KANSAS GUN GRABBER RYAN BUSSE CHOOSES FAILED ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE RAPH GRAYBILL FOR LT. GOVERNOR

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February 20, 2024
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HELENA, Mont. – Kansas Gun Grabber and Democrat candidate for Governor has selected failed Attorney General Candidate Raph Graybill. Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after the announcement:

“Liberal lawyer Raph Graybill has spent his entire career appeasing to the far-left. Montana voters have already rejected him when he lost his bid for Attorney General in 2020 by 17 points and they will reject him again in 2024.”

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MONTANA REPUBLICANS ARE EVEN MORE FIRED UP FOR THIS ELECTION YEAR AFTER WINTER KICK-OFF

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February 12, 2024
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Chairman Kaltschmidt

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after a successful Winter Kick-Off event:

“Over the weekend, the Montana Republicans officially kicked off the 2024 campaign season. It was great to see hundreds of Republicans travel from across the state, all focused on advancing our conservative agenda, protecting our majorities, and working to get more Republicans in office – at every level of Government,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said.

“Our Montana Victory team held several successful trainings that were full of County Central Committee members, grassroots activists, and candidates from all levels. The RNC Political Director Elliot Echols and Montana Victory State Director Sierra Heitkamp wrapped up the weekend by providing a presentation on the National and Statewide Bank Your Vote Effort.”

“This cycle, the Montana Republican Party is not going to leave a single race behind. We are focused and will do everything in our power to fight back against the Biden-Tester agenda and secure Republican victories. Montana is the battleground for the biggest senate race in state history, and Republicans made it loud and clear they are ready to finally retire Jon Tester from his senate career!”

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MTGOP EXECUTIVE BOARD VOTES TO ENDORSE CONGRESSMAN ZINKE’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

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February 9, 2024
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after the Montana Republican Party Executive Board voted to endorse Congressman Ryan Zinke‘s re-elect campaign:

“Congressman Zinke has hit the ground working since his first day back in office and I look forward to seeing him continue that work after his re-election this year. He’s used his seat on House Appropriations to roll back woke, anti-jobs policies and curb the spending in DC that has driven up prices here in Montana,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said.

“He’s the experienced legislator Montana needs fighting for our way of life and that’s been shown in his efforts to delist the grizzly, increase responsible forest management, be a voice for our veterans, and defend our God-given rights that his opponent Monica Tranel has made clear she would sell out to eco-maniacs on her first day. The MTGOP looks forward to fighting with Zinke to keep people like Tranel out of public office.”

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Latest January Updates from the Montana Republican Party

Senator Steve Daines

Daines, Senate GOP campaign arm file brief to keep Trump on Colorado ballot – Montana Sen. Steve Daines (R) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of former President Trump’s appeal to stay on the ballot in Colorado. Read more at TheHill.com →

Sen. Daines joins Fox Business to talk border crisis – A fifth-generation Montanan, Steve Daines brings 28 years of private-sector business experience to Washington, D.C. as he serves the people of Montana in the U.S. Senate. Watch on Youtube →

Congressman Ryan Zinke

Montana Republicans fume over university defying calls to shutter CCP-linked program: ‘Malign influence’ – The University of Montana (UMT) is taking heat from Republican lawmakers in the state after defending a program that allows groups tied to the Chinese Communist Party to host and pay for student trips to China. Watch on FoxNews.com →

Ryan Zinke on Greta Van Susteren Watch Video Now →

Letter to the editor: Zinke’s steady support of Israel a source of comfort – “I commend Congressman Zinke for his unwavering stance and hope that this support continues to pave the way for dialogue, understanding, and enduring peace in the region, ensuring a brighter future for generations to come.” Read more at BozemanDailyChronicle.com →

Congressman Matt Rosendale

GOP lawmakers threaten to hold government funding until border is secured – Republican lawmakers threatened to hold up government funding in exchange for stronger border security during a press conference led by Rep. Matt Rosendale. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Conservative firebrand praises Matt Rosendale ahead of potential Senate bid: ‘Shock to the system’ – Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is traveling to Montana for a weekend of campaigning for Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., amid rumors he is soon launching a Senate bid in the Big Sky State. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Rep. Rosendale Exposes Ineffective Green Energy Turbines – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) recently visited a wind farm in Judith Gap, MT, where he shed light on what he believes to be a flaw in the effectiveness of wind energy. Read more at SWMontanaTimes.com →

Rosendale moves to impeach U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin – U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale announced Monday he is planning on filing articles of impeachment against U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Read more at KTVQ.com →

