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Abortion foes see opportunity in GOP majority

UM School of Journalism HELENA — In a soft and affable voice, Republican Rep. Pat Ingraham introduced herself and said she represented the people of Sanders County. Those words were the last the entire room would agree on in an... Full story

 

Abortion foes see opportunity in GOP majority

Community News Service UM School of Journalism HELENA — In a soft and affable voice, Republican Rep. Pat Ingraham introduced herself and said she represented the people of Sanders County. Those words were the last the entire...

 

Lawmakers scramble for an alternative to fund K-12 schools

HELENA — Some Republican lawmakersare hoping to advance a new vehicle to fund Montana's K-12 education for the next two years. The news comes as the sponsor of an earlier GOP plan to increase state aid to public schools all but... Full story

 

Montana State Prison Warden lives in two worlds

Photo by Cody Bloomsburg Warden Mike Mahoney talks to an inmate through the window of an isolation cell at the Montana State Prison. Budget cuts advancing through the Legislature could make his prison more dangerous and push more...

 

Session watchers weigh in on the Legislature

Session watchers weigh in on the Legislature CODY BLOOMSBURG Community News Service UM School of Journalism HELENA – From his office in Missoula, University of Montana political science professor Jim Lopach has watched...

 

Schweitzer, GOP leaders strike a bargain

AP Photo/The Independent Record, Dylan Brown Gov. Brian Schweitzer announces that he and Sen. Jim Peterson, left, and Rep. Mike Milburn have agreed on a compromise on the main budget bill, HB 2, Friday in the Governor's conference...

 

Nailing down nullification: GOP Reps plan strategy to win votes

HELENA — It started like almost any family dinner at a local bar and grill — everyone sort of rehashes their day before the waitress brings out their orders. The dad razzes one of the kids for something and pretty soon the...

 

Lawmakers weigh the cost of helping state’s poor, aged, sick and disabled

HELENA — From her wheelchair on Friday, Shyla Patera told the panel of lawmakers something they don't often hear. "I want to live and work and pay my taxes," Patera told members of the Senate Finance and Claims Committee. Patera...

 

Constitution Caucus: Group aims to push GOP legislators to the right

HELENA — They call it the Constitution Caucus, and its message rang clear as veteran Rep. Krayton Kerns rose in the state House Friday to oppose a bill to provide counseling for children from violent homes. "Don't vote your... Full story

 

Constitution Caucus: Group aims to push GOP legislators to the right

Community News Service UM School of Journalism HELENA — They call it the Constitution Caucus, and its message rang clear as veteran Rep. Krayton Kerns rose in the state House Friday to oppose a bill to provide counseling for chil...

 

Lawyers, doctors square off over malpractice reform

Lawyers and Doctors Square Off over Malpractice Reform Posted on February 15, 2011 by session2011 0 By Cody Bloomsburg Community News Service HELENA — Physicians and lawyers disagreed on two measures to reform malpractice laws... Full story

 

Details matter in competing tax plans

CODY BLOOMSBURG Community News Service UM School of Journalism HELENA — By session's end, lawmakers say the taxman will most likely have new marching orders in Montana: Take less from businesses and, at the very least, no more... Full story

 

Breaking news: Senate panel OK's abolishing death penalty

By CODY BLOOMSBURG, Community News Service HELENA — The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill 7-5 on Thursday to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole. The weight of the decision was clear in Sen. Greg...

 

Ryan Zinke bucks GOP line on environment, social issues

CODY BLOOMSBURG Community News Service UM School of Journalism HELENA — It is late afternoon and only a handful of lawmakers are at their desks in the Senate when Sen. Minority Leader Carol Williams walks in holding a blue... Full story

 

The tale of two freshmen in Helena

HELENA — Frustration strains her voice and her eyelids flutter like camera shutters trying to capture a car wreck as Rep. Ellie Hill speaks about a bill requiring ultrasounds before abortions. "I do not appreciate the government... Full story

 

FWP, hunters protest Warburton bill limiting game warden powers

HELENA — Hunters and game wardens came together Thursday against a measure they said would make Montana a "poachers' paradise." "I would absolutely support this bill if I was a poacher or an outlaw," said Vito Quatraro of the...

 

What to look for in this legislative session

HELENA — Montana's 62nd Legislature opened for business this week, with lawmakers offering more than 1,900 ideas for bills so far. Most won't survive the journey into law, but they do show what's on legislators' minds. High on...

 

Students, officials lobby to restore campus funding

HELENA – April 15 could be a double tax day for Montana college students if the Legislature's $29.5 million cuts to higher education are still on the books when the Board of Regents meets that day, student lobbyists said last wee...

 

What to look for in this legislative session

HELENA — Montana's 62nd Legislature opened for business this week, with lawmakers offering more than 1,900 ideas for bills so far. Most won't survive the journey into law, but they do show what's on legislators' minds. High on...

 

Session in hindsight: Weary legislators look back with pride and frustration

Rep. Cleve Loney, R-Great Falls, and fellow House members ate pizza as they worked through the dinner hour on the session's final evening. The 2011 Legislature considered more than 1,100 bills over the past four months. HELENA ...

 

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