The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

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Montana Gubernatorial Headlines

MARCH 2013

Montana gun bills hears on universities, concealed carry (AP, 3/18/13)
Reporter’s notebook: Minority reminded of the power of majority rule (Billings Gazette, 3/17/13)
Bill seeks to simplify Montana income taxes (Billings Gazette, 3/15/13)
Montana House panel hears bill to decriminalize gay sex (Billings Gazette, 3/15/13)
Governor’s ‘dark money’ bill hits committee (AP, 3/14/13)
OPINION: 30-day registration cutoff would keep many Montanans from voting (Billings Gazette, 3/13/13)
Bullock unveils Medicaid bill, which includes ‘medical homes’ for expanded population (Billings Gazette, 3/13/13)
Bullock’s Medicaid bill aims to change how Montana delivers, pays for health care (Helena Independent Record, 3/13/13)
Bill seeks tax hike for wealthy, cut for others (AP, 3/13/13)
Bullock overhauls Fish, Wildlife and Parks panel (AP, 3/13/13)
Montana lawmakers consider longer term limits (AP, 3/13/13)
GOP lawmaker: Medicaid expansion can pass with reforms (KPAX, 3/13/13)
Bullock introduces Medicaid expansion (KTVQ, 3/13/13)
Pension bills still alive (Montana Standard, 3/13/13)
House passes pair of tax cut bills (Billings Gazette, 3/12/13)
Opponents of Medicaid expansion launch counterattack (Helena Independent Record, 3/12/13)
OPINION: Medicaid expansion no freebie for taxpayers (Billings Gazette, 3/11/13)
OPINION: Covering uninsured will improve health, economy (Billings Gazette, 3/11/13)
VIDEO: Bullock discusses budget and Medicaid expansion (KPAX, 3/10/13)
Democrats use fundraiser to rally around Baucus (AP, 3/9/13)
OPINION: Make Montana’s income taxes simpler, but fair to all (Billings Gazette, 3/8/13)
Bullock takes Medicaid expansion to constituents (MSN, 3/7/13)
Bullock vetoes first bill (AP, 3/6/13)
Montana GOP budget surpasses governor’s in spending (AP, 3/6/13)
Big decisions loom as 2013 Legislature begins its second half (The Laurel Outlook, 3/6/13)
OPINION: A healthy choice, Medicaid reform would boost state’s economy (Billings Gazette, 3/3/13)
Gov. Bullock and AG Tim Fox complete the session’s first 45 days (KFBB, 3/1/13)


GOP rebuffs Dem efforts to blast out bills (Helena Independent Record, 2/27/13)
OPINION: Montana should shed light on dark money (Billings Gazette, 2/25/13)
Steve Bullock off to a pretty good start as governor, 53% approve, only 18% disapprove (Public Policy Polling)
Gov. Bullock answers GOP criticism about budget hikes (AP, 2/20/13)
Lawmaker proposes bill to simplify state income taxes (Helena Independent Record, 2/20/13)
Schweitzer stronger than Baucus (Public Policy Polling, 2/19/13)
OPINION: Say ‘yes’ to Bullock’s jobs bill (Great Falls Tribune, 2/16/13)
Montana closer to declaring sheriffs supreme (AP, 2/15/13)
Auditor at odds with Bullock on bill to end Insure Montana program (The Missoulian, 2/15/13)
Legislative Democrats propose Medicaid expansion in Montana (AP, 2/15/13)
Governor seeks help to pass $100M for campus renovations and jobs (Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 2/15/13)
Bullock, Peterson announce legislation to combat ‘dark money’ in Montana elections (Great Falls Tribune, 2/15/13)
Medicaid proposal on state agenda (Great Falls Tribune, 2/14/13)
Comprehensive campaign reform bill in the works (Hungry Horse News, 2/14/13)
Bullock, GOP senator roll out fix to stamp out campaign ‘dark money’ (Helena Independent Record, 2/14/13)
Bullock, Peterson team up for campaign finance reform in Montana (KTVQ, 2/14/13)
Gov. Bullock signs law expanding Montana wolf hunt (The Missoulian, 2/13/13)
EDITORIAL: Bipartisanship found on education (The Missoulian, 2/11/13)
In Montana, young, liberal and open to big government (New York Times, 2/10/13)
Montana public health director touts Medicaid expansion to business leaders (The Missoulian, 2/8/13)
Bullock administration says Medicaid expansion would help state’s economy (Ravalli Republic, 2/8/13)
While Montana’s governor hawked coal exports, Wyoming’s held back (Casper Star Tribune, 2/7/13)
Bullock advocating for bill lowering business taxes (KPAX, 2/6/13)
Bullock’s business tax plan gets first hearing (AP, 2/6/13)
MT House Republican leads charge to toughen voter registration laws, sever late registration (Montana Kaimin, 2/5/13)
Bullock campaign held conference calls with firm coordinating independent expenditures (Media Tackers, 2/4/13)
Reporter’s notebook: School-funding overhaul has support in many corners (Billings Gazette, 2/3/13)
Business taxes, education, campaign finance, health insurance top week’s hearings (Billings Gazette, 2/3/13)
Legislative preview: Tax cuts, schools, coal, insurance rates on agenda (The Missoulian, 2/2/13)
Bullock tours Missoula College, sees need for new facility (AP, 2/2/13)
COMMENTARY: School funding bill big ticket item this legislative session (The Missoulian, 2/2/13)
Montana House passes bill to end Election-Day registration (Ballot Access News, 2/2/13)
Campaign finance watchdog: Texas fracking billionaires gave $51K to Montana GOP candidates in 2012 (Great Falls Tribune, 2/1/13)
State checking account goes online for public to see spending (Billings Gazette, 2/1/13)
VIDEO: Bullock pushes education plan in Missoula (KPAX, 2/1/13)
Bullock tells UM students he’ll cap tuition, keep college affordable (Helena Independent Record, 2/1/13)
Governor, higher ed commissioner call for tuition freeze (Billings Gazette, 2/1/13)