Rep. Rosendale vows to restore Trump-era policies with immigration package: ‘Biden is destroying our country’ – Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., on Friday introduced a broad immigration package that includes measures to “shut down the border” and reverse key Biden-era policies that Republicans blame for the historic crisis at the southern border. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Governor Greg Gianforte

Governor Gianforte: Joe Biden’s Left Our Country Completely Vulnerable – Governor Greg Gianforte today joined 24 other governors in a joint call to President Joe Biden to honor a state’s constitutional right to self-defense in response to the national security crisis at the southern border. Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Montana Attorney General testifies for impeachment of Sec. Mayorkas – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen went to Washington in January to testify at an impeachment hearing for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who has been derelict in his duty to secure the southern border, allowing dangerous drugs to flow freely through and wreak havoc on Montana communities. “The Trump Administration overcame fierce opposition at every turn and was able to gain control of our southern border as no previous administration could. All of that progress has been destroyed. Secretary Mayorkas is the architect of that destruction,” said Knudsen. Read more at KFYRTV.com →

EXCLUSIVE: Montana AG Urges SCOTUS Not To Let Gov’t Officials ‘Financially Cripple Their Political Opponents’ – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen urged the Supreme Court Tuesday to reverse a lower court ruling that found a New York official did not violate the First Amendment by pressuring banks and insurers not to do business with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen urged the Supreme Court Tuesday to reverse a lower court ruling that found a New York official did not violate the First Amendment by pressuring banks and insurers not to do business with the National Rifle Association (NRA). Read more at DailyCaller.com →

Attorney General Knudsen Calls On Biden Administration To Protect Ammunition Manufacturing Facility – Attorney General Austin Knudsen led a coalition in calling on the Biden administration to keep a major commercial ammunition manufacturing plant open following a request by Democrat attorneys general to investigate the plant, which would halt production. Shutting down the plant would decrease ammunition supply and undermine national security. Read more at AG Knudsen’s website →

Montanans can help law enforcement stop human trafficking – By Austin Knudsen – During January, which is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Attorney General Knudsen urged Montanans to learn the signs of human trafficking and how to report it. “Human trafficking is not just a big city problem – it’s happening right here in Montana. Which is why, during National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, I’m encouraging Montanans to learn the signs of human trafficking and report it if they see it. If folks don’t know what it is and how to report it, they can’t help us stop it. Please visit dojmt.gov/humantrafficking to learn the signs and how to report human trafficking,” he wrote. Read more at SeeleyLake.com →

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Governor Gianforte, Secretary Jacobsen celebrate another year of record business creation – Governor Greg Gianforte and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen today announced a record number of new businesses were created in Montana last year. At Copperline Smashburgers! in Helena, Secretary Jacobsen reported that Montanans registered more than 59,420 new businesses with her office in 2023, surpassing the previous record set in 2022 by nearly 6,000 businesses.Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Helena eatery showcased as example of state’s business success – Gov. Greg Gianforte and Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen used Helena’s Copperline Smashburgers! as a backdrop Wednesday morning to announce a record number of new businesses created in Montana last year. Read more at HelenaIR.com →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen speaks at 2024 Montana Chamber of Commerce Business Days at the Capitol – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen spoke to businesses and organizations on Wednesday as part of the Montana Chamber of Commerce 2024 Business Days at the Capitol event. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen recognizes 100-year businesses during Montana Chamber of Commerce Business Days at the Capitol – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen continued honoring and recognizing Montana businesses this week during her presentation at the Montana Chamber of Commerce 2024 Business Days at the Capitol. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

2024 candidate filing kicks off in Montana – Many Montana candidates’ 2024 campaigns have been up and running for a while, but Thursday marked the first day candidates could take official steps to get their names on this year’s ballot. Read more at KTVH.com →

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen Releases Statement on Billings Public School District Board of Trustees Meeting on Book Challenge – Billings Public School District #2 Board of Trustees met on January 22, 2024, to hear public comment on including Yusei Matsui’s Assassination Classroom, Volume 1 in the library collection. The board voted against removing the book in a 5-4 decision. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen to Host Five Student Leadership Workshops in Montana Schools – Superintendent Arntzen is partnering with author and president of Canvas Creek Team Building, Karen Grosz, to sponsor five student leadership workshops in Montana schools. The theme of these workshops is Figure it Out. Students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and community members will learn how to form a collaborative problem-solving team. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Announces Montana’s United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship Awardees – Jesse Ian Malcolm McCormick, a senior at Sentinel High School in Missoula, and Faith Vyn You, a junior at Hellgate High School in Missoula, will join Senator Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines in representing Montana during the 62nd annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 2-9, 2024. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Hosts Seventeenth Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference – Superintendent Arntzen proudly announces the Seventeenth Annual Indian Education for All (IEFA) Best Practices Conference, to be held on March 8 and 9, 2024, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Billings in Billings, Montana. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Commissioner Troy Downing

