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Latest May Updates from the Montana Republican Party

Senator Steve Daines

Sen. Daines Tours the Rosebud Mine in Colstrip – Watch →

Sen. Daines Reflects on Memorial Day on KBZK – Watch →

Congressman Ryan Zinke

Republican Congressman Demands Deportation of Migrant Family, Blames Kalispell Nonprofit for Arrival of Undocumented Immigrants – Montana Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke on Thursday issued a press release describing the arrival of a Venezuelan migrant family and alleging that Kalispell nonprofit Valley Neighbors of the Flathead aided the family in traveling to Kalispell Read more at FlatheadBeacon.com →

GOP Highlights Veterans for Trump Before Memorial Day – “I served under Trump, and I know his caliber and the caliber of his character, and the depth and the love for his country, and without a doubt – as a former SEAL team commander, a former acting commander of special forces in Iraq – I know that he will never deploy troops unless it’s in our advantage to win decisively at that point of battle,” Zinke said in the video. Read more at Newsmax.com →

Rep. Zinke to Newsmax: Trump ‘Spot on the Target’ for Libertarians – Former President Donald Trump is “spot on the target” to court the Libertarian vote, as he is a “pragmatic leader” who believes that the nation’s sovereignty matters, Rep. Ryan Zinke said Read more at Newsmax.com →

Congressman Matt Rosendale

REP. ROSENDALE ATTACKS ATF RULE FORCING MONTANA GUN SHOW CLOSURE – ongressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) released the following statement after a gun show in Hamilton, Montana was canceled last weekend due to a new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Rule that fundamentally changes and drastically complicates the way firearms are sold in the United States. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

CHAIRMAN ROSENDALE EXPOSES CORRUPT ORACLE CERNER FOR BUYING VOTES ON CAPITOL HILL INSTEAD OF FIXING FAILED VA SYSTEM – Chairman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) of the House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Technology Modernization exposed Oracle Cerner’s destructive efforts to lobby politicians and buy votes on Capitol Hill instead of fixing their software while veterans are experiencing ongoing issues with receiving the care they have earned and deserve. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE RENEWS OBJECTIONS TO BIDEN’S ILLEGAL RESETTLEMENT OF MIGRANTS INTO MONTANA – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) released the following statement after a recent report exposed a group of illegal aliens were secretly flown into Kalispell by the Biden administration. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

Governor Greg Gianforte

Biden’s ‘war’ on energy will cost Americans jobs, worsen inflation, Montana officials say – Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., are raising red flags over the Biden administration’s “war” on energy, warning that it is negatively impacting certain communities in their state and the United States overall. Read more on FoxNews.com →

Governors Talking The Talk And Walking The Walk On Housing – Governor Greg Gianforte joined the National Association of Realtors this week to discuss Montana’s progress in improving housing availability and affordability. Read more on NGA.org →

Montana’s unemployment rate decreases in April, employment levels increase – Governor Greg Gianforte announced last week that Montana’s era of historic unemployment continued in April as the state’s unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent and employment levels increased. Read more on FallonCountyTimes.com →

Gianforte calls upon Board of Regents to reinstate transgender sports ban – Governor Gianforte is calling on the Montana State Board of Regents to reinstate a block on transgender athletes competing in girls and women’s sports. Read more on KURL8.com →

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen leads state petition to end Mexico lawfare against U.S. gun makers – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is asking the Supreme Court to stop the Mexican government’s attempts to bankrupt and blame American firearms manufacturers for Mexico’s problem with gun violence. Read more on Newsmax.com →

Attorney General Knudsen leads group of state AGs to push Biden not to hand over vast pandemic Powers To WHO – Led by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, 22 state attorneys generals wrote a letter to Biden, obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller, voicing their concern over potential plans to give the WHO a series of powers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more on DailyCaller.com →

Attorney General Knudsen’s proposal passes Land Board to expand oversight on water rights – Under a change proposed by Attorney General Austin Knudsen, the Land Board voted unanimously to exercise greater oversight of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s management of water rights and state trust lands. Watch on MTPR.org →

