Government & Politics

Legislative Dems announce 2021 policy goals

BY: - January 6, 2021

Montana Senate and House Democrats this week rolled out a series of policy goals for the 2021 legislative session, including a freeze on tuition for in-state students at Montana’s public colleges, protecting Medicaid expansion and more. Their policy objectives, grouped into four separate buckets, in some instances hew relatively closely to the GOP’s own policy […]

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 […]

With Georgia wins, control of Senate likely flipping to Democrats

BY: - January 6, 2021

A steady trickle of Georgians mostly breezed in and out of polling places across the state for the final day of voting in the state’s high-stakes U.S. Senate runoffs, adding more than 1 million votes to the already 3 million cast before Tuesday. The nation watched as voters here narrowly elected Democrat Raphael Warnock, making […]

Guns on campus in Montana?

BY: - January 6, 2021

A bill that would allow people to carry guns on Montana campuses and another bill to change the way community colleges get money are already creating heartburn for higher education officials.

Dems, GOP announce their 2021 legislative priorities

BY: - January 6, 2021

Political party leaders announced their priorities Monday at the start of the 2021 Montana Legislature. In the Republican majority, legislators elected Mark Blasdel, R-Kalispell, as President of the Senate, and they named Wylie Galt, R-Martinsdale, Speaker of the House. “Grocery store workers, law enforcement officers, our dedicated healthcare professionals, and so many other Montanans have […]

COMMENTARY

Bullock: The humbling privilege of being a Montana governor

BY: - January 6, 2021

As any parent knows, time is more often measured by the milestones of our children than our own lives. When I first entered this office as Montana’s 24th governor, the sounds of young children laughing and playing rang through our household. While those sounds have since turned into silent eyerolls and embarrassment at my dad […]

Small media group challenges getting booted from covering rival’s sports events

BY: - January 6, 2021

BILLINGS—Sports rivalries run deep in any high school. Now, a court battle in central Montana may take it to a different level. Yellowstone County News and its sister radio station, KFHW, have been stymied from covering school sporting events at Roundup High School, a rival of several of the high schools in the newspaper and […]

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 […]

Dozens of GOP lawmakers to reject certifying Biden as president

BY: and - January 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The final step in a turmoil-filled 2020 presidential election is set for Wednesday, when Congress will certify election results showing that Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. But a series of objections from GOP legislators is expected to stretch that routine process into a much lengthier one — and one that is dividing […]

Short-lived measure to require in-person testimony dies in Senate

BY: - January 5, 2021

Kalispell Republican Sen. Keith Regier’s short-lived decision to disallow virtual public testimony in his Senate Judiciary Committee gave way to a ruling from Senate committee chairs that all committees must allow the public to testify over platforms like Zoom.  Regier’s announcement this morning was met with immediate pushback from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, who […]

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 […]