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Lawmakers tackle Bullock infrastructure bills – but alternatives are in the works

HELENA -State lawmakers heard bills Tuesday that contain Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s infrastructure plans for Montana – but are acknowledging that the bills are likely dead, and that Republican-sponsored replacements are already in the...

Energy measure sparks last-minute legislative drama

HELENA (AP) — An energy bill pushed by state regulators and opposed by NorthWestern Energy has provided some last-minute drama in the waning days of the legislative session. Lobbyists swarmed the Capitol on Wednesday in...

Senate confirms Sessions for attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general in the Trump administration despite fierce Democratic opposition to the Alabama Republican over his record on civil rights and...

Tribal chairman: Montana has always been about working together

HELENA - One of Montana’s top tribal leaders told state lawmakers Wednesday that Montanans have always worked together to solve problems facing the state – and urged them to continue that tradition. “We’ve always had that...

Daines meets with Gorsuch Thursday

WASHINGTON - U.S.  Senator Steve Daines met with Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Thursday. Daines' office released a statement following the meeting saying he and Gorsuch discussed topics ranging from the second and fourth amendments...

Zinke visits Fort Peck, talks about pivot

FORT PECK - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with ranchers and farmers affected by the Lodge Pole Complex Fires. Zinke made his first stop on a 10-day tour at the Fort Peck Interpretive Center on...

Tempers flare over mail-ballot bill; chairman orders spectators temporarily out of committee room

HELENA - Tempers flared Thursday over a bill to allow all-mail ballots for Montana’s May 25 special election, as the chairman of the panel hearing the bill limited testimony and then ordered the room...

AP sources: Strategist Steve Bannon leaving White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. That's according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private...

Legislative committee holds hearing on concerns over new Montana medical marijuana rules

HELENA - A state legislative committee will decide later this year whether to officially object to new administrative rules on Montana’s medical marijuana industry. On Friday, the Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee...

Judge in Hawaii puts revised federal travel ban on hold

(5:10 p.m.) The judge in Hawaii who put President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on hold was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama. U.S. District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson got his nod...

Tester targeted in ads by Judicial Crisis Network

BILLINGS - Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester was the first target of new ads by the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization. The ads claim the senator contributed to gridlock in Washington, delaying...

Trump tweet: Tester should resign

WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump called on Democratic Sen. Jon Tester to resign Saturday morning saying allegations against the President's nominee for VA Secretary are proving false. Trump called for Tester's resignation in a two-part tweet. Allegations made...

Montana’s U.S. Senators weigh in on NAFTA talks

BILLINGS - Montana's two senators are making their opinions known on President Trump's continuing efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, said he worries that the uncertainty of...

Senate confirms Trump pick Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump's nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for...

U.S. Supreme Court denies legal move to change Montana open primary

(MTN News) Montana's open primary will remain in place for 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a Montana Republican Party request for a closed primary this June. The court issued a one-sentence order: "The application for injunctive...

Suddenly, White House and NRA open to (a little) gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association joined the Trump administration and top congressional Republicans Thursday in a swift and surprising embrace of a restriction on Americans' guns, though a narrow one: to regulate...

Interior watchdog report: Zinke travel ‘generally followed’ policy

A new inspector general report has concluded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel customs "generally followed" policy. Zinke has faced scrutiny over his travel after reports that he had used military and private aircraft, in addition...

Sen. Tester advocates for wildfire fund to help offset USFS costs

FLORENCE - Wildfires continues to ravage thousands of acres of forests across the state, burning not just trees, but millions of dollars of Forest Service funding. That cost comes from crews and equipment. Mike Cole, an information...

House advances major budget bill along party lines

HELENA - On a party-line vote, majority Republicans in the Montana House pushed through the session’s major budget bill Thursday, saying they had funded “essential services” and kept the budget in balance without a...

Western governors back Endangered Species Act, with changes

WHITEFISH - The Republican-dominated Western Governors Association endorsed the aims of the Endangered Species Act on Wednesday but asked Congress to make changes, including giving states a bigger role and clarifying recovery goals for...

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...

Senate committee advances Zinke as Interior Secretary nominee

HELENA - A U.S. Senate committee Tuesday advanced to the floor the nomination of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to be U.S. Interior Secretary under President Donald Trump. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 16-6...

Montana’s political bloggers: Who are they? What influence do they have?

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push();     (HELENA) Helena High School English teacher Don Pogreba says he started his left-leaning political blog because he was fed up with then-President George W. Bush, and wanted to spout...

Republicans in MT delegation support short-term budget fix

HELENA – Montana’s two Republican members of Congress said Wednesday they’ll support a GOP budget plan to keep the federal government open past Friday – including the re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan. Yet...

Colstrip a big topic as energy summit comes to Billings

BILLINGS - Energy is the name of the game this week as Billings hosts the Montana Energy Summit 2018. From discussing the future of Colstrip to an update on the Keystone Pipeline to the latest...