$50,000 restitution check awarded to Anaconda fraud victim – Commissioner Troy Downing signed a $50,000 restitution check for a fraud victim Friday, according to a news release from the office of the Montana State Auditor. Read more at BillingsGazette.com →

Forsyth woman sentenced for insurance fraud – A Forsyth woman was sentenced Thursday to 51 months in prison for defrauding customers through her insurance brokerage business to finance her alcohol and gambling addictions. Read more at BillingsGazette.com →

Latest November Updates from the Montana Republican Party

Senator Steve Daines

DAINES ON FOX NEWS’S AMERICA REPORTS: “PRESIDENT BIDEN IS WEAK AND IT EMBOLDENS THE CHINESE, THE IRANIANS AND THE RUSSIANS” – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined Fox New’s America Reports to discuss the ongoing fight against terrorism in Israel and Daines’ first-hand experience in the Hezbollah terror tunnels. Read more at Sen. Daines’s website →

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Daines bill demands Houthi terrorist designation after Biden admin reversal – Fox News Digital has learned that Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has introduced a bill that seeks to reclassify the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen as terrorists, following a series of attacks on Israeli and U.S. forces. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Congressman Ryan Zinke

Zinke introduces legislation to regulate Flathead Lake water levels – U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke on Tuesday introduced legislation in Congress aimed at ensuring Flathead Lake avoids another year of abnormally low water levels. Watch on DailyInterLake.com →

Dem House candidate says GOP rival’s bill restricting Palestinian immigration will spread hate – Monica Tranel, a Democrat seeking to unseat Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke in the state’s election next year, said she would not support her GOP opponent’s bill to halt Palestinian immigration into the U.S. amid the war in Israel because it would contribute to the spread of hate and bias. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Rep. Zinke Announces ‘Complete’ Endorsement for Trump – Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., announced Tuesday that he is “proud and honored” to be giving his “complete and total endorsement” to former President Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency in the 2024 race. Read more at Newsmax.com →

Congressman Matt Rosendale

Rosendale Demands Answers from National Park Service Regarding Yellowstone Bison Management Plan – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) sent a letter to National Park Service Director Charles Sams III demanding answers to challenges Montana farmers and ranchers may face due to Yellowstone National Park’s 2023 Bison Management Plan. Read more at NorthernAg.net →

REP. ROSENDALE CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE VOTE ON SEC. MAYORKAS IMPEACHMENT FOLLOWING STAGGERING FENTANYL NUMBERS IN MONTANA – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) calls for an immediate vote on the resolution to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas following the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Rocky Mountain Division report stating nearly 350,000 dosage units of fentanyl, enough to kill one-third of the state’s population, were seized in Montana’s six most highly trafficked counties. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

REP. ROSENDALE PRESENTS CONGRESSIONAL RECORD TO GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY CONSTITUENTS AT VETERANS MEMORIAL DEDICATION – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) presented constituents in Golden Valley County with a Congressional Record to recognize their effort to honor the brave Montanans who served our nation in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan with a new memorial in the community. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

REP. ROSENDALE CHAMPIONS MONTANA PRIORITIES AND VOTES IN FAVOR OF INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS BILL – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) voted in favor of H.R. 4821 – Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2024. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

Governor Greg Gianforte

Governor Gianforte: “Montana is Veteran Strong” – Joining veterans, business owners, legislators, and advocates, Governor Greg Gianforte today highlighted a new law to support veterans and attract retired military personnel to Montana. Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

‘Last Line of Defense’: Montana AG Austin Knudsen Launches Reelection Bid – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen launched his reelection bid Tuesday, with the Republican vowing to be the “last line of defense” against the “disastrous Biden agenda that has harmed Montanans.” Knudsen-a former state lawmaker who cruised to a 17-point win during his first statewide race in 2020-enters the campaign with support from a number of Montana sheriffs and prosecutors, as well as the Montana Coal Council and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Read more at FreeBeacon.com →

