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Republican legislators give, then take away special education support

HELENA -- Republicans in the Montana Legislature decided to play games today with some of Montana’s most vulnerable citizens -- our students with special needs. Democrat Rep. Kathy Kelker’s House Bill 32, which supports special education, passed on second reading off the House floor yesterday, even with 37 Republicans voting …

Gianforte continues to oppose to equal pay for equal work

During failed race for governor, Gianforte came out against equal pay legislation HELENA - As the Montana Legislature and the U.S. House consider equal pay legislation, Montana women remember the actions of failed candidate for governor, New Jersey multi-millionaire Greg Gianforte, who questioned the importance of equal…

Republican legislators vote against special education funding

HELENA -- Thirty-seven Republican legislators voted against HB 32, carried by Rep. Kathy Kelker (D-Billings), which would increase funding for special education programs in public schools. "Another day, and another vote against public education by Republican legislators," said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana D…

Senator Cory Booker to headline 2017 Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner

HELENA -- U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, will be this year's keynote speaker at the Montana Democratic Party's 39th annual Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner on March 18 in Helena, executive director Nancy Keenan announced today."I can't wait to get back to the Last Best Place to speak with folks about the exciting future of o…

Dems introduce anti-Gianforte bill prohibiting candidates from using “gifts” to influence elections

Legislation is response to Greg Gianforte giving $8 million to MSU while running for Governor Helena-Today the Senate Education and Cultural Resources committee in the state legislature is considering SB 211 sponsored by Diane Sands (D) of Missoula prohibiting the Montana University System (MUS) from promoting  gifts made by…

Latest MT Republican tactic: Attack young Montanans

Republican Party Chairman and sitting State Representative Jeff Essmann's petty attack on colleague HELENA -- The Montana Republican Party hit a new low when they launched a petty attack on Rep. Jacob Bachmeier (D-Havre), who is leading by example and inspiring young people across the country to get involved in public service. "Ch…

ICYMI: Apprenticeships work for Montanans

HELENA -- Governor Steve Bullock and Rep. Casey Schreiner, D-Great Falls, want to put more Montanans to work and have introduced legislation to increase apprenticeship opportunities. House Bill 308 will provide Main Street Montana businesses with tax credits to strengthen apprenticeship opportunities throughout Montana. An employer can rec…

Gianforte to D.C. special interests: Will you be my Valentine?

Potential U.S. House nominee has given millions to special interest groups and lobbyists   HELENA -- As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s not forget the “love” New Jersey multi-millionaire and failed gubernatorial candidate, Greg Gianforte has given to Washington D.C. special interest groups and lobbyists …

Speaker Knudsen has personal reasons for killing the Gianforte anti-access bill

Knudsen family currently in court battle over blocking access to Culbertson Park HELENA -- There is a larger reason why House Speaker Austin Knudsen (R) of Culbertson and the Montana Republicans killed HB 295, a bill by Tom Jacobson (D-Great Falls) to protect public access to public lands by increasing fines for gating public roads and…

Montana Republicans kill public access bill introduced after disastrous Gianforte lawsuit

Legislation would have increased fines for blocking public access HELENA – Republicans in the Montana State Legislature's House Judiciary Committee today killed a bill to protect public access to public lands by increasing fines for gating public roads and other public rights of way. Rep. Tom Jacobson, D-Great Falls, introduced HB 2…

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