Montana same-day voter registration repeal approved by House (Huffington Post, 1/31/13)
Bullock asks for bipartisanship but doesn’t bend in first State of the State speech (AP, 1/31/13)
Reporter’s Notebook: Observations on Gov. Bullock’s first big speech (The Lowdown, 1/31/13)
Lawmaker reaction mixed on Bullock speech (Great Falls Tribune, 1/31/13)
School funding bill gets hearing: Plan increases stability for districts, supporters claim (Great Falls Tribune, 1/31/13)
AUDIO: Governor Bullock’s State of the State recap (KFBB, 1/31/13)
Gov. Bullock’s State of the State address (Flathead News Group, 1/31/13)
Legislature considers tax cuts (Great Falls Tribune, 1/30/13)
Bullock pitches signature proposals, urges ‘brighter future’ for kids (The Missoulian, 1/30/13)
Republicans praise Bullock for putting budget online, differ on other issues (The Missoulian, 1/30/13)
Bullock asks Legislature for ‘responsible’ budget (AP, 1/30/13)
Gov. Bullock presents his first State of State Address (Beartooth NBC, 1/30/13)
State legislative session off to a good start (Flathead News Group, 1/29/13)
AUDIO: Governor Steve Bullock’s State of the State address (Montana Public Media, 1/29/13)
Republican proposes to end Montana pension system (Flathead Beacon, 1/29/13)
Bullock, public education community line up to oppose tax credits for private institutions (Helena Independent Record, 1/28/13)
Horse Sense: Lawmakers may want to alter pay deal (Billings Gazette, 1/27/13)
Education, campaigns, pensions, building projects top upcoming legislative hearings (Billings Gazette, 1/27/13)
EDITORIAL: Drop the $400 rebate; get serious (Daily Inter Lake, 1/26/13)
Critics say bill could allow creationism in Montana classrooms (AP, 1/26/13)
New fight brewing at Legislature over eminent domain (Helena Independent Record, 1/25/13)
On party line, committee OKs ending Election Day registration (Billings Gazette, 1/25/13)
Sheriff promises to ignore ‘unconstitutional’ gun regulations (Billings Gazette, 1/25/13)
Montana Voter ID bill tabled in committee (Huffington Post, 1/25/13)
VIDEO: Bullock touts JOBS bill in MSU-Northern visit (KPAX, 1/25/13)
Higher ed officials seek exclusion from immigration lawsuit (Great Falls Tribune, 1/25/13)
GOP senator wants to tighten Supreme Court justice qualifications (AP, 1/24/13)
House appropriations chairman wants to move quickly on state pay bill (Billings Gazette, 1/24/13)
Montana Legislature: Republicans seek business tax cuts (AP, 1/24/13)
Montana House endorses plan to criminalize killing fetus (AP, 1/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Montana, not California, shows the way on Citizens United (San Jose Mercury News, 1/24/13)
Gov. Bullock supports Keystone XL Pipeline (Flathead News, 1/23/13)
Montana GOP seeks business tax cut; wants fossil fuels included in clean energy tax break (AP, 1/23/13)
Montana university officials pitch tuition freeze to legislators (Great Falls Tribune, 1/22/13)
Montana Leg: New pension committee looks for grand bargain (AP, 1/22/13)
Bullock: Joint proposal on teacher and state pension plans (Flathead News, 1/22/13)
Pension deal far off; governor’s office demands fixes to system while GOP seeks alternative (AP, 1/22/13)
Secretive group that challenged campaign laws appears set to vanish after legal setbacks (AP, 1/22/13)
Montana Leg: Emotions run high during second week of session (Great Falls Tribune, 1/21/13)
Advocates hope for repeal of Montana anti-gay law (AP, 1/21/13)
What are the increases in Bullock’s budget? (Helena Independent Record, 1/20/13)
What’s really in Gov. Bullock’s budget, and the expected fight with Republicans (Helena Independent Record, 1/20/13)
Increases in governor’s proposed budget — what are they? (Montana Standard, 1/20/13)
GOP legislators to battle with Bullock over increased state spending (The Missoulian, 1/20/13)
A look at Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed spending increases (The Missoulian, 1/19/13)
Abortion foes aim to criminalize killing fetus (NECN, 1/15/13)
Report: Medicaid expansion brings money to state (AP, 1/12/13)
Bullock sworn in as Montana’s 24th governor (Great Falls Tribune, 1/7/13)
Judge finds group violated Montana disclosure laws (Helena Independent Record, 1/5/13)
Bullock announces picks for cabinet (Sidney Herald, 1/5/13)
Gov-elect’s budget proposal backs Medicaid expansion (Montana Standard, 1/5/13)
Governor-elect Steve Bullock presents budget (Beartooth NBC, 1/4/13)
GOP leaders make predictions for the state legislature (The Western News, 1/4/13)
Bullock includes Medicaid expansion in budget (AP, 1/4/13)
Fixing state pensions to be major issue facing Montana Legislature (Billings Gazette, 1/3/12)
Montana governor-elect names remainder of his Cabinet posts (The Missoulian, 1/2/13)
Bullock to keep military, agriculture agency heads (Billings Gazette, 1/2/13)
Bullock picks more administration members (KPAX, 1/2/13)
Bullock, lawmakers to debate how to spend down budget surplus (Billings Gazette, 1/1/13)
Bullock says he’ll bring own style to Montana governor’s office (AP, 1/1/13)
VIDEO: Governor-elect Steve Bullock prepares to take office (KFBB, 1/1/13)


