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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 Washington, D.C. Last... 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 to expand Medicaid t... 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 arguments in a case... 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. District Judge Jeffrey... 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 state's first open... 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 board had little to... 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 for the 2014... 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 a U.S. Senate run.... 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. The lawsuit... 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 — based on experience... 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 decades. Walsh plans to... 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 wrote that the... 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 other issues. Baucus... 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 reduction of sentenc... 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 joined by CEOs from... 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 utilities to ask... 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 presence over Montana... 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 Billings native is... 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 Freedom Act. The 2009... 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 savings and innovati... 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 still unverified... 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 Wednesday arguing... Full story


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 currently president of... 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 Tuesday that it is time... 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 her current job....


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