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Friday, February 23, 2018

Republican Gianforte Wins Montana Congressional Seat After Assault Citation

Republican Greg Gianforte defeated a political novice to win Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, barely 24 hours after he was charged with assaulting a reporter who asked him about the Republican healthcare bill. A race that was expected to be a test of President Donald Trump’s political influence ahead of next year’s U.S. congressional elections was jolted by the charge against Gianforte, a wealthy technology executive who had urged voters to send him to Congress to help Trump

May 26, 2017

Commoners’ Right To Hunt Under Threat

First, a plea to non-hunting environmentalists to join sportsmen in the battle to preserve access to wildlife. Ordinary hunters seeking sport or food were not to blame for the near loss of the bison and the extinction of such species as the passenger pigeon, heath hen and Labrador duck.

August 16, 2016
Sovereign Citizens

Southern Poverty Law Center: The Sovereign Citizen Takeover Of St. Marie, Montana

The Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation was not the first instance of a sovereign citizen takeover, according to an annual report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

February 19, 2016

This Week In Crazy: Michele Bachmann Says Goodbye

Bachmann’s farewell, torture report conspiracy theories, and more.

December 12, 2014

Montana Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down, Effective Immediately

The Treasure State is the latest to accept marriage equality.

November 19, 2014

More Data Rebut GOP Attacks On Minimum Wage

The Labor of Department released data to dispute the idea that increases in minimum wage would lead to a loss of jobs.

September 17, 2014

First-Term State Lawmaker Faces Hasty Campaign In Montana Senate Race

By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times For Montana Democratic state Rep. Amanda Curtis, victory this November in her state’s U.S. Senate race will be a difficult task. The first-term state lawmaker from the mountain town of Butte was selected Saturday by state Democrats as the party’s nominee in a special convention hastily assembled after U.S. […]

August 18, 2014
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Montana Judge Publicly Reprimanded For Comments About Rape Victim

By Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times The Montana Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a Billings judge for his comments that a 14-year-old rape victim was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist when he sentenced the offender to 31 days in prison. District Judge G. Todd Baugh […]

July 23, 2014

Could The War On Native Voting Rights Swing The Senate?

The following is excerpted from “The Missing Native Vote,” Stephanie Woodard’s cover story in the July 2014 issue of In These Times. Woodard explains how, nearly 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, American Indians still lack equal access to the ballot box — and how, depending on the outcome of a federal […]

June 12, 2014

‘Boys Will Be Boys’ No Excuse; Feds Target Montana Handling Of Rapes

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times The U.S. Department of Justice says it has uncovered “substantial evidence” that sexism in a Montana county attorney’s office has led to prosecutors dropping rape cases and belittling victims. In a 20-page letter sent to Missoula’s county attorney, Fred Van Valkenburg, federal attorneys said rape victims had been “treated […]

February 18, 2014

Democrat John Walsh Appointed To Finish Max Baucus’ Term In Senate

Montana governor Steve Bullock (D) has appointed Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to serve the remainder of Senator Max Baucus’ (D-MT) term, potentially giving the Democrat a leg up in the state’s crucial November Senate election. “I wanted to appoint someone who I believed would represent the values Montanans hold important,” Bullock said at the Friday […]

February 7, 2014

Senate Confirms Max Baucus As New China Ambassador

WASHINGTON — The Senate easily confirmed one of its own Thursday, endorsing the nomination of longtime Montana Senator Max Baucus as the new U.S. ambassador to China. The vote was unanimous, 96-0. Baucus voted “present.” The Democratic senator stood at his desk accepting congratulations from his colleagues in both parties as the clerk called the […]

February 6, 2014