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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…

September 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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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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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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?

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Guest opinion: Nixon resignation anniversary shows contrast with Obama

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.

August 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The GOP's impeachment two-step

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.

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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…
Attorney wants GOP to sue to close primaries

Attorney wants GOP to sue to close primaries

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.

June 26, 2014 2:18 pmLoading…

GOP vote on land turnover wasn’t unanimous

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.

June 24, 2014 7:53 pmLoading…
Republicans weigh broad changes to election rules

Republicans weigh broad changes to election rules

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.

June 21, 2014 10:20 amLoading…

GOP seeks a closed primary

Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention will debate a series of resolutions Saturday, including controversial ones seeking to change Republican primary elections.

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GOP conservatives seek closed primary elections

GOP conservatives seek closed 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.

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With the primary behind him, can Zinke unite Montana's divided GOP?

With the primary behind him, can Zinke unite Montana's divided GOP?

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.

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Zinke wins tight primary

Zinke wins tight primary

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.

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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.

June 03, 2014 9:22 pm Photos

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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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Majority of Yellowstone County's votes are already in

Majority of Yellowstone County's votes are already in

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.

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State’s largest union tells members to consider voting for certain Republicans in GOP primaries

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.

May 30, 2014 9:47 pmLoading…

PACs backing competing GOP candidates report spending

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.

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School funding bill made Republican a target for party's conservative wing

School funding bill made Republican a target for party's conservative wing

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.

May 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Battle for the GOP: Hard-line conservatives battle 'solution-oriented' pragmatists in primaries

Battle for the GOP: Hard-line conservatives battle 'solution-oriented' pragmatists in primaries

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.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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E.J. Dionne: Bitter political battleground in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anyone with a weak stomach and refined sensibilities should stay out of Kentucky for the next six months.

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HORSE SENSE: The GOP’s Eleventh Commandment and Zinke

HELENA — It’s known as the Republican Party’s Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of fellow Republicans.”

May 17, 2014 5:49 pm

Guest opinion: GOP campaigns ignore true meaning of conservatism

Mail-in ballots are out and hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent on advertising.

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Vocal GOP critic of his own party hit with lawsuit challenging his residency

Vocal GOP critic of his own party hit with lawsuit challenging his residency

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.

May 08, 2014 5:12 pmLoading…
U.S. House candidates square off in Billings

U.S. House candidates square off in Billings

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.

April 29, 2014 9:32 pm Photos

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Ralliers say Tea Party still a force, despite criticism

Ralliers say Tea Party still a force, despite criticism

As Tea Party rallies go, the one in Billings on Tuesday was tepid.

April 15, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Who cares about the value of work?

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…

April 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: The right message and the right-wing message

Montana has already embarked on a political season long on promises and rhetoric, short on what voters really care about.

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Republicans pack the house at Northern Hotel for Lincoln-Reagan dinner

Republicans pack the house at Northern Hotel for Lincoln-Reagan dinner

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.

March 15, 2014 11:24 pm Photos

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Local Republican Party turns away congressional candidate, cites racism

Local Republican Party turns away congressional candidate, cites racism

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.

March 12, 2014 5:07 pm

Legislative races fill up on final filing day

And they’re off.

March 10, 2014 5:14 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: America's future hinges on fearsome mega-trends

WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?

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Gazette opinion: Too much campaign rhetoric on repealing ACA

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…

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Rep. Steve Daines files to campaign for U.S. Senate

Rep. Steve Daines files to campaign for U.S. Senate

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.

February 24, 2014 12:43 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Critical, but elusive goal of working together in D.C.

“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.

January 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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.

January 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Obamacare opponents launch Montana ad campaign

Obamacare opponents launch Montana ad campaign

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.

January 15, 2014 6:30 pm Video Photos

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New battle lines drawn for legislative races

New battle lines drawn for legislative races

Campaign filing season begins Thursday with new battle lines drawn for state legislative districts.

January 08, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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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?

January 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Calculating political prospects by the numbers

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…

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Bohlinger to lead constitutional initiative effort

Bohlinger to lead constitutional initiative effort

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.

December 10, 2013 3:58 pm

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.

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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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GOP lawmaker wants Bullock to open national parks

GOP lawmaker wants Bullock to open national parks

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.

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Daines: Half measures unacceptable for farm bill

Daines: Half measures unacceptable for farm bill

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.

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Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Welcome immigrants: Advice from conservative religious leaders

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. …

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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
Daines: Farm bill split may be needed

Daines: Farm bill split may be needed

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.

July 02, 2013 6:30 pmLoading…

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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