Republican leadership still trying to suppress MT voters

In Thursday’s House Judiciary hearing on Senate Bill 305, Republican leadership dug in their heels about suppressing voter turnout while countless other Republicans, Democrats and everyday citizens voiced their support for voter access. SB 305 is the Republican-sponsored legislation introduced to make sure this spring’s special Congressional election is conducted as a mail-ballot one in […]

Montanans not so lucky with Republican budget slashes

Republican House leaders are leaving Montana’s seniors, children and families feeling less than lucky this St. Patrick’s Day after recklessly slashing and approving a whittled down state budget that won’t work for hard-working Montanans. During Thursday’s floor debates, Democratic representatives brought 26 amendments to the floor to try and fix some of the mess Republicans […]

Why isn’t Insurance Commissioner Rosendale stepping up for MT firefighters?

As House Republicans in the Montana Legislature voted down a bill to take care of Montana’s hard-working firefighters yesterday, it begs the question: Where was State Auditor and Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale? Rosendale’s job title also includes commissioner of insurance and securities, but the Republican State Auditor has failed to lead on this issue — […]

SERIES: The MTGOP’s Misplaced Priorities

Republican Legislators Put Political Agenda Ahead of Montana Jobs The Montana Democratic Party today continues “The MTGOP’s Misplaced Priorities” campaign highlighting Republican Legislators’ focus on backward legislation that benefits their political agenda, ahead of legislation that promotes job creation or strengthens our economy. This week saw the introduction of Senate Bill 329, from Sen. Keith Regier (R-Kalispell), […]

Republican Legislators Put Political Agenda Ahead of Montana Jobs

SERIES: The MTGOP’s Misplaced Priorities The Montana Democratic Party today continued “The MTGOP’s Misplaced Priorities” campaign highlighting Republican Legislators’ focus on backward legislation that benefits their political agenda, ahead of legislation that promotes job creation or strengthens our economy. Today’s example is SB 282, a bill from Sen. Albert Olszewski (R-Kalispell) that restricts a woman’s right […]

MT Republicans Kill Paycheck Transparency

On the heels of one of the largest women rallies in Montana history, Montana Republicans in the Legislature failed to do what’s right today and support Montana women by passing the Montana Paycheck Transparency Act. The Governor’s legislation, (Senate Bill  217), carried by Sen. Diane Sands (D-Missoula), was tabled by Republicans on a party-line vote Friday morning. […]

GOVERNOR BULLOCK HIGHLIGHTS INFRASTRUCTURE AND BUDGET PRIORITIES

Governor Steve Bullock yesterday highlighted infrastructure and budget priorities during an address at the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) Midwinter Conference, and urged legislators to act quickly now that Montana is more than one-third of the way through the 65th Legislative Session. Governor Bullock asked for support from MACo in urging legislators to get an infrastructure […]

Speaker Knudsen has personal reasons for killing the Gianforte anti-access bill

Speaker Knudsen has personal reasons for killing the Gianforte anti-access bill

There is a larger reason why House Speaker Austin Knudsen (R) of Culbertson and the Montana Republicans killed HB 295, a bill by Tom Jacobson (D-Great Falls) to protect public access to public lands by increasing fines for gating public roads and other public rights of way.  The family of Speaker Knudsen is currently blocking a road […]

Representative Karjala’s fashion statement on the concealed weapons in the capital bill (HB 280)

Representative Jessica Karjala (D-Billings) shows what the fashion and safety conscious legislator will be wearing after the passage HB 280.

Montana Republicans kill public access bill introduced after disastrous Gianforte lawsuit

Republicans in the Montana State Legislature’s House Judiciary Committee today killed a bill to protect public access to public lands by increasing fines for gating public roads and other public rights of way. Rep. Tom Jacobson, D-Great Falls, introduced HB 295 after New Jersey multimillionaire and failed candidate for governor Greg Gianforte sued the people […]