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Mike Cooney sworn in as new Lt. Governor

(HELENA)- Mike Cooney has a new office to move into today, after being sworn in as Montana's 32nd Lt. Governor on Monday morning. 

Cooney took the oath of office at 8 a.m. making Governor Bullock's appointment of the former Secretary of State and longtime Montana legislator official. Bullock had announced the appointment last week, picking Cooney to fill the post left with the departure of Angela McLean. Mclean said she was stepping down at the end of November to take a post with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. 

Cooney said last week he was "truly honored" to be asked to fill the post. 

The appointment comes as Bullock prepares to kick his 2016 re-election bid into high gear. 


Bullock expected to name new Lt. Gov in "weeks"

MTN News photo(HELENA)- For the second time in his first term, Governor Steve Bullock is shopping for a new Lt. Governor.  

But Bullock says he's optimistic he'll have the position filled soon. 

Helena is still buzzing over Monday's news that Angela McLean was leaving the post she was appointed to just 22-months ago to take a new position with the Commission of Higher Education. Her now job pays more, and will have her returning to her roots in education, with a focus on improving opportunities for Native Americans. 

MTN News was reporting sources saying McLean had a falling out with Bullock, but she says her departure had nothing to do with Bullock's upcoming re-election bid. 

Bullock expressed support for McLean decision to leave. 


Daines endorses Rubio's presidential bid 

Rubio Campaign image (WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Montana's junior Senator is throwing his support behind fellow Senator Marco Rubio in his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. 

Senator Steve Daines announced his endorsement of the Florida Senator in an email sent from the Rubio campaign on Tuesday, saying he is "excited" to back Rubio, who has been Florida's junior Senator since 2011.  

"Because I know that Marco is the right leader with the optimistic vision to bring Montana and our whole country into the 21st Century," Daines said in the statement. "As one of the newest members of the United States Senate, I've seen first hand just how important it is for us to elect a Republican to the White House in 2016, and Marco is the candidate who can win."

Daines notes Rubio, who continues to trail front runners like Ben Carson, Donald Trump and  Jeb Bush, is 'the Democrats' number one target" and asks his supporters to contribute to Rubio's campaign. 


Additional legal review ordered for MT campaign spending law

(SAN FRANCISCO)- A federal appeals court is ordering another lower court to take another look at Montana's most recent law seeking to limit campaign contributions. 

Tuesday's ruling is the latest development in the on-going efforts by Montana leaders and citizens to limit the amounts that can given to in-state political campaigns, especially by special interest groups and corporations from outside Montana. 

After a non-jury trial, a U.S. District Court judge here in Montana had ruled in 2012 the state's latest efforts to limit campaign spending were unconstitutional because they limited free speech. The suit had been brought by several groups as varied as the American Traditional Partnership, the Montana Right to Life PAC and Lake County Republicans. 

However, in the new ruling issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the three judge panel faulted the district court on a technicality, saying the lower court judge hadn't applied the new formulations from the Citizens United case. They're ordering the District Court to take another look at the suit and determine how Montana's campaign limits fair under that newer case law. 


Ballots mailed across Montana

(HELENA)- Thousands of absentee ballots hit the mail boxes across Montana Monday, in one of the last milestones before the 2014 General election next month. 

Monday was also the deadline for traditional voter registration to close. But county elections offices will be offering late registration, and even same day registration, right up to election day. 

Spirited battles for key Senate and House positions in Montana's Congressional delegation are at the top of this year's ballot.