Montana Public Media

Your resource for Montana political news

Montana Public Media is a collaboration between MontanaPBS, Montana Public Radio,
Yellowstone Public Radio, and The University of Montana School of Journalism

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Taking stock: assessing the 2013 Legislature

Here’s an issue by issue look back at the 2013 Legislature.


Lobbying Montana: decoding the murky seas of political sway

For four months every two years Bob Gilbert can be found at his “office” – a bench along a congested hallway outside of Montana’s senate chamber. Gilbert, a lobbyist who represents businesses and interest from the eastern part of the state, has been there for 18 years, giving him far more legislative experience than the senators who are headed onto the senate floor.


Citizen legislators head back to normal lives

With the 63rd session of the state legislature at an end, the 150 state senators and representatives leave the capital to return to the real world.


Session ends with bangs and whimpers

Gavels fell on Montana’s 63rd Legislature Wednesday, three days ahead of schedule, and the post mortems are starting to trickle in.


The Baucus decision, reaction and likely candidates

The halls of Montana’s statehouse filled with chatter Tuesday about U.S. Sen. Max Baucus’ announcement that he will not seek re-election.


Taxes, budgets and family law mediation

Budget negotiations, taxes, pensions and family law mediation in today’s Daily Digest.


Final haggling, Medicaid and the start of the 2014 campaign

The final week of the session, the state budget, health care and same-day voter registration In today’s Daily Digest.


Legislature scrambling to cut final deals on spending, taxes

Here’s a look back at what lawmakers did during week 15 at the Capitol.


Legislators refer big changes in elections to Montana voters

Come 2014, it’s up to voters to decide the fate of Montana’s primary election system and late voter registration date.


LGBT victory, budget passes and raw milk dies (again)

In today’s Daily Digest, the Capitlol celebrates a LGBT victory, budget breezes through the House, and the raw milk bill is spoiled again.