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Lawmakers introduce major bills to address Colstrip impacts

(HELENA) Lawmakers have unveiled the first in a series of major initiatives to deal with the impacts of the upcoming closure of two electrical generating units at Colstrip. At a news conference Friday, Republican Sen....

Montana Libertarians choose Inverness rancher as nominee for U.S. House seat

(HELENA) Another candidate is joining the race for Montana’s open U.S. House seat. The Montana Libertarian Party picked Mark Wicks of Inverness as their nominee Saturday during a special nominating convention at the Eagles Lodge...

MT budget committee adds back money to elderly/disabled healthcare – sort of

HELENA - On its final day of action on the session’s major budget bill, a legislative committee Friday added back as much as $35 million in spending authority for nursing homes and other services for...

Attorney General invites EPA Administrator to visit the Berkeley Pit

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter inviting the new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, to visit Montana to tour the Berkeley Pit superfund site. According to a release from the Attorney General’s...

Mattis to meet with military leaders on nude photo sharing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon chief will meet his military and civilian leaders in coming days about reports that nude photos of female service members are being secretly posted online without their permission. Navy Capt....

Quist hosts campaign rally in Great falls

GREAT FALLS - Rob Quist, the Democrat nominee for the upcoming special election to succeed Ryan Zinke in the U.S. House of Representatives, hosted a campaign rally at Great Falls College-MSU on Thursday. The special election...

New bill would address MT ‘puppy mill’ concerns

MISSOULA - Following several high-profile raids on what some consider "puppy mills," the Montana Legislature is responding to the public's growing concern about how these animals end up in unhealthy situations. House Bill 570, also...

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...