Government & Politics

Why is America spending $100 billion to send nukes to Montana?

BY: - February 8, 2021

Montana is known to residents as either the “Treasure State” or “The Big Sky State,” but to defense experts, it’s just a “nuclear sponge.” That’s a technical term that reveals, among other things in a new report published Monday by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, that while Montana is in line to get part of […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about the second impeachment trial

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

Political committee truth-in-naming law could be repealed

BY: - February 8, 2021

A House panel is voting this week on legislation to remove state law requiring that political committees name themselves in a way that “clearly identifies the economic or other special interest” or common employer of a majority of the committee’s contributors. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Brandon Ler, R-Savage, and its supporters say that it’s necessary […]

Outlook for a $15-an-hour minimum wage boosted by government report

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON—The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in a report Monday found a gradual increase to a $15 federal minimum wage by 2025 would reduce poverty, add $54 billion to the deficit over a decade and increase pay for millions of low-income workers. The report could help Democrats make a strong case for including a gradual federal minimum wage […]

Rep. Putnam tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - February 8, 2021

Rep. Brian Putnam has tested positive for COVID-19, the Legislature announced this weekend. Putnam, R-Kalispell, began feeling symptoms of the virus on Thursday, got tested the next day and received his diagnosis on Sunday morning, said a statement from the House and Senate GOP. He attended virtually last Friday, and will continue to participate in […]

When 100 million doses is not enough

BY: - February 8, 2021

April 30 will mark the end of the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s tenure. That’s a benchmark presidents often set for making good on high-priority campaign promises. In early December, Biden announced that one promise would be to get 100 million covid-19 vaccines into the arms of Americans in the first 100 days, […]

Study: Federal oil and gas leases in sharp decline

BY: - February 5, 2021

A new report by Rocky Mountain Wild, a nonprofit group aimed at protecting wild animals and wild lands, shows that federal oil and gas leasing has declined sharply in the Mountain West, and that the effects of President Joseph Biden’s energy policies may not hurt as much as opponents say. However, petroleum industry experts say […]

Bill ending same-day registration in Montana passes House

BY: - February 5, 2021

Legislation that would end Election-Day voter registration in Montana has passed out of the state House on a 64-34 vote. It now awaits action in the Senate. The bill, Rep. Sharon Greef’s House Bill 176, cuts off voter registration at noon the day before an election, something Greef, R-Florence, and other proponents say would help […]

Permitless concealed carry bill passes third, final reading in House

BY: - February 5, 2021

A bill that removes restrictions on people’s rights to carry firearms in Montana is heading to Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk. House Bill 102, as amended, passed 68-30 on Friday in its third and final reading in the House. Two Democrats were absent; Rep. Derek Harvey, a Butte Democrat, voted to support the bill, and he […]

Biden sticks with massive $1.9 trillion bill

BY: - February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday he’s seeking to “act fast” on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package he’s proposed, endorsing the path forged by congressional Democrats to position that legislation for a vote that could pass without support from Republicans. Biden’s remarks concluded a week he began by meeting with Senate Republicans, who had […]

Defiant Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’d be ‘wasting my time’ on committees

BY: - February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told reporters on Friday that now that she’s lost her committee assignments, she has more time to push a pro-Trump agenda. The House voted late Thursday 230-199 to remove the Georgia Republican from two committee seats she had been assigned by GOP leaders upon arriving in Washington as a freshman —Education and Labor, […]

Biden rolls back Trump rule on migratory birds

BY: - February 4, 2021

The Interior Department is delaying a last-minute Trump administration rule that would have weakened a century-old law protecting migratory birds, Interior officials said Thursday. Two weeks before former President Donald Trump left office, the Interior Department published a final rule that would have left the federal government unable to enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act against polluters […]