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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 .

Gianforte announces directive to lift capacity and hour restrictions of bars and restaurants

By: - January 13, 2021

Keeping with the theme of a COVID-19 response that shifts responsibility from government mandates to individuals, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday a new directive that lifts restrictions on hours and capacity of bars, restaurants and casinos.  “Many of the folks we talked to were very frustrated. They were loud and clear: They feel the layers […]

Lawmakers consider two bills to regulate transgender youth

By: - January 12, 2021

A Whitefish Republican wants to ban transgender athletes from competing in K-16 sports — a move a federal judge blocked in a similar bill from Idaho. Idaho District Court Judge David C. Nye said Idaho’s bill “stands in stark contrast to the policies of elite athletic bodies that regulate sports both nationally and globally” when […]

Kathy Kelker speaks on behalf of House Bill 126

House proposal would emphasize treatment for addiction over jails

By: - January 12, 2021

The Montana House Judiciary Committee heard a bill today that would update a section of Montana law that will emphasize treatment rather than criminalization when dealing with people suffering from alcoholism or chemical dependency. In what she called a “baby step” to the code related to handling public drunkenness created in 1978 Rep. Kathy Kelker, […]

Montana alcohol sales surge in pandemic

By: - January 11, 2021

When COVID-19 hit, people couldn’t go to their favorite restaurants and bars, and they started stocking up on alcohol supplies for home. Montanans have purchased more beer, liquor and wine in the months since the pandemic hit compared to 2019, according to data from the Montana Department of Revenue. Gross liquor sales alone are up […]

Gianforte taps Kuhl to lead Department of Indian Affairs

By: - January 7, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced in a news release Wednesday that Misty Kuhl will lead the Department of Indian of Affairs for his administration. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Montana and our Native nations, and am excited to build on Jason’s Smith’s work for the last eight years. I love our vibrant, resilient, […]

Gianforte unveils his first budget

By: and - January 7, 2021

In his 2023 biennium budget announcement Jan. 7, Gov. Greg Gianforte focused on lowering taxes, reducing spending and enticing private businesses to remain — or relocate — in Montana. Dubbed the “Road Map to the Montana Comeback,” some of Gianforte’s proposals included: Decreasing general fund spending by $100 million during the two fiscal years from […]

Sen. Steve Daines changes course and will certify election results

By: - January 6, 2021

  Sen. Steve Daines has changed course and announced that he will vote to certify the presidential election results, while Rep. Matt Rosendale announced he will continue to object the results. Daines’ decision comes after a pro-Trump mob swarmed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday in an attempt to obstruct congress from certifying the election results. “We […]

Trump supporters are shown in front of the Montana capitol building

Trump supporters gather in Helena

By: and - January 6, 2021

HELENA — More than 100 supporters of the outgoing president gathered peacefully outside of the Montana state capitol Wednesday as mobs of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol and clashed with police 2,100 miles away in an attempt to prevent the transition of presidential power. Setting the tone in Montana on Wednesday was Dave Von […]

Montana releases new COVID-19 vaccine requirements

By: - January 6, 2021

The new health requirements that will allow Montanans ages 16-69 with underlying conditions to receive expedited access to the COVID-19 vaccine have been released by the Department of Public Health & Human Services. Gov. Greg Gianforte announced his new vaccination plan Tuesday at his first press conference as governor where he also said he plans […]

Gianforte signs first executive order

By: - January 5, 2021

Governor Greg Gianforte has signed his first executive order Tuesday that will launch a review of regulations for every state agency. Executive Order No. 1-2021 establishes the Red Tape Relief Task Force, which will be led by Lieutenant Governor Kristen Juras and will aim to “identify excessive, outdated, and unnecessary regulations,” according to an email […]

Rosendale joins with Daines to contest election results

By: and - January 5, 2021

Rep. Matt Rosendale, Montana’s lone representative in the United States House, announced Tuesday that he will vote against the certification of the presidential election claiming there are widespread and credible allegations of fraud, despite the absence of evidence validating those claims. With his decision, Rosendale joined U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana in voting against […]

Gianforte plans to rescind mask mandate

By: - January 5, 2021

In his first press conference since being sworn in as governor of Montana, Greg Gianforte announced plans to rescind the statewide mask mandate put in place by former Democratic governor Steve Bullock. The governor focused his message Tuesday on increasing the availability of the vaccine for vulnerable populations and shifting the COVID response strategy from […]