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New commissioner takes over at political practices office

HELENA (AP) — Former legislator Jeff Mangan took over Monday as Montana's enforcer of campaign, ethics and lobbying laws, succeeding Jonathan Motl's turbulent tenure in which Motl and his staff prosecuted campaign corruption in...

Collins, O’Loughlin file with Commissioner Haladay for City of Helena Positions

HELENA, - Three community members have announced their candidacies for city office. Commissioner Andres Haladay will file for re-election, joined by Wilmot Collins, who will file for mayor, and Heather O’Loughlin, who will file for...

Pentagon: Military response in Texas could soon expand

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon official says the military's contribution to Harvey rescue and recovery efforts could soon increase by tenfold or more. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Witham told reporters Tuesday there currently are...

Trump says US can’t afford quick Afghanistan withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Monday night the United States must continue fighting in Afghanistan to avoid the "predictable and unacceptable" results of a rapid withdrawal from the country where the U.S....

Missoula lawmaker sues over “threat” from political practices commissioner

(HELENA) A Republican state lawmaker on Friday sued the state commissioner of political practices, saying his free-speech rights are being violated by a “threat” from the commissioner for talking publicly about an ethics complaint...

Attorney general candidates Fox, Jent split over experience, lawsuits

    HELENA - As Tim Fox asks Montana voters for another four-year term as the state’s attorney general, he’s running on his record. The Republican points to accomplishments like the expansion of the 24/7 Sobriety Program...

DOJ launches new Marsy’s Law website

HELENA - Less than a month until the deadline for counties to implement Marsy's law, the constitutional initiative that was approved by voters in November that created a victims' bill of rights. On Tuesday, the Department...

Bullock approves six bills to cover $227 million gap in Montana budget, vetoes two...

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock has given his approval to six bills state lawmakers passed to address Montana’s budget gap – and allowed several key bills to become law without his signature. Bullock’s office announced...

Justice may crack down on legalized marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is suggesting the Trump administration may crack down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Spicer says during a press briefing Thursday that the issue rests...

Bernie Sanders brought his message to a large, loud Billings crowd

Twenty-two minutes after 7 p.m., Sen. Bernie Sanders took center stage at the Montana Pavilion in Billings on Wednesday. Thousands lined up outside for hours awaiting his speech, many coming from beyond Billings to see...

Montana Farm Bureau members come Calling on the Capitol Tuesday

(HELENA) Tuesday is National Ag Day, and farmers and ranchers from around Montana will come to the state Capitol to bring their concerns to lawmakers. The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is holding a Calling on...

MT special legislative session works late into night to finalize budget deal

HELENA - Montana lawmakers worked into the early-morning hours Thursday to fashion a deal to fill the state’s $227 million budget hole, agreeing to a package of spending cuts, fund transfers and one, big charge...

Funeral for a Statesman: Memorial services for former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns

BILLINGS -A funeral service was held Friday for former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns at the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. About 1,000 people attended the service, including all of Montana's congressional delegation and...

I-176 battle continues in Flathead County

(MTN NEWS-HELENA) The battle to get a measure banning medical marijuana onto the ballot is now in the hands of a judge in Flathead County. Judge Heidi Ulbricht held a hearing Friday morning on a...

(UPDATE) Reporter accuses Gianforte of assaulting him

HELENA – On the eve of Montana’s special congressional election, a reporter accused Republican candidate Greg Gianforte of assaulting him and breaking his glasses in Bozeman Wednesday, while the reporter tried to question Gianforte. The...

Greg Gianforte sits down with MTN

BOZEMAN - For the first time since his election last week, U.S. Representative-Elect Greg Gianforte spoke to the media Friday and it was with MTN News. Gianforte sat down with MTN Chief Political Reporter Mike...

Montana legislators vote against restricting media photos

HELENA (AP) — Proposed legislation in Montana to restrict the news media's publication of fatal accident photographs on social media until the victims' next of kin is notified stalled Monday amid concerns that it...

Governors look to talk to Pence about GOP health care plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. governors say the latest Republican health care overhaul is dominating private conversations at their summer meeting, and they plan to talk to Vice President Mike Pence about it. Pence and...

Attorney: Gianforte spokesman lied about attack on reporter

BILLINGS (AP) — An attorney for a reporter assaulted by a Montana congressman on the eve of his election said Monday that the lawmaker's spokesman lied when he claimed "no one was misled" by...

Testimony continues in the Wittich trial

  (MTN News-Helena) A conservative campaign operative had some hard-hitting testimony Tuesday, on day-two of the campaign-violation trial for Republican state lawmaker Art Wittich. Sarah Arnold of Denver, Colorado, worked on behalf of Wittich’s 2010 state Senate...

GOP lawmakers call for special session on campaign-finance

(MTN News-HELENA) Ten Republican state lawmakers are trying to convene a special session of the Montana Legislature on campaign-finance issues, but it appears the effort is unlikely to succeed. The lawmakers, from the party's conservative...

Billings attorney Kurt Alme to be nominated as Montana’s U.S. Attorney

HELENA - Billings lawyer Kurt Alme has been recommended as Montana’s next U.S. attorney, the chief federal law officer in the state, whose appointment by the president must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. U.S....

Tax day brings up questions about Trump’s unreleased tax returns

WASHINGTON (NBC) – Tuesday is tax day and questions continue over the President's still unreleased tax returns. Across the country, town hall meetings and protests continued Tuesday as President Donald Trump insisted, his taxes were...

House GOP releases bill replacing Obama health care overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unraveling former President Barack Obama's health care law, a package that would scale back the government's role in helping people afford coverage...

Comey to testify in Russia investigation next week

(NBC News) Former F.B.I. Director James Comey is expected to testify next week in an open hearing on Capitol Hill, making his first comments since his abrupt firing by President Trump. Comey was cleared to...