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Tester Announces Team of Experts Coming to VA Montana

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Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Jon Tester today announced that, at his request, VA Secretary David Shulkin will be sending a team of experts to VA Montana to review staffing shortages, improve scheduling, and address the backlog of referrals for care within or outside of the VA (called “consults”). 

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2017 Yellowstone County Municipal Election Results

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Hometown Election HQ – See the latest results of the Yellowstone County municipal election. 

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Candidates face off in the last mayoral debate

In less than a month the City of Billings will have a brand new mayor. 

People took to Facebook to ask questions as Bill Cole and Jeff Essmann talked about their initiatives in the last mayoral debate at Petro Theater at Montana State University Billings.

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Former Montana political leader pleads guilty on drug charges

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The former majority of the Montana State House has entered a guilty plea on federal drug charges. 

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Montana Congressional Delegation Releases Statements on 9/11

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Montana's congressional delegation offers their thoughts on 9/11.

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Senator Tester helps secure $2.5 million for Montana farmers, ranchers impacted by wildfire

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that approximately 30 Montana farmers and ranchers will receive $2.5 million to help rebuild after devastating wildfires ravaged eastern Montana. 

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Governor Bullock settles complaint tied to misuse of state plane

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Governor Steve Bullock is putting the investigation that he misused the state plane while campaigning for re-election behind him. 

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Billings lawyer announces run for US Congress

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Billings lawyer John Heenan will seek the Democratic nomination for Montana’s lone congressional seat. Heenan announced Monday that he hopes to challenge for Greg Gianforte's Congressional seat in 2018.

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Montana State Auditor enters Senate race

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On Monday Montana’s State Auditor Matt Rosendale announced his bid to serve the Treasure State in the United States Senate.

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Judge Fagg stepping down to open law firm

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This October, Yellowstone County Judge Russell Fagg will step down from the bench. In a statement Fagg explains that he will step down from his position as a State District Court Judge, effective October 13, 2017.

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Greg Gianforte apologizes in victory speech

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Greg Gianforte took the stage to address his supporters after claiming victory Thursday night in Montana's special election.

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Over 1,000 people attend Sanders, Quist rally Video included

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Hundreds of people lined up outside the Expo Center at MetraPark. 

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Quist, Sanders emphasize healthcare, election by the people, for the people Video included

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was in town Saturday to stump for congressional candidate Rob Quist. 

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Watch: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at rally for Greg Gianforte

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Vice President Mike Pence is in Billings Friday to join a political rally in support of congressional candidate Greg Gianforte at MetraPark.

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Bernie Sanders to rally with Rob Quist May 20-21

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Senator Bernie Sanders is coming to Montana to campaign with congressional candidate and political outsider Rob Quist on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. The tour will include free public rallies in Missoula, Butte, Billings, and Bozeman. 

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WATCH: Donald Trump Jr. addresses Billings crowd Video included

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Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's oldest son, stopped in Billings on April 21 to continue his campaign in Montana for Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte. 

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State Legislator Jeff Essmann confirms his intent to run for Billings mayor

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Friday was day two of filing for the 2017 Billings municipal election. No new names were added to the list of candidates on Friday, but we have confirmation Montana State House Representative Jeff Essmann is intending to file for mayor.

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2 candidates have filed for Billings mayoral race Video included

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Two candidates filed today for the mayoral race: Bill Cole and Randy Hafer. 

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Billings residents file for 2017 municipal election

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Billings residents already are filing for the Billings municipal election.

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Facebook Live chat Friday with SD2 about levies

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Still have questions about SD2's levies? Join us Friday for a Facebook Live chat with SD2 representatives.

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Billings government will soon see changes Video included

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Billings government will see some major changes in the upcoming year. 

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Filing for Billings municipal election opens Thursday

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If you're interested in running for a seat on the Billings City Council, you can file for office starting later this week.

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Bernie Sanders to campaign for Rob Quist in US House race

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to campaign on behalf of Rob Quist as he seeks Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House in a special election next month.

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Montana's congressional election heats up: Political heavyweights plan to make stops

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Montana's congressional election is heating up with at least one political heavyweight confirmed to hit the campaign trail in Montana

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Gov. Bullock issues amendatory veto to allow special election to be held by mail

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Governor Steve Bullock today issued an amendatory veto to House Bill 83, adding language that will allow counties to conduct the special Congressional election, scheduled for May 25, by an automatic absentee mailing.

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14 people hope to replace Zinke in Washington D.C. Video included

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Here’s a look at the people hoping to replace Ryan Zinke as Montana’s congressional representative. 

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Energy committee to vote on Zinke's confirmation Tuesday

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The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has rescheduled its confirmation vote for Montana Representative Ryan Zinke to be U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

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More than 500K Montanans voted in the 2016 General Election

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For the first time in state history, more than 500,000 Montanans voted in a General Election.

