Election 2024

Candidates announce for Congress, Attorney General’s Office in Montana

BY: - September 22, 2023

A handful of candidates have recently filed for statewide office including a Bozeman Democrat running for the Attorney General’s Office, three new congressional candidates in the eastern district and a candidate for Secretary of State. Bozeman attorney Ben Alke recently filed to run as a Democrat for the Attorney General’s Office. According to his website, he […]

Election deniers focus recruitment in ‘out of the way places’

BY: - September 16, 2023

When people ask how Cathy Darling Allen is doing, she no longer responds with the socially-appropriate “fine” people expect to hear, because she’s not fine. For more than two years, Allen, who runs the elections office in northern California’s Shasta County, has spent much of her time fending off accusations that her office falsifies election […]

Ryan Busse, a former firearms executive from Kalispell, speaks at a July 10, 2023, rally urging the Gianforte administration to opt into a federal program to help feed hungry children.

Former firearms executive Ryan Busse announces Democratic Montana governor bid

BY: - September 14, 2023

Ryan Busse, a former firearm company executive and author from Kalispell, announced Thursday his Democratic bid for Montana’s governor’s office. He launched his campaign with a 2 ½ minute video ad proclaiming himself as a ranch kid, hunter, fisherman, husband and father with Montana values while attacking Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte’s policies on property taxes, […]

‘We’re coming for you’: Daines outlines GOP’s strategy to retake the U.S. Senate

BY: - September 11, 2023

Even though he was speaking in South Dakota, Sen. Steve Daines had a message for Montana – and Ohio and West Virginia. “If you’re a Democrat and you’re running in those states, we’re coming for you,” Daines told an enthusiastic crowd who had gathered to hear former U.S. President and current Republican front-runner Donald J. […]

Trump rally highlights Republican division with booing of absent Thune, Rounds, Johnson

BY: - September 11, 2023

RAPID CITY, South Dakota — A Friday event intended to rally the South Dakota Republican Party around Donald Trump’s visit to the state instead showcased division at the party’s highest levels. The state’s all-Republican, three-member congressional delegation — Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds, and Rep. Dusty Johnson — did not attend the event in […]

To be or not to be a candidate. That is the question for Arntzen.

BY: - August 31, 2023

Is Elsie Arntzen running for Congress? Or is she just exploring? Yes. That’s the official answer from the “Elsie Arntzen for Congress – Exploratory” committee. But what seems to be a word choice or a nuance is something with larger implications, including federal fundraising and tracking requirements. The Federal Elections Commission allows politicians to explore […]

Judge sets March trial date in Trump federal election interference case

BY: - August 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — The federal trial in the case accusing former President Donald Trump of knowingly lying about the 2020 presidential election results and trying to overturn them will begin in March, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who waived Trump’s appearance for the first hearing, scheduled jury selection to begin March […]

Trump supporters, detractors face off outside jail as he’s booked on Georgia racketeering charges

BY: , and - August 24, 2023

ATLANTA —Former President Donald Trump was booked and quickly released at the Fulton County Jail Thursday evening during a trip from New Jersey to Atlanta that played out on primetime TV and capped a drama-filled day outside the facility. Trump’s sprawling motorcade arrived at the jail at about 7:30 p.m. And he was released after […]

Trump absent but still dominates as GOP presidential rivals clash at first debate

BY: , and - August 24, 2023

Eight Republican presidential candidates gathered onstage Wednesday night in Milwaukee for a heated first primary debate heavily influenced by former President Donald Trump, though the party’s front runner refused to attend the two-hour event. Trump instead recorded a competing 46-minute interview with former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson that aired on X, formerly known as […]

My Pillow conspiracy theorist plans drone surveillance of Louisiana voting sites, report says

BY: - August 22, 2023

My Pillow pitchman Mike Lindell, a prolific purveyor of unfounded 2020 election fraud, revealed a new strategy Thursday to sniff out suspicious activity at polling precincts, the Daily Beast reports. It involves Louisiana, drones and potentially breaking the law. Lindell shared his plans with attendees at a symposium in Springfield, Missouri, called the “Election Crime […]

The Montana State Capitol on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, a day after the legislature adjourned the 2023 session.

Former lawmakers propose ballot initiatives that would open primaries, require a majority winner

BY: - August 21, 2023

Editor’s note: This story was updated to correct the number of times Frank Garner won an election. Frank Garner won four elections to the Montana Legislature and they were contested. The former police officer from the Flathead area was a Republican in a place known for its conservative politics. Even he admits the final results […]

Trump, allies start to forge bond deals ahead of expected booking at Fulton County jail this week

BY: - August 21, 2023

Former President Donald Trump’s attorneys agreed to a $200,000 bond and other terms of release ahead of his expected trip to Georgia this week to be booked into the Fulton County Jail. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis charged Trump and 18 co-defendants last week over an alleged conspiracy to overturn the results of the […]