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Montana Secretary of State launches voter guide video series – Current and upcoming voters in Montana now have a new video series to refer to when pondering questions about the state’s election process. Read more on MontanaRightNow.com →

New interactive absentee ballot report compares Montana county voter rates – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen launched an interactive online report of how many absentee ballots were sent and where, and how many have been returned. Read more on MontanaRightNow.com →

New voting method improves the process for blind voters – The Lewis and Clark County Elections Office has recently adopted a new voting method for the blind community, creating a more equitable experience that helps keep people’s votes 100% secret. Read more on KRTV.com →

Christi Jacobsen: Combatting the illegal immigration threat to the Montana way of life – As secretary of state, I have the honor of talking with Montanans about a wide array of issues. Lately, two looming crises are threatening our communities: the surge in fentanyl trafficking and massive illegal immigration. It’s my personal belief that these intertwined issues pose grave dangers to our state’s safety and future prosperity. Read more on HelenaIR.com →

Past Vigilante Day participants share memories of the parade – Each year the Vigilante Day Parade sees the specters of the past return to Last Chance Gulch, stirring the memories of those who took part in the now century-old tradition. Read more KTVH.com →

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen Protects Private Property Rights – Land Board Commissioner and State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen voted to protect private property rights during the State Land Board meeting on May 20, 2024. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Celebrates Outcome of Public Charter School Lawsuit – The dismissal states that the preliminary injunction from April 17, 2024, will remain in effect until he court terminates the injunction or the legislature clarifies the public charter school opening process during the legislative session. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen: Rights of Montana Girls Shall Not be Infringed – Superintendent Arntzen held a press conference on the steps of the Montana State Capitol today in defense of the rights of Montana girls. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Commissioner Troy Downing

In Gallatin County, Four Men Charged with Engaging in Conspiracy to Defraud Investors, Farmers, and the State of Montana – The Commissioner of Securities Insurance (CSI) and Gallatin County Attorney charged four men with engaging in a conspiracy to defraud investors, farmers, and the State of Montana through various means, including a Ponzi scheme. Read more on the Commissioner’s website →

Belgrade Plumber Receives Suspended Prison Sentence for Insurance Fraud to Begin House Arrest – CSI investigation revealed that in January 2022, Mr. Dennis Hurlbert, owner of Belgrade Plumbing and Heating, presented a Certificate of Liability Insurance to a would-be employer. Read more on the Commissioner’s website →

2024 Investing in Montana Summit – June 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – This will be an afternoon of learning about investment opportunities in our great state, from angel funds to public companies. Register on the Commissioner’s website →

Latest April Updates from the Montana Republican Party

Senator Steve Daines

Daines Discusses Mayorkas’ Impeachment Proceedings on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto – Watch on Youtube →

Daines’ Inflation Roundtable in Billings – Watch on Youtube →

Congressman Ryan Zinke

100-year-old Montana World War II veteran honored with Congressional Gold Medal – Congressman and Navy SEAL veteran Ryan Zinke presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Irvine.Read more at KBZK.com →

Montana minor league baseball team in dispute with National Park Service over arrowhead logo – Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of western Montana questioned Interior Secretary Deb Haaland last week about the agency’s legal action against the Range Riders… Read more at ABCNews.com →

Biden has the authority, money to fix America’s ‘No. 1 issue’: Rep. Ryan Zinke – Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., shows support for Speaker Johnson, criticizes delays on the border bill and raises concerns about China’s immigration and fentanyl production. Watch on FOXBusiness.com →

Rep. Zinke to Newsmax: Mideast Conflict No Longer ‘Surrogate’ War – Following Iran’s drone attacks on Israel early Sunday morning, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., told Newsmax that the conflict in the Middle East was no longer isolated to Israel.Read more at Newsmax.com →

Zinke lauds decision to hold more water in Flathead Lake this spring – Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke applauded Monday a plan to hold more water in Flathead Lake this spring.Read more at DailyInterLake.com →