Report reveals shocking fentanyl numbers in Montana, enough seized to kill almost 1/3 of the state – Fentanyl, our nation’s deadliest drug is infiltrating Montana’s communities and families. “Fentanyl is absolutely the biggest, I think, just overall threat to the state and to the country. This is it’s reached absolute epidemic levels. It’s poison coming from the southern border. And we have to take this seriously,” said Attorney General Austin Knudsen. Read more at MontanaRightNow.com →

Attorney General Knudsen Joins 19-State Effort To Reverse Trump Gag Order, Protect Free Speech – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen joined 18 other state attorneys general in asking a court of appeals to reverse an unconstitutional gag order on President Donald Trump. The order is a violation of the President’s right to free speech and Americans’ essential right to hear what he has to say as a candidate in the Republican presidential primary and ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Read more at AG Knudsen’s website →

Hawaii’s ban on guns in ‘sensitive places’ is unconstitutional: Montana attorney general – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen filed an amicus brief on Tuesday against Hawaii’s law barring the carrying of firearms in so-called sensitive locations, which include the beach shores of the Aloha State. An eventual 9th Circuit decision in the case would not only affect Hawaii’s gun regulation but could have ripple effects across the broad appeals court jurisdiction, which covers seven mainland states including Montana and California, and also covers Alaska. Read more at WashingtonExaminer.com →

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Secretary Christi Jacobsen warns of misleading solicitations addressed to Montana businesses – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is warning Montana businesses of misleading solicitations regarding various certificates and documents.Read more at SydneyHerald.com →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen votes to increase public access in southeast Montana – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen voted to increase public access in southeast Montana during November’s State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) meeting. Read more at SydneyHerald.com →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen announces winners of 2023 U.S. Constitution Contest – Students from across Montana participated in this year’s contest, which was titled “What Promises of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution Mean the Most to Me and Why?”. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Secretary of State Jacobsen running for second term, touts Montana’s elections – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is officially running for reelection, saying that the state’s elections should be a “model for the rest of the country,” while including that there’s still room to improve. Read more at HelenaIR.com →

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen Urges Board of Public Education to Keep Teacher Licensing Fees Low – An Op Ed by Superintendent Elsie Arntzen – “Should Montana increase teacher licensing fees? The answer is simple, NO. Why would we consider shifting the burden of covering the cost of licensing to our teachers who are struggling to make ends meet? As I have previously promised, I will not support increasing taxes on our teachers.” Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen and Commissioner Ray Shaw Honor Montana’s Military-Friendly Schools and Community Members – The Montana Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) and Superintendent Arntzen are proud to announce Montana’s Purple Star Schools and Purple Star Champions Awardees for 2023-2024. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen to Host Sixth Community Discussion on Education Legislation – This discussion will be held on November 29, 2023, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM via Zoom and will be moderated by the Office of Public Instruction’s Chief Legal Counsel, Rob Stutz. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Commissioner Troy Downing

Commissioner Downing Moves Land Board to Approve Purchase of 328-Acre North Wildcat Coulee Wildlife Management Area – Commissioner Troy Downing and the Montana Land Board voted to approve the purchase of the Lower Yellowstone River Project and the North Wildcat Coulee Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The 328-acre property is located approximately two miles upstream of the Far West Fishing Access Site and consists primarily of riparian habitat. Read more at Commissioner Downing’s website →

MTGOP STATEMENT ON VETERANS DAY

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November 11, 2023
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement honoring those who have served our great nation on this Veterans Day:

“Today, Montanans are gathering across our great state to honor the men and women who have so bravely served in the United States Armed Forces. Montana is proud to be home to one of the highest per capita populations of veterans in the United States, with nearly 90,000 veterans calling Montana home,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said

“As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps myself, I understand the sacrifices our service members and their families make to allow us to remain free. To all of Montana’s veterans, thank you for your service and for defending our freedoms. May we never forget that freedom is not free and may God bless the United States of America.”

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MTGOP EXECUTIVE BOARD VOTES TO ENDORSE AG KNUDSEN’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

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November 10, 2023
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after the executive board voted to endorse Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s re-election campaign:

“As Attorney General, Austin Knudsen has been holding criminals accountable, supporting the brave men and women of Montana law enforcement and fighting back against the disastrous Biden agenda. He has brought Montana to the forefront in the fight to protect the Constitution, uphold the rule of law and help keep our communities safe,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said

“His Democrat opponent is a millionaire trial attorney with deep ties to the liberal legal establishment that is out of touch with the people of our state.”

“Montanans know they can count on AG Knudsen to stand up for our rights, fight overbearing federal mandates and uphold our Constitution-and they will once again elect him to serve as our Attorney General.”

