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Tim Fox

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton. File photo.
Montana Secretary of State.

Current Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton plans to run for governor in 2020.

Stapleton says he’s the right person for the job once Governor Steve Bullock terms out of the office in 2020.

Rep. Kim Dudik, D - Missoula
Mike Albans

Missoula attorney and Democratic State Representative Kimberly Dudik says she’s running to be Montana’s attorney general in 2020.

Current Republican Attorney General Tim Fox can’t run again because of term limits. Dudik is the first candidate to announce a bid to replace him.

Montana Court Overrules Attorney General On Easements

Dec 11, 2018
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
Courtesy Montana DOJ

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled Attorney General Tim Fox's legal opinion that the governor can't unilaterally approve large conservation easements and they must instead be authorized by the state Land Board.

Six of the seven justices on the state's high court signed the order siding with Gov. Steve Bullock, who argued that he doesn't need the Land Board's approval because conservation easements aren't land acquisitions. Justice Laurie McKinnon is the only justice who didn't sign.

Zinke Says He Won't Run For Montana Governor In 2020

Nov 9, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he won't run for Montana governor in 2020.

Zinke told KBUL-AM Friday that he's not going to enter the race. He says there are exciting candidates who will be running and that he plans to continue his job at the Interior Department. 

Locked-out Imerys America employees at the talc mill in Three Forks, MT. August 24, 2018.
Montana AFL-CIO

A nearly three-month-long lockout involving 35 workers at a Three Forks-area talc milling plant is over. The union employees of the French-owned Imerys Talc America will be back on the job Monday.

The talc-mill lockout may be over, but according to Randy Tocci, divisions in Three Forks continue and run deep. 

Montana Secretary Of State Fires Back At AG

Oct 26, 2018
Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton. File photo.
Montana Secretary of State.

HELENA, Mont. (AP)

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is firing back at Attorney General Tim Fox for saying Stapleton needlessly hired a Republican political consultant's wife to represent him instead of using lawyers from the attorney general's office.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
Montana Secretary of State's Office

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton faced criticism this week for awarding a $265,000 contract to a political ally. The Associated Press reported that Stapleton paid longtime political ally Jake Eaton $265,000 for a rush printing job to fix mistakes in the Montana state voter information pamphlet.

Now, MTPR has learned that Stapleton has other financial ties to Eaton, and has also hired Eaton's wife to defend the Secretary of State’s office in court.

Judge: Missoula Can Require Checks On Private Gun Sales

Oct 11, 2018
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
Eric Whitney

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge says the city of Missoula has the right to impose background checks on private gun sales within the city.

District Judge Robert Deschamps' ruling Thursday comes two years after the city council passed a first-in-the-state ordinance requiring background checks for gun purchases from private, unlicensed sellers.

Nicky Ouellet

If you lived in the Flathead Valley and wanted or needed to abort a pregnancy in the past four years, the closest clinic was more than 100 miles away in Missoula, Great Falls, Helena or Billings.

Uber's ride-request app.
Courtesy Uber

Uber has agreed to pay Montana half-a-million dollars as part of a multi-state settlement over a data breach within the ride-sharing company of driver’s personal information.

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