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Democratic Governors Association-funded TV spot goes after Gianf — For the second time in two weeks, an outside group is airing an attack ad in Montana's gubernatorial race - this time, targeting Republican candidate Greg Gianforte. Good Jobs Montana, a political action committee funded by the Democratic Governors Association, spent an estimated $200,000 for the statewide buy that began airing on TV stations Thursday.

Public Service Commissioner Bushman faces re-election opposition — Republican Public Service Commissioner Kirk Bushman of Billings has no Democratic opponent for re-election this year - but three of his fellow GOP commissioners want him un-elected. These three fellow Republicans - commissioners Brad Johnson, Travis Kavulla and Roger Koopman - are supporting Bushman's opponent in the Republican primary for PSC District 2, Tony O'Donnell.

Senate hopeful Edmunds finds a bag of cash — HELENA - Long-shot Republican U.S. Senate candidate Champ Edmunds hasn't raised much campaign cash so far, but on Sunday, he found $12,000 cash in an abandoned backpack, outside his Missoula church. "That's what I thought it was: Somebody left some money for my campaign," Edmunds said with a laugh on Monday.

A look at Steve Daines and RightNow Technologies — BOZEMAN -- At age 36, Steve Daines was working at his father's construction firm in Bozeman when he got involved with a small but growing company, which had developed new customer-service software for the Internet. The company, RightNow Technologies, had outgrown its office space in Daines' hometown and wanted a new home to house its expanding workforce.

One-third of Daines’ campaign money from Montanans — HELENA - Only one-third of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines' $5 million in campaign money has come from Montanans - yet that percentage is more than usual for a key Senate race, political observers say. In competitive U.S.

Republican Bozeman legislator offers plan to expand Medicaid — HELENA - A leading Republican lawmaker Tuesday unveiled his proposal to revamp and expand Medicaid coverage for the poor in Montana - but said it wouldn't accept additional federal dollars offered to the states under "Obamacare."

Federal judge, GOP lawyer have lively exchanges over open-primar - | Helena, Montana — In a hearing on a lawsuit to restrict Republican primary elections to party members only in Montana, a federal judge Thursday questioned whether non-Republican voters are actively crossing over to vote in and influence GOP legislative primaries here. "So, voters are going to give up their right to vote for the president, the U.S.

Medicaid expansion sign-ups surging past expectations - | Helena, Montana — The number of low-income Montanans signing up for expanded Medicaid health coverage is surging past initial predictions, a legislative report shows. The report says as of this month, 36,320 people have signed up for the new government-funded coverage - already more than the Bullock administration estimated would sign up through mid-2017.

Gov. Bullock hears plenty from the public - and answers them, to - | Helena, Montana — If Gov. Steve Bullock wants a taste of what's on the public mind, he doesn't have to go far - or even leave his office. Every day, dozens of Montanans contact the governor, by phone, email and letter, on issues as diverse as bison, convicted murderer Barry Beach, Syrian refugees, carbon regulations or "the homosexual agenda."

Motl further outlines campaign-finance case against GOP Rep. Wit - | Helena, Montana — Montana's top political cop, relying on a trove of emails and other documents, is alleging a clandestine group of political consultants and front groups broke state campaign laws when they helped conservative, Republican legislative candidates in 2010.
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