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Former Gov. Schweitzer endorses Monica Tranel for Congress

BY: - July 26, 2021

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is endorsing Monica Tranel in the Democratic primary for the state’s newly created congressional district, the Tranel campaign announced Monday. Schweitzer, who served from 2005 to 2013, ushered in a 16-year period of Democratic governance in the state after interrupting a streak of three Republican governors. He was followed by […]

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Close the digital divide in rural areas first

BY: - July 14, 2021

Montana sits in the center of a digital divide. One that hamstrings rural communities across the state and the nation. In America, rural and low-income towns face coverage gaps while urban centers have world-class broadband access. Urban or rural, our lives depend on the internet., For rural America, it has never been more important for […]

Dem primary for new Montana congressional district heats up

BY: - July 13, 2021

A third Democrat has entered the race for Montana’s newly created congressional district, raising the stakes for an election that could represent the party’s best chance of nabbing a seat in the U.S. House in years. Cora Neumann, a former U.S. Senate candidate from Bozeman with a history of running non-profit issue-advocacy organizations in the […]

Democratic attorney and PSC candidate launches Congressional bid

BY: - July 7, 2021

The Democratic primary for Montana’s newly created U.S. House seat is now competitive. Monica Tranel, an attorney based in Missoula and former Olympic rower who mounted a run for the Montana Public Service Commission in 2020, announced Wednesday that she’s entering the race for the seat, joining state Rep. Laurie Bishop on the Democratic side. […]

Livingston Democrat launches Congressional bid

BY: - July 1, 2021

State Rep. Laurie Bishop announced her candidacy for Montana’s newly created congressional district on Thursday, making her the first Democrat to formally enter the field at a unique moment in the state’s political history. For the first time in decades, two lawmakers will represent Montana in Congress’ lower chamber, a function of rapid population growth […]

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A plan to end poverty in the United States

BY: - June 16, 2021

Amidst partisan haggling about President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal, the Poor People’s Campaign and several lawmakers recently outlined a comprehensive moral vision for the nation. They believe it’s not only possible to end poverty in this country, but morally necessary.   “It’s unforgivable that 250,000 people die every year in this country from poverty and inequality,” said […]

U.S. House probes clean-up of ‘exploited’ coal mining sites

BY: - June 15, 2021

A U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee examined the cleanup needs for regions transitioning away from coal production Tuesday, with witnesses representing coal workers and Native American communities saying energy companies should be responsible for returning the land to its pre-mining state. Much of the conversation at the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing centered on […]

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Employers: If you want workers, pay a living wage

BY: - June 4, 2021

The sudden shift from “we love our essential workers” to “they’re living off the government dole” seemingly happened overnight. Across the country, local media coverage has been filled with stories of business owners lamenting that they are unable to fill positions as economies reopen. “We are short-staffed. Please be patient with the staff who did […]

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 […]

U.S. House condemns Atlanta shootings and Asian American racism

BY: - May 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning the March 16 mass shooting in Atlanta and reaffirming Congress’ commitment to combating racism and violence against the Asian American community, which has seen a spike in hate crimes since the onset of the pandemic. The resolution, H.Res. 275, passed, 244-180, though more than a dozen Republicans argued […]

Getting ready for the brawl of the decade

BY: - April 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The announcement of which states will lose and gain U.S. House districts in 2023 was the opening bell for the cutthroat, once-a-decade process of redrawing district boundaries. The results of the state-level fights now unfolding will shape not only the partisan makeup of each congressional delegation, but also help determine whether Democrats can […]

Congressional panel splits on orphaned gas and oil wells

BY: - April 15, 2021

Members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel agreed Thursday on the need to clean up and cap abandoned oil and gas wells, but disagreed along party lines about the extent of the federal government’s role in well regulation. The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing was held to consider a bill introduced by Rep. Teresa […]