The Billings Gazette - Politics

Montana officials forecast increasing state tax collections through 2021

HELENA — Montana officials are forecasting that state tax collections will increase each year through 2021. Read more

Bankruptcy auction set for Rosebud Mine, sole supplier of coal to Colstrip

The lone source of coal for the Colstrip power plant has been scheduled for bankruptcy auction in late January. Read more

New DEQ director starts Dec. 1

Shaun McGrath, Montana's new director of the Department of Environmental Quality, is set to start Dec. 1. Read more

Yellowstone County sees third highest voter turnout ever

Last week's midterm elections saw 69,925 people vote, the most ever for a midterm and the third highest turnout ever for an election in the county.  Read more

In fight over Montana's 'Dueling Dinosaurs,' judges say fossils should be treated like minerals

HELENA — About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition… Read more

Montana state, county elections officials diverge on voting needs

HELENA — Montana's midterm elections saw a record number of absentee ballots overwhelm voting machines, found election officials in a dozen counties hand-counting votes and underscored the need to replace hundreds of aging voting machines for the disabled. Read more

Governor's budget boosts preschool, pays for Medicaid expansion, plans for infrastructure

Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday pitched a substantial investment in preschool, as well as fully paying for Medicaid expansion and an infrastructure package for urban and rural parts of the state in his two-year budget proposal. Read more

Montana lawmakers pick leaders for upcoming legislative session

Republican lawmakers picked leaders of the state House and Senate Wednesday, retaining Senate President Scott Sales for a second session and electing Rep. Greg Hertz of Polson as speaker of the House. Read more

Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 White House bids

WASHINGTON — In the days after the midterm election, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker worked the phones with Democratic luminaries in Iowa. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock courted high-dollar donors in New York. Other Democrats openly mused about their White House ambitions on live television. Read more

Provisional ballots tip Yellowstone County judge race for Harada, securing 119-vote win

After a week of unknowns, Ashley Harada emerged Tuesday as the winner of the Department 8 race in Yellowstone County District Court. Read more

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