Politics

REAL ID
2:26 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Federal REAL ID Deadlines "Like A House Of Cards"?

Credit MT DoJ

The Department of Homeland Security has granted Montana an extension to comply with stringent federal driver's license rules under the REAL ID Act.

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Jon Tester
1:15 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Senator Jon Tester on the VA, Iraq and Brian Schweitzer

Sen. Jon Tester and Edward O'Brien

Senator Jon Tester continues his statewide listening tour to hear from Montana veterans about how to improve care at the Veterans Administration.

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Medicaid expansion
10:36 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Healthy Montana Initiative won't appear on ballot

Credit Healthy Montana Initiative

Organizers of the Healthy Montana Initiative - an effort to expand Medicaid to 70-thousand Montanans - conceded defeat today, but vow to continue to support the issue.

Healthy Montana Initiative president, Kim Abbott, says I-170 will not qualify for the November ballot.

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MT GOP platform convention
1:56 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Montana GOP chair optimistic about weekend convention

Will Deschamps
Credit Montana GOP

The chairman of the Montana Republican Party predicts the state GOP will emerge more united from its  platform convention this weekend. 

Will Deschamps says over 300 Montana Republicans are expected at this weekend's bi-annual convention in Billings.
    Conservative and more moderate Republicans on both the statewide and national levels are debating the best course for the party's future. Deschamps suspects that conversation will also be had in Billings this weekend.

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American Tradition Partnership
2:39 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000

American Tradition Partnership, one of the primary “dark money” groups operating in Montana the past few elections, has been fined more than $260,000 for illegal campaign activity. This even as the group may be quietly dissolving.

“Here, we have what appears to be a deliberate attempt to evade Montana’s campaign and reporting requirements,” District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock wrote in his Monday ruling.

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2014 Senate Race
2:51 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Former Republican Lt. Gov. files for Senate as Democrat

Former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger poses for a picture in his Helena home Thursday.
Credit Dan Boyce

Former Republican Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger said Thursday he would be the Democratic candidate most able to defeat Congressman Steve Daines in the 2014 Senate Race.

The 77 year-old Bohlinger announced his Senate bid during a Tuesday dinner party held by the Lewis and Clark County Democratic Central Committee, but it was largely overshadowed by Daines announcing his Senate ambitions during a high-profile gathering in Bozeman on Wednesday.

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2014 Senate Race
3:03 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Daines officially announces Senate bid

Congressman Steve Daines pauses during his announcement that he will jump into Montana's 2014 U.S. Senate Race.
Credit Dan Boyce

Congressman Steve Daines officially announced his intentions Wednesday to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Max Baucus in 2014.

"Montanans fundamentally understand that our federal government is too big, it is too powerful, it spends too much and it interferes too often with our daily lives," Daines told the crowd of a couple hundred supporters at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.

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Government Shutdown
5:07 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Tea Party groups slam Daines for vote to end shutdown

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
Credit File Photo

  The end of the federal government shutdown this week exposes a growing rift in the Republican Party—a rift between moderates and Tea Party Republicans.

Passage of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act boosted the Tea Party movement three years ago and the momentum put the GOP back in charge of the House of Representatives. Republicans have since tried multiple tactics to delay or defund Obamacare—culminating in the government shutdown early this month.

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Government Shutdown
4:02 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Why Daines says he broke with House GOP majority to end the shutdown

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)

Congressman Steve Daines was one of eighty-seven House Republicans to vote for legislation ending the partial federal government shutdown and raising the country’s debt ceiling.

Many more Republicans voted against ending the shutdown—one hundred forty four of them.

Daines previously voted for measures to defund the Affordable Care Act, which eventually prompted Washington’s most recent gridlock.

He defends republican actions through the standoff—saying it was a result of Democrats refusing to negotiate.

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Campaign Finance
9:28 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws

Montana’s commissioner of political practices is ruling the conservative dark money group American Tradition Partnership illegally coordinated election activities with a former state legislator.

Commissioner Jonathan Motl said Wednesday ATP distributed campaign mailers in coordination with former Billings Republican Representative Dan Kennedy. It’s the second blow to ATP this week, after a federal judge threw out a lawsuit from ATP associates.

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