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Montana GOP votes to join lawsuit closing primaries

HELENA — Montana Republicans have voted to join a lawsuit seeking to limit their primary elections to those registered with the GOP. The Republican State Central Committee approved the motion by an 83-43 vote Saturday in Helena.... — Updated 1/10/2015


Media groups file motion over GOP caucus meeting

HELENA — More than 20 media groups, including The Associated Press, have asked a Montana court to hold the state House Republican Caucus in contempt for holding an unpublicized meeting in apparent violation of state... — Updated 11/22/2014


Judge overturns Montana's gay marriage ban

HELENA — A federal judge in Montana has overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled Wednesday that Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates... — Updated 11/19/2014


CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

HELENA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis has posted her first and perhaps only television ad, a major accomplishment for a candidate who entered the race in mid-August with no money. The ad features Curtis mee... — Updated 10/18/2014


Montana report: Jobs outlook good through 2015

HELENA (AP) — Montana ranks fifth in the country for employment growth, but it faces slower growth in the future as many members of an aging workforce retire, state officials said Friday. The Department of Labor and Industry's... — Updated 8/29/2014


Sen. Walsh drops out of race amid plagiarism probe

HELENA (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Thursday he is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project he wrote for a master's degree. In a statement to... — Updated 8/7/2014


Little Shell: Remove 'halfbreed' from Montana place names

HELENA — Leaders of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians say the time has come to remove the words "halfbreed" and "breed" from the names of creeks, lakes and other places around the state. Nicholas Vrooman, who works with... — Updated 7/30/2014


CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

HELENA — This week largely has been about the numbers as candidates filed second-quarter fundraising reports and information came out about their personal assets. Here's a look at the week's most interesting and important... — Updated 7/19/2014


CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — This week, candidates have been busy introducing legislation and laying out their campaign platforms. Here's a look at the week's most interesting and important developments in Montana's election campaigns:... — Updated 7/13/2014


CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

HELENA — The candidates in Montana's U.S. Senate race traded jabs this week over campaign donations from politicians blocking the North Fork Watershed Protection Act. Here's a look at the week's most interesting and important... — Updated 6/27/2014


4 couples suing over Montana's gay-marriage ban

HELENA (AP) — Four gay couples are suing Montana over its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. That leaves North Dakota and South Dakota as the only two states with gay marriage bans and no lawsuits seeking to overturn them.... — Updated 5/22/2014


Little Shell optimistic on federal recognition 

HELENA — Leaders of an American Indian tribe in Montana awaiting federal recognition say they are closer than ever to that goal. The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Council Chairman Gerald Gray spoke with Gov. Steve... — Updated 5/12/2014


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