Chief political reporter for MT Television Network, based in Helena, covering politics, campaigns, health care, energy ... and plenty more.

Southwestern Montana’s PSC district has unusual three-way race - | Helena, Montana — In the race for southwestern Montana's Public Service Commission seat, voters face an unusual political menu: A real three-way race, with a Democrat, Republican and Independent all actively campaigning. PSC District 3 incumbent Republican Commissioner Roger Koopman of Bozeman is running for another four-year term, and has two challengers in Democrat Pat Noonan of Butte and Independent Caron Cooper of Livingston.

Bullock's Main Street Montana project: `Feel-good’ talk-fest - o - | Helena, Montana — In the race for governor, Republican challenger and software entrepreneur Greg Gianforte says he'll bring a culture of "customer service" to state government that can help business thrive in Montana. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, however, has his own business-friendly plan that his administration has been working for more than two years: the Main Street Montana Project.

MT’s top two GOP candidates still backing Trump for president - | Helena, Montana — Montana's two top Republican candidates in this election are denouncing the vulgar comments that presidential nominee Donald Trump made about women - but they're not withdrawing their support of his candidacy. U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., who's running for re-election, and Greg Gianforte, who's challenging Democratic Gov.

Big losses, rate restrictions led to New West demise - | Helena, Montana — New West Health Services, one of the only remaining Montana-based health insurers, is closing its doors because it has suffered "significant losses" and didn't see those prospects changing in the future, a board member said Monday.

Will Congress do anything to combat rising health-care costs? - | Helena, Montana — In the wake of big spikes for health coverage and some prescription drugs, MTN asked Montana's congressional delegation how or if federal lawmakers plan to tackle the issue. The delegation's two Republican members - Rep. Ryan Zinke and Sen. Steve Daines - said the starting point should repealing the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."

Conservative group targeting GOP legislators who won’t sign anti-Medicaid-expansion pledge — A conservative group is targeting Republican state legislators who won't sign a pledge to oppose Medicaid expansion in Montana, holding events this week in the lawmakers' districts to publicize the no-pledge stance.

Gianforte dumps another $500K into his gov campaign; DGA another - | Great Falls, Montana — Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte dumped another $550,000 of personal funds into his campaign in July, raising his total to more than $1 million. And, in a related development, the Democratic Governors Association transferred $750,000 to its Montana-affiliated group last month, amping up the money in Montana's already expensive governor's race.

MEA - MFT — Jan. 5, 2011 Worried yet? Read below . . . and know that the Republican majority seems poised to cut the governor's proposed budget by maybe as much as $500 million! $78 million in elementary and secondary education! $38 million in higher education! As for the state employee pay plan .

MEA - MFT — April 13 - The legislative majority continues to play shell games with the budget. Here's where things stand today: The state's budget, HB 2, failed to be passed on the House floor last week by a vote of 0-100 with some opposing the bill because it didn't fund the essential services, education, and health care that our communities need.

Montana firearms expert: Remington settlement should fix Model 6 - | Helena, Montana — If you own a Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifle, the company may soon offer to pay for replacing its trigger mechanism, as part of a court settlement on a lawsuit alleging the mechanism is defective. But if you own a Remington Model 600 rifle - which likely has the same trigger mechanism - no such offer is being proposed.
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