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Another top Montana Democrat declines Senate bid

HELENA (AP) — Another candidate Democrats were hoping to recruit for Montana's open Senate seat said Tuesday she won't be running for the office. Stephanie Schriock, who helped run U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's 2006 campaign and is... — Updated 1/21/2014 Full story


ACLU files lawsuit over Wolf Point voting district

HELENA (AP) — A civil-rights group is arguing that the Wolf Point School District is arranged to favor white voters in a predominantly Native American area. The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a federal lawsuit... — Updated 8/7/2013 Full story


Panel takes up Tester, Baucus forest bills

HELENA (AP) — A U.S. Senate subcommittee is again taking up bills from U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester that deal with federal land protections in Montana. Tester told the Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee... — Updated 7/30/2013 Full story


Lindeen shuns US Senate run

HELENA — Another top potential Democratic candidate is rejecting a run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat. Insurance commissioner Monica Lindeen said in a release Tuesday that she doesn't want to leave Montana and will stay in... — Updated 7/16/2013


Dems start search for Senate candidate

HELENA (AP) — Brian Schweitzer's surprise announcement that he won't run for the U.S. Senate dealt a big setback to Democratic plans to retain Max Baucus' seat. However, party officials said Monday they still believe they are in... — Updated 7/15/2013 Full story


Schweitzer rejects Senate bid

HELENA — Popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday morning that he will not run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, an announcement that complicates Democratic efforts to retain their majority in next year's... — Updated 7/13/2013 Full story


No change in bullying problem at schools

HELENA (AP) — A survey of Montana students released Tuesday suggests that distracted driving risks and bullying problems persist, while some other common teen perils are on the decline. The Montana Office of Public Instruction... — Updated 7/10/2013 Full story


Schweitzer appointees tied to political nonprofit

HELENA — Appointees of former Gov. Brian Schweitzer shared the governor's campaign address and received contributions from an organization that Schweitzer was involved in, even as the governor was bashing other such nonprofits... — Updated 7/3/2013 Full story


Bullock on climate change plans: Wait for details

HELENA (AP) — President Barack Obama's goal of limiting carbon-dioxide emissions has put Democratic leaders in energy-producing states such as Montana in a bind, caught between bellicose Republican statements of a "war on coal"... — Updated 7/1/2013 Full story


New boss to sort 'dark money' in Montana politics

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — New commissioner of political practices Jonathan Motl said he expects to start issuing decisions soon on a list of complaints dealing with disclosure of money in politics. The issue surrounding so-called... — Updated 6/30/2013 Full story


Medicaid expansion advocates form ballot committee

HELENA (AP) — Advocates want to take the question of Medicaid expansion straight to Montana voters. The Montana Legislature rejected proposals to use federal money to expand Medicaid to those making up to 138 percent of the... — Updated 6/26/2013 Full story


Montana gay rights activists laud high court decision

HELEA (AP) — Advocates for same-sex couples say their case seeking legal domestic partnership recognition in Montana will be helped by a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a related issue. The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down... — Updated 6/26/2013 Full story


Judge: Jesus statue can stay on Montana mountain

HELENA (AP) — A Jesus statue that has for six decades been a curiosity to skiers as they cruise down a popular run at a northwest Montana ski resort will not be evicted from federal land, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District... — Updated 6/25/2013 Full story


LeFars want out of stolen documents case

HELENA — Lawyers representing the state of Montana say two political consultants are trying to run from their own lawsuit to avoid a legal setback in the ongoing saga surrounding mysterious political documents connected to the co... — Updated 6/24/2013 Full story


Legislative mistake could gut pension fix

HELENA — A retirement board was told Tuesday that a mistake in the Legislature's proposed pension fix for public employees could undo plans to balance the system in less than 30 years. The Public Employees Retirement Board is... — Updated 6/19/2013 Full story


Former legislator Zinke might consider Senate run

HELENA (AP) — Former state legislator Ryan Zinke of Whitefish said Wednesday he might consider a U.S. Senate run if the Montana Republican Party's big names don't get in the race. The ex-Navy officer has been the focus of a... — Updated 6/5/2013 Full story


State reaches deal on pay increases for employees

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock and state employee unions announced a deal Wednesday for across-the-board pay increases starting next month. The Montana Public Employees Association said that upon ratification, employees will get a... — Updated 6/5/2013 Full story


Rain dampens wildfire forecast in many areas

HELENA (AP) — Heavy rains east of the Continental Divide have dampened predictions for an early and active fire season in Montana, although the southwestern area of the state could face problems during late summer, the governor... — Updated 6/3/2013 Full story


GOP group launches 'dark money' initiative

HELENA (AP) — A group of Republican lawmakers is launching plans for a ballot measure aimed at shedding light on so-called "dark money" in politics. The effort is led by legislators who have been billing themselves as the... — Updated 6/3/2013 Full story

 By Matt Gouras    State News

Montana bill seeks cash to fight 'dark money'

HELENA — A Republican lawmaker is arguing it will take more money — not less — in politics to beat back the tidal wave of so-called dark money. Rep. Scott Reichner, of Bigfork, wants to increase the donation limits...

 By Matt Gouras    State News

GOP senator wants to change justice qualifications

HELENA — A Republican state senator launched a long-shot bid Thursday for a constitutional amendment that would require prior judicial experience for Montana Supreme Court justices. The proposal would require approval from 100...


Supporters hopeful anti-gay laws will be repealed

AP Photo/Matt Gouras State Sen. Tom Facey, D-Missoula, right, tells the Montana Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that it should remove an obsolete state law that criminalized gay sex before it was struck down by the courts....

 By Matt Gouras    State News

Advocates hope for repeal of Montana anti-gay law

HELENA — Montana lawmakers are considering a proposal to repeal an obsolete state law that criminalized gay sex before it was struck down by the courts in the 1990s. Two years ago, a similar proposal to repeal the law cleared...

 By Matt Gouras    State News

Measure strips jail time for some minor offenses

HELENA — A measure to strip jail time for some first-time misdemeanor offenders, leaving just fines in place, easily cleared the Montana Senate on Friday despite opposition from county attorneys. The proposal would mean that the...


Tester urges bipartisanship at Legislature

HELENA (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester returned Monday to the place where he got his political start, urging state lawmakers to focus on bipartisan solutions and telling them the biggest challenge on the federal level will be...


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