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MTGOP EXECUTIVE BOARD VOTES TO ENDORSE MONTANA’S SECRETARY OF STATE CHRISTI JACOBSEN’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2023
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after the Montana Republican Party Executive Board voted to endorse Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s re-election campaign:

“Since taking office, Secretary Jacobsen has led the charge in when it comes supporting Montanas small businesses and upholding the integrity of our elections,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said

“She leads with character, heart, and resiliency. We look forward to her serving Montanans and delivering results for another four years.”

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NEW MTGOP Ad Campaign: Two Faced Tester

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November 7, 2023
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Today the Montana GOP released a new advertising campaign called Two Faced Tester. The campaign holds Jon Tester accountable for failing to uphold the ethics promises he made to Montanans.

Jon Tester promised he’d be clean up Washington. Since then, he hid meetings with lobbyistslet them write his bills and steered billions of taxpayer dollars to companies whose lobbyists bankroll his campaign. Tester claims he wants to ban former lawmakers from becoming lobbyists, but he has taken over $100,000 from former lawmakers turned registered lobbyists.

Jon Tester, the #1 recipient of lobbyist cash, has turned into everything he ran against to get elected.

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Latest October Updates from the Montana Republican Party

Senator Steve Daines

NRSC Chairman Steve Daines Introduces ‘GAZA Act’ in Senate to Ban Joe Biden from Resettling Palestinians in U.S. – Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), has introduced in the Senate a plan that would ban President Joe Biden from resettling Palestinians in American communities. Read more at Breitbart.com →

Sen Daines wants the $6 billion in Iranian assets to be used for Israeli defense – Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced a bill Thursday to reallocate the $6 billion in Iranian funds to Israeli defense amid Israel’s war against Hamas. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Daines cites “national security” threat along U.S. Mexico border – Montana’s Republican senator characterized the thousands of daily illegal crossings into the United States as a threat to national security, putting blame on Democratic President Joe Biden, while also calling for a federal policy change. Read more at BillingsGazette.com →

Congressman Ryan Zinke

White House: A ‘Number’ of Americans Being Held Hostage in Israel, Their Conditions Unknown – Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that Israeli forces should be in the lead, but that the U.S. can provide capabilities such as intelligence and explosive ordnance disposal. Watch on Breitbart.com →

Navy SEAL-turned-GOP lawmaker: Special ops hostage rescue mission in Israel would take ‘considerable effort’ – Montana GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke said Wednesday that any potential rescue mission involving U.S. special operations forces for hostages taken by Hamas would be a “considerable effort” as he reaffirmed his commitment to supporting Israel. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Biden’s legacy is ‘inflation, invasion and Iran’ – Rep. John James, R-Mich., and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., join ‘FOX & Friends’ with reaction to the fourth day of fighting in Israel. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Congressman Matt Rosendale

REP. ROSENDALE VOTES TO ELECT MIKE JOHNSON AS SPEAKER AND PUTS D.C. CARTEL ON NOTICE – This afternoon, I was proud to cast my vote for Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House, upending the D.C. Cartel’s siege on the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Rosendale. “For decades, the Swamp has been hard at work using every tactic in the book against the American people and has been the architect of over $33 trillion in national debt.” Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

REP. ROSENDALE INTRODUCES PROTECTING GUN OWNERS’ PRIVACY ACT FOLLOWING ATF/IRS RAID AT GREAT FALLS GUN STORE – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) introduced the Protecting Gun Owners’ Privacy Act. The Protecting Gun Owners’ Privacy Act would remove personal information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms’ (ATF) Form 4473 and require federal agencies to go through the ATF when requesting access to a Federal Firearms Licensee’s Form 4473. Watch at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

Matt Rosendale Sticks to His Guns – Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale might say he’s not ready to announce any second bid to unseat three-term Sen. Jon Tester, but that isn’t stopping the outspoken Republican from firing the opening salvo – albeit not against the Democrat. Read more at FlatheadBeacon.com →

Governor Greg Gianforte

Governor Gianforte Wraps up Third Annual 56 County Tour – Governor Greg Gianforte on Monday concluded his third annual 56 County Tour in Lewis and Clark County, highlighting new laws that boost public access to public lands and preserve Montana’s hunting heritage. Since launching the tour in June, the governor has met with Montanans in each of the state’s 56 counties. Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Montana man connected to former missing teen charged with child sex abuse – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office charged Edmund Davis with two felony counts of sexual abuse of children, following an investigation into the case of a previously missing Arizona teenager. The teen had shown up at the Havre Police Station on Sunday, July 23, 2023. Agents from the Montana Department of Justice, which is led by Attorney General Knudsen, arrested Davis on October 23. Read more at KRTV.com →

