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Montana’s congressional delegation reacts to Obama's speech

Montana’s congressional delegation reacts to Obama's speech

HELENA — Montana’s congressional delegation split along party lines Monday night with Democratic Sen. Jon Tester praising President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, while Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke criticized the president.

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Montana congressmen balk at Air Force bomber training plans

Montana congressmen balk at Air Force bomber training plans

Calling the Air Force unwise for moving ahead with a bomber training complex over parts of the Bakken, U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said they would fight the proposal.

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Daines, Tester try to use Keystone XL bill to block Air Force jet range

Daines, Tester try to use Keystone XL bill to block Air Force jet range

The congressional chess match over the Keystone XL pipeline added some Twister rules Friday when Montana’s senators linked it to a proposed U.S. Air Force fighter jet training range.

January 16, 2015 3:02 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Congress must refuel highway fund fast

Gazette opinion: Congress must refuel highway fund fast

Back in 1993, gas sold for about $1 a gallon all year. And Congress did something that it has been loathe to do since: Raised the federal fuel tax that builds and maintains our nation’s transportation system.

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Daines calls on station owner, DirecTV to return CBS to Montanans

Daines calls on station owner, DirecTV to return CBS to Montanans

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking DirecTV and the owner of Montana’s CBS affiliate stations to get the network back on satellite after a weeklong absence.

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Sen. Daines signs on to term limits bill

Sen. Daines signs on to term limits bill

HELENA — Montana Sen. Steve Daines says he is signing on in support of a congressional term limits bill.

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Daines, Zinke sworn in to new posts

Daines, Zinke sworn in to new posts

HELENA — Republican Steve Daines became Montana’s newest U.S. senator Tuesday, while fellow Republican Ryan Zinke was sworn in as the state’s lone congressman to succeed Daines.

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Zinke announces offices, key staff

Zinke announces offices, key staff

HELENA — U.S. Rep.-elect Ryan Zinke has announced the location of his offices and members of his staff.

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Gazette opinion: Senate rules again override common sense

Gazette opinion: Senate rules again override common sense

On Dec. 9, the U.S. House gave unanimous approval to a bill that aims to reduce suicides among military service members and veterans.

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Montana cabin owners rejoice over capped federal lease rate

Montana cabin owners rejoice over capped federal lease rate

MISSOULA — Owners of cabins on national forest lands throughout Montana celebrated on Thursday after passage of the bipartisan Cabin Fee Act.

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Daines gets Senate committee assignments

Daines gets Senate committee assignments

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines says he'll serve on four committees when he moves to the U.S. Senate next month.

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Daines lays out ambitious GOP agenda for Congress – but says he’s a `pragmatic conservative’

Daines lays out ambitious GOP agenda for Congress – but says he’s a `pragmatic conservative’

HELENA — Montana’s next U.S. senator, Republican Steve Daines, says the new GOP-controlled Congress will have an active agenda next year, such as taking on “Obamacare,” passing a balanced budget, blocking costly federal regulations and approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Montana counties take $20 million hit in spending bill

Montana counties have lost $20 million in the bipartisan spending bill to avoid another government shutdown.

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Gazette opinion: Montana wins big with bipartisan land deal

Gazette opinion: Montana wins big with bipartisan land deal

Last week, all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation stood side-by-side and announced the sort of bipartisan cooperation that Montanans want to see from Congress.

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Guest opinion: What they didn't tell you about Congress' public lands package

When Rep. Steve Daines and Sens. John Walsh and Jon Tester were busy celebrating the public lands package they snuck into a bill that was supposed to be about national defense, I wonder if they stopped to think about the landowners and taxpayers they threw under the bus.

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Montana wilderness bill a product of last-minute horse-trading; Senate vote this week

Montana wilderness bill a product of last-minute horse-trading; Senate vote this week

Years of legislative wrangling squeezed down to hours of last-minute negotiating to get a bundle of Montana land bills into the National Defense Authorization Act last week.

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Time is running out for action on federal tax breaks

Time is running out for action on federal tax breaks

Death and taxes are the certain things in life, or so goes the adage. Tax breaks, hung up in an unproductive Congress, haven’t been a sure bet for Montanans depending on them.

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Montanans react to the public lands package

Montanans react to the public lands package

HELENA — A sampling of reaction to the public lands package unveiled Wednesday by Montana’s congressional delegation:

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Montana delegation unveils major public lands package

Montana delegation unveils major public lands package

HELENA — Montana’s congressional delegation Wednesday unveiled a sweeping public lands package that they hope will clear the current Congress in its waning days.

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Air Force releases study of bomber training zone that would include SE Montana

Air Force releases study of bomber training zone that would include SE Montana

Any given location across a sprawling area of the Northern Plains could see up to nine low-altitude overflights by military aircraft annually under a proposed expansion of an Air Force bomber training area detailed Friday.

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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.

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Guest opinion: What Montana's outdoor business needs from Congress

Those of us who make a living in Montana’s outdoors keep track of a few important events on the calendar: the start of ski season, the end of hunting season, road closures in Glacier and Yellowstone and, yes, even Election Day.

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Daines, Fox wager over Brawl

HELENA -- Congressman Steve Daines and Attorney General Tim Fox again have placed a friendly wager over the upcoming Montana–Montana State football game.

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Gazette opinion: Montana's stake in Keystone XL approval

A day after 39 Democratic U.S. senators and two independent senators voted against constructing the Keystone XL pipeline, it’s worth noting why the proposal for transporting Canadian crude has bipartisan support in Montana.

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Guest opinion: Bipartisan possibilities in roads, pipeline, postal and tax reform

It’s no secret that Election Day brought some change to Congress. For the first time since you elected me to the U.S. Senate, I will be a member of the minority party.

