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Daines: Restart the Keystone XL Pipeline Immediately

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is calling on the Biden administration to immediately reauthorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. “President Biden set us on a dangerous path when he decided to kill the Keystone XL pipeline on Day One in...

 

Op-Ed: MT Democrats Will Always Defend You

Dear Editor, When Montana Republicans tell you they are fighting for your rights and freedoms, they’re speaking out of both sides of their mouths. While presenting themselves to Montanans as champions of our rights and liberty, they have been hard...

 

Congress Passes Landmark #MeToo Bill

With rare bipartisan support, the Senate passed landmark workplace legislation on Thursday that forbids companies from forcing sexual harassment and assault claims into arbitration. Why it matters: The secretive dispute resolution process keeps...

 

Guest Opinion: 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention: A Model For Today

I recently sat in awe as I listened to 94-year-old Montana Constitutional Convention Delegate Wade Dahood, one of twelve remaining delegates of the original 100, talk about his convention experience fifty years ago. From his Anaconda law office, Daho...

 

State Offices Issue Advisory Clarifying State of Parental Notification of Abortion Act

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Adam Meier issued an advisory today to clarify the current status of, and Montanans’ rights and obligations, under the Parental...

 

Guest Opinion: Why Do Politicians Lie?

We’ve all heard the quip, “how do you know when a politician is lying?” Answer: His lips are moving. But there’s another obvious question that begs an obvious answer. WHY do politicians lie? Answer: Because they can. The American media ...

 

Gianforte Announces Partnership and Expansion of Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

On January 31, the last day of Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Governor Greg Gianforte announced a partnership between Town Pump, the LifeGuard Group, and the State of Montana to raise awareness and put an end to human trafficking in...

 

Gianforte, Jacobsen Announce Record Business Creation in 2021

Governor Greg Gianforte and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen announced a record number of new businesses were created in Montana last year. More than 51,500 new businesses were registered with the Montana Secretary of State in 2021, surpassing...

 

Tester Secures $6 Million for Montana State University's Western Transportation Institute

U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced $6,125,000 in Department of Transportation (DOT) grant funding for Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute from the National Center for Excellence for Rural Road Safety. “Montana’s roads...

 

Gianforte, DPHHS Awards Over $150,000 to Support Food Access

Governor Greg Gianforte and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier announced today that Montana No Kid Hungry (NKH) has awarded a total of $150,980 through grants to 11 local organizations across the state to...

 

How We Delivered for Montanans This Year

I hope you’ve had a wonderful and safe holiday season thus far! Since 2021 has come to a close, I wanted to take a moment to round it out by sharing some of my highlights for the year. We’ve had quite a year here in the United States Senate, and...

 

2021 CBS News Polling: What Americans Thought About COVID-19, Biden, the January 6 Attack and More

2021 was a year of ups and downs in the minds of the American public. The year began with public concern about the state of U.S. democracy, yet positive ratings for newly-elected President Joe Biden;...

 

Gianforte Reaffirms Montana Law Banning Discrimination Based on Vaccination Status

Governor Gianforte provided guidance to Montana employers and employees impacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule mandating vaccines for employers with 100 or more employees nationwide. “Montana law is unequivocal:...

 

DPHHS Announces $3.7 Million Investment to Help Montanans with Significant Medical Needs

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today an investment of $3.7 million over the next 18 months to provide a financial boost to over 1,300 Montana Medicaid recipients with significant medical needs. “This in...

 

Guest Opinion: Rosendale Fails Montana Hunters on CWD

As I write this, the quarters of a white-tailed buck deer I harvested over the Thanksgiving weekend hang in my garage. It’s not that I couldn’t find time in the last 10 days to get the cutting, grinding and packaging done. I won’t butcher it...

 

MT's Unemployment Rate Hits Record Low

Governor Greg Gianforte announced Montana’s unemployment rate decreased 0.3% in November to 2.8%, tying the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded in the state. Strong job growth continued in November, with over 3,000 jobs created. “Montana is...

 

DPHHS Accepting Applications from Low Income Homes for Energy, Water, and Weatherization Programs

You may apply for assistance at any time during the year by contacting the local eligibility office or Tribal LIHEAP office serving your community. Click on “local eligibility office” to access phone numbers. If you cannot reach your local...

 

Guest Opinion: Vaccine Mandates: A Partisan Divide

People recruited to run for the legislature are told it is for three months, every other year. Truth is that it is for 90 days spread over four months; and constituent interaction never stops. Lately vaccine mandates/exceptions, real and imagined,...

 

Guest Opinion: Responsible Gun Owners Need to Be Heard

I own a closet full of guns. But nowhere in that closet is ammunition. That is locked up elsewhere, reflecting a rule I was taught in childhood. Guns are powerful, even deadly, tools. If you own one, it’s on you to keep it safe. That is what the...

 

Montanans Launch Elk Management Coalition

Montanans have traditionally worked together to solve thorny issues related to wildlife conservation and public lands. That’s the Montana way. But, unfortunately, conflict has replaced collaboration as the status quo. In recent years, elk...

 

Gov. Gianforte Seeks Nominations for Montana Governor's Veteran Commendation

Governor Greg Gianforte launched the 2021 Montana Governor’s Veteran Commendation and is seeking nominations for the award. “Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms and our way of life. Even after their...

 

USDA Accepting Applications for $1.15 Billion in Loans and Grants to Help Rural Communities Get High-Speed Internet

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Department has begun accepting applications for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to help people in rural areas get access to high-speed internet. This announcement...

 

Guest Opinion: Gianforte - Enforce Montana's "Bad Actor" Mining Law

As a hunter and angler who’s lived in the Upper Clark Fork River valley between Deer Lodge and Anaconda for more than 30 years, I can attest to the damaging legacy of mining on our waterways. In 1908, a massive flood carried toxic mine tailings...

 

Montana Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.1%

Governor Greg Gianforte announced the number of employed Montanans hit an all-time high in October as Montana’s unemployment rate fell to 3.1%, a low achieved only six times over the last 45 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics....

 

Thinking Ahead: How to File for County Commissioner in 2022

While the 2022 Election Calendars have not been posted yet by the Secretary of State’s office, those who are interested in filing for the position of Jefferson County Commissioner should reach out to the County Election Office in January. A...

 

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