MTGOP Statement on 67th Legislative Session

Helena, MT – Today, Governor Gianforte and Republican Legislators held a press conference to discuss their historic achievements during the 67th Montana Legislature after the Legislature adjourned on April 29th.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt provided the following statement in response:

“Montana Republicans went into the 67th Legislature with a mandate to implement the Montana Comeback Plan, and Montanans are seeing the benefits of Conservative leadership in Helena for the first time in 16 years,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “In the last 90 days, Governor Gianforte and Republican Legislators beat back the Covid-19 pandemic and ended government mandates, enacted a pro-jobs agenda by cutting taxes and reducing red tape, defended our Second Amendment rights from Federal overreach, and were good stewards of our taxpayer dollars with a balanced budget that holds the line on Government spending.

From prohibiting vaccine passports to banning sanctuary cities and strengthening election integrity, Montana Republicans fulfilled promises they made to voters in the last election and are moving the state forward under much-needed conservative leadership. The Montana Republican Party is proud to support our leaders in Helena and know that our best days are still ahead of us.

While it is a new day in Montana, we know there is much more work to be done and look forward to building on our accomplishments as Montana Republicans lead the Montana Comeback.”

 

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MTGOP Statement following recent Montana Supreme Court Actions

Helena, MT – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement regarding developments with the Montana Judiciary, and the effort to gain internal information to ensure our Supreme Court and District Court Justices are not engaged in improper behavior for the Judicial Branch.

“The Montana Republican Party believes a judiciary must be impartial and uphold the rule of law, and that our judges be loyal to the Constitution above all else,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “As one of our Platform Principles is to limit ‘the ability of the Montana Supreme Court to abuse its power to protect themselves,’ there is grave concern that improper judgment and behavior within our High Court goes against the principles of our Party and threatens the public’s confidence in our judicial system. The Montana Supreme Court appears to be working to protect the questionable decisions that members of the judiciary took in prejudging legislative actions, and Montanans deserve a thorough investigation from the legislature to ensure there is accountability.

 

Background:

Recent media reports shine light on a separation of powers dispute in Helena between our Judicial, Executive, and Legislative branches. The story began with Senate Bill 140 that grants the Governor the ability to directly appoint judges to fill judicial vacancies. Following the Governor’s signature, an immediate lawsuit to challenge the law was filed with the Montana Supreme Court in less than 24 hours, though the issue has seen several developments since its passage in March.

As the case proceeded, concerns over judicial impartiality emerged after it was revealed that members of the State’s Judiciary took positions on the legislation by participating in a poll that was conducted via email earlier this year. While Chief Justice McGrath recused himself from the case following a meeting with Governor Gianforte in which he urged him to not support the legislation, the Justice appointed to fill McGrath’s vacancy also recused himself as he was revealed to be one of the judges who participated in the email poll.

Following concerns that justices may have taken a position on the recently passed legislation, the Montana Legislature issued a subpoena to the Department of Administration for the Montana Supreme Court Administrator’s email records as it was revealed the emailed results of the poll had since been deleted. Legislative Leadership’s attempt to obtain the poll’s results was done in an effort to ensure no members on the Court had previously taken a position on the issue before the court heard the case.

In a rare move, the Montana Supreme Court issued a Sunday order denying the subpoena for the Montana Supreme Court Administrator’s emails though some of the requested documents were already obtained and published online. In those published documents, members of the Judiciary clearly divulge personal positions on bills before the legislature, including coming up with strategies to oppose and defeat some of them, further complicating the conversation regarding judicial impartiality should any of those issues come before the court. Now, the Montana Legislature, who formed a Select Committee, is moving forward in its effort to acquire the emails in question despite efforts from the Montana Supreme Court Administrator to keep emails from the public.

 

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Governor Greg Gianforte, Superintendent Elsie Arntzen Celebrate the TEACH Act

HELENA, Mont – Governor Greg Gianforte and State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen visited with students, teachers, and faculty members at Sacajawea Elementary School in Great Falls and Elder Grove School in Billings today to celebrate the signing of TEACH Act, which increases starting teacher pay and is critical to Montana’s Comeback Plan.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after the passage of this important priority:

“Governor Gianforte promised to change the fact that Montana’s starting teacher pay ranks near the very bottom of any state in the country, and because of the TEACH Act Montana’s talented young teachers will start to see higher and more competitive salaries,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “The TEACH Act will help us attract and take care of our talented young teachers, and prepare the next generation of Montanans for the future. With Governor Gianforte and Superintendent Arntzen working together to provide starting teachers the pay that they deserve and safely get students back in the classroom, that future is brighter than ever before.”

