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Montana National Guard troops will have access to state employee benefits

HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock announced he's extending state employee assistance benefits to more than 3,000 men and women in the Montana National Guard. Starting May 1, 3,800 National Guardsmen will have access to a...

Face The State: Coal In Montana

HELENA - Face The State on Sunday, April 10th, featured Charles Denowh of The Montana Group, and Ann Hedges of the Montana Environmental Information Center. MTN News chief political reporter Mike Dennison and MTN News...

Motl asks Wittich for $30K in campaign-finance trial costs

HELENA -Montana Political Practices Commissioner Jon Motl says Rep. Art Wittich should pay $30,000 of state costs for last week’s trial that found Wittich accepted illegal corporate campaign contributions. Motl’s office made the request in...

Public Service Commissioner Bushman faces re-election opposition from fellow PSC members

HELENA - Republican Public Service Commissioner Kirk Bushman of Billings has no Democratic opponent for re-election this year – but three of his fellow GOP commissioners want him un-elected. These three fellow Republicans – commissioners...

Daines urges DC to change to reform forest management in Montana

(HELENA) Senator Steve Daines is pushing for forest management reform in Montana and says that the health of National Forests in the Treasure State depends on changes happening in Washington D.C. Daines stresses the importance...

Penalty in campaign case: Must Rep. Wittich be removed from office?

HELENA - A judge now must decide the penalty for Bozeman state Rep. Art Wittich, for receiving illegal campaign contributions in 2010 – and that penalty could be removal from office, a fine, or both. District...

Bullock wants `working group’ to explore new owners for Colstrip

  HELENA -Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday said he’ll form a “working group” to explore whether NorthWestern Energy or others might buy three Colstrip power plants, to ensure they keep operating. The action comes just four...

What is the true impact of Washington law affecting Colstrip power plants?

HELENA -The Washington state bill targeting two of Montana’s coal-fired Colstrip power plants is now law – but its true impact remains a subject of intense debate. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who signed the bill...

Wittich found guilty of campaign-finance violations

    HELENA - A Helena jury Friday evening found Republican state Rep. Art Wittich guilty of accepting corporate contributions and illegally coordinating his 2010 campaign with a web of secretive, outside groups. The District Court jury...

Wittich campaign-finance case goes to the jury

HELENA -The charges that Republican state Rep. Art Wittich of Bozeman broke Montana campaign-finance laws went to the jury Friday afternoon, after a week-long trial.In the high-profile case, Wittich is accused of accepting illegal,...

Wittich takes the stand in campaign-violation trial

HELENA -Republican state lawmaker Art Wittich told jurors Thursday he did not receive “any benefit” from several conservative groups supporting his 2010 Senate campaign – and knew nothing of most of their efforts. Wittich, testifying...

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...

Former head of Montana Public Defender system alleges age discrimination

  BILLINGS-Montana’s former Chief Public Defender has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Bureau against the Office of the Public Defender for alleged age discrimination. Randi Hood, who claims to have more than 35 years...

Governor Bullock Pays Back Tax Dollars For Campaign Use Of State Plane

(MTN News - Helena) Governor Steve Bullock's office identifies 21 travel dates when he used a state-owned plane for campaign related business and fundraisers. Bullock is reimbursing the state $2,672 for time the pilots spent...

Daines “Made in Montana” tour stops at the Hauser Dam

  (MTN News-Helena) Senator Steve Daines continued his statewide "Made in Montana" energy tour this morning with a stop at the Hauser Dam. Daines is using the tour to criticize clean energy regulations that he says...

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...

Governor Bullock takes part in World Down Syndrome Day celebrations

    (MTN News-HELENA) Governor Steve Bullock and with DPHHS director Richard Opper stopped by Helena Industries to help spread awareness about Down Syndrome, a disorder that affects thousands throughout the U.S. each year. Refreshments were served as the West Mont...

Democrats gathered for the 38th annual Mansfield-Metcalf dinner

(MTN News-Helena) Hundreds of democrats from across Montana gathered in Helena Saturday night for the 38th annual Mansfield-Metcalf dinner. Democrats treated themselves to some dinner as political leaders and candidates spoke on a number of...

Trump protester punched, kicked at rally

This video shows a protester being punched repeatedly as he carries a sign up the stairs at a Donald Trump rally in Tucson, Arizona

Medical marijuana growers, patients ask for delay on enforcing new restrictions

  (MTN News-HELENA) Medical marijuana growers and patients Friday asked the state Supreme Court to delay by 14 months its ruling that upheld stringent new restrictions on the drug, to give the 2017 Legislature a chance...

Judge denies Wittich motion to dismiss campaign finance charges

    (MTN News-HELENA) A state judge Wednesday denied requests by state Rep. Art Wittich to dismiss charges that Wittich accepted illegal campaign contributions in 2010, setting the stage for a trial on the matter. Yet an attorney...

Legislative panel looks at options to change sex-crime laws

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A legislative panel is considering changes to Montana's laws on sex crimes by updating the meaning of sexual consent and combating the scourge of explicit photos and videos posted on the...

Medicaid expansion sign-ups surging past expectations

(MTN News-HELENA) The number of low-income Montanans signing up for expanded Medicaid health coverage is surging past initial predictions, a legislative report shows. The report says as of this month, 36,320 people have signed up for...

Gianforte names Robinson as running mate in governor’s race

(MTN News-EAST HELENA) Greg Gianforte has named Phillips County commissioner Lesley Robinson as his running mate in Montana's gubernatorial race. Gianforte, a Republican, made the announcement in East Helena on Monday, and says the location was...

Gianforte to tab Phillips Co. commish for running mate?

(MTN News-HELENA) Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte is announcing his running mate today – and sources tell MTN News it will be Lesley Robinson, a Phillips County commissioner. Robinson also has been active in the National...