Linda McCulloch http://mtpr.org en Supporters of Medicaid expansion initiative can begin gathering signatures http://mtpr.org/post/supporters-medicaid-expansion-initiative-can-begin-gathering-signatures <p>Supporters of an initiative looking to expand Medicaid in the state can now begin gathering signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.</p><p>The Attorney General’s Office approved the Healthy Montana Plan this week after finding problems with earlier versions of the initiative.</p><p>Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says opponents still believe the measure violates the state constitution.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:38:14 +0000 Dan Boyce 15218 at http://mtpr.org The 2014 election officially begins http://mtpr.org/post/2014-election-officially-begins <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>UPDATE 5:30 PM</strong></span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Secretary of State's Office has reported a total of 139 Montana candidates filed to run during the first day they could officially do so.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican legislative candidates at a news event Thursday afternoon said Montana voters are tired of what they call failed liberal policies both in the state and in Washington D.C.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:06:43 +0000 Dan Boyce 13450 at http://mtpr.org The 2014 election officially begins More candidates announcing House bids well ahead of filing day http://mtpr.org/post/more-candidates-announcing-house-bids-well-ahead-filing-day <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The already-crowded field of candidates vying for Montana’s U.S. House seat continues to grow.</span></p><p>Current Republican Representative Steve Daines announced earlier this month he will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Max Baucus in 2014.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 01:26:37 +0000 Dan Boyce 11602 at http://mtpr.org More candidates announcing House bids well ahead of filing day Time running out for lawmakers to override Bullock vetoes http://mtpr.org/post/time-running-out-lawmakers-override-bullock-vetoes <p></p><p>Montana lawmaker have until Monday to cast their votes on whether to override certain vetoes from Governor Steve Bullock.</p><p>Bullock vetoed the second highest number of bills in Montana history this year--a total of 71 bills.</p><p>Two dozen of those bills were passed by a 2/3rds&nbsp; majority of the legislature, and thus meet the criteria for a potential veto override. The Secretary of State's office sends out polls on those bills, and if 2/3rds&nbsp;of both the House and Senate vote for them again the veto is overturned.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:40:36 +0000 Dan Boyce 3178 at http://mtpr.org Time running out for lawmakers to override Bullock vetoes