Congressman Matt Rosendale

REP. ROSENDALE CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE RECONSIDERATION OF CANCELLED CATTLE AND CROP SURVEYS TO SUPPORT LOCAL PRODUCERS – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) sent a letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and the Administrator of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Joseph Parson, regarding the recent decision by the National Agricultural Statistics Service to cancel the July cattle inventory survey as well as all county estimates for crops. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE VA WEB ACT PASSES SUBCOMMITTEE – The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations passed Congressman Matt Rosendale’s (MT-02) bill, H.R. 6874, the VA WEB Act. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE FIR ACT INCLUDED IN AMERICA’S WILDLIFE HABITAT CONSERVATION ACT PASSES COMMITTEE – The House Committee on Natural Resources passed Congressman Matt Rosendale’s (MT-02) H.R. 200, the Forest Information Reform (FIR) Act, as a section in Chairman Westerman’s, H.R. 7408, the America’s Wildlife Habitat Conservation Act. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE OPPOSES NEW RADICAL EPA MANDATES – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) released the following statement regarding recently announced mandates by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will create unrealistic environmental regulations for coal and natural gas plants and put Montana’s fossil fuel industry directly in the crosshairs of Biden’s Green New Deal agenda. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

Governor Greg Gianforte

States Take On China in the Name of National Security – Local politicians impatient with Washington’s actions against Beijing block Chinese land purchases, factory plans and research Read more on WSJ.com →

Gov. Gianforte: Biden Driving up Energy Costs – Governor Greg Gianforte criticized President Joe Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for issuing new rules aimed at eliminating affordable and reliable energy for Montanans. Read more on Gov. Gianforte’s Website →

Montana Air National Guard will receive new C-130J planes – Governor Greg Gianforte announced in a news release on April 11, 2024, that the Montana Air National Guard’s 120th Airlift Wing in Great Falls will be first of four bases to receive the new C-130J model Super Hercules cargo aircraft. Read more on KRTV.com →

Montana Governor Offers Hope for Those Facing Tax Problems – For property owners in Montana, the Property Tax Assistance Program and the Montana Disabled Veterans Property Tax Assistance Programs were slated to be due on April 15th, but that date has been extended. Read more on 945MaxCountry.com →

Feds approve Montana’s plan to expand broadband access – Gov. Greg Gianforte said in a statement one of his administration’s top priorities is to expand broadband access to underserved and unserved areas of Montana and address digital literacy. Read more on TheWesternNews.com →

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Red States File Brief Against DHS To Protect Themselves Against Illegal Immigration – Attorney General Knudsen led the massive effort against Mayorkas in hopes of protecting “standing states to defend immigration rules” when the federal government “abdicates its obligation to do so,” appearing to legally prepare and ensure that state’s rights are protected. Read more on DailyCaller.com →

Attorney General Knudsen files 42nd lawsuit against Biden administration – The new emissions rule, put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), forces unattainable standards on passenger cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty vehicles. The EPA is attempting to use the weight of the federal government to force auto manufacturers to produce enough EVs to account for 70 percent of vehicle sales in less than a decade. Read more on the AG’s Website →

Attorney General Knudsen is fighting back against liberal state’s attempt to dictate energy policies in Montana and across the country – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen discusses Hawaii’s ‘novel’ climate case on ‘Varney & Co.’ after filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to take up a leftist-wing climate case against energy companies that would have serious ramifications for Montanans and the entire country. Watch on FoxBusiness.com →

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Secretary Christi Jacobsen: ‘Montana further protecting election integrity, improving voter confidence by piloting national program’ – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is proud to announce that the state of Montana was selected to participate in a first-of-its-kind pilot program with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to ensure the state’s voter rolls are accurate and up to date. Montana was one of only a few states that qualified for the program. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

New Cascade County elections chief gets training – Ryan Gamboa reports on Terry Thompson, the newly-hired elections administrator for Cascade County, who is receiving one-on-one training this week from staff of the Montana Secretary of State’s office. Watch on KRTV.com →

