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?
The 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation as president is an appropriate time to take note of how nasty and unfounded the current Republican calls for impeaching President Obama happen to be.
WASHINGTON — If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.
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.
HELENA — A Bozeman attorney is urging the state Republican Party to proceed with a federal lawsuit to close GOP primary elections to nonparty members, but the party’s state chairman said no decision has been made yet.
HELENA — Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention in Billings on Saturday did not unanimously approve a resolution that called for the turning over federally managed lands to the states, as the State Bureau had reported.
Montana Republicans were weighing broad changes to how candidates are picked during primary election as the political party's convention headed to a finale Saturday.
Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention will debate a series of resolutions Saturday, including controversial ones seeking to change Republican primary elections.
A Republican committee gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal to close future primary elections to prevent voters outside the party from influencing the outcome.
HELENA — After eking out a win in a highly competitive, often bitterly divisive Republican primary for the U.S. House, Ryan Zinke now faces what may be an even bigger challenge: uniting Republicans behind him for the fall election.
With more than 91 percent of precincts reporting, Ryan Zinke has held on to win a close primary fight, getting the nod to represent the Republican party in November's U.S. House race.
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.
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.
Election Day isn't until June 3, but Yellowstone County primary races could already be decided by early absentee voters who have submitted nearly three-quarters of the expected turnout.
HELENA — The state’s largest labor union, MEA-MFT, usually endorses Democrats — but in Tuesday’s primary election, it’s advising its 18,000 members to consider voting for a slew of centrist Republicans in hotly contested GOP legislative primaries.
HELENA — In the war between competing factions of the Montana Republican Party this primary election, two new political-action committees are spending to help their chosen candidates — but it’s not exactly big money.
Editor’s note: This story is the second of a two-part series on contested Republican legislative primaries in Montana, pitting one faction of the party against another.
Editor’s note: This story is the first of a two-part series on contested Republican legislative primaries in Montana, pitting one faction of the party against another.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anyone with a weak stomach and refined sensibilities should stay out of Kentucky for the next six months.
HELENA — It’s known as the Republican Party’s Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of fellow Republicans.”
Mail-in ballots are out and hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent on advertising.
HELENA — A Great Falls legislator who’s been a vocal critic of leaders in his own Republican Party has been sued by a pair of constituents, who say he no longer lives in the district and should vacate his seat.
Republican candidates vying for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat showed little tolerance for abortion, gay marriage and immigration at a Tuesday night forum in Billings.
As Tea Party rallies go, the one in Billings on Tuesday was tepid.
WASHINGTON — Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton’s signature phrase, that those who “work hard and play by the rule…
Montana has already embarked on a political season long on promises and rhetoric, short on what voters really care about.
More than 300 people packed the Northern Hotel on Saturday for the Yellowstone County Lincoln-Reagan dinner, a key political event for the state’s GOP.
GOP congressional candidate Drew Turiano has been branded a racist by the Yellowstone County Republican Party and turned away from the group’s key political event.
And they’re off.
WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?
Up to 1,400 Yellowstone County residents have been on a waiting list for help choosing a private insurance plan in a new federal health program. Billings hospitals are deluged with patient requests for help with the new program. The program website is distinctly unfriendly. Choices are compl…
HELENA — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines filed Monday as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, emphasizing that he’ll be a counterweight to President Barack Obama and Democratic policies, on everything from health care to resource development.
“It is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong,” President Barack Obama said Tuesday night after listing examples of individual Americans working to boost our economy.
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.
Americans for Prosperity, the conservative social welfare group that blanketed Montana with mailers and bus tours during the 2012 election, launched a new TV ad blitz on Wednesday targeting Obamacare.
Campaign filing season begins Thursday with new battle lines drawn for state legislative districts.
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?
WASHINGTON — Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be — in congressional elections. Some nu…
HELENA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Bohlinger said Tuesday he will also use his campaign to lead an effort to add digital privacy protections to the Montana Constitution.
WASHINGTON — The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.
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.
HELENA — A Republican state legislative leader has urged Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock to reconsider his opposition to having the state pick up the costs of reopening national parks in Montana until the federal government shutdown ends.
U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said he won’t settle for another short-term agriculture spending bill should Congress fail to pass a farm bill by September’s end.
Republicans have long portrayed themselves as the party of faith, and religious practice is a reliable indicator of political behavior. Among voters who attend worship services more than once a week, 63 percent backed Mitt Romney last fall, while 36 percent supported President Barack Obama. …
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.
After failing to pass a farm bill in June, House Republicans might cut food stamps from the legislation and try again, a move Montana U.S. Rep. Steve Daines said could be the only way forward.
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…
BOZEMAN – As a 19-year-old who thinks capitalism and free markets have a natural appeal to young people, Charlie Kirk has launched his own organizing group to bring them into the conservative fold.
HELENA — A split in the Republican ranks that grew during the legislative session promises to linger as the party gathers this weekend to pick new leaders.
Compromise is one of the noblest words in the political lexicon. Especially when power is divided between the parties, as it is now, governing a country this vast and diverse is virtually impossible unless lawmakers bring a certain level of trust and flexibility to the bargaining table.