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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.

Former Dem lawmaker Tom Winter is running for Congress

By: - November 3, 2021

Former state lawmaker Tom Winter announced his bid for Montana’s new congressional seat on Wednesday, confirming suspicions that an already three-way Democratic primary was slated to get even more complicated. Winter, 35, is the fourth Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for what will likely be a newly-created district in the western portion […]

Voters in three counties approve pot sales taxes; Billings rebuffs retail storefronts

By: - November 3, 2021

Voters in several local jurisdictions voiced on Election Day Tuesday how they’d like to see the state’s burgeoning recreational marijuana program implemented in their communities. Park County, Yellowstone County and Missoula County all held elections on ballot measures to add a local-option excise tax of 3% to the retail sale of marijuana, either recreational or […]

UPDATED: Draft marijuana employee permitting rule troubles industry

By: - November 3, 2021

Marijuana industry stakeholders are concerned that a draft state rule implementing Montana’s adult-use cannabis law appears to limit industry employment opportunities for those with past convictions, even beyond the restrictions laid out in the state’s flagship recreational pot bill, HB 701, which passed this legislative session. The rule is slated to be published for review […]

Montana redistricters balk, delay congressional map selection amid discord

By: - October 31, 2021

Montana’s Districting and Apportionment Commission hit another speed bump on the road to consensus this weekend, postponing the selection of a final congressional map for public review until next week after one proposal failed to gather enough votes. The independent commission, tasked with drawing congressional and legislative district lines every 10 years, went into its […]

Legislative counsel requests AG’s documents in St. Peter’s dispute

By: - October 30, 2021

A legislative special counsel tasked with probing allegations that state officials in the Attorney General’s office harassed doctors at St. Peter’s Health in Helena formally requested documents related to the incident from the AG’s office this week, a concrete step forward in an accelerating investigation made possible only by legislation passed this session. The letter […]

New congressional district maps emerge ahead of Saturday meeting

By: - October 29, 2021

Democrats and Republicans on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission each released new congressional maps this week in an ostensible effort to reach compromise ahead of the commission’s meeting on Saturday, when the body is expected to choose a final map for public review. The two new maps show that while philosophical and ideological differences […]

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 […]