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Poet/Musician Rob Quist travels rocky political road in U.S. House race

KALISPELL – This story is the second of a three-part series, profiling the candidates in the May 25 special election for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat. In a room packed with supporters at a Kalispell...

White House offers muted response on Comey memo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rocked by days of damaging developments, President Donald Trump's White House is looking ahead to the president's upcoming foreign trip — and trying to get his plane in the air with...

FBI chief’s unceremonious ouster boomerangs on president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Firing FBI Director James Comey is already coming back to haunt President Donald Trump. In dismissing Comey last week, Trump created the very real possibility that a respected law enforcement official known...

Libertarian Mark Wicks: The “work truck” candidate for U.S. House

HELENA – This story is the first of a three-part series, profiling the candidates in the May 25 special election for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat. Hi-Line farmer and rancher Mark Wicks, who’s never run...

Trump talk with Russians ‘wholly appropriate,’ adviser says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing back against allegations of damaging intelligence disclosures, President Donald Trump's national security adviser insisted Tuesday that Trump's revelations to Russian officials about the terrorist threat from the Islamic State group...

Pro-Quist group filing FEC complaint; says Gianforte circumventing contribution limits

HELENA - A group opposing Republican Greg Gianforte in Montana’s special U.S. House race plans to file a complaint Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, alleging Gianforte directed donors to circumvent contribution limits by...

Trump honors fallen officers

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump promised on Monday to do all he could to stop violent crimes against law enforcement. He gave the keynote address at a memorial service in Washington for police officers wounded...

Gianforte loans himself $1M in bid for Montana US House

HELENA (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte loaned himself $1 million to finance his bid for Montana's only seat in the U.S. House, as his Democratic opponent raked in huge sums of cash from small,...

MT’s U.S. House race most expensive in state history — $12M and counting

HELENA - Montana’s special congressional election on May 25 has become the most expensive U.S. House race in state history, as spending and fund-raising for the three-month campaign has surpassed $12 million. The money is...

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...

VP Pence: President Trump needs allies in Congress like Gianforte

BILLINGS - Vice President Mike Pence told a Montana crowd here Friday evening that President Donald Trump needs allies in Congress like Republican Greg Gianforte – to beef up the military, build a border wall...

Pence arrives in Billings

BILLINGS - Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the Billings Logan International Airport shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday. Pence exited the Air Force 2 with his wife, Karen and U.S. Senator, Republican Steve Daines of...

Outside groups spending big to aid Gianforte in MT congressional race

HELENA - Outside political groups so far have spent $4.5 million to influence Montana’s special congressional race – and the vast majority of that money is favoring Republican Greg Gianforte. As of Thursday, nine groups...

Bernie Sanders to campaign in MT for Quist

MISSOULA - It was just over a year ago that then-Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders stopped in Missoula and spoke to thousands at Caras Park. Now, Sanders is returning to the Garden City as well...

Montana’s U.S. House race: Fact-checking the TV attack ads

HELENA - With two weeks remaining until Montana’s May 25 special election to determine who will replace Ryan Zinke in the U.S. House of Representatives, both sides are bombarding the airwaves with attack ads,...

More big changes coming for Montana’s medical marijuana providers

RAVALLI COUNTY - Heirloom Remedies sits just off U.S. Highway 93 in Ravalli County, between Victor and Hamilton. The new business recently held its grand opening – complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the...

US Interior secretary tours hotly contested Utah monument

BLANDING, Utah (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took an aerial tour Monday of one of America's newest and most hotly contested monuments — one of 27 he's been ordered to review by...

VP pence will campaign for Gianforte in Billings

HELENA - The Montana Republican Party confirmed Monday that Vice President Mike Pence will visit the treasure state to campaign for Greg Gianforte. In an email late Monday afternoon, the party said the rally will be...

Obama warned Trump about Flynn, former officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security adviser during an Oval Office meeting after the 2016 election, according to three former Obama administration officials. The information...

Report: VP Pence to campaign for Gianforte in MT

HELENA – On Friday, Democrat Congressional Candidate Rob Quist's campaign responded to reports that Vice President Mike Pence was coming to campaign for his opponent, Greg Gianforte. The Washington Post reported Friday that Pence’s campaigning was...

Abortion, guns, state plane among bills vetoed by governor

HELENA (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed bills to restrict abortions and the governor's use of the state airplane, along with another that would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons in...

Legislature funds expanded suicide-prevention program for Montana

HELENA - In a state with the third-highest suicide rate in the nation, Montana lawmakers decided to finance a different approach to suicide prevention: Grants to schools, Indian tribes and other local organizations wanting to...

House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only...

County’s new Chief Administrative Officer on the job

HELENA - Lewis and Clark County's new Chief Administrative Officer, Roger Baltz, has been on the job for just about a month now. Baltz comes to Montana after spending about 15 years in Florida.  He...