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Arren Kimbel-Sannit

Arren Kimbel-Sannit

Arren Kimbel-Sannit is an Arizona-bred journalist who has covered politics, policy and power building at every level of government. Before getting his dose of northern exposure, Arren worked as a reporter in all manner of Arizona newsrooms, for the Dallas Morning News and for POLITICO in Washington, D.C. He has a special interest in how land-use decisions affect working-class people, which he displayed through reporting on the epidemic of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. for the Los Angeles Times and PBS Newshour. He's also covered housing, agriculture, the Trump presidency and more.

Montana redistricters advance (maybe) final maps for public consideration

By: - October 21, 2021

The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission advanced on Thursday two final proposals to divide the state’s two congressional districts, sending the draft maps to public comment at a meeting later in October. The panel initially set out Thursday to adopt a single map for public consideration, but dialed back its goals after hours of back-and-forth […]

AG to appeal injunction on abortion restrictions to Supreme Court

By: - October 20, 2021

The state of Montana intends to appeal a preliminary injunction barring implementation of three bills restricting abortion passed in the last legislative session, according to a notice of appeal filed with the state Supreme Court by Attorney General Austin Knudsen on Tuesday. Briefs arguing the merits of the injunction won’t be due for several weeks […]

Colstrip operator and state settle coal ash remediation dispute

By: - October 19, 2021

The state of Montana has reached a settlement with Talen Energy in the ongoing dispute over cleanup of toxic coal ash outside the retired Colstrip 1 and 2 units, the Department of Environmental Quality announced Tuesday, moving forward a plan favored by the state to fully excavate the ash ponds while giving Talen the opportunity […]

North Coast Hiawatha restoration could benefit Montana to tune of $40M, study says

By: - October 15, 2021

The potential restoration of Amtrak service to the North Coast Hiawatha Line connecting Chicago to Portland and Seattle through southern Montana could generate the seven states along the line more than $270 million a year once fully actualized, according to a high-level analysis by the Rail Passengers Association. Montana could stand to accrue more than […]

On-campus organizing bill faces third lawsuit

By: - October 12, 2021

A law passed this session limiting electioneering on college campuses is facing another legal challenge. Plaintiffs including the Montana Democratic Party and the campaign committee of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester filed suit in U.S. district court challenging Senate Bill 319 on Tuesday, arguing that a provision added to the bill in the final days […]

EPA: Numeric water quality standards are law until feds rule otherwise

By: - October 8, 2021

The state of Montana, spurred by a law passed this year, has begun to roll back elements of its pioneering water quality standards, even as federal regulators have questioned the science behind the changes, warned of loopholes and maintained that current metrics are in place until they confirm otherwise, documents obtained by the Daily Montanan […]

Court allows challenge to bill limiting election work on college campuses

By: - October 6, 2021

A lawsuit challenging provisions of campaign finance legislation passed this year that restrict voter mobilization activities on college campuses — and indeed, the process by which those provisions were added to the bill — will be allowed to continue, ruled a Lewis and Clark County District Court judge on Wednesday. Plaintiffs Forward Montana, a political […]

Montana redistricters advance nine proposed congressional maps

By: - October 5, 2021

Partisan members of the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission advanced on Tuesday nine separate proposals for dividing Montana into two congressional districts,  a potentially significant step forward in shaping the state’s political future over the next decade. The proposed maps — four from the two Republican commissioners, and five from the two Democrats — are […]

GOP lawmakers want special election integrity committee

By: - October 1, 2021

This week, 86 of 98 Republicans in the Montana Legislature signed onto a letter to caucus leadership asking for a GOP-led special select committee to conduct hearings concerning election security. The letter, first reported by the Helena Independent Record, is authored primarily by Sen. Theresa Manzella, R-Hamilton, a vocal proponent of election fraud claims and […]

A town hall in Sidney — or not?

By: - September 30, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte’s tour of Montana’s 56 counties — often the only open opportunity for the public or press to ask questions of the governor — took him to Richland County this week, but not before his office requested that the editor of a local newspaper remove a Facebook post notifying the public of a […]

State panel recommends repairs to leaky sewers at state veterans’ home

By: - September 28, 2021

A state commission tasked with allocating federal COVID-19 relief funds voted on Tuesday to recommend more than $1 million in improvements at the state veterans’ home in Columbia Falls, including for repairs to an aging sewer system that’s been leaking gas into residential quarters for months, according to a report from state officials. The Health […]

Federal investigators begin probe of fatal Montana Amtrak crash

By: - September 27, 2021

Federal investigators studying a violent Amtrak derailment that killed three and injured dozens on Saturday near the small Hi-Line towns of Chester and Joplin have their work cut out for them. The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal oversight body that probes air and surface transportation crashes, took over the scene from local emergency […]