Early Thursday morning, Congress ratified the results of the Electoral College vote, confirming Joe Biden as the next president.
While Montana U.S. Sen. Daines did not object to certification of any state’s result, Montana U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale on Wednesday night joined 147 Republican members of Congress in objecting to certification of the results of at least one state, as he had announced on Tuesday he would.
Soon after Congress’ action on Thursday morning, President Donald Trump, while continuing to maintain that he’d won the election, said there would be an “orderly transition” of the presidency to Biden.
As of 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, spokespeople for Daines and Rosendale have not responded to questions about whether they now affirm Biden as the legitimately elected president.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has asked a judge to dismiss its ‘bad actor’ case against the CEO of Hecla Mining Co., which is trying to develop two copper and silver mines in Lincoln County.
The Office of Public Instruction has convened two task forces to review the regulations governing teacher preparation and licensing. It’s a routine process, but with many Montana schools struggling to fill teaching positions, it could have a major impact on K-12 education in the state.
The ACLU of Montana filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Montana Office of Public Instruction on behalf of tribes, parents and students. The challenge alleges that state education officials have failed to live up to their constitutional Indian education mandate.