Government & Politics

Pastor, realtor, wants discrimination case reopened; 2nd complaint alleges ‘hateful language’

BY: - May 26, 2022

A pastor and realtor who unsuccessfully alleged religious discrimination in Missoula County District Court wants the judge who ruled against him to put his case against the local and national realtors groups back on the docket following a second ethics complaint filed against him. “This latest ‘ethics’ complaint, like the one filed against Pastor Brandon […]

U.S. Senate Republicans block bill requiring agencies monitor domestic terrorism

BY: - May 26, 2022

 WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill that would require federal agencies to monitor domestic terrorism incidents, including those potentially related to White supremacy. The failure of the Senate procedural vote showed again how difficult it is for Congress to agree on any response to U.S. gun violence. It followed a racist […]

Ronning looks to bring different tone, approach from Montana to Congress

BY: - May 26, 2022

Penny Ronning has always regarded the federal government as home. While the former Billings City Councilwoman has launched her bid for Congress, running against incumbent Republican Matt Rosendale for Montana’s central and eastern House seat, she doesn’t see the federal government as a monolithic, unresponsive behemoth. She sees it as a force for good and […]

Neumann, ‘prolific’ fundraiser, public lands advocate, seeks Dem nomination

BY: - May 26, 2022

Cora Neumann argues access to public lands — an issue central to her campaign — directly affects families’ health, their well-being and their pocketbooks. “My family relied on wild game. We didn’t have a lot of money,” Neumann said. Neumann, a nonprofit executive and health care expert who lives in Bozeman, notes she helped organize […]

Nine monkeypox cases now reported in seven states, and CDC urges awareness

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Monkeypox cases are slowly increasing throughout the United States, though public health officials said Thursday they have the tools needed to diagnose, treat and contain the virus that’s mostly spread by skin-to-skin contact. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing that there are now nine diagnosed cases […]

Frustrated Democrats call for GOP help on federal gun laws after mass school shooting

BY: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday implored Senate Republicans to work with Democrats to pass bipartisan gun control legislation, following a mass school shooting that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Texas. Tuesday’s massacre was the nation’s second-deadliest mass school shooting since another at Sandy Hook Elementary […]

Uvalde mass shooter was confronted by law enforcement before entering elementary school

BY: - May 25, 2022

The gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde on Tuesday was confronted by a law enforcement officer before he entered the elementary school that became the site of his massacre, authorities said Wednesday. But many questions remained about the circumstances that led up to his attack, after state leaders and law enforcement […]

Pro-choice Republican moves back to Montana to try to block Zinke from Congress

BY: - May 25, 2022

When Matt Jette found out Ryan Zinke was running for Congress again, he decided to pack up his life in Florida and move back to Montana. Once he returned, the 49-year-old educator filed to run for Congress as a Republican in Montana’s western congressional district. “I had a window there to enter the race against […]

Austin touts his track record of accomplishments, reaching out to bridge divide

BY: - May 25, 2022

Kyle Austin isn’t worried about bridging the divide that seems so commonplace in politics. The registered pharmacist and owner of 406Pharm has literally traveled across the state, setting up clinics for COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and other vaccinations like flu shots. That’s given him a chance to hear from people, see the government work during a […]

FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he’s found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called “egregiously unsanitary” conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan. FDA Commissioner […]

Mass starvation of manatees impels federal lawsuit over FL water pollution

BY: - May 25, 2022

The mass starvation of manatees in Florida last year was caused by preventable water pollution, and state government should be forced to clean up the state’s waterways, says a federal lawsuit filed this month on behalf of three major environmental groups. More than 1,100 manatees died last year – an unprecedented number — mainly of […]

Pastor apologizes, retracts article about transgender Native lobbyist, fabricated incident

BY: - May 24, 2022

A conservative minister who seemed to be a darling of far-right politicians in the state has admitted that he fabricated a story about a transgender Native American lobbyist allegedly berating a state senator so badly that he sought the protection of the Montana Senate’s sergeant-at-arms. In a libel case that has raged on for more […]