Cascade County Elections Office overcomes challenges – Since Terry Thompson took over the administrative duties of the Cascade County Elections Office, it’s been a learning experience. Read more on KRTV.com →

County Administrators Gearing up for Upcoming Elections – The Flathead County Election Department received training last week from the Montana Secretary of State’s office on election software and best practices. Read more on FlatheadBeacon.com →

Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen thanks businesses for successful 2024 annual report season – Since taking office, Secretary Jacobsen has cut registration fees in half for Montana businesses, waived several other fees entirely, and provided the one-time fee waiver for all Montana businesses filing a 2024 annual report by the April 15th deadline. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen, Montana Land Board generate estimated revenue of more than $2 million for Montana – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen voted to approve items generating an estimated revenue of more than $2.2 million during the April 2024 Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board) meeting. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Secretary of State announces acquisition of Missouri Headwaters State Park – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen joined her fellow commissioners on the Montana Land Board in unanimously approving an acquisition to the Missouri Headwaters State Park. The Land Board voted 5-0 to approve the acquisition of nearly 26 acres. Read more HiLineToday.com →

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen Sends Letter on Biden’s Dangerous Title IX Changes to Montana Education Leaders – “The new federal Department of Education Title IX rules take a sledgehammer to our nation’s freedom of speech, parental rights, and due process rights with a radically woke redefinition of sex. This is another top-down Biden mandate that disregards states’ rights. I will continue to fight for Montana’s women, girls, and values.” – Superintendent Elsie ArntzenRead more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Blasts Organizations for Stalling Educational Opportunities – “I have always been and will continue to be a fierce advocate for transparency, parental rights, and expanding educational choices for our children.” – Superintendent Elsie Arntzen Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Court Order on Public Charter Schools is a Win for Montana Students – I am encouraged that Public Charter Schools give parents a choice in the education of their children. During my years as State Superintendent, my focus has been putting Montana students first. I remain accountable to our constitution, our laws, and our Montana students and parents. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Pledges Support for Private Property Rights – Land Board Commissioner and State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen listened to passionate public comment on water rights issues during the State Land Board meeting on Monday, April 15. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen Asks Montanans to Nominate 2025 Teacher of the Year Candidates – “The Teacher of the Year program allows parents, children, community members, and school staff to recognize the work that our teachers do. I encourage every Montanan to nominate a teacher that has impacted their life.” Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Commissioner Troy Downing

VIDEO: Insuring Tomorrow: Navigating the Regulatory Environment of the AI and Tech Revolution Watch on VIMEO →

Latest March Updates from the Montana Republican Party

Senator Steve Daines

Daines Discusses Biden’s Southern Border Crisis on Fox News’ America Reports – 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

House Republicans plead with Mayorkas to address ‘unprecedented surge’ across northern US-Canada border – Letter to DHS cites ‘alarming number’ of terror watchlist subjects crossing US-Canada border amid ‘orchestrated’ crisis. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Former Pres. Trump endorses Zinke for re-election in Montana’s District 1 congressional race – Trump posted to Truth Social, “Congressman Ryan Zinke is doing a terrific job representing the incredible people of Montana’s 1st Congressional District. Read more at MontanaRightNow.com →

Keeping Public Lands in Public Hands – “The bipartisan legislation bans the sale or transfer of public lands managed by the Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service except under very specific conditions and where required under previous laws.” – Ryan Zinke Read more at FlatheadBeacon.com →


Congressman Matt Rosendale

REP. ROSENDALE CELEBRATES MONTANA AND AG WEEK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) honors hard-working farmers and ranchers throughout America on the House Floor in celebration of Montana and National Ag week. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE RELEASES STATEMENT AFTER ANNOUNCEMENT OF PYRAMID MOUNTAIN LUMBER CLOSURE – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02), released the following statement after Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc. in Seeley Lake, Montana, announced its intentions to shut down after operating for 75 years. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE RECOGNIZES NEW NATIONAL WHEAT GROWERS SECRETARY NATHAN KEANE – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02), took to the House Floor to recognize and congratulate Nathan Keane who recently got elected as Secretary of the National Association of Wheat Growers. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE CELEBRATES INVEST IN VETERANS WEEK – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02), took to the House Floor to honor our veterans and recognize Governor Gianforte’s Invest in Veterans Week initiative. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →


