Government & Politics

Bill of rights for residents of manufactured housing introduced in Congress

BY: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne is pushing for tenants’ rights to extend to residents of manufactured housing communities to protect them from predatory rent hikes. The Iowa Democrat introduced two pieces of legislation last week. One bill aims to establish a set of minimum standards and protections for tenants of manufactured housing communities, which are typically single […]

New poll shows Montana support for relief, infrastructure, senior care

BY: - May 26, 2021

New polling data by a statewide group dedicated to senior issues shows popular support for much of the relief effort championed by Congress and President Joseph Biden. Big Sky 55+ sponsored the poll conducted by Data for Progress, which surveyed 723 likely voters, with more conservatives than liberals. Big Sky 55+ is a nonpartisan nonprofit […]

Court will to decide legislative subpoena case on briefing

BY: - May 26, 2021

The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that it would decide by briefing the case of whether the Montana Legislature can subpoena all emails of Court Administrator Beth McLaughlin. The entire seven-justice panel will hear the case, but made the order that it would decide the case based on the briefs that have already been […]

Coming soon to a national park near you: The biggest tourist season ever

BY: - May 26, 2021

Leaders of a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday extolled national parks for providing a respite during the COVID-19 pandemic, but cautioned that enthusiasm for outdoors recreation will create its own problems in this summer’s tourism wave. Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent and the chairman of a subcommittee that oversees the U.S. National Park Service, […]

Congress warned of a ‘real and urgent’ drought crisis in West

BY: - May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — A drought crisis unfolding across the West will require short-term relief and massive, long-term federal funding to help states weather the effects of climate change, state water managers and lawmakers said at a U.S. House hearing on Tuesday. Nearly 90 percent of the West is now experiencing drought conditions, according to the federal U.S. Drought […]

Districting and Apportionment Commission meets for first time with series of unknowns still ahead

BY: - May 25, 2021

The monumental process to decide how and where to draw Montana’s legislative and congressional districts began Tuesday afternoon with the initial meeting of the state Districting and Apportionment Commission, which, among other tasks, must decide during the coming months how to divide two Congressional seats for the first time in decades. A years-long process awaits […]

Montana superintendent, AG enter national controversy on critical race theory

BY: - May 25, 2021

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen’s bid to fight critical race theory in public schools is likely to pull Montana into a political debate over history and social studies education that’s taking place across the country. On May 12, Arntzen made a formal request that Attorney General Austin Knudsen issue an opinion on “the legality of teaching so-called […]

Police searching for two people of interest in Little Silver Eagle assault case

BY: - May 25, 2021

Police are actively searching for two people of interest in the assault of Northern Cheyenne Tribal Councilwoman Silver Little Eagle and another unidentified 31-year-old male but have not made any arrests or filed any charges. The 24-year-old councilwoman was attacked at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings on May 16 and was transported to a […]

House GOP leader condemns Holocaust comment by Marjorie Taylor Greene

BY: - May 25, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. Greene, a Republican, in an interview last week with the Christian Broadcasting Network made the comparison, according to CNN, and […]

Program aiming to vaccinate Canadian truckers sees success in Conrad

BY: - May 24, 2021

CONRAD — When Jeff Siembre woke up Thursday morning, he was not expecting to receive a COVID-19 shot, but as the 38-year-old trucker made his trek back to Cochrane, Canada, he saw a sign on the road signaling there were Coronavirus vaccines available ahead, so he pulled into the Conrad rest stop and received his […]

Police: Northern Cheyenne Tribal Councilwoman suffers non-life-threatening injuries during May 16 incident

BY: - May 24, 2021

Billings police said Monday that there is an “open investigation” into a May 16 incident where Northern Cheyenne Tribal Councilwoman Silver Little Eagle suffered non-life-threatening injuries. On Friday, a GoFundMe for Little Eagle was started asking for donations for medical and legal costs stemming from the incident: “On Sunday, May 16, 2021, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Councilwoman […]

Montana Conservation Voters releases legislative scorecard

BY: - May 24, 2021

Following the 67th Montana State Legislative Session, Montana Conservation Voters released its 2021 Legislative Scorecard highlighting the shortcomings of state elected officials and celebrating those who worked to protect Montana’s outdoor way of life. MCV’s 2021 legislative scorecard is available online at mtvoters.org/scorecard. Most of the 150 state legislators received failing scores of less than […]