The TEACH Act will strengthen the teacher workforce by increasing the starting pay for Montana educators and making Montana more competitive in recruitment of the best and brightest teachers. This Montana Comeback priority will help our students reach their full potential and build a stronger, brighter next generation of Montanans while also allowing us to keep more of our talented young teachers here in Montana.

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Bullock’s Dark Money Ad Blitz Begins

The sky’s the limit when it comes to how much Super PAC and dark money will pour into Montana to benefit Governor Bullock’s campaign this year.

A $3 million dark money ad blitz began today from Chuck Schumer’s dark money group, Majority Forward, to falsely attacking Senator Daines. Chuck Schumer will spare no expense to get Bullock across the finish line in his desire to take back the Senate majority.

This comes on the heels of a dark money group shamefully politicizing the coronavirus to boost Governor Bullock’s campaign – to the tune of $250,000. In addition, Schumer’s SuperPAC is spending $700,000 in Montana right now to prop up Bullock’s campaign.

The hypocrisy of all of this is watching to Bullock parade around “railing” against dark money and Super PAC spending in our elections, when he’s benefitting from it himself:

  • Bullock says his one big idea is “ending dark money spending in our elections.”
  • NPR: Steve Bullock Vows To Disentangle ‘Dark Money’ From Politics
  • Bullock says we must “rid our system of the corrupting influence of dark money.”
  • During his failed presidential run, Bullock blasted Joe Biden for having his own SuperPAC even though Bullock has his very own SuperPAC to boost his Senate campaign.

Enough is enough. It’s time to put an end to Governor Bullock’s hypocrisy on this issue – he must be held accountable.

Higher Paying Jobs an Afterthought for Dems in Gubernatorial Debate

HELENA, Mont – The Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after Montana Democrat Gubernatorial candidates, Whitney Williams and Mike Cooney, debated on Saturday.

“With our economy reeling from Coronavirus-related restrictions, Montana needs a Governor that prioritizes economic growth and job creation,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “But when Democratic hopefuls Whitney Williams and Mike Cooney were asked on Saturday how they would address low wages in comparison to growing property prices, both candidates failed to even mention the importance of higher-paying jobs when it comes to combating Montana’s exorbitant property costs.

A strong Montana economy that creates good-paying Montana jobs isn’t an afterthought for Republicans – it is a top priority. When we emerge from this crisis, we will need an efficient government in Helena to stimulate our economy’s growth and bring innovative ideas to the table to create jobs – not more government programs. After years of an aversion to fiscal sanity in Helena and a lack of creativity in creating good paying Montana jobs, Montanans are ready for – and deserve – a Republican Governor to help us recover from COVID-19 and create a more prosperous future.

The ideas we saw from Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Saturday signaled more of the same: more government and more regulation.”  

MTGOP Issues Statement on Democrats Delaying Paycheck Protection Program Replenishment

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement in response to the Democrats delays in replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program, which has left thousands of small businesses high and dry.

“Growing up in a blue collar family, I’ve witnessed a shift over my lifetime of the Democratic Party moving farther away from America’s middle class. Only the latest example is the Democrats’ failure last week to promptly replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, a critical lifeline for our small businesses.”

“Any additional provisions being requested by the Democrats could have been lobbied for after providing relief to our small businesses. Given the Administration’s tremendous cooperation with both sides during this crisis and the news that an agreement is now imminent, I’m sure their requests could have been considered and even secured in future legislation. But instead, the Democrats chose the path that harmed America’s small businesses AND America’s middle class. The Democratic Party has left every day Montanans behind.”

MTGOP Issues Statement on Small Business Relief through Paycheck Protection Program

Today, the Small Business Administration announced that it has approved 10,372 loans in Montana under the Paycheck Protection Program, providing $1,293,105,048 in relief to Montana small businesses.

MTGOP issued the following statement from Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt regarding the update.

“President Trump’s Paycheck Protection Program is an invaluable lifeline for Montana’s small businesses and workers who have been struggling due to Coronavirus-related restrictions,” said Chairman Don “K”. “Because of these loans, thousands of Montana businesses have been able to remain open and keep their employees on payroll during these difficult times.” 