Governor Greg Gianforte

US is allowing foreign nationals to spy on Americans: Gov. Greg Gianforte – Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte discusses his attempt to ban TikTok in his state on ‘Cavuto: Coast to Coast.’ Read more on FoxBusiness.com →

‘Biden needs to do his job’: Republican governors reject president’s border deal push – Gianforte said he presented Biden with a copy of the 10-point border security plan that Republicans first submitted to his administration over two years ago. Read more on Politico.com →

Gianforte says statewide sales tax off the table as his property tax task force gears up – Gov. Greg Gianforte had two big messages: Figure out how to bring some permanent tax relief to Montana homeowners – and don’t do it by recommending a statewide sales tax. Read more on MontanaFreePress.org →

Montana’s first Amazon facility launches – “They’re looking to open more facilities in Montana and we’re excited to welcome amazon to Montana,” said Governor Gianforte. Read more on FoxBusiness.com →

Gianforte outraises Busse in first 2024 campaign finance report – The incumbent Republican governor hauled in over $1 million – without cutting himself a check. Read more on MontanaFreePress.org →


Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Attorney General Knudsen Files 39th Lawsuit Against Biden’s Unlawful Ban On Energy Exports – The ban will jeopardize Montana’s production, storage, and transportation of natural gas which will cost Montanans jobs and hurt the state’s economy The lawsuit is the 39th that Attorney General Knudsen has filed against the Biden administration. Read more on the AG’s website →

Reversing Restrictions on Homeless Camp Bans in Montana – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen leading a coalition of 24 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the case of Johnson v. City of Grants Pass. Knudsen argues that if a lower court’s ruling stands, the country’s growing homelessness problem will worsen and hinder local and state policy response. He believes that states have a sovereign right to address the issue locally. Read more on KGVO.com →

Republican AGs demand Wells Fargo answer for abruptly closing gun dealer’s account, other woke policies – Montana AG Austin Knudsen is leading a group of 15 other AGs in sending a letter to Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf stating their concerns over the bank’s abrupt shuttering of accounts. The group is eyeing practices regarding debanking, or the closure of individual or organization accounts the bank views as a risk. Read more on FoxBusiness.com →

Eye-opening new stats lead to increased fears over fentanyl in Montana – New numbers coming out of the Montana Attorney General’s Office show fentanyl drug seizures in the state of Montana have doubled in just one year. Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen attributes the rise in numbers back to the crisis at the southern border – so Montana set out to intensify its drug defenses. Read more on KBZK.com →


Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Secretary Christi Jacobsen standing up for small businesses, monitoring Corporate Transparency Act court decision – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen is proud to be a proponent of the interests of businesses throughout the state of Montana. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Nearly 5,000 businesses joined Montana’s economy in February – Montana welcomed roughly 5,000 new businesses in February, according to the Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen. Read more on KTVH.com →

VIDEO: Secretary Jacobsen congratulates businesses honored at 2024 Made in Montana Tradeshow – Secretary Christi Jacobsen thanks businesses for attending 2024 Tradeshow, doing business in Montana Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen joins esteemed colleagues at Montana Chamber’s Women in Business Summit – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen was honored to join dozens of esteemed colleagues and guests at the Montana Chamber of Commerce “Blazing Trails” Women in Business Summit this week. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

‘Collaboration between Election Administrators and Secretary of State’: State, local election officials praise partnership – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen said it was an honor for the Secretary of State’s Office to provide updates on the partnership between state and local election officials during this week’s State Administration and Veterans’ Affairs (SAVA) interim committee. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

