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primary battles picRepublican candidates face bitter primary battles for Montana Legislature

“Usher says Ankney was a “spending machine” as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee last year, overseeing budget bills that substantially increased state general fund spending.’ That is not part of the Republicans’ platform,’ Usher says. ‘Ours is less government, less spending, trying to give money back to the citizens as we can.'”

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Conservative tussle: GOP hopefuls square off in at least a dozen state Senate primaries 

  • “SD20 (Yellowstone Valley north, east of Billings): State Rep. Duane Ankney of Colstrip squares off against Barry Usher, the owner of a motorcycle shop in Billings. Ankney says he’ll run on his record, while Usher is criticizing Ankney for overseeing big spending as House Appropriations Committee chair last year.”