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Mark Wandering Medicine lives in the village of Birney, located just south of Montana’s sprawling Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. His hometown of 108 souls is surrounded by working cattle ranches, sagebrush-covered hillsides and the occasional marker commemorating battles in America’s Indian Wars. It’s a 20-mile drive from Wandering Medicine’s home to Lame Deer, the nearest […]


Death of Tester sportsmen’s bill raises worries of fiscal cliff

Sen. Jon Tester, D.-Mont., called his reelection a victory for moderate problem-solving, but the collapse of his Sportsmen’s Act just weeks after the election casts doubts over whether the lame duck session of Congress can be any more productive than the intensely partisan pre-election one.


Welch abandons recount effort; Juneau wins education post

Republican Sandy Welch announced Tuesday that she was dropping her effort to recount the votes in the closely fought Superintendent of Public Instruction race, saying she lacked the $115,000 necessary to pay for the recount. A Flathead County judge last Friday has ordered a statewide recount of the Nov. 6 vote that gave Democrat Denise […]


Jobs, state’s rights top next attorney general’s list of priorities

Attorney General-elect Tim Fox says he’ll work to make good on campaign promises to improve Montana’s sexual offender registry and protect the state from what he sees as an overreaching federal government. Student reporter Erik C. Anderson explored those issues and more in an interview with the Helena Republican last week.


Big money in Montana: What are the odds for campaign finance reform?

For the second time in a century, Montanans have registered their concern about the impact of Big Money in politics. So where do we go from here? On Nov. 6 three of every four Montana voters backed a ballot measure protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. That ruling effectively eliminated restrictions on corporate […]


Session 2013: House leaders see business, pensions, education as top issues

Though Democrats picked up a few seats in the election, Republicans still control the state’s House of Representatives. Reporter Jonathon Ambarian talked to freshly elected House Speaker Mark Blasdel and Minority Leader Chuck Hunter about their priorities for the upcoming session.


Session 2013: Senate leaders focus on the economy

Building Montana’s economy  tops the list of issues facing the next Legislature, whose members have already begun to prepare for the session’s start on Jan. 7. Reporter Keele Smith talked to newly elected leaders of the state Senate this week and filed this report.


Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and State Auditor Monica Lindeen, both Democrats, won re-election today, while Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau remain locked in a tight race for another four-year term McCulloch won with 52 percent of the vote, while her Republican opponent, Brad Johnson, had 45 percent. The campaign was a rematch of […]


Voters Give Fox an Edge in Race for Attorney General

Republican Tim Fox will be the Treasure State’s next attorney general, according to the Associated Press. As of mid-morning, Fox was leading Democrat Pam Bucy by a vote of  53 percent to 47 percent.  Fox’s lead held up through much of night. This was 55-year-old Fox’s second run for the job. He lost four years […]


Democrat Steve Bullock Wins Close Montana Governor’s Race

Attorney General Steve Bullock won a narrow victory in the Montana governor’s race Wednesday, maintaining a slender 8,300-vote lead with 94 percent of the precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.