With the 2022 election over, Republicans hold power not seen in the state capitol in nearly a century. The governor has released his budget. Lawmakers have elected leadership and will arrive in Helena on Jan. 2 to begin their work.
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House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday selected Rep. Matt Regier of Kalispell and Sen. Jason Ellsworth of Hamilton as the leaders of their respective caucuses, cueing up a 2023 legislative session in which the GOP will enjoy the first two-thirds supermajority since Montana drafted its modern Constitution in 1972.
A prominent Republican operative backing Montana Supreme Court candidate James Brown has filed two ethics complaints against Brown’s opponent in the race, incumbent Supreme Court Justice Ingrid Gustafson, with less than a month until Election Day.
Montana Free Press reached out to every candidate running for the state’s two U.S. House districts to ask whether they will accept the results of their elections, and under what circumstances they would contest.
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The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices found that a Republican candidate for House District 82 in Helena tried to pay vendors with bad checks and misreported accrued debts as expenditures, referring the matter to the Lewis and Clark County attorney for possible prosecution.
The candidates for Montana’s Western U.S. House seat have now faced off in the public forum three times, tangling over abortion and the economy and dissecting each other’s attack lines as Nov. 8 approaches.
As politically engaged Montanans try to parse the debates swirling around the proposed legislative maps, one way to make sense of the various indices, criteria and metrics under discussion is to look at how they apply to the current map.
From his seat of power in Sidney, pastor J.D. Hall cultivated a religious and political following as a conservative firebrand and online impresario. Then came the fall.
The two Democrats engaged in a cordial and broad conversation on numerous topics during the hour-long discussion co-sponsored by the Montana Free Press and the Max Baucus Institute. Their sharpest disagreement came over Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taipei in early August.
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