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MTN reports from Washington during the Inauguration

WASHINGTON - MTN News sent a reporter to Washington this week to report as our nation's capital prepares to swear in the next president. The Capitol Building has been decorated for the event and now,...

FBI chief says he had to tell Congress of Clinton email news

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire from Democrats, FBI Director James Comey insisted during repeated questions Wednesday he was consistent in disclosing information about an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails before Election Day while keeping...

GOP income-tax-cut bill benefits most Montanans – but wealthy the most

HELENA - The Republican tax-cut bill before the U.S. Senate would lower federal income taxes for the vast majority of Montanans, but almost half its aggregate cut -- $386 million next year – flows...

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...

Billings lawmaker offers bill to strengthen state’s firearm background checks

BILLINGS - A state senator from Billings submitted a bill draft request on Monday that she said would help keep guns out of the hands of some dangerous people. Margie MacDonald, a Democrat who represents...

Bullock calls for rising above toxic campaigns

HELENA (AP) Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has won a second term by beating Republican challenger and software entrepreneur Greg Gianforte. Bullock's win keeps the Democrats' 12-year hold on the governor's office for another four years...

Daines fights against Amtrak ticket-agent cuts along Hi-Line

During a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) urged Amtrak officials to reconsider cutting ticket agent jobs at Amtrak’s Havre...

Governor’s budget includes new taxes on wealthy, marijuana

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is proposing a budget that would increase spending by 1.4 percent over two years and look to bolster flagging revenues...

Arntzen visits East Helena school construction site; talks trade careers

HELENA - Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Else Arntzen, announced a new workforce development partnership in East Helena on Thursday. Arntzen joined representatives of the Montana Contractors’ Association and Montana Building Industry Association at the...

House panel overhauls medical-marijuana bill; supporters not pleased

HELENA - The session’s major medical marijuana bill, to set up a new regulatory framework for the industry in Montana, got an overhaul Monday in a House committee -- and supporters of the original...

Helena Citizens’ Council talks city issues, seeks new members

(HELENA) On the fourth Wednesday of each month, the members of the Helena Citizens’ Council gather for their regular meeting at the City-County Building. Gary Spaeth and Sumner Sharpe have each served on the council...

Tester meets with President Trump; discusses Gorsuch & more VA exemptions

HELENA - Democratic Senator Jon Tester met with President Donald Trump at the White House as part of a bipartisan conversation along with nine other senators. President Trump called the meeting to discuss the upcoming vote...

Who is Trump’s high court pick? Announcement Tuesday night

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was poised Tuesday to announce his choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, one of the most consequential moves of his young administration and a decision...

In first quarter, GOP Rep. Gianforte out-raises all Democrats combined

HELENA - Former land-trust director Grant Kier and Billings attorney John Heenan continue to be the top fundraisers among the six Democrats trying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Gianforte this year. But Gianforte, who’s running...

Republican leaders ask to cut off Motl’s pay

HELENA(AP) — Montana's Republican legislative leaders asked state officials Thursday to cut off Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl's pay amid a legal dispute over the commissioner's term of office. While the maneuver appears to...

Bullock nixes health care pricing bill, bans feeding turkeys

HELENA (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock has rejected five more bills, including one he said was a well-intentioned effort to bring more transparency to health care prices but would have done little to drive...

Special legislative committee on state employee settlements convenes, most Democrats not taking part

HELENA - A special Montana legislative committee formed to review settlements paid to state employees held its first meeting Wednesday – though several of the members refused to take part. Republican House Speaker Austin Knudsen...

Tester, Bullock ask Congress to renew Children’s Health Insurance Program funding

(HELENA) U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock are calling on Congress to extend funding for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program. Tester and Bullock held a news conference at the Montana State Capitol...

Trump administration’s potential changes to food stamp program could affect 120,000 Montanans

BILLINGS - The Trump administration wants to deliver food directly to recipients of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, instead of full cash payments. The proposed change could affect about one in 10 Montanans, or...

Montana’s Primary Election Results 2016

Montana voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide presidential, gubernatorial, and legislative candidates for the 2016 election. Here are the current results for several key races; for any races that are not listed below,...

Farris-Olsen concedes HD 81 race to Caferro

HELENA- A longtime state lawmaker has defeated a newcomer to state politics in a hotly contested Democratic primary election in Montana House District 81. Helena city commissioner Rob Farris-Olsen said Tuesday night he had called...

U.S. House debate: Guns, public lands, gay rights … and a surveyor

var _ndnq = _ndnq || ; _ndnq.push(); (MTN News-GREAT FALLS) From gun rights to gay rights, the final public debate among Montana’s U.S. House candidates had its moments Wednesday night. It featured all three candidates: U.S. Rep....

Signature-gathering will begin on initiative to raise tobacco taxes and extend Medicaid expansion

HELENA - A proposed ballot measure that would increase state tobacco taxes and extend Montana’s expanded Medicaid program for 94,000 low-income adults has been approved for signature-gathering. A coalition of supporters also plans to kick...

Infrastructure bill stumbles again; Legislature extended another day

HELENA - The Montana House fell two votes short of passing an $80 million infrastructure bonding bill Thursday morning, extending the 2017 Legislature another day. The House voted 65-35 for Senate Bill 367, but it...

State Senator Moe plans to resign

(GREAT FALLS) State Senator Mary Moe of District 12 in Great Falls announced that she plans to resign at the end of January. She made the unofficial announcement because her daughter recently gave birth to premature...