing of the Republican Party …

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Guest opinion: Primaries show GOP strength, not weakness

The Gazette’s front page story on Jan. 13, “GOP Showdown,” seems to suggest that primary elections are a new Republican invention and that the very soul of the party is at stake in 2014. Reality, as usual, is quite different.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: America's hidden consensus for justice

WASHINGTON — Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

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Year 1 down, Bullock looks ahead

Year 1 down, Bullock looks ahead

HELENA — With his first year in office nearly in the books, Gov. Steve Bullock said he can point to a number of accomplishments and a few disappointments so far, but he’s focused on the future.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Sizing up budget compromise and U.S. senate candidates

In politics timing is everything and that certainly appears to be the case with Lt. Gov. John Walsh and U.S. Rep. Steve Daines.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: American voters shift away from Tea Party

WASHINGTON — The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

November 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: How gerrymandering sunk U.S. into gridlock

This is not the most acrimonious period in American political history. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr killed his longtime rival, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel. Fifty-two years later, Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina assaulted Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a heavy cane.

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House Democrats rally behind bill co-sponsored by Rep. Daines

House Democrats rally behind bill co-sponsored by Rep. Daines

Attempting to force an end to the federal government shutdown, House Democrats are dusting off a March bill proposed by Montana Rep. Steve Daines and other Republicans that doesn’t defund Obamacare.

October 08, 2013 10:30 amLoading…

Rock Springs to host 2014 Dem state convention

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — Rock Springs will be the site of the 2014 Wyoming State Democratic Convention.

August 30, 2013 7:03 amLoading…

Democrats boosting legislative campaign efforts

HELENA — Montana Democrats, who haven’t captured a majority in both houses of the Legislature in more than two decades, have stepped up their legislative campaign efforts and started earlier to prepare for the 2014 elections.

July 28, 2013 12:00 am

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Immigration: Time for lawmakers to choose sides

WASHINGTON — The future of immigration reform is, for now at least, not up to House Speaker John Boehner. It is in the hands of a group of moderately conservative Republican senators who have to decide whether their desire to solve a decades-old problem outweighs their fears of retaliation f…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama's wake-up call: Focus on big issues for America

WASHINGTON — President Obama got roughed up by the pundit class last week. The question is what lessons he draws from the going-over. Here's one he should take: The nation's political conversation has grown stale and many Americans have lost the sense of what he is doing to improve their lives.

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Budget bill clears Senate after deal on cuts, family planning funds

Budget bill clears Senate after deal on cuts, family planning funds

HELENA — A coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans in the state Senate advanced the session’s major spending bill Saturday after voting to bar a potential increase of 500 state positions the next two years.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Will extremist politics end majority rule?

WASHINGTON -- The National Rifle Association is facing attacks from Gun Owners of America for being too soft on gun control. This is like a double cheeseburger coming under severe criticism for lacking enough cholesterol.

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Guest opinion: Covering uninsured will improve health, economy

Expanding Medicaid saves money, creates jobs and lowers the cost of health care. That's a plan that upholds values legislators on both sides of the aisle share. So it was disappointing to read a recent opinion in this paper by two of our colleagues that didn't cover the full range of this pr…

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Dems rally around Baucus at fundraiser

Dems rally around Baucus at fundraiser

HELENA — Montana Democrats left little question Saturday night what their top priority is: elect party leader Sen. Max Baucus to a seventh term in 2014.

March 09, 2013 7:52 pm Photos

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Pro-gun voters put heat on Montana senator

Pro-gun voters put heat on Montana senator

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has been here before.

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Guest opinion: Statesmanship survives in Montana government

Statecraft is the art of creating workable solutions to public problems. Masters of this craft are statesmen and women. Montana has produced some great ones, and we continue to today. Notable examples are state Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, and Redistricting and Apportionment Commission Chairma…

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Redistricting panel adopts final plan

HELENA — A commission drawing up new legislative districts on Tuesday completed its three-year effort by rejecting recommendations from Republican legislative leaders, and instead adopting a small bipartisan request.