New Cascade County elections chief gets training – In the video above, Ryan Gamboa reports on Terry Thompson, the newly-hired elections administrator for Cascade County, who is receiving one-on-one training this week from staff of the Montana Secretary of State’s office. Read more on KRTV.com →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen thanks staff, candidates for successful 2024 candidate filing period – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen thanked staff in the Secretary of State’s Office and candidates across Montana for a successful 2024 candidate filing period. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

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Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen’s Statement on the Board of Public Education’s Action Related to Public Charter School Implementation – Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen sent the Montana Board of Public Education (BPE) a letter on March 22, 2024, regarding the opening of public charter schools.Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen to Host Community Discussions on Innovative Assessments – Superintendent Arntzen and New Meridian are hosting nine community roadshow discussions on the innovative Montana Aligned to Standards Through-Year (MAST) program for parents, community members, teachers, and school leaders from April 2-12, 2024. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Announces Alternative Teacher Licensing Pathway – Superintendent Arntzen proudly announces that the Montana Board of Public Education (BPE) approved the alternative teacher licensing pathway to the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) on March 18, 2024. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Schoolyard Bullies in the Legislature – During the Education Interim Budget Committee meeting on March 12-13, 2024, the Chair and some members of the Committee tarnished the reputation of the entire legislature with their lack of decorum. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen’s Response to the Education Interim Budget Committee’s Attack on the Great Work OPI Employees are Doing to Implement Legislation – “This is a political persecution. I am being attacked because I am a conservative. I stood up for limited bureaucracy, fought the radical transgender agenda, opposed woke-ism, promoted good government, and delivered results for our children, parents, and schools.” Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →


Commissioner Troy Downing

State works to educate public about rising threat of cybercrime across Montana – State Auditor and Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Troy Downing says AI is of particular concern, as it can be used to imitate the voices of real people. Read more at NBCMontana.com →

FOOL’S GOLD! THE MONTANA PRECIOUS METALS SCAM – Here we go again, another fraud to look out for. This warning came from Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Troy Downing. Read more at RealNewsMontana.com →

MT CSI warns of the “pig butchering” scam – The Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI) office is going around Montana educating communities on what to look for in potential scam situations and who the most vulnerable targets are. Read more on KRTV.com →

Tour Defends Against Financial Scams on Montana’s Elderly – “A lot of people don’t understand exactly what we do as a criminal justice agency and a regulator of insurance and securities, and we’re trying to change that,” began Downing.Read more at KGVO.com →

T. Falls presentation to focus on financial scams – Common financial scams in Montana is the topic of a special presentation set for March 27 at the Thompson Falls Senior Center. Read more at SCLedger.com →

Protecting the Big Sky – This week, the Meagher County Community Center is reaching out to the seniors of the community to provide information on generalized resources through the Rocky Agency on Aging. Read more on the Meagher County Chronicle →


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Latest February Updates from the Montana Republican Party

 

Senator Steve Daines

Sen. Daines joins Martha McCallum on Fox to talk border funding bill – 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

GOP Rep Zinke alleges husband of primary opponent punched staff member – Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., on Monday alleged that the husband of his primary opponent assaulted one of his staff members during a campaign event over the weekend Read more at FoxNews.com →

Connect to Congress: Zinke live on federal budget, foreign aid, and immigration – Congressman Ryan Zinke stopped by NBC Montana Today’s studio on Wednesday for a live interview that included questions about the federal budget, economy, spending for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, and proposed immigration legislation. Read more at NBCMontana.com →

Zinke debuts bill to limit privatizing public lands – Congressman Ryan Zinke announced on Monday that he is putting forward the “Public Lands in Public Hands” bill to limit the privatization of public lands.Read more at BozemanDailyChronicle.com →

Daines, Zinke recognize local service academy nominees – In a small meeting room on the second floor of a hotel in Bozeman on Monday, to-be high school graduates and their parents socialized as they waited for Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke to arrive.Read more at BozemanDailyChronicle.com →

Montana U.S. representatives vote with House to impeach Mayorkas – The Republican-led House succeeded in its second attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a 214-213 vote Tuesday. Read more at NBCMontana.com →


 

