Montana Politics

Montana Gov. Bullock visits Iowa

Bullock in Iowa<p>Gov. Steve Bullock in Iowa<p>Gov. Bullock in Iowa<p>Bullock, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh<p>Gov. Steve Bullock …


Williams, Gianforte Hold 'Roundtables' On Wilderness Study Areas

The Democratic and Republican candidates for Montana’s U.S. House seat both held roundtable discussions about Wilderness Study Areas yesterday. …


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock tells Iowa State Fair crowd money is corrupting government

CLOSE<p>Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, speaks at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.<p>Steve Bullock, Montana’s …


Bullock In Iowa: Dems Have Lost Ability To Speak To Heartland Voters

Governor Steve Bullock made an appearance at the Iowa State Fair Thursday. He gave a speech at the Des Moines Register’s “Political Soapbox” event. …


Montana Supreme Court rejects industry group's request for initiative rewrite

A unanimous Montana Supreme Court has rejected a tobacco industry-funded group's request to rewrite the ballot statement of a citizen's initiative to …


Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster from Montana concert of burning White House

HELENA — Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they …


U.S. House candidates to focus on wilderness study areas

The fate of 700,000 Montana acres set aside 30 years ago for wilderness study takes center stage in Montana’s U.S. House race this week.<p>U.S. Rep. …


Montana Green Party files federal complaint challenging state ballot signature rules

The Montana Green Party is challenging a state law that governs minor party ballot access.<p>In a complaint filed in federal court Monday, the party is …

Green Party

In Wyoming's gubernatorial election, oil and gas vote up for grabs

The head of one of Casper’s most well-known oil and gas firms strongly endorsed Sam Galeotos for governor in a recent letter to the editor published …

Oil & Gas Industry

Montana senators say defense bill to benefit area

CLOSE<p>President Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for Sen. John McCain after delivering remarks that failed to mention the …


Third top FBI official ousted in political fight over Clinton and Russia probes

<i>This story will be updated.</i><p>The FBI has fired a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation after he sent …

Donald Trump

Little-known Democratic 2020 hopefuls make early Iowa visits

CLOSE<p>It was 105 degrees on Friday, so obviously we took to the roof and melted some things.<p>DES MOINES, Iowa — John Delaney wasn't slowed by a crush …


New Farm Bill concerns

The Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill, with a vote of 86 to 11, that provides access to food for those in need, assistance to producers …


This week's letters to the editor: Berating Tester, political extremism, Pence visit

The Billings Gazette publishes letters from readers in the Opinion section. Here are this week's letters.To submit a letter to the editor, go here.


Is governor dipping toe in presidential waters?

CLOSE<p>Why Iowa's caucuses matter to the presidential nominating process.<p><i>From the dome to your home. Ramblings, mutterings, keen observations and</i> …


2 companies to raise Montana insurance rates in 2019

HELENA — Montana Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale says he's finalized next year's rates for companies that sell health insurance policies …


Vote to have voice in governance

In the United States, nearly every aspect of our lives is impacted by voting, voter participation and elected officials' actions. The accessibility …


In Polson, Senate Hopeful Matt Rosendale Targets Tester, Embraces Trump

Republican Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale is campaigning in western Montana this week. His message is a mix of touting his conservative voting record …


Rosendale touts tax reform, says Trump needs more Republicans in US Senate

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale toured a small business in Missoula on Thursday to tout the benefits of the federal tax reform bill passed by …


'Dark Money' documentary on Montana campaign finance laws opens in Helena

Award-winning filmmaker and Helena native Kimberly Reed will introduce her documentary on dark money in politics at the Myrna Loy on Friday.<p>“Dark …

Campaign Finance

Ballot selfies at polling places are legal in Montana

Montana's commissioner of political practices says state law allows voters to take "ballot selfies" in polling places on Election Day.


Whose dark money?

On Aug. 1, the Ravalli County commissioners signed a letter to Attorney General Tim Fox calling for an investigation into seven Montana conservation …


Bullock adds New Hampshire trip as he considers national run

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has added New Hampshire to his schedule of trips to early-voting states this month as he explores a possible 2020 …

New Hampshire

Judge holds former Hill County attorney in contempt of court

HAVRE — A north-central Montana judge fined the former Hill County attorney $1,500 and ordered six days of house arrest for contempt of court.

Contempt of Court

Policy prohibiting Montana lawmakers from harassing, discriminating against each other advances

A Montana legislative panel on Monday advanced a policy prohibiting lawmakers from harassing or discriminating against each other and others …


Could the “blue wave” touch bright red Wyoming?

There are many reasons for Democrats to be optimistic heading into the November elections. Midterms are usually difficult for the party that controls …


Montana creek protected as wild and scenic river

BOZEMAN — President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that protects Montana's East Rosebud Creek as a wild and scenic river.<p>The designation for …


Montana GOP didn't accurately report campaign help, Democrats say

The Montana Democratic Party is alleging in a political practices compliant the Montana Republican Party has committed "hundreds if not thousands" of …


Montana candidates for US Congress to debate in fall

MISSOULA — Montana Republican and Democratic candidates for seats in the U.S. House and Senate have agreed to participate in debates this …


Pence's campaign visit for Rosendale cost Billings-area taxpayers about $35K

Billings-area law enforcement spent around $34,000 on security for Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Billings in late July.The Billings Police …

Mike Pence