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Republicans pick Milburn as state House speaker


MATT GOURAS, Associated Press

HELENA — Republicans soon to hold a majority in the Montana House picked a leader on Wednesday who promised a pragmatic approach to spending cuts, as well as a long-term strategy to shrinking government.

State Rep. Mike Milburn, of Cascade, was picked by fellow Republicans as their new speaker during legislative leadership elections, a tempered choice compared to Rep. Krayton Kerns, a Laurel lawmaker who cast himself as an ardent tea party favorite.

Milburn said both he and Kerns are very conservative, but simply have a different approach. Milburn, a ranch...

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