Election 2022

Analysis: Democrats have issues that rural voters love. Maybe they should talk about them

BY: and - November 26, 2022

Most mainstream media prognosticators continue to portray election results in an oversimplified box of geographical destiny. Rural people vote Republican, we’re told, while urban people vote Democratic. Under this model of high-stakes electoral politics and post-election-punditry, the suburbs must be the true “battleground” where territory can be lost or gained. As rural working-class voters, we […]

Canvassers conduct random sample of ’22 election

BY: - November 21, 2022

Last week, the Montana Board of Canvassers, convened to complete the random-sample audit selection for the 2022 General Election. The canvass’ purpose is two-fold — first, it’s required by law after an election in order to certify results. Secondly, it checks the accuracy of results by auditing random precincts and races to ensure election integrity. […]

MAGA fails in Arizona for the third straight election: What does that mean?

BY: - November 20, 2022

The historically good results for Arizona Democrats at the polls this month are the third cycle in a row that MAGA has faltered at the ballot box, and political observers say it should be a clarion call to Republicans that Trumpism is a loser in the Grand Canyon State. But operatives in both parties say […]

‘I’m humbled it gets to be me’: Zephyr to be the first out trans woman in Montana Legislature

BY: - November 18, 2022

When the wheels touched down in Missoula on Nov. 8, Zooey Zephyr was the last to deplane. It was election night, and Zephyr learned she had won her race in House District 100. People sitting next to her told her they were supporters and soon-to-be constituents. On her way off of the plane, Zephyr turned […]

Nancy Pelosi, first woman to serve as Speaker of the U.S. House, steps down from leadership

BY: - November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who became the first woman in history to hold the gavel, shepherding landmark bills across four presidencies, announced Thursday she’ll step aside from leadership though she’ll remain in Congress. “With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” she […]

Republicans win control of the U.S. House with 218th seat

BY: - November 17, 2022

Republicans clinched a majority in the U.S. House on Wednesday night after a Republican won reelection to a California seat that put the GOP over the top, according to Associated Press projections. Though not as decisive a victory as GOP leaders had hoped, Republican candidates flipped key seats in New York, Virginia, Oregon and Arizona […]

Montana Republicans, Democrats select leaders in advance of 2023 legislative session

BY: - November 16, 2022

Montana legislators selected leadership Wednesday for the 2023 legislative session, according to announcements from Republicans and Democrats. Senate Republicans elected Sen. Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, to serve as the next president of the Senate, according to an email from the Senate Majority. Ellsworth was the Senate president pro tempore during the 2021 legislative session. “It’s an […]

U.S. House GOP picks leadership team for next Congress: McCarthy, Scalise and Emmer

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans elected their slate of leaders for the 118th Congress on Tuesday, even though the party hadn’t yet secured the seats needed to take the majority come January. The new leadership team emerged from several contested races decided during an hours-long secret ballot voting session, including a three-way campaign for whip […]

Housing, budget surplus, the judiciary to be among ‘hot topics’ in Montana Legislature

BY: - November 14, 2022

Housing. Mental health. The “partisan judiciary.” Property taxes. “Those will be the hot topics you hear about over and over and over again,” said Rep. Llew Jones, a Conrad Republican. Healthcare and provider rates. Plus, the budget surplus. “Our caucus is going to be really focused on how we build out an economy that works […]

U.S. Supreme Court denies attempt by Arizona GOP chair to block Jan. 6 panel subpoena

BY: - November 14, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court sided Monday with the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, denying a request from Arizona Republican Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband to block the panel from obtaining their cellphone records. The court’s two-paragraph order ends Kelli and Michael Ward’s federal suit to block the committee from enforcing a […]

Democrats projected to retain U.S. Senate control after winning Nevada seat

BY: - November 12, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will win reelection, according to Associated Press projections late Saturday, ensuring Democrats will remain in the majority next year no matter what happens in a runoff election in Georgia next month.  After days of vote counting, U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Cortez Masto were both […]

‘Absolutely insane’: Cascade County Election Official says cops called after skeptics escalate

BY: - November 12, 2022

Law enforcement was called Friday after a group of election integrity skeptics in Cascade County escalated tactics, circling the county office and waiting for election officials and staff to come outside, according to County Clerk and Recorder Rina Moore. The last year already had been an “absolute nightmare” for her and her elections staff because […]