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The Dude abides: “Big Lebowski” star stumps for Montana Dems

Sep. 22, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrats are rolling out “The Dude” again as they seek to burnish the party's November ticket with some star power and counter GOP heavyweights such as Vice President Mike Pence. Actor Jeff Bridges, who played The Dude on the cult-classic film “The Big...

Vice President Mike Pence signs a hat for a supporter at a Republican campaign rally in Belgrade, Mont., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Tommy Martino)

Pence says reelecting Sen. Daines key to Trump agenda

Sep. 15, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence promised new tax cuts and continued crackdowns on the violent protests occurring elsewhere in the U.S. as he urged Montana voters on Monday to expand Republicans' growing dominance in the state. Appearing before several hundred supporters at an outdoor venue...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William

Public lands chief hangs on despite nomination getting nixed

Aug. 19, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former oil industry attorney will continue calling the shots for a government agency that oversees nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West, despite the White House saying over the weekend that President Donald Trump would withdraw the nomination of William Perry...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2019, file photo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director William

Public lands chief hangs on despite nomination getting nixed

Aug. 18, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former oil industry attorney will continue calling the shots for a government agency that oversees nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West, despite the White House saying over the weekend that President Donald Trump would withdraw the nomination of William Perry...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's top election official said Friday, Aug. 14, that the administration had to take action after receiving a blunt warning from the U.S. Postal Service that it may be unable to deliver some mail-in ballots in the November presidential election by the deadline in state law. That warning precipitated Thursday night's filing in the state Supreme Court asking for an order to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received in the Nov. 3 election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Post Office warns states across US about mail voting

Aug. 15, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's top election official said Friday, Aug. 14, that the administration had to take action after receiving a blunt warning from the U.S. Postal Service that it may be unable to deliver some mail-in ballots in the November presidential election by the deadline in state law. That warning precipitated Thursday night's filing in the state Supreme Court asking for an order to extend the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received in the Nov. 3 election when Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Postal Service warns states across US about mail voting

Aug. 14, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is warning states coast to coast that it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, raising the possibility that millions of voters could be disenfranchised. Voters and...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. The success of the 2020 presidential election could come down to a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Lawmakers: Postal changes delay mail-order medicine for vets

Aug. 14, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Policy changes that slow delivery at the U.S. Postal Service are taking a toll on military veterans, who are reporting much longer wait times to receive mail-order prescription drugs, according to Democratic senators. In a letter Friday, the 31 senators take aim at new Postmaster General...

Bullock staffer fired after offensive tweets surface

Jul. 30, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An aide to Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's senate campaign was fired Thursday after a history of racist, sexist and homophobic tweets surfaced. Evan McCullers, who joined the Bullock campaign in June as deputy press secretary, sent a series of offensive tweets between 2012 and...

A sign marks the location of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Vermont Service Center on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in St. Albans, Vt. USCIS has warned that if it doesn't receive more than a billion dollars in funding by Aug. 3 it will be forced to furlough about two-thirds of its workforce of nearly 19,000 people nationally. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Vermont city hit hard by news of immigration furloughs

Jul. 26, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Word has spread swiftly around the small working-class city of St. Albans about looming furloughs at its U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services center, the largest employer in the city that just went through layoffs at its hospital. USCIS has warned that if it doesn’t...