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Anthology featuring 40 Montana writers supports public lands:


Produced by author Rick Bass and edited by Seabring Davis and Brian Schott, the anthology will be inserted into three state newspapers as a 24-page tabloid that were distributed to nearly 35,000 subscribers ...


Montana Governor Steve Bullock vetoes bill to raise allowable campaign contributions:


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a bill that would have raised the amount of money that could be contributed to political campaigns and changed operations within the office of the state's campaign ...


Gazette opinion: Montana's government by gamesmanship :


Let's stop the games in the Legislature at the ballot box. This is no way to run our state government. Political games rule in Washington, D.C., but Montanans expect their citizen legislators to be ...


Montana Governor Steve Bullock joins other potential presidential candidates at Washington conference:


Addressing a left-leaning group Tuesday during a daylong conference that included a number of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock talked about the importance ...


State earned income credit will support Montana's working families:


Montana taxes working families living in poverty at a higher rate than almost any other state. In the final days of our state session, Montana legislators passed a bill that will strengthen the economic ...


State tax shift to cost Bozeman taxpayers $1.4 million:


Bozeman School Board trustees asked the 2017 Legislature for property tax relief. They got the opposite. In the next two years, Bozeman taxpayers will see their school property taxes increase by $1.4 ...


Freshman lawmakers describe their first Montana Legislature:


"I've always sort of had this idea in my head of what it is but coming up here, it's truly different." Walt Sales By Michael Wright Chronicle Staff Writer Full Story: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/mtleg/freshman-lawmakers-describe-their-first-legislature/article_8631069e-34a0-5a2a-8d65-268988c9a949.html *** City ...


Legislative actions may leave Montana taxpayers with additional costs :


While state legislators walked away from the recent session praising themselves for balancing the budget and holding the line on bonding, the consequences of their votes will soon trickle down to local ...


The Bitter End - Sine Die:


Behind the frustration that defined the waning days of the 65th Montana legislative session On the 85th day of the 2017 Montana Legislature, as a cash-strapped session drew to a bitterly familiar ...


Montana Senator Jon Tester could teach Democrats a lot about rural America -- if he can keep his Senate seat:


You've gotta be folksy if you want to win in Montana as a Democrat. By Ben Terris Full Story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jon-tester-could-teach-democrats-a-lot-about-rural-america--if-he-can-keep-his-senate-seat/2017/05/01/198c03cc-251d-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.581c4246126d Many ...


Mark Twain on politics in Montana:


This does not mean, however, that Montana would never again capture Twain's attention or the caustic thrust of his pen. In 1907, Twain attended a dinner in New York City to honor the Copper King and new ...


Gazette opinion: No money for Montana school buildings - again:


No amount of pleading or arm-twisting could wrest 67 votes for state and local infrastructure out of the Montana House last week. The Legislature adjourned Friday after failing to muster votes needed ...


Montana Legislature ends without passing infrastructure bonding bill; Governor Bullock calls vote 'incomprehensible':


"It is incomprehensible to me that we walk out of this session again without a general infrastructure bill," Bullock said at a press conference. "I'm disappointed that some legislators put partisan politics ...


Video: Q&A with Montana's U.S. House candidates Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte :




Montana Legislature Scales Back Proposed 'Ferrari Tax':




Some say effort is backdoor way to fund pre-K program:


With little fanfare Tuesday morning a legislative committee voted to charge a fee on several of Montana's hospitals $4.3 million to help beef up the state's budget. The fee, which will run for three ...


Montana lawmakers seek to make Native America a destination:


While Montana might be known internationally for recreational jewels such as Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, Native Americans say the state needs to do more to develop and promote its vast tribal ...


Montana bill taxes out-of-state E-commerce firms more accurately:


A bill designed to tax more accurately the profits of out-of-state firms that sell into Montana - particularly via the Internet, or other forms of electronic commerce - passed the Senate Wednesday and ...


Montana House speaker kills mail-ballot bill with parliamentary power:


Republican House Speaker Austin Knudsen is using his parliamentary power to kill a measure allowing counties to hold an all-mail ballot in Montana's May 25 special congressional election. Knudsen has ...


Online town halls set for Montana U.S. House of Representatives election during the first week of May. Submit Your Questions Now:


"By offering the town halls online, we're hoping to reach young people across Montana," said Rachel Huff-Doria, Forward Montana's executive director. "The town halls will provide accessible, fun and ...


Orphan Girl can still be sold in Butte tasting room, but drinkers don't get an extra hour to finish cocktails:


Butte's Orphan Girl http://www.headframespirits.com/ won't be getting kicked to the curb after all. In the flurry over changes this week that Montana's breweries said would have forced them to stop ...


Huffington Post - A Montana Special Election Nobody Is Following Could Deal A Huge Blow To Trump:


Big Sky Country Democrats are running a legendary folk singer with a populist flair http://robquist.org/ against a cartoon plutocrat. Why won't the national party pay attention? By Alexander ...


Montanans, we need your help today. Montana's Senate is trying to kill Orphan Girl sales through our Tasting Room.:


If you want all the detail, you can read our blog post ( http://www.headframespirits.com/the-orphan-girl-killer/ ) Otherwise, we ask you to please contact your Montana State Senator (http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/65th/roster.asp... ...


Montana legislators defund student loan aid for rural teachers, nixing recruiting tool for schools:


Earlier this legislative session, elected representatives from both parties approved tweaks to a student loan payment program designed to attract teachers to rural schools. Paying for the program ...


Montana Senator Scott Sales Wants to Tax Every Cyclist Who Visits the State:




Montana Senate passes broadband internet privacy measure:


The Montana Senate has approved a measure that would bar internet service providers from being awarded state contracts if they collect data from their customers without consent. The Senate voted ...


Montana Legislators decided to raise local school taxes. They just didn't talk about it.:


A legislative committee restored millions of dollars in funding for Montana schools on Tuesday, but only did so by draining a different pool of school payments -- potentially triggering a significant ...


Officials: Montana would be last in nation for higher education spending if state budget stands:


Montana will be dead last in the nation for dollars spent on higher education per pupil if the state budget stands, according the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. And a tuition ...


Governor Bullock Urges Legislators to Pass Bill to Grow Business and Create Good-Paying Jobs:


Bullock's Quality Jobs tax credit bill will increase career and earning opportunities, build quality workforce for Montana businesses Governor Steve Bullock's proposal to incentivize businesses to ...


Republicans on House panel kill Montana Hose of Representatives mail-only ballot option for May 25 election:


Republicans on a Montana House panel voted Wednesday to kill a bill allowing counties to choose to use only mail ballots in the May 25 special congressional election. The 11-8, party-line vote in the ...

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