February 12, 2013 6:28 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Post-election dos and don’ts for conservatives

There’s no question that this past election has been a major defeat for Republicans. Not only did the Democrats keep the White House, but more Americans voted Democratic than Republican in congressional elections, with the Republicans keeping control of the House only thanks to post-2010 red…

November 17, 2012 12:10 amLoading…
Joanne McGovern cheers

Joanne McGovern cheers

Joanne McGovern cheers as the first local election results are read at the local Democratic Party's election night gathering at Bones Brewing on Tuesday.

November 06, 2012 8:36 pmLoading…
Marian Bradley watches election results

Marian Bradley watches election results

Marian Bradley watches election results on an iPad at the Democratic Party at Bones Brewing on Tuesday.

November 06, 2012 8:37 pmLoading…
Democrats vote for two-party system

Democrats vote for two-party system

Yellowstone County Democrats believe in the two-party system.

November 06, 2012 8:00 pm Photos

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George F. Will: Taking America's pulse on least worst option

PRESIDENT: The leading figure in a small group of men of whom — and of whom only — it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for president.

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Barrasso dominates Wyoming race in money, recognition

Barrasso dominates Wyoming race in money, recognition

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Few U.S. Senate races are as lopsided this year as the one in Wyoming, where Republican incumbent John Barrasso dominates two challengers in funding and name recognition.

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Democrats release broad Montana jobs plan

HELENA - Montana Democrats have released a jobs plan for the state that is broad in scope and short on specifics.

September 19, 2012 1:30 pmLoading…

George F. Will: Outdated liberalism opposes change, as we know it

WASHINGTON — With Americans, on average, worth less and earning less than when he was inaugurated, Barack Obama is requesting a second term by promising, or perhaps threatening, that prosperity is just around the corner if he can practice four more years of trickle-down government. This is d…

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Robert J. Samuelson: 'Saving' middle class fuels political pandering

WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much, but they do agree on this: the middle class. At their conventions, the two parties will compete fiercely for its support. Republicans will accuse Barack Obama of destroying the middle class through policies perpetuating high jobles…

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Chadwick, Keating advance from county commissioner primary

Chadwick, Keating advance from county commissioner primary

Republicans Forrest Chadwick and Matt Keating will appear on the Republican ticket for two open Natrona County commissioner seats in November's general election. The two clinched the GOP slots in Tuesday's primary with 3,579 and 3,496 votes, respectively. Current commission Chairman Ed Opell…

August 21, 2012 10:40 pm Photos

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GOP deserves credit for state's fiscal health

It takes a lot of chutzpah to criticize the Republican legislature for not spending enough and then turn around and brag about the great fiscal shape the state of Montana is in. But that’s Brian Schweitzer.

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GOP cries foul over ruling on Democratic party staffing

GOP cries foul over ruling on Democratic party staffing

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — In a story July 29 about candidate campaign staffers getting paid for by the Democratic Party, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a party staffer assisting the Steve Bullock gubernatorial campaign was a spokesman. The campaign says that staffer, who left last…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Opposition to good government is America's problem

WASHINGTON — Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things. One of those valuable things is that government creates jobs — yes, really — and also the conditions under which more jobs can be created.

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Wyoming U.S. Senate candidate comes under fire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Al Hamburg said he plans to file a Federal Election Commission complaint against his primary rival Tim Chesnut after Chesnut said his local Democratic party agreed to pay his candidate filing fee.

May 31, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Republicans critical of redistricting plans

Every decade Montana's legislative districts are redrawn and every time a fight erupts between those who feel politically slighted and those who feel the changes are spot on.

May 14, 2012 6:30 pmLoading…

Horse Sense: Why Dems boast more female candidates

HELENA -- After a proud tradition of electing many of the first women to hold political office in Montana, Republicans have fallen far behind Democrats these days in fielding female candidates.

May 12, 2012 9:37 pmLoading…
Harry S. Truman dinner draws 400 supporters

Harry S. Truman dinner draws 400 supporters

Democrats came out in full force Saturday for the party's annual fundraiser, the Harry S. Truman dinner, held at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.

April 21, 2012 10:00 pmLoading…
Hill's opponents aim for conservative ground

Hill's opponents aim for conservative ground

HELENA -- Republican hopefuls for governor are increasing their efforts to carve out conservative ground from perceived front-runner Rick Hill with less than two months until the GOP primary.

April 09, 2012 3:04 pm Photos

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