Surplus will have GOP, Bullock wrangling (The Missoulian, 12/31/12) ‘Big ideas’ on education funding are fodder for the 2013 Legislature (Billings Gazette, 12/31/12) Economy, energy, education may dominate 2013 Legislature, which convenes Jan. 7 (Billings Gazette, 12/31/12) Gov-elect Steve Bullock announces head of FWP and Economic Development (KFBB, 12/28/12) Bullock looks ahead (Montana Standard, 12/24/12) Gov-elect Steve Bullock busy preparing for Montana’s top office (The Missoulian, 12/23/12) Bullock to drop lawsuit against Hill over $500K campaign contribution (AP, 12/21/12) Bullock announces 5 top policy advisers (The Missoulian, 12/21/12) See ya later. Everyone’s guessing what’s next for Brian Schweitzer. Even Schweitzer (Missoula Independent, 12/20/12) COMMENTARY: Politicized, dysfunctional FWP a challenge for Steve Bullock (The Missoulian, 12/16/12) Leaving his brand: Friends and foes look back on Schweitzer’s eventful 8-year term (Great Falls Tribune, 12/16/12) Political group sanctioned for blocking discovery (Flathead News Group, 12/16/12) Opper may have future in Bullock administration (Billings Gazette, 12/14/12) Bullock hopes to find place in administration for outgoing DEQ director (The Missoulian, 12/14/12) Montana gov: Oil and gas boom could fund clean energy (MSN, 12/14/12) Bullock names 2 more to cabinet posts (AP, 12/13/12) Missoula Mayor Engen advising Gov-elect Bullock behind scenes (The Missoulian, 12/11/12) After dismantling campaign finance laws, Montana group under scrutiny (Thruthout, 12/8/12) Tim Fox announces key AG staff (Great Falls Tribune, 12/7/12) Court denies attorney fees in Montana campaign finance case (Missoulian, 12/6/12) Bullock names budget director, top aides (Billings Gazette, 12/6/12) Bullock names key staff (Helena Independent Record, 12/6/12) After big US Supreme Court win, Montana nonprofit suffers string of losses (Center for Public Integrity, 12/5/12) Brian Schweitzer’s parting shots (The Montana Pioneer, 12/3/12) Brian Schweitzer, 2016 dark horse (The Fix, 12/3/12) Did Schweitzer just tease a 2016 presidential bid? (Missoula Independent, 12/3/12) VIDEO: Schweitzer’s ‘warm regard’ for Iowa, New Hampshire fuels 2016 speculation (CNN, 12/2/12) Montana Gov. Schweitzer stokes 2016 intrigue (Washington Post, 12/2/12) VIDEO: Governor-elect Bullock announces first appointments (KPAX, 12/1/12) Bullock picks 3 directors (Montana Standard, 12/1/12)

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