From voting to athletes, a dozen lawsuits challenging Montana GOP laws still alive
So far, his office has won the only 2021 law challenge that has been decided by the Montana Supreme Court, preserving the law that gave Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte more power to appoint state judges.
Montana state officials promise ‘transparent’ process for dispensing broadband funds
As the state determines who and where will benefit from $500 million-plus of investment to expand high-speed Internet in Montana, a handful of people will be making the decisions – and they’ll be doing it very soon.
Will federal money help Montana bridge the ‘digital divide’?
This month, Montana began the process for awarding $266 million in federal funds to install high-speed Internet access into the state’s rural and suburban unserved areas. But this huge investment is just the beginning of an even bigger broadband bonanza.
Special session off the table, as GOP lawmakers can’t reach agreement
A special session of the Montana Legislature in the coming weeks appears off the table, after Republican lawmakers pushing for the event said Friday they can’t forge an agreement on redrawing Montana’s Public Service Commission electoral districts for 2022.
Interior IG report says Zinke ‘misused’ position in Whitefish development
Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke “misused his federal position” and violated ethical obligations when he remained involved with a Whitefish land development and proposed microbrewery, while he was Interior secretary, an Interior Department inspector general report said Wednesday.
Racicot condemns RNC censure of Cheney, Kinzinger
Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot – and former chair of the Republican National Committee – is condemning the current RNC for its recent move to censure Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, in connection with the House inquiry into the January 2021 Capitol riot.
New 2022 voting maps proposed for Montana’s PSC districts
Those suing to redraw Montana’s Public Service Commission districts for the 2022 election submitted three proposed new district maps to a federal court this week – each of which makes changes to all five PSC district boundaries.
Lake County hands Montana $4M-a-year bill – for law enforcement
Western Montana’s Lake County is the only Indian reservation county in the state where local law enforcement handles felony cases against Native Americans – and says it’s costing the county about $4 million a year.
Democratic state senator joins eastern Montana congressional race
Democratic state Sen. Mark Sweeney lives in Philipsburg in southwestern Montana – but, on Tuesday, announced that he’s running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale in Montana’s new eastern district.
State accepting apps to use $266M for expanding high-speed Internet
Montana is now accepting applications for projects to expand high-speed Internet services into underserved areas, using $266 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Monday.