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Gov. Bullock expresses gratitude toward supporters

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Unofficial results are showing Montana’s incumbent Governor Steve Bullock has won the 2016 gubernatorial race.

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Follow our correspondents on social media #ElexHQ

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Follow our Hometown Election Headquarters correspondents in the field all night long. Follow the #ElexHQ. 

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Election Day voting opens in Billings MetraPark

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Early birds brought ballots to MetraPark as early as 7 a.m. when the Montana Pavilion opened its doors for Election Day 2016.  

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Montana 2016 ballot initiative breakdown

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Election day is upon us and while many of us are thinking about who we are voting for, there are also important initiatives to vote for as well. 

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Park County library, fire district seeks voter assistance to fill budget hole

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The Park County general election ballot will ask voters to decide on two mill levies.  

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Voters decide future of Hardin government, law enforcement, jail Video included

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When Big Horn County general election ballots go out, the future of Hardin's government, law enforcement, and jail is in the hands of voters.  KULR-8's Melinda Lee spoke with Hardin's Mayor, Jack Lane, about these ballot issues that could mean big changes for the small town. 

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Sen. Tester donates campaign contributions at center of Boston Globe report

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Tester's campaign says he was unaware that the firm was engaging in an illegal practice and as soon as he found out, he immediately donated the money to taxpayers.

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Voting booth selfies may get you in trouble Video included

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 As election day gets closer, we decided to take a look at laws about pulling out your smartphone in a voting booth. 

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MSUB 2016 Montana Poll results are in Video included

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Political Science students gathered data to predict voting outcome for this year's 2016 Governor and Presidential races.

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Rep. Ryan Zinke confirms House Speaker Paul Ryan will make a stop in Billings

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UPDATE: Congressman Ryan Zinke's campaign office has released more information about this weekend's visit by House Speaker Paul Ryan to Billings.

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Justin Timberlake may say "Bye, Bye, Bye" to freedom

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Justin Timberlake flew from California to Tennessee in order to vote early, and state officials say that's great - but he shouldn't have taken a selfie at the ballot box.

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The Latest: Trump wants term limits for House, Senate

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Donald Trump says he wants congressional term limits of six years for House members and 12 years for the Senate.

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Get to know Senate District 25 candidates Video included

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Absentee ballots were mailed Friday. You should be getting them in your mailboxes early next week. That said, there is a political oddity occurring in Montana.

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Are negative campaign ads effective? Video included

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Are you tired of seeing negative campaign ads? We know how overwhelming they can sometimes be but are they effective? 

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Important reminders ahead of Election Day Video included

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Absentee ballots will be sent out across our state this Friday. The Montana Secretary of State's office tells us late voter registration started Wednesday.

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Zinke offers condolences to Tester's family following family tragedy

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Congressman Ryan Zinke offers his condolences to U.S. Senator Jon Tester and his family following news the Senator's nephew was reportedly murdered at home.

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GOP chairman asks court to remove candidate from ballot

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The chairman of the Montana Republican Party is asking the state Supreme Court to remove a Libertarian candidate for secretary of state from November's election ballot.

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Watch: 2016 Montana Congressional Debate in Billings Video included

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Incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke and challenger, current State Superindendent of Public Instruction, Democrat Denise Juneau will face off against each other Thursday for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.

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Gov. Bullock addresses state emails on private account, transparency in gubernatorial campaign

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Governor Bullock was joins Wake Up Montana to discuss campaign related issues...

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Governor Bullock announces $200 million infrastructure funding plan

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Governor Steve Bullock was in town Thursday, announcing the launch of his infrastructure funding plan.

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Gianforte puts over $200K towards his own campaign

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Republican candidate Greg Gianforte said again on Monday, his campaign will not accept a dime of special interest money.

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Congressman Zinke endorses presidential candidate Donald Trump Video included

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Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke endorses presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump ahead of Trump's visit to the Treasure State.

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Another presidential hopeful may visit the Treasure State

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may make a stop in the Magic City later this month. U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke's communication director says the Trump Team is working on a possible visit to Billings by the presidential candidate on May 26th. According the the Independent Record the Trump Campaign is expected to have more to say about the visit on Monday. More>>

Governor Bullock brings Jeff Bridges to Missoula for re-election campaign

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Governor Bullock is using the event to raise money for his election campaign, and his friend Jeff Bridges is here to help him out.

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Ted Cruz drops Presidential bid

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 A senior adviser to Ted Cruz says he has ended his campaign for president, putting Donald Trump on a glide path to claim the Republican Party's nomination.

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What did Super Tuesday 4.0 mean for Trump & Clinton?

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Two candidates appear to be pulling ahead in the race to the White House. KULR-8 Political Analyst, Lee Banville, explains what Super Tuesday 4.0 means for the frontrunners.

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Governor responds to Gianforte's challenge during Billings City College visit

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Governor Steve Bullock stopped in Billings as a part of a statewide look at workforce development and training.  

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