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Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert

Keith Schubert is a reporter for the Daily Montanan. Keith was born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019. He has worked at the St.Paul Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and most recently, the Asbury Park Press, covering everything from local craft fairs to crime and courts to municipal government to the Minnesota state legislature. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Wisconsin sports teams and exploring small businesses. He can be reached by text or call at 406-475-2954 .

‘Cynically driven’: Experts question Montana’s lawsuit challenging change in federal immigration policy

By: - March 12, 2021

Immigration experts say because of the low number of undocumented people in Montana and how Congress and the executive branch dictate federal immigration policies that a lawsuit filed by the state against the Department of Homeland Security is a frivolous endeavor. “I think [the lawsuits] are cynically driven to exacerbate cultural wars … I think […]

Montana man charged in Capitol riot was brought back to country by Daines when COVID hit

By: - March 8, 2021

A Dillon man arrested Saturday for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was stuck in Morocco when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines helped get him home then. Isaac Sturgeon, 32, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on […]

Second half of Legislature will tell whether state’s judiciary will be changed

By: - March 6, 2021

Halfway through the 67th legislative session, Republican-led efforts in Montana to reshape the judicial system have found some success but have fallen short of an outright transformation. The Republican-controlled House and Senate have advanced bills that give the governor more power to fill judicial vacancies, allow judges to announce campaign endorsements, alter the Judicial Nominating […]

UK variant of COVID detected in Gallatin County

By: - March 3, 2021

Three cases of the U.K. COVID-19 variant have been identified in Gallatin County, the Department of Public Health and Human Services said in a statement Wednesday. DPHHS spokesman, Jon Ebelt, said the state was expecting the variant. “We have been preparing for this, conducting surveillance for COVID-19 variant strains for several weeks, so this comes […]

Gianforte announces vaccine expansion

By: - March 2, 2021

More Montanans will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Tuesday that he is expanding the list of eligible recipients under Phase 1B. The new phase — Phase 1B+ — will go into effect Monday, Gianforte said. The additional step to Phase 1B+ will expand Phase 1B to include those […]

Lawmakers have whirlwind day at Capitol as transmittal deadline nears

By: and - March 1, 2021

Lawmakers did not stray from hot-button issues and fiery debates on Monday as they fought against the clock to dispose of more than 140 bills across both chambers before the legislative transmittal deadline on Wednesday, by which time most policy proposals must advance to the opposite chamber or die.  As it worked through an hours’ […]

Attempt to delay recreational pot rollout gets tabled in committee

By: - February 26, 2021

A bill that would have delayed the rollout of recreational marijuana in Montana by one year failed to pass out of committee Friday morning. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Mercer, R-Billings, introduced House Bill 457 to the House Business and Labor Committee Friday. In November voters passed Initiative 190 that would allow for the sale […]

Four abortion bills pass initial vote on Senate floor

By: - February 25, 2021

Four bills limiting access to abortion healthcare in Montana passed initial votes in the Senate on Thursday. Gov. Greg Gianforte has announced support for two of the bills — House bills 136 and 167 — that, respectively, would ban abortions after 20 weeks and send a referendum to voters to establish the “Born Alive Infant […]

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Montana fails to recognize white supremacist groups as terrorists

By: - February 25, 2021

House Republican Rep. Derek Skees of Kalispell questioned the existence of white supremacist groups in the state at a Tuesday hearing about a resolution condemning violence from white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. “Could you please name me one white supremacist group in Montana?” Skees asked the resolution’s sponsor, Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell, a Democrat from […]

Bill limiting ballot collection passes House Judiciary Committee

By: - February 23, 2021

A nearly identical bill to Ballot Interference Protection Act, which was struck down in court last fall for disproportionately affecting rural Native American communities’ ability to collect voter ballots, passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 12-7 party-line vote with Republican support. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mark Noland, R-Bigfork, was unfazed by the court ruling […]

House Judiciary Committee tables bill that would repeal death penalty

By: - February 23, 2021

A bill that would have repealed the death penalty in Montana was tabled by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday on an 11-8 vote. House Bill 335 sponsor Rep. Ed Stafman, R-Bozeman, said the bill would protect inmates on death row that are falsely accused and would save the state money as death penalty cases can […]

Committee passes bill that prohibits ‘discrimination based on vaccination status’

By: - February 23, 2021

After a lengthy discussion Tuesday morning, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would bar schools, hospitals, and public and private businesses from discriminating against or denying service to people based on vaccination status. House Bill 415, sponsored by Manhattan Republican Rep. Jennifer Carlson, passed on party lines 12-7 with Republican support. The bill […]