Government & Politics

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An investment firm backing a Montana company that won a major contract to restore power in Puerto Rico has ties with the U.S. Secretary of Energy, whose department has been involved in power restoration on the island since before the lights went out.

Texas-based HBC Investments invested in Whitefish Energy this past August, a month before Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and left the U.S. territory in the dark.


Jackie Yamanaka

One of the candidates vying for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate says where he was born and raised shouldn’t be a campaign issue, even if it's a topic raised by his opponents.


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Montana can keep its voter enacted campaign contribution limits.  That’s the ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a judge’s decision.


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The federal government gave Montana a one-year extension to comply with the REAL ID law.  Without it, Montanans could not board a commercial airplane or enter federal buildings after January 22, 2018 using their driver’s license.  The alternative was another federally issued identification, like a passport.

The Department of Homeland Security had said it would only grant Montana an extension was if the state made a commitment toward making substantial and documented progress toward complying with REAL ID.

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Retired state district judge Russ Fagg made it official:  he’s a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. The announcement comes after a 4 month exploratory effort that Democrats have called a stealth campaign.   

"I love the people of the state," says Fagg, standing on a flatbed trailer parked in a helicopter hanger at Billings Flying Service. "I love the natural beauty of the state and so tonight for the very first time I am publicly announcing that I am going to run for the U.S. Senate."

As part of his settlement with a reporter he was convicted of assaulting earlier this year, Montana's lone congressman Greg Gianforte donated $50,000 to the Committee To Protect Journalists.

It’s a well-respected, non-partisan group that advocates for the rights and lives of reporters across the globe.

But now that group is saying they are disappointed with the congressman after a brief meeting. 

Jackie Yamanaka

Republican legislative leaders are skeptical that the Bullock Administration's revenue projections are correct. Because of that they told reporters during a conference call Wednesday it is premature to talk about a special legislative session to address the state budget.


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Montana’s lone congressman Greg Gianforte has clarified his stance on modifying weapons with so-called bump stocks.


After Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun control has yet again become a hot topic among U.S. lawmakers. But this time some top Republicans and the National Rifle Association are hinting they may support additional regulations on  bump stock modifications for assault rifles.

Republican congressman Greg Gianforte has offered an "off-the-record" meeting with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
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Republican congressman Greg Gianforte continues to refuse an interview with the reporter he assaulted last May.  While the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs recently put the thumbscrews to Gianforte, taking to Twitter and interviews with other national publications, the issue remains a stalemate.


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