Helena Independent Record - Politics

Missoula lawmaker Kimberly Dudik announces run for attorney general

Democratic state Rep. Kimberly Dudik of Missoula has announced her candidacy for attorney general in 2020. Read more

A look at Ryan Zinke's term as Interior secretary

Ryan Zinke was sworn in as Secretary of the Interior on March 1, 2017. He is resigning the post at the end of this year. Read more

Interior Secretary Zinke resigning, citing 'vicious' attacks; reactions mixed in Montana

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Read more

Zinke to step down amid ethics probe; Trump to name replacement next week

Secretary of The Interior Ryan Zinke, who became the first Montanan ever to hold a Cabinet-level position, will be leaving the post by year's end. Read more

Lawmakers to Trump: recommit to Keystone XL

Lawmakers from Keystone XL Pipeline states asked President Donald Trump on Friday to double down getting the court-stalled Canadian project to construction. Read more

Tester rebuke of IRS 'dark money' rule passes Senate

U.S. Sen Jon Tester wrangled just enough votes Wednesday to get Senate approval for his bill to turn back a new Internal Revenue Service practice allowing nonprofits to keep the names of major donors off their books. Read more

Here's how debate over a conservation easement ended up before the Montana Supreme Court

The Montana Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling Tuesday that the Montana State Board of Land Commissioners does not hold authority over state conservation easements capped months of legal and political wrangling. Read more

Montana Supreme Court: Tax credit that benefited religious schools is unconstitutional

Montana's high court on Wednesday struck down the state's tax credit for school scholarships because it primarily benefited religious schools, running afoul of Montana's Constitution. Read more

Audit finds minor issues with Montana's public defender division

An audit of Montana's newly reorganized Office of the State Public Defender has found a couple of issues, but the agency head says steps have been taken to remedy the problems. Read more

Montana delegation backs $867B farm bill that preserves most of 2014 version

It took less than 24 hours for the Senate to sign off on a $867 billion farm bill that hadn’t been made public until late Monday. Read more

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