Montana will hire a sex assault cold case investigator, a first of its kind for the state – A major federal grant will help Montana get all untested rape kits tested after a robust mission several years ago by the Montana Department of Justice to create a sex assault task force. The $2.1 million grant will help Attorney General Austin Knudsen crack down on violent crime, something he says continues to rise. Read more at KTVQ.com →

Montana Vs TikTok: Attorney General Austin Knudsen talks Montana’s TikTok Ban & Chinese Spy Balloon – Attorney General Austin Knudsen joins Len Khodorkovsky, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for President Trump, to talk about Montana’s landmark TikTok ban and the threats and dangers within the ByteDance owned application. Watch on YouTube →

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Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Secretary Christi Jacobsen shares September’s new business registration update – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen announced this week Montana’s new business registration numbers for September 2023. According to the Montana Business Economic Report, nearly 4,400 new businesses were registered with the state during the month of September. Read more on Sec. of State Jacobsen’s Website →

Montana Business Spotlight: Ghosts and geothermals part of the history at Boulder Hot Springs – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen introduces the latest installment of the Montana Business Spotlight series recognizing and highlighting local businesses across the Treasure State. Read and Watch on Sec. of State Jacobsen’s Website →

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen Fills Community Choice School Commission Vacancy – Superintendent Arntzen has appointed Jon Rutt of Laurel to fill the vacancy on the Community Choice School Commission. The position became vacant when the Superintendent’s initial appointee resigned due to time commitment constraints. Mr. Rutt will serve an initial term of three years. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Announces Appointee to the Montana 250th Commission – Superintendent Arntzen appoints Marietta Croft from Colstrip to the Montana 250th Commission. The Commission was established through House Bill 377 during the 2023 legislative session to “promote civic engagement and increase public awareness of United States and Montana government and history, including the history of tribal nations, leading up to the United States semiquincentennial”. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen to Transition Away from Smarter Balanced as MAST Program Becomes Primary Assessment – Superintendent Arntzen has begun the process of transitioning away from the federally mandated end-of-the-year summative assessment vendor Smarter Balanced. Montana has contracted with Smarter Balanced for 12 years as the state’s main summative assessment vendor. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Announces 2024 Montana Teacher of the Year – Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, along with Browning High School students, teachers, administrators, and Browning Public Schools representatives celebrated the 2024 Montana Teacher of the Year, Kevin Kicking Woman. Kevin is a Blackfeet Native American Studies Teacher at Browning High School in Browning, Montana. He will go on to represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year competition. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Commissioner Troy Downing

Former Billings agent ordered to pay $86K for defrauding insurance company – A former Billings insurance agent must pay back more than $86,000 in restitution after she pleaded guilty to defrauding an insurance company by falsifying records for dozens of fake clients, then collecting commission, Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Troy Downing announced Wednesday. Read more at KTVQ.com →

MTGOP STATEMENT ON JOINT ELECTION INTEGRITY LAWSUIT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2023
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement in regard to the joint election integrity lawsuit filed today with the Republican National Committee to ban a person from “double voting” and having multiple voter registrations:

“Basic election safeguards drive up voter confidence. Left-wing groups are trying to make Montana elections less secure, and Republicans won’t allow that to happen. We’re proud to join with the RNC in filing this intervention and look forward to fighting this battle in court for Montanans,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said.

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MTGOP CHAIRMAN DON “K” KALTSCHMIDT SLAMS MTDEMS FOR REMAINING SILENT ON HAMAS TERRORIST ATTACKS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2023
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after the Montana Democratic Party has remained silent for over a week as the brazen attacks on Israel from the Iranian-backed Hamas Terrorists continue:

“The fact that the Montana Democratic Party has the audacity to not stand up for Israel and unequivocally condemn these horrific acts of terrorism is heinous. In recent days, the world has watched in horror as Hamas terrorists massacre families in their homes, slaughter hundreds of innocent children and kidnap both Israelis and Americans, who are now being held as hostages,” Chairman Kaltschmidt said.

“The Montana Democratic Party’s silence is disgraceful, and they need to make it clear that Hamas terrorist activities are totally unacceptable and need worldwide condemnation. There is never any justification for terrorism. Despite the Democrats’ weakness, one thing is clear, The Montana Republican Party will always stand with Israel.”

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