After a decade-long internal battle, have legislative Republicans buried the hatchet?

By John S. Adams, Montana Free Press
For the better part of the past decade, Montana Republicans have enjoyed comfortable majorities in the state Legislature. Despite those majorities (or maybe because of them), GOP caucuses in the House and Senate have spent much of the past 10 years engaged in a bitter, and oftentimes very public, intra-party feud.

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GOP budget plan hopes to “corral” Governor

Shelby prison deal could be Bullock’s “one exit”
By John S. Adams, Montana Free Press
As state lawmakers lay the groundwork for a special legislative session to tackle Montana’s $227 million budget shortfall, the proposed GOP deal for how to plug the gap is coming into focus. At the same time, two independent sources have confirmed to the Montana Free Press that Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, in “in talks” with top executives of CoreCivic, the owners of a private prison in Shelby that is at the center of the 2017 special session’s most contentious proposal.

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