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Remembrance, honor: Caring for veterans and their families is a year-round duty

Remembrance, honor: Caring for veterans and their families is a year-round duty

About 75 people — most of them veterans — gathered at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark for a Veterans Day celebration Tuesday on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember and honor those who have served or are serving in the nation’s armed forces.

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Zinke says election was a 'mandate to actually do something'

Zinke says election was a 'mandate to actually do something'

HELENA — U.S. Rep.-elect Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., is headed to Washington Tuesday for an orientation for new members of Congress, to get a look at his personal congressional budget and to lobby to get on the committees he’s requested.

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Curtis back to teaching after whirlwind campaign

Curtis back to teaching after whirlwind campaign

HELENA — Just a few days after Amanda Curtis’ whirlwind campaign for U.S. Senate, she’s back to doing what she loves best.

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Guest opinion: GOP Congress can choose to govern or to fight Obama

Both the U.S. Senate and House will be in the hands of Republicans starting in 2015. This could mean that there will be two early votes when Congress convenes in January. One to repeal Obamacare and one to do away with clean, healthy reproductive care for women. The president will veto both.

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National trends 'carried in Montana'; Dems fell short in urban areas

National trends 'carried in Montana'; Dems fell short in urban areas

HELENA — Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke captured seats in the U.S. Senate and House on Tuesday by each winning 50 of the state’s 56 counties.

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Republican Daines defeats Curtis in U.S. Senate race

Republican Daines defeats Curtis in U.S. Senate race

BOZEMAN — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines defeated Democrat Amanda Curtis on Tuesday night in Montana’s U.S. Senate race, becoming the first Republican in 100 years to win the seat — and also helping his party win back control of the Senate.

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Rep. Steve Daines, Amanda Curtis

Rep. Steve Daines, Amanda Curtis

Senate candidates Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., right, and Democrat Amanda Curtis.

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CAMPAIGN WATCH: Candidates home for final push

CAMPAIGN WATCH: Candidates home for final push

HELENA — On the eve of Election Day, candidates for federal office have found their way back to their Montana hometowns after extensive statewide tours to drive home their messages and get out the vote.

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Senate, House top races in Montana elections

Senate, House top races in Montana elections

HELENA — Republican Steve Daines is looking to capitalize on the Democrats having to switch candidates late in the campaign to win a seat long coveted by the GOP and help push the party closer to control of the U.S. Senate.

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Gazette opinion: Democracy depends on voters’ well-informed decisions

Gazette opinion: Democracy depends on voters’ well-informed decisions

Montanans must finish voting Tuesday, four weeks after General Election balloting opened. If you are among the 167,000 Montanans who already returned ballots to your county elections office, thanks for keeping democracy alive and well in our state.

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Candidates crisscross state pushing voters to the polls

Candidates crisscross state pushing voters to the polls

There may be no candidate who knows better than Jon Tester the importance of high voter turnout in a nonpresidential election.

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Guest opinion: GOP needs to support funding for better public health

Health issues were big news in The Billings Gazette recently, even before the Ebola and enterovirus D68 outbreaks. In October a front page headline announced: “Poverty hinders Montana’s access to health care.” The lead article on Sept. 30 stated: “Feds give $14.9M to Montana for health care …

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Outside money dries up in Montana Senate race

Outside money dries up in Montana Senate race

HELENA — Campaign ads paid for by outside interest groups usually reach their peak the week before a U.S. Senate election, but they’ve all but dried up in Montana’s top race this year between Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis.

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Crow leaders lobby Daines for coal tax credit

Crow leaders lobby Daines for coal tax credit

Crow tribal leaders and mining officials made their case for the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit on Wednesday in a meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont.

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Daines goes after Curtis’ oil infrastructure votes; bashes federal government

Daines goes after Curtis’ oil infrastructure votes; bashes federal government

SIDNEY – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, debating Democratic rival Amanda Curtis Tuesday night in the heart of eastern Montana’s oil patch, accused her of helping to kill a $35-million bill to fund public works in Montana communities overwhelmed by oil development.

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Daines, Curtis to debate in Bakken oil patch

Daines, Curtis to debate in Bakken oil patch

SIDNEY — Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Amanda Curtis head to the Bakken oil patch for the second of back-to-back debates ahead of the U.S. Senate election on Nov. 4.

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Daines/Curtis Debate

Daines/Curtis Debate

Images from the Daines/Curtis political debate Monday at the Petro Theater at MSUB.

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Daines/Curtis Debate

Daines/Curtis Debate

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and Montana State Rep. Amanda Curtis participate in a political debate Monday at the Petro Theater on the MSUB Campus.

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A crowd gathers

A crowd gathers

A crowd gathered to watch U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and Montana state Rep. Amanda Curtis participate in a political debate Monday at Petro Theater on the MSUB campus.

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A Curtis supporter holds a "Women Are Watching" poster

A Curtis supporter holds a "Women Are Watching" poster

A Curtis supporter holds a “Women Are Watching” sign made by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund during the Daines/Curtis debate Monday at Petro Theater at MSUB.

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Daines and Curtis shake hands

Daines and Curtis shake hands

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and Montana State Rep. Amanda Curtis shake hands after a political debate Monday at Petro Theater on the Montana State University Billings campus.

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Daines/Curtis Debate

Daines/Curtis Debate

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and Montana State Rep. Amanda Curtis participate in a political debate Monday at the Petro Theater on the MSUB Campus.

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Daines/Curtis Debate

Daines/Curtis Debate

Montana State Rep. Amanda Curtis debates election issues with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Monday at the Petro Theater on the MSUB Campus.

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Daines/Curtis Debate

Daines/Curtis Debate

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and Montana State Rep. Amanda Curtis participate in a political debate Monday at the Petro Theater on the MSUB Campus.

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