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How Montana got its new congressional map

Democrats wanted a competitive western district. Republicans wanted a simple split. The districting commission chair wanted compromise. This is how it all shook out.

Democrats wanted a competitive western district. Republicans wanted a simple split. The chair of Montana’s Districting and Apportionment wanted compromise. Here’s how that all boiled down to the state’s new U.S. House districts.

Commission chair picks likely U.S. House map

Montana’s Districting and Apportionment Commission backed the proposal on a split vote Thursday, when nonpartisan chair Maylinn Smith sided with the commission’s two Republican members.

Montana’s Districting and Apportionment Commission backed a Republican-approved congressional map on a split vote Thursday, when nonpartisan chair Maylinn Smith cast a deciding vote.

House districting negotiations snag on ‘what’s fair?’ question

Montana’s districting commission wanted to present the public with a single congressional map to ponder this week. Instead, with Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads, it’s presenting two for more feedback.

Montana’s districting commission wanted to present the public with a single congressional map to ponder this week. Instead, with Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads, it’s presenting two for more feedback.

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Nine ways to divide Montana

An effort to divide Montana into two districts for U.S. House elections over the next decade now has a set of nine finalist maps — and an unmistakable partisan divide. The maps were advanced this week by the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission, which is up against a Nov. 14 deadline for drawing the new…

The Session podcast

What we’re looking forward to in week 17 of the Montana Legislature: last-minute legislation and maneuvering.

The Session podcast

What we’re looking forward to in week 16 of the Montana Legislature: Separation of powers and the future of Colstrip.

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Clearing out a confidentiality clause

Ethics complaints are no longer confidential in Montana after Gianforte signs Missoula Rep. Brad Tschida’s ‘Bullock-Brad Battle Bill.’

The Session podcast

What we’re looking forward to in week 15 of the Montana Legislature: parental rights and competing tax bills for adult-use marijuana.

Unanimous Senate votes to override Gianforte’s first veto

Montana’s Senate voted unanimously Friday to override the first veto issued by Gov. Greg Gianforte, defending a bill that would make it easier for the Legislature to repeal administrative rules issued by state agencies.

The Session podcast

What we’re looking forward to in week 14 of the Montana Legislature: piecing together the budget puzzle.

On the governor’s behalf

Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras has long been known as a legal analyst with staunchly conservative social views. Now, she’s pulling the levers of policy in the state Capitol.

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