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Republican legislators vote against mental health efforts, MT veterans

HELENA -- A large group of Republican legislators tried to block efforts in the Montana Legislature today to support veterans and extend mental health services in this state. There was wide bipartisan support for both of the mental health bills introduced by Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, D-Box Elder, going into committee today. House Bill 117…

ICYMI: Arntzen wants to derail successful, privately-funded graduation program

HELENA -- Just two weeks into her job as Superintendent of Montana's Public Schools, Republican Elsie Arntzen is already failing to do her job. Arntzen has decided to phase out the successful, privately-funded Graduation Matters Montana program established by the Office of Public Instruction in 2010. Since its implementation the grant-fun…

Republicans called out for budget cuts hurting Montana kids

With news the Montana GOP intends to cut $37 million from the Department of Public Health and Human Services that will ultimately result in $93 million in cuts due to federal matching grants, the Missoulian underscored the impact these cuts will have on children in an editorial on Wednesday. Missoulian editorial: Don’t cut funding fo…

GOP hatchet job on state budget will hurt Montanans

HELENA -- The Montana Republican Party’s proposal to cut more money from the state’s budget is completely unnecessary and reckless. Gov. Steve Bullock and his administration have worked carefully to craft a balanced budget for the next biennium that already includes $74 million in well-thought, difficult cuts while also maintai…

Daines votes against Medicare, once again turns back on MT seniors

Jan. 9, 2017 HELENA -- Today Montana Senator Steve Daines once again voted to put the health and well-being of Montana’s senior citizens and hard-working, low-income families on the line. In an effort to preserve Medicaid and Medicare in the midst of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, an amendment was offered to prevent Medicare p…

As Zinke jockeys to oversee public lands, he makes it easier to sell them off

Jan 4, 2017 HELENA – As Congressman Ryan Zinke asks Montana and the nation to entrust him with managing America’s public lands, he voted this week to make it easier to sell them off. On his first day of the 115th Congress, the Congressman voted for changes to the House rules which would drastically upend the way the Congr…

RELEASE: Democrats lead charge to create jobs, call on Republicans to responsibly invest in infrastructure

HELENA – Montana Democrats are calling on Republican leadership in the Montana Legislature to join them in creating jobs, strengthening the state’s economy and responsibly investing in infrastructure this session. In 2015, a minority of Republicans killed Governor Steve Bullock’s responsible infrastructure plan in the w…

ICYMI: MT GOP adopts 'Democracy Tax' for House seat

Dec. 29, 2016 HELENA -- The Montana GOP will charge individuals $1,740 to seek their party’s nomination as the candidate for the U.S. House seat in a special statewide election, according to news reports. “State Rep. Jeff Essmann of Billings, the party chairman, told MTN News Monday the party wants to ensure that anyone vyin…

A letter of support to the Glacier Jewish Community

On Nov. 21, 2016 this letter was sent to B'Nai Shalom in response to recent threats made to the Jewish community by White Nationalists. To our friends of the Jewish faith community in the Flathead Valley, The Montana Democratic Party is wishing you a Happy Hanukkah in this season of light and love! It's unimaginable to think in 2016, as …

Montana Democrats' process in special U.S. House election

  On December 13th 2016, news sources reported President-Elect Trump nominated Representative Ryan Zinke as his choice for Secretary of the Interior.  Rep. Zinke has reportedly accepted the nomination only 38 days after being elected as Montana’s lone congressman.  If Rep. Zinke’s nomination is confirmed by the U…

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