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Montana court overrules attorney general on easements

Dec. 11, 2018 6:42 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled Attorney General Tim Fox's legal opinion that the governor can't unilaterally approve large conservation easements and they must instead be authorized by the state Land Board. Six of the seven justices on the state's high court signed the...

Democratic 2020 campaign revving up quickly

Dec. 7, 2018 12:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year's end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full...

Montana Supreme Court hears land authority dispute arguments

Dec. 6, 2018 9:38 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys presented arguments Wednesday before the Montana Supreme Court over whether the Democratic governor has the authority to unilaterally approve conservation easements. The Independent Record reports Gov. Steve Bullock had petitioned the state's highest court, challenging...

Tester's staff walks back comments on Bullock plan

Dec. 5, 2018 2:10 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's staff on Wednesday walked back comments made by the Montana Democrat that appeared to confirm Gov. Steve Bullock plans to run for U.S. Senate. Tester chief of staff Aaron Murphy said Tester thought the question that prompted his comments was about Bullock's 2020...

Billionaires eyeing White House visit early primary states

Dec. 4, 2018 9:19 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Iowa on Tuesday that he would do everything he can to make climate change the defining issue of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating campaign, despite resistance in regions of the country that his party would likely need to...

Report estimates new costs of Medicaid expansion in Montana

Dec. 3, 2018 4:32 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana would have to shell out an extra $59 million over two years to keep its Medicaid expansion program running, but the state is expected to collect enough revenue to more than cover the additional costs, legislative analysts said Monday. Legislative Fiscal Division staff members...

Governor orders flags at half-staff in honor of George Bush

Dec. 1, 2018 3:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff throughout December in honor of former President George H.W. Bush. Bush died late Friday at age 94, less than a year after the passing of his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush. The Democratic governor...

Inspiration vs. pragmatism: Democrats face tough 2020 choice

Nov. 30, 2018 7:14 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats beginning to think about the type of person they'd like to see take on President Donald Trump face an early conundrum: whether a pragmatist has a better chance to take the White House than someone with a more inspirational personal story. This heart-versus-head balancing...

$5.6M to help Montana women with behavioral health care

Nov. 20, 2018 2:14 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — State health officials say more than $5 million will be put into a five-year project to help pregnant women who are experiencing mental health challenges and substance use disorders. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Healthcare Foundation announced the mix of federal and...

Montana lawmakers plan for modest state revenue growth

Nov. 19, 2018 7:46 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers will be counting on the state's revenue growing modestly over the next three years when they write the next budget, according to a revenue estimate a legislative panel adopted Monday. The Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee voted to accept the forecast...