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Baucus forges ahead with tax proposals

HELENA . (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is forging ahead with his aggressive plan to rewrite the nation's tax code in the next year, confident he can find common ground amid the intense partisanship stalling budget debates in... — Updated 11/24/2013 Full story


Bullock says Medicaid expansion still makes sense

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that an expansion of the state's Medicaid rolls would have brought some assurances amid the turmoil surrounding the health care law's rollout. The governor earlier this year backed a plan t... — Updated 11/15/2013 Full story


State may be unable to intervene on cancellations

HELENA — Montana's insurance commissioner criticized the president's move Thursday to allow insurance plans that had been slated to be canceled with the nation's health overhaul. Monica Lindeen said on a conference call that it... — Updated 11/15/2013 Full story


Judge considers fine against American Tradition Partnership

HELENA — A Montana judge will decide without a court hearing whether to hit a conservative political group with a hefty fine for improper campaign spending after American Traditional Partnership's lawyer asked to be removed.... — Updated 11/10/2013 Full story


Lawsuit : Redistricting panel violated open meetings law

HELENA — Some central Montana residents argued in court Friday that that the state's legislative districting commission wrongly met in private earlier this year to assign senators. State District Judge Mike Menahan listened to... — Updated 11/8/2013 Full story


Daines announces US Senate bid

BOZEMAN - U.S. Rep. Steve Daines announced Wednesday that he will run for Senate in 2014, giving Montana Republicans a candidate they believe has a strong chance at winning the... — Updated 11/6/2013 Full story


Board brings back head to retirement agency

HELENA (AP) — The Montana Public Employees Retirement Board reversed course Tuesday and decided during a closed-door meeting to reinstate the head of the state pension agency less than two weeks after placing her on leave. The... — Updated 11/6/2013 Full story


Congressional candidate Zinke distances self from PAC

HELENA — Congressional candidate Ryan Zinke says he has distanced himself from the political action committee he helped launch now that he is running for office. Special Operations for America has stockpiled more than $200,000... — Updated 11/3/2013 Full story


Rosendale promises conservative House campaign

HELENA (AP) — Republican state legislator Matt Rosendale says his campaign for the U.S. House will champion conservative ideals. Rosendale announced Tuesday that he will be running for the U.S. House after also first considering... — Updated 10/15/2013 Full story


Costly Medicaid computer project behind schedule

HELENA . (AP) — The rollout of an expensive, new computer program that will run complicated Montana Medicaid payments is behind schedule and has forced the lead contractor to seek an extension. Meanwhile, state officials ... — Updated 10/13/2013 Full story


Retirees sue over teachers' pension cutbacks

HELENA (AP) — Montana's largest union, and six retirees and current employees in the Teachers' Retirement System sued the state Friday over cost-saving cuts to their pension payments, a move retirees argue is unconstitutional.... — Updated 10/12/2013 Full story


Daines maintains that Senate must negotiate

HELENA — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines said Tuesday that he is not interested in talking about continued funding for the federal government until Democrats agree to talk about... — Updated 10/9/2013 Full story


Montana Democrats get Senate candidate

HELENA — Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh said today he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, giving Democrats the high-profile candidate they've been scrambling for in a bid to keep t... — Updated 10/3/2013 Full story


Walsh to run for U.S. Senate seat

HELENA (AP) — Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, his campaign said Thursday, giving Democrats the high-profile candidate they've been scrambling for in a bid to keep the seat they've held for... — Updated 10/3/2013 Full story


Judge: Feds can prosecute Augare for DUI

HELENA (AP) — A federal judge says the U.S. government has the jurisdiction to prosecute misdemeanor driving offenses on Indian reservations. U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong said in a ruling Tuesday that the U.S. government... — Updated 10/1/2013 Full story


Judge rules campaign disclosure law constitutional

HELENA (AP) — A federal judge has ruled Montana's requirement that political committees disclose their campaign spending is constitutional. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sided with the state Tuesday in a new decision. He... — Updated 9/17/2013 Full story


Big-business leaders talk tax code at Montana summit

BUTTE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said Monday that his effort to revamp the tax code helped attract some of the business world's biggest names to Montana for a jobs conference that touched on taxes, energy development and many... — Updated 9/16/2013 Full story


Old mining town fills with elite business leaders

HELENA (AP) — Butte, a mining town almost a century removed from its heyday, is the unlikely landing spot this week for some of the business world's biggest names. Google's Eric Schmidt and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg will be... — Updated 9/15/2013 Full story


Bullock to let Beach commutation process play out

HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday it would be inappropriate for him to offer an opinion on Barry Beach's request to be set free before the process plays out. Beach's attorney sent an application for commutation, or a r... — Updated 9/13/2013 Full story


PSC revising utility executive pay rule

HELENA (AP) — The Public Service Commission is moving forward with plans to change its rule requiring disclosure of salaries for top utility executives. The commission decided Thursday to start work on a draft rule that allows... — Updated 9/5/2013 Full story


Bullock eyes collaboration to build policies

BROADUS (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock, like his predecessor, is a Democrat. On most days, that would seem like the only thing they share in common. Gov. Brian Schweitzer cast a... — Updated 9/1/2013 Full story


Lewis files to run for state's US House seat

HELENA (AP) — Democrat John Lewis has filed paperwork to enter the 2014 race for the Montana U.S. House seat held by Republican Steve Daines. Lewis earlier this month left his job as state director for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. The... — Updated 8/26/2013 Full story


Court rules against law bucking federal gun rules

HELENA (AP) — A federal appeals court is ruling against state laws designed to buck federal gun rules. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday agreed with a lower court's decision that struck down the Montana Firearms... — Updated 8/23/2013 Full story


Montana panel offers Baucus tax reform ideas

HELENA (AP) — A panel advising U.S. Sen. Max Baucus on his plan to rewrite the nation's tax code told him on Thursday that the government should maintain deductions that benefit the poor, small businesses, education, retirement s... — Updated 8/22/2013 Full story


Many in offender registry remain unverified

HELENA — More than two years after an audit that showed nearly a quarter of the sexual and violent offenders were unaccounted for on the state registry things have improved — but the whereabouts for about one in eight are... — Updated 8/18/2013 Full story


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