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Billings, Montana Mayoral candidates square off in Last Best News forum :


On the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 11, Billings mayoral candidates Bill Cole and Jeff Essmann sat down in a conference room in the Billings Public Library to field questions from Last Best News partners ...


Montana GOP leaders balk at cuts, special session, saying it's too early to claim a 'budget problem':


The Republican leaders in the Legislature on Wednesday questioned the necessity of proposed across-the-board 10 percent cuts to nearly every agency in state government, saying it's too early and there's ...


Montana Voices: Tax cuts for ultra-rich led to state's budget woes:


We all know that Montana is in a very difficult budgetary situation. Over the past few weeks, I have heard the same message over and over again from worried Montanans: The proposed cuts would cripple ...


Legislators of both parties agree: It's time to look at Montana's tax structure:


While Montana's Republican-dominated Legislature doesn't seem to have an appetite for any tax increases, as lawmakers gathered in Helena last week there were increasing rumblings about changing how major ...


"No one (in Montana) prevented from paying more" Rep. Brad Tschida, House District 97, Montana Legislature:


To all those individuals asking for a special session to "enhance state revenues" (definition: raise taxes), let me offer a suggestion and solution. Anyone who either wishes to help "enhance" revenues ...


Governor Bullock: Montana Legislature can mitigate budget cuts by approving selected tax increases:


Gov. Steve Bullock Monday said some state spending must be cut to balance the state budget, in the face of a revenue shortage - but that the Legislature could help mitigate those cuts by approving some ...


Montana Democrats trying to marshal support for special session :


Montana Democrats are trying to marshal public support for a special session to address the state budget shortfall while Republicans argue that state government needs to live within its means. The ...


Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing charged with nine Montana hunting violations:


A Big Sky businessman seeking the Republican nomination to run against U.S. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in 2018 is facing seven misdemeanor charges accusing him of trying to buy Montana resident hunting ...


Missoulian editorial - Special session needed to reduce cuts, raise taxes :


Montana needs a new budget deal. The agreement approved by state legislators and Gov. Steve Bullock at the very end of the most recent legislative session can no longer be considered a good solution ...


Gov. Bullock: Legislature could have prevented budget cuts:


Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday in Bozeman that up to $227 million in budget cuts facing state colleges, public health and other services over the next two years could have been prevented by the 2017 Legislature. By ...


Montana Legislature fails to protect taxpayers, clean water:


Montana's landscape tells its story. From our treasured state and national parks to old mining camps, Montana has a rich and diverse history. For decades, miners and loggers put their blood, sweat and ...


"Good ideas" come from town halls, Tester says; Daines remains absent:


In a time when technology allows Montana's congressional delegation to host tele-town halls or live chats on Facebook, it's not uncommon for elected officials to get feedback from afar in an effort to ...


Montanans must ensure legislators are held liable for ethical lapses - Missoulian Editorial:


Too many of Montana's lawmakers are also routine law-breakers. And too few recognize that as the glaring problem it is. Publicly elected state legislators are ignoring ethics laws and the legal system ...


During panel discussion on Russian involement in election, Tester tackles dark money, Russia:


U.S. Sen. Jon Tester condemned dark money donations and Russian election interference during a panel discussion at the University of Montana Friday. The panel discussion was focused on outside influences ...


Gaps in complaint process make it unclear how public can flag ethics violations by Montana legislators:


From the Ethics in the Montana Legislature http://billingsgazette.com/ethics-in-the-montana-legislature/collection_9f5ff092-1581-5cd3-9450-861d63eb6aae.html series In 1993, Montana legislators created ...


The Montana Legislature is rife with conflicts of interest -- and they're legal:


Montana's legislators voted on hundreds of bills this session that would directly benefit the businesses they run outside the state Capitol. Yet many do not see that as a problem. More than a dozen ...


Opponents of Water Bottling Plant Succeed in County Ballot Initiative:




The Montana Family Foundation wants to see your kid's bathroom pass. You should wonder why.:


As a fundamentally good and decent person, I do everything I can to protect children. For example, last weekend I went to a party and ate a whole bag of Cheetos before any other guests arrived, ...


Republican Gianforte, convicted of attacking reporter joins House, draws boos from Republicans for 'no pay' proposal:


Montana software entrepreneur Greg Gianforte was sworn in Wednesday as the state's sole U.S. House member on an afternoon that found him alternately praised as a "family man" and booed for suggesting ...


Missoulian Editorial - Gianforte needs to make a clean start, beginning now:


Greg Gianforte will be sworn in Wednesday as Montana's lone representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, pledging to "bear true faith'' to the Constitution. We appreciate the fact that, before ...


Greg Gianforte calls for civil politics four days after pleading guilty to assaulting journalist:


Montana's incoming congressman called for civility in politics on Friday, four days after his conviction for assaulting a reporter who asked him a question about health care. Gianforte spoke to The ...


Sort of Crimes, Kind of Punishments:


(Gianforte's allies included the Karl Childers of the US House of Representatives, Texas Republican Louie Gohmert who said at the time, "we didn't have a course on bodyslamming when I went to school. ...


Anatomy of an assault - Readers weigh in on Gianforte vs. the reporter:


Good luck and best wishes, Mr. Gianforte. You will need it and so will we. --Pat Williams, Missoula ... Montana, I am disappointed that we have just elected another rich man to represent us in ...


GUESS which state has the highest interest in impeaching President Trump. It's Montana. Montana?:


Montana has made the most Google searches with the words "impeach" and "Trump." These searches include "how to impeach Trump" and "impeach Trump petition." Alaska and Idaho are also in the top ...


Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte Calls for Civility After Being Convicted of Assault - Audio - Argues against mugshot or fingerprints for assault charge:


Montana's incoming congressman called for civility in politics on Friday, four days after his conviction for assaulting a reporter who asked him a question about health care. Gianforte spoke to The ...


The Gianforte Effect:


"Notwithstanding anyone's statements to the contrary, you did not initiate any physical contact with me, and I had no right to assault you. I am sorry for what I did and the unwanted notoriety this has ...


Do you really want an anti-media GOP controlling your news? :


On Monday, congressman-elect Greg Gianforte pleaded guilty to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service. On May 24, the night before the election, ...


Greg Gianforte - The Montana Congressman Who Just Pleaded Guilty To Assault Is Dividing The Montana Tech Community:


Not everyone in Bozeman is turned off by Greg Gianforte's guilty plea in his assault on Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs-but others fear his behavior will hurt recruiting efforts in the Western tech hub. ...


USA Today - Montana Republican Greg Gianforte apologizes for assaulting Guardian reporter - Stevens Institute of Technology's Plan to Honor Greg Gianforte Stirs Outrage :


Montana Republican Greg Gianforte formally apologized to The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for body slamming the journalist on the eve of Gianforte's election to the U.S. House of Representatives. The ...


Republican leaders say no to special legislative session:


Republican leaders responded with a wait-and-see attitude Tuesday to moderate members of their party who had hinted at convening a special legislative session to discuss funding for infrastructure projects. Republican ...

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