“The Paycheck Protection Program could not be mentioned without thanking Montana’s Republican Congressional leaders – Senator Daines and Congressman Gianforte – who acted swiftly to advance this critical program, despite delays by their Democratic counterparts, and continue to advocate in Congress for the program’s immediate expansion.” 

If you own a small business needing Coronavirus relief, visit sba.gov/coronavirus to learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program.

Senator Daines Stands Up to China

The scale has been tipped in China’s favor for far too long, and Senator Daines is fighting to put America First.

In a letter to President Trump, Daines called on the President to use his authorities to decrease the United States’ dependence on China for “medicine and essential medical equipment” and bring drug and manufacturing jobs back to America. Alarmingly, more than one third of our antibiotics and 70% of our PPE are imported from China.

Daines rightly cited the United States’ reliance on China as a “national security and public health” risk. (If the Coronavirus pandemic is any indication, China cannot be relied upon when it comes to matters of public health.)

The Senator has also been one of Congress’ loudest voices in holding China accountable for their cover-up of the virus, which has had a consequential effect on the health and economic well-being of Montanans. Last week, Senator Daines sent a request to the State Department to investigate China’s role in COVID-19.

Thank you, Senator, for always fighting for Montana and putting America First!

Montana Delegate Nomination Forms due on April 13th

As a reminder, applications to be a Montana delegate at the Republican National Convention are due on Monday!

Delegates will represent the Treasure State at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and take part in this historic election year by nominating President Trump for re-election.

Delegates to the Republican National Convention will be chosen at Montana’s State Delegate Convention which is scheduled to be held on June 12th-13th in Missoula. Delegates must be a resident of the state of Montana.

Fill out this form by Monday, April 13th to be considered and submit it to MTGOP Headquarters in one of two ways:

  1. Scan and email the form to spenser@mtgop.org, or
  2. Mail the form to MTGOP, P.O. Box 935, Helena, MT, 59624.

Join us in Keeping America Great!

MTGOP Launches Webpage on our Senior Elected Officials’ Responses to COVID-19

As true today as ever, we’re better together. In this unprecedented time for our state and local communities, the Montana Republican Party is proud to recognize the extraordinary leadership of Montana’s senior Republican officeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our website now features a One-Stop-Shop for the latest information on what Montana’s Republican leaders are doing in their unique official capacities to promote the health, safety, and well-being of Montanans during this time.

Visit the new webpage by clicking here.

Keystone XL Pipeline Project Moving Forward

HELENA, Mont. – Today, TC Energy announced that it will move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project after thorough environmental, scientific, and engineering reviews.

This announcement is a big win for American energy security and even more so for Montana’s workers, who will benefit from good-paying jobs during the pipeline’s construction.

While Democrats have shied away from supporting the project, Montana’s Republican leaders have led on supporting its construction for the benefit it brings our state – including Senator Steve Daines, Congressman Greg Gianforte, and Attorney General Tim Fox.

At a time when our communities have been hard hit by the Coronavirus, construction of the pipeline will provide a welcome boost to our local economies.

To read TC Energy’s release on this announcement, click here.

Background

Daines, Hoeven, Gianforte and Gosar Lead Letter to President Trump on Keystone XL Pipeline

Gianforte Statement on Halting of Keystone XL Pipeline

Montana To Intervene In Keystone XL Pipeline Lawsuit

 

MTGOP Welcomes New Communications Director

HELENA, Mont. – To advance our winning message this November, the Montana Republican Party is pleased to announce the addition of Brooke Stroyke as Communications Director.

“The Montana Republican Party continues to build our team as we move towards this incredibly consequential election and Brooke’s addition is great news for our organization,” said Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Brooke will be instrumental in helping us reach our goals of re-electing Senator Daines and retaining our U.S. House seat, electing the first Republican Governor in 16 years, maintaining our majority on the Land Board, and increasing our majorities in the State House and Senate.”

Brooke joins the Montana Republican Party after serving at the Department of Homeland Security as the Secretary’s Speechwriter. Prior to her position at DHS, she handled press and media relations for a Fox News contributor.

“It’s a privilege to join the Montana Republican Party and be entrusted with communicating our Party’s message to Montanans,” said Brooke. “All eyes will be on Montana in 2020 – and I look forward to working with our incredible team to elect Republican leaders up and down the ticket.”

Brooke is a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina and lives in Bozeman. She can be found most weekends visiting family and friends in Cascade County.

Get connected with Brooke! brooke@mtgop.org