Government & Politics

Gianforte capital gains tax proposal fails, is promptly revived

BY: - March 25, 2021

The state House moved Thursday to reconsider one of Gov. Greg Gianforte’s tax cut plans after a surprise contingent of Republicans voted down the bill on the floor, with at least one member of the GOP saying they feared the bill would “entice” large marijuana companies from out of state to come into Montana as […]

Biden slams ‘un-American’ GOP drive to curb voting rights in states

BY: - March 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday in his first formal news conference since taking office blasted Republican-controlled state legislatures that are seeking to restrict voting access, labeling those attempts “sick” and “un-American.” Biden specifically referenced proposals like those working their way through Georgia’s state Capitol, where the House and Senate on Thursday approved a GOP-drafted […]

Montanan charged in Capitol riot said he was there for ‘insurrection’

BY: - March 25, 2021

The fifth Montanan charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol is also a licensed real estate agent and developer of the Philipsburg Guest Ranch. Boyd Allen Camper of Montana has been charged with four crimes for his part in the Capitol riots, according to the complaint and arrest warrant filed in […]

States want more doses per vial, putting pressure on CDC

BY: - March 25, 2021

President Joe Biden has promised enough covid vaccine to immunize every willing adult by June 1. But right now, the gap between supply and demand is so dramatic that vaccinators are discovering ways to suck the final drops out of each vaccine vial — if federal regulators will let them. Pharmacists involved in the covid […]

Judges from Great Falls, Helena have hearings but face uncertain future

BY: - March 24, 2021

Two sitting Montana judges had their confirmation hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. Each one had more than a dozen supporters speak in favor of them, including attorneys who had, at times, been adversaries in the courtroom. Not one opponent spoke against either Judge Michele Reinhart Levine of Cascade County […]

Sixth lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - March 24, 2021

The Legislature’s COVID-19 panel announced this week that the sixth lawmaker this session has tested positive for the coronavirus, but did not release their name, per a request from the lawmaker. It’s the first time that a legislator who has tested positive for the virus has declined to release their name. Sen. Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton, […]

Montana flag uses ‘seal-on-a-bedsheet formula’

BY: - March 24, 2021

Montana is a diverse and majestic state, but you wouldn’t necessarily get that picture from the state flag, said Rep. Moffie Funk, a Helena Democrat. The design — a “so-called seal-on-a-bedsheet formula,” according to an art history professor — is similar to that of 15 other states with coats of arms or seals on a […]

Montana’s governor killed a Yellowstone wolf. But he now has a chance to set things right

BY: and - March 24, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte should have known better. According to news reports, the man Montanans elected just last November to lead their state and protect its vast natural resources trapped and shot an iconic black wolf 10 miles north of the boundary of the Yellowstone Park in February. And he allegedly did it without completing a state-mandated […]

Montana University System to get $1M for guns on campus

BY: - March 24, 2021

A million dollars looks headed to Montana University System coffers for the “full implementation of open and concealed firearms” on campuses — a shift from earlier debates in the legislature. Monday, representatives in the House voted 67-33 to approve an amendment allocating the one-time appropriation for items such as firearms training, metal detectors for events, […]

Boulder suspect bought assault weapon six days before shooting

BY: - March 23, 2021

BOULDER, Colorado — The suspect charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder following Monday’s mass shooting at a Boulder King Soopers had purchased an assault-style weapon just six days earlier, police said in an arrest affidavit Tuesday. “Using law enforcement databases, investigators determined that (the suspect) had purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16, 2021,” […]

U.S. House panel divides on party lines about how to conserve public lands

BY: - March 23, 2021

In a preview of the arguments likely to be repeated as the Biden administration and Congress work toward conservation goals, Democrats on a U.S. House panel Tuesday outlined what they say is a need for aggressive action on climate. But Republicans worried increased federal involvement would be counterproductive to conservation goals while hurting rural economies. […]

Biden calls on Senate to act on background checks after mass shooting in Colorado

BY: - March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” Biden’s remarks […]