Latest Politics Reporting

Republicans select Regier, Ellsworth as House Speaker and Senate President

In Wednesday’s pre-session caucus meetings, Democrats selected Kim Abbott and Pat Flowers as House and Senate minority leaders.

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.

Republican operative publicizes ethics complaints against Supreme Court incumbent

Justice Ingrid Gustafson’s campaign called the filings a ‘political stunt’ shared with media ‘unlawfully.’

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.

Will Montana’s congressional candidates accept their election results?

Election denialism remains a major force in American politics. MTFP asked all Montana candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives this year if they will accept the certified results of their elections.

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.


Diplomats Baucus, Emanuel differ on Pelosi visit to Taiwan

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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The Viz: Choosing sides

There’s a theory that many of the new arrivals flooding into Montana are making their relocation decisions based on political identity — conservative arrivals flocking to reliably red areas where they can find neighbors with shared values, and liberals gravitating to the state’s blue urban cores. Does it hold water?

GOP legislative candidate charged with deceptive election practices

A Montana Republican running for a seat in House District 75 has been charged with one count of felony deceptive election practices in Jefferson County. Election officials allege he falsified his signature on an absentee ballot return envelope in a May school board of trustees race.


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