Home News Political News

Political News

Former Billings Republican House representative admits selling, trafficking meth

BILLINGS - Montana’s former Republican House majority leader from Billings pleaded guilty on Tuesday to federal drug distribution charges. Michael Lange, 56, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Billings to one count of possession...

State Senate unanimously backs bill to allow East Helena high school

HELENA - The Montana Senate has unanimously endorsed a bill that would let three elementary school districts, including East Helena, build their own high schools. Senate Bill 139, sponsored by Republican Sen. Duane Ankney of...

MT GOP House votes to abolish state’s commissioner of political practices

HELENA - Republicans in the Montana House Monday voted to abolish the state’s commissioner of political practices, which enforces campaign laws in the state. The House voted 54-46 for House Bill 340, which would transfer...

Gianforte, Quist, and Wicks debate in U.S. House race

GREAT FALLS - The three candidates in Montana’s special Congressional election squared off on Saturday in their only televised debate before the May 25 election. Republican Greg Gianforte, Democrat Rob Quist, and Libertarian Mark Wicks debated in...

Amidst the negative-ad blitz — Bullock, Gianforte do have a positive agenda

  (HELENA) As the airwaves get saturated with negative ads in Montana’s highly contested gubernatorial race – it’s worth remembering that Gov. Steve Bullock and GOP challenger Greg Gianforte each have a positive agenda they’re...

Trump warns US ‘locked and loaded’ as North readies missiles

BEDMINSTER, New Jersey (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday again delivered a bold warning to North Korea, tweeting that the U.S. military is "locked and loaded" if the isolated rogue nation acts "unwisely,"...

How the repeal of the ACA could affect Montana

HELENA - This is the first of a two-part series examining the potential effects in Montana of repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare.” In Montana, as many as 150,000 additional people have obtained health...

Bullock signs bill widening access to medication preventing fatal overdoses

KALISPELL - A life-saving medication that reverses potentially fatal overdoses of heroin and prescription drugs is now more accessible in Montana under a bill Governor Steve Bullock signed into law Tuesday. Governor Bullock signed House Bill...

Western business owners urge Zinke to maintain national monuments

(HELENA) A group of business owners from around the West gathered in Montana Wednesday, to highlight the benefits they say they’ve seen from national monuments near their communities. Dave Crider is an outfitter in Las...

Bill for roof-top solar power expansion considered

HELENA - Roof-top solar power in Montana could be greatly expanded under a bill that state lawmakers will near this week – but it wouldn’t take effect until 2019. House Bill 504, sponsored by Rep....

Montana leaders honor memory of former Gov. Martz

(HELENA) Montana state leaders paid their last respects Friday morning to former Gov. Judy Martz, the state’s first, and so far only – female governor. Montana Highway Patrol troopers and Butte-Silver Bow police escorted Martz’s...

Montana considers gun bills shot down in previous sessions

HELENA(AP) — Proposals to loosen gun restrictions in Montana are being revived by Republican lawmakers who are undeterred that similar bills were shot down in past legislative sessions. Rep. Randy Brodehl of Kalispell presented his...

I-176 battle continues in Flathead County

(MTN NEWS-HELENA) The battle to get a measure banning medical marijuana onto the ballot is now in the hands of a judge in Flathead County. Judge Heidi Ulbricht held a hearing Friday morning on a...

MT’s U.S. Rep.-elect Gianforte keeping low profile since election

HELENA – Montana U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte didn’t appear in court Wednesday morning on an assault citation in Bozeman, issued last week after he was accused of throwing a reporter to the ground and...

Candidates join race for Helena, East Helena school board

(HELENA) There will be three new members of the Helena school board next year, and seven candidates have put their names forward for the May 2 election. Thursday was the filing deadline for school trustee...

New bill introduced would change Montana’s rape laws

HELENA. (AP) — The Montana Senate is expected to pass legislation changing the state's rape laws. One bill would lighten penalties for teens convicted of sexual intercourse without consent for having sex with a 14-...

Governor Bullock reports unemployment rate holds steady

MONTANA - Montana's unemployment rate held steady at four percent through the end of the year. According to the Governor's Office, Montana's economy added over 4,000 payroll jobs in the fourth quarter of 2016. “Montana continues...

Montana lawmakers advance bill on youth concussions

HELENA (AP) — The Montana Legislature is advancing a bill that would extend safeguards against youth concussions to private schools and sports associations. State lawmakers passed a bill in 2013 requiring student athletes in public...

GOP state senator from Kalispell enters 2018 Senate race

HELENA - Albert Olszewski, a state senator from Kalispell who is an orthopedic surgeon, on Tuesday became the first Republican to announce he’s running to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in 2018. Olszewski, a state...

Manafort indicted; ex-Trump aide pleads in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election revealed its first targets Monday, with a former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump admitting he lied to the...

Montana women differ on Clinton’s candidacy

  HELENA (AP) Voter Carol Jacobsen says she became emotional while casting her vote for Hillary Clinton as the first female president candidate for president. The 73-year-old retiree and her husband, 75-year-old Jim Jacobsen, called Clinton's...

East Helena council race still tied after recount, other council members to make final...

(HELENA) A deadlocked race for a seat on the East Helena City Council is now in the hands of the other council members. Lewis and Clark County election officials recounted more than 350 ballots by...

Bullock’s budget director lays out options; says there are only a few days to...

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget director Wednesday said key lawmakers have agreed to a “general framework” to fill the state’s $227 million budget hole, including temporary tax increases – and laid out options...

Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump's chief of staff to deny he's a "leaker" and...

Bullock signs off on bill letting East Helena, other districts build high schools

(HELENA) East Helena and two other elementary school districts in Montana will now have the opportunity to build their own high schools. Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 139 into law Tuesday. The new law lets...