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Supporters: Mail ballot bill for special election must pass before April 10

(HELENA) Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are already campaigning in the special election to replace Rep. Ryan Zinke for Congress. But less than 80 days before that election is held, a bill that...

Engineers: Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure budget is not enough

WASHINGTON - The nation's civil engineers said President Trump's promise to spend a $1 trillion to improve infrastructure is not nearly enough. The Society of Civil Engineers released it’s the report card on U.S.  infrastructure....

US commander signals larger, longer US presence in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in the Middle East signaled Thursday that there will be a larger and longer American military presence in Syria to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State...

Montana House candidates set limits on taking PAC money

HELENA (AP) — The Democratic and Republican candidates for Montana's U.S. House election are setting self-imposed limits to the outside money their campaigns will accept. Democratic candidate Rob Quist's campaign released a statement Wednesday that...

Zinke to visit Glacier, address Montana Legislature

BILLINGS (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in coming days will visit Glacier National Park to talk about the park system's multi-billion-dollar maintenance backlog and later address a joint session of the Montana Legislature. Zinke's...

Bill to shorten clean-power contracts opposed by solar developer

HELENA - A bill limiting the length of contracts for small, renewable power projects would undercut a $100 million-plus proposed solar-power project near Billings, an attorney for the developer says. “We are at the point right...

GOP courts Montana attorney general to challenge Tester

HELENA (AP) — Ryan Zinke was the Republican Party's first choice to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in 2018 and re-claim the seat that would give Montana an all-GOP congressional delegation. President Donald...

Ryan pushes for unity as House panels debate GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan labored to rally divided fellow Republicans behind their high-stakes drive to overhaul the nation's health care system Wednesday, praising his party's legislation as "what good, conservative health...

Bullock vetoes ‘whistleblower’ bill

HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock vetoed a bill that would have allowed government workers to sue if their supervisors obstructed them from communicating with a legislator. The bill's sponsor, Republican Representative Kirk Wagoner, described the...

House committee proposes plan that rejects MHP budget reductions

HELENA - Lawmakers got back to work in Helena Tuesday, kicking off the second half of the 2017 legislative session. The House Appropriations Committee today unveiled a budget that rejected funding reductions to the Montana...

Bill would criminalize tenants who don’t pay their rent

HELENA - Student groups and an attorney who represents the poor stood up Tuesday to oppose a pair of bills to crack down on tenants who don’t pay their rent – including one to...

MT Dem nominee Quist makes first campaign appearance

MISSOULA - Montana's Democratic nominee for Congress Rob Quist made his first major campaign appearance since accepting the nomination on Sunday evening, stopping by the Union Hall in Missoula where he answered questions about...

CNN chief: Politicians should oppose Trump’s attack on media

JERUSALEM (AP) — The president of CNN says it is "shocking" to watch the political establishment's silence regarding President Donald Trump's attacks on the media, calling it an abdication of their responsibility. Jeff Zucker, president...

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...

Gianforte chosen as GOP candidate for Montana’s U.S. House seat

(HELENA) The Montana Republican Party has its candidate to replace Ryan Zinke in Congress — technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte of Bozeman. 203 Republican delegates gathered Monday night at Helena’s Great Northern Hotel to choose a...

Dems nominate Rob Quist to run for vacant U.S. House seat

HELENA - It took four ballots at a special convention, but Montana Democrats Sunday finally picked musician and songwriter Rob Quist as their nominee to run for the state's vacant U.S. House seat in...

Republican and Democratic hopefuls for US House election

HELENA (AP) — Eight Democrats and seven Republicans are vying for their parties' nomination in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke. They include state lawmakers, political newcomers and even a...

Upcoming special election brings up questions

HELENA –Zinke’s vacancy, following his confirmation as Secretary for the Department of the Interior, has many Montanans asking questions about the upcoming special election to fill his seat. One of the biggest unanswered questions is...

MT Legislature 2nd half focus: budget, infrastructure

HELENA - As lawmakers kick off the second half of the Montana Legislature, they’ll focus on filling some big holes in the proposed state budget – and whether enough money and political will remain...

Zinke signs two secretarial orders on first day

WASHINGTON – Today marked Ryan Zinke’s first day on the job as the Interior Secretary and he signed orders to expand access to public lands as promised by both him and President Donald Trump. Zinke...

Bill to criminalize doctor assisted suicide rejected

BILLINGS - After giving a boost to a bill to criminalize Montana doctors who assist a patient to their death, the Montana House reversed course Wednesday and rejected the legislation. House Bill 536, which is sponsored by...

Gianforte says he can secure GOP nomination for Zinke’s seat

HELENA (AP) — Technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte says he has commitments from enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination for Ryan Zinke's former seat in the U.S. House, but another Montana contender said Thursday...

New Interior sec’y ponies up to work at first day in office

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrived on horseback for his first day of work Thursday. The morning after his swearing-in ceremony, the former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL joined the U.S. Park Police...

Interest groups weigh in on Zinke as U.S. Interior Secretary

(HELENA) After a months-long confirmation process, Ryan Zinke is officially taking charge of the U.S. Department of the Interior. As Secretary of the Interior, the former Montana congressman will run a massive federal agency,...

Bullock sets soonest possible date for special election

HELENA - The statewide special election to choose a successor to former U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) has been scheduled for Thursday, May 25. Governor Steve Bullock set the date shortly after receiving Zinke’s resignation...