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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 ...


Greg Gianforte would not have supported American Health Care Act, spokesman says:


The American Health Care Act, approved by the U.S. House at the start of this month, would result in the loss of health insurance coverage for tens of thousands of Montanans, according to a report recently ...


After Montana incident, fears of violence against reporters grow:


Republican Greg Gianforte is headed to Washington D.C as Montana's next congressman after being charged with misdemeanor assault for reportedly body-slamming a reporter for a British newspaper. CBS ...


Billings Gazette opinion: Representative or not, it's still a matter of trust:


The only thing that changed Thursday night was that Greg Gianforte went from candidate to Congress. Not like that's a small feat, especially given the events of this past week, which included the soon-to-be ...


When push comes to shove :




The Lesser Part of Valor:




Gianforte may face extra scrutiny in D.C. after assault:




Most Montanans had voted before Gianforte incident with reporter:


The majority of Gallatin County voters did not agree with the rest of the state's decision Thursday to elect Republican candidate Greg Gianforte to the lone congressional seat, according to election results ...


Washington Post Opinion - Gianforte's behavior was inexcusable. The House should not tolerate it.:


"GIANFORTE GRABBED Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him." That was Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna's account of how Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted Guardian ...

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