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
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]