Congressman Matt Rosendale

GOP Representative Rosendale Vows to Use Budgeting Process to Protect Female Veterans from VA Trans Intrusion – GOP representative Matt Rosendale (Mont.) said over the weekend that he plans to protect female veterans’ medical spaces at VA facilities from male encroachment through the budgeting process for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more on NationalReview.com →

REP. ROSENDALE RELEASES STATEMENT ON RECOVERING GRIZZLY BEAR POPULATION IN MONTANA – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) released the following statement after the deadline for the 12-month status review of grizzly bear delisting in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) passed. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →

REP. ROSENDALE JOINS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN IMPEACHING ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02), joined the House of Representatives in Impeaching Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas. Rep. Rosendale was an original co-sponsor of the articles of impeachment against Secretary Mayorkas that were introduced in November. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s website →


 

Governor Greg Gianforte

Governor Gianforte, 13 Governors Visit Southern Border – “We have an invasion at the southern border and President Biden is sitting on his hands,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Montana stands with Governor Abbott and the men and women in uniform as they work to protect the American people from the drugs and terrorists pouring across our border.” Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →

Governor Gianforte Defends Youth Health Protection Act – Governor Greg Gianforte on Friday filed a brief to the Montana Supreme Court to defend the Youth Health Protection Act, reaffirming his commitment to protect children from permanent, life-alerting medical procedures. Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →


 

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

The Fox News Rundown: “A Right To Privacy”: Credit Cards Companies To Track Gun Purchases – Major credit card companies will soon allow banks to monitor customer firearm and ammunition purchases, potentially allowing these companies to flag suspicious purchases and report them to law enforcement. Attorney General Austin Knudsen joins Fox News Rundown to discuss what this law means for the rights of gun owners, their privacy, and the “precarious position” it puts these private companies in. Listen to the Podcast →

Republican AGs Push Back Against Biden Admin Plan To Expand IRS Authority – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a group of Republican Attorneys General pushing back against the Biden administration’s latest plan to further empower the IRS, the Daily Caller has learned. Twelve other state AG’s joined Knudsen in objecting to the IRS’ expansion into direct preparation and filing of tax returns scheduled to begin in 2024. Read more at DailyCaller.com →

JPMorgan, State Street quit climate group, BlackRock steps back – The decisions together remove nearly $14 trillion of total assets from efforts to coordinate Wall Street action on tackling climate change and came after the coalition, known as Climate Action 100+, or CA100+, asked signatories to take stronger action over laggards. Last March a group of Republican attorneys general co-led by Austin Knudsen questioned most of the largest U.S. asset managers about their membership in the industry groups and described what it called “potential unlawful coordination” within CA100+. Read more Reuters.com →


 

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

MT Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen officially files for re-election – Jacobsen currently serves as Secretary of State of Montana and previously served as an administrator for the Montana State Auditor’s office and the MT Department of Justice. In 2016, she was announced as chief of staff for her predecessor, former Secretary of State, Corey Stapleton. Read more on MontanaRightNow.com →

How Secretary of State Races Became Key Focus in Election Integrity Battle – In the wake of the 2020 election, focus sharpened on the 41 state secretaries of state that manage elections; a once obscure position has become a battleground. Read more at TheEpochTimes.com →

State executive offices up for election in Montana this year – Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen filed for a second four-year term earlier this month, telling MTN she promised voters not to seek higher office while she was still eligible to run for this one. She said she considers her first term to be a success, and she plans to point to record business registrations in the state and reduced red tape. Read more on KTVH.com →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen: ‘More than 20 candidate filings processed this week’ – Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen says candidates filing for the offices of Governor and Attorney General highlighted the week of candidate filing in the Secretary of State’s Office. Another candidate also emerged for the Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice race. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Photos of 2024 Candidate Filings on Sec. of State Jacobsen’s Facebook →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen: ‘More than 5,200 new business registrations in January 2024’ – “We were proud to announce Montana had another record year of new business registration in 2023,” Secretary Jacobsen said, “and we’re beginning 2024 with more Montanans creating their businesses. Our office is honored to serve them as they begin their journey.” Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Montana Business Spotlight: Big Sky Decon ‘making a big difference’ with decontamination products – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen has continued to visit with businesses across the Treasure State during her first term in office, including a Made in Montana company that’s turning heads with its goal to enhance public safety. Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

Secretary Christi Jacobsen thanks state, local election officials for attending certification training – “I’m grateful to our state and local election officials for the work they do each day to provide safe, secure, transparent, and accessible elections for all Montanans,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “Voters rely on the Montana Election Team, from the Secretary of State’s Office to the county election administrators and the election workers, and we’re honored to serve them as we prepare for the upcoming 2024 elections.” Read more at Sec. of State Jacobsen’s website →

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Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen’s Telework Policy Proves to be Fiscally Responsible – Superintendent Arntzen will save Montana taxpayers $259,775 between State Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025 by consolidating the Office of Public Instruction’s (OPI) office buildings from two to one. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Offers Updates on the Implementation of the Early Literacy Targeted Interventions Program – Superintendent Arntzen is actively implementing HB 352, Early Literacy Targeted Intervention Program, 20-7-1803, MCA. This program enhances early literacy learning in Montana schools by offering optional classroom-based, home-based, and jumpstart programs for eligible students. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Releases Montana’s 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results – Superintendent Arntzen has released the statewide results for the 2023 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which assesses six health-risk behaviors that result in the most significant morbidity, mortality, and social problems among students. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Seeks Feedback for Two Economic Impact Statements – Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is encouraging all Montanans to complete an economic impact survey for feedback on revisions to two sets of teaching and learning standards. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen to Host Ninth Community Discussion on Implementation of Public Charter Schools – Superintendent Arntzen will host the ninth monthly virtual community discussion focusing on the implementation of HB 549, Authorizing establishment of public charter schools by Representative Fred Anderson. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →


 

Commissioner Troy Downing

State Farm to pay $2 million to settle complaints over underpaid claims – Montana’s state auditor found that State Farm paid drivers less than they were owed after accidents. State Auditor Troy Downing said the settlement shows the crucial role citizens can play. Read more at MTPR.org →

State Auditor’s Office teaches Great Falls seniors how to prevent fraud – Staff from the Montana State Auditor Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Office (CSIMT) came to the Highgate Senior Living Facility on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, as part of a larger series of presentations that they are giving around the state. Read more at KRTV.com →

A cautionary tale: Scam victim shares her story to warn susceptible others – Read more at MTStandard.com →

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 →

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 →

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Senator Steve Daines

Fox & Friends Live From Bozeman, Montana – Montana’s US Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) also joined Fox & Friends from his hometown of Bozeman. When it comes to a potential government shutdown, he says if members of Congress can’t get the budget done, they shouldn’t get paid. Read more at MontanaTalks.com →

‘Compare That For A Moment To Joe Biden’: Steve Daines Speaks At Trump Rally In South Dakota – On Friday night, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) praised the tenure of former President Trump at the Trump rally in Rapid City, South Dakota. Watch it on Forbes YouTube →


 

Congressman Ryan Zinke

Republicans discuss impeachment inquiry into President Biden – Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., on the impeachment inquiry, Iran prisoner swap, and GOP holding calls to avert government shutdown. Watch on FoxNews.com →

Rep. Zinke to Newsmax: What Is Biden’s Objective With Ukraine? – Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke spoke with Newsmax on Monday to discuss Congress’s ongoing debate about funding the government and the proxy war in Ukraine. Read more at Newsmax.com →

House funding bill aims to ‘remove the woke’ at DHS and restart border wall construction – “We said we’d do two things: We’d curb the spending, and we would remove the woke,” Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., told Fox News Digital in an interview this week. Read more at FoxNews.com →


 

Congressman Matt Rosendale

Rep. Rosendale Releases Statement Opposing D.C. Cartel Funding Schemes – “In January, I fought hard for regular order to be restored to Congress,” said Rep. Rosendale.”Part of that fight was resolved when Kevin McCarthy promised to stop