1) Dinner/Forum for the Primary Election Candidates for Mayor – Tuesday, July 18th. RSVP before July 8th.
2) Dinner/Forum for the General Election Candidates for Billings City Council – Tuesday, September 19th. RSVP before September 9th.
3) Dinner/Forum for the General Election Candidates for Billings Mayor – Tuesday, October 17th. RSVP before October 7th.

Separate announcements with more details will be sent out before each dinner. These dinners/forums are designed solely to educate Club members and the general public about candidates in the Billings elections so they can make an informed vote.

The dinners will be at the Billings Food Bank/Fortin Culinary Center, 2112 4th Ave. North.

The evening starts with sign in/no host reception and net working at 5:15pm.
This reception is designed to allow people to talk individually with the candidates. All candidates in the Billings elections are welcome at any of the dinners including candidates who will not be speaking, e.g., candidates for City Council are welcome at the July 18th dinner; they will be introduced but not allowed to speak.

A buffet dinner starts at 6:00pm. The menus have not been decided. There will be a vegan option. Cost $10. Pay at the door by cash or check. If you wish you can bring a bottle of your favorite beverage or wine to share with your friends. The meals are excellent. Our chef, Ashley, loves to cook.

Speeches will start at 6:30pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the speeches.

It is very important for people to RSVP at least 10 days before the scheduled dinner by emailing .
Please state the number of people in your party and meal preference (vegan or regular). If your RSVP is received you will receive a “Thank You” in reply.

The Yellowstone Democratic Club is NOT the Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee. The Yellowstone County Democratic Central Committee is a body created by Montana Law and as such is the legal Democratic Party for Yellowstone County. By law it is composed of two Precinct Committee Persons from each Precinct in Yellowstone County. Under the law it can do certain legal acts like nominate a replacement for Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy when he resigned. In contrast the Yellowstone Democratic Club is a simple social club of Democrats and Progressives from the entire Yellowstone Basin from Gardiner to the Missouri River. Its members meet to have fun socializing and net working with fellow Democrats and Progressives and hear presentations of a political nature. The Yellowstone Democratic Club WILL NOT be endorsing any Candidate in the Billings elections; it WILL NOT be giving any campaign contribution or other direct support for any Candidate in the Billings elections.

AGAIN, TO EAT AT THE DINNER YOU MUST RSVP BY EMAILING at least 10 days before the date set for the dinner.

Paul Van Tricht, President
Yellowstone Democratic Club
Ph: 406-371-5350

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to Speak at the Truman Dinner

Billings, Mont. – The Yellowstone County Democrats will hear U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I) of Vermont speak at their annual fundraiser known as the Truman Dinner. Since late April, it has been known that Sanders would be traveling to Montana to assist Democrat Rob Quist in Quist’s election for Montana’s lone congressional seat.

Sanders will be joined by Gov. Steve Bullock, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, and Congressional Candidate Rob Quist at the fundraiser. This is the second time that Sanders has visited Montana for public events.

The Truman Dinner, named in honor of Harry S. Truman, will be held at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, formerly known as the Crowne Plaza, located at 27 N, 27th St. in Downtown Billings. The fundraiser is May 20, 2017, doors will open at 4:30PM, the reception will start at 5:00PM, and dinner will start at 6:00PM. Individual tickets are $55, platinum sponsor (two tickets) are $150, silver sponsor (four tickets) are $300, and gold sponsor (8 tickets for a reserved table) are $600. For more information or to purchase tickets please go to Tickets are limited at this time.

Sanders is also scheduled to speak at a rally for Rob Quist at 8:30PM at the Billings Depot on the same night.

Rob Quist’s Medical Story – He Wants to Hear Your Medical Story

Dear friends and fellow Montanans,

I know how worrisome it is to put your life in someone else’s hands and hope for the best. And we all know what it is like dealing with big insurance companies. Montana has some of the best medical professionals in the country, but sometimes things still go wrong.

Years ago, I went under the knife for gallbladder surgery and it went badly.

My family was faced with thousands of dollars in medical bills that nearly bankrupted us. That’s a story that too many Montanans share.

Montanans and hard-working folks across this country are too often put into the same financial situation my family has had to face. One in five working Americans1 — even those with insurance — reported that they have had problems paying medical bills, according to a 2016 survey.

I know my family’s health care story isn’t unique. That’s why I’m asking to hear your story.

.What is your healthcare horror story? When were you forced to make some difficult decisions between your health and your way of life here in Montana? What did you end up doing to get by?

Click here to share your stories with me so we can take action!

Your stories will help me elevate your voices and represent your needs when I’m elected your next Congressman. With your support, I will fight everyday for your right to have quality, affordable healthcare and to continue to lead healthy, productive lives.

Your stories will help me elevate your voices and represent your needs when I’m elected your next Congressman. With your support, I will fight everyday for your right to have quality, affordable healthcare and to continue to lead healthy, productive lives.

Share your stories to help us stand up to radical leaders in Washington who want to take away our access to quality, affordable health care.


Rob Quist




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 — even as one firefighter from Great Falls is fighting for his life due to the perils of the job.

“The job of the State Auditor is to is to be an advocate for Montanans when it come to healthcare and insurance,” said Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Nancy Keenan. “Insurance Commissioner Rosendale was missing in action when Montana firefighters were pleading with legislators to do the right thing for them and their families as they put their life on the line for ours.”

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), and a House Judiciary hearing on SB 282, from Sen. Albert Olszewski (R-Kalispell), both of which restrict a woman’s right to make her own personal healthcare decisions.

Montanans don’t want politicians like Sen. Regier and Sen. Olszewski making their healthcare decisions for them. Personal healthcare matters should be kept between a woman and her doctor, her family, and her faith.

Both of these bills are an unconstitutional restriction on reproductive healthcare and in the case of Sen. Regier’s bill, a similar piece of legislation in Idaho was recently struck down by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sen. Regier and Sen. Olszewski’s bills are just another unnecessary Republican attack on women’s health instead of focusing on creating high-wage jobs and growing Montana’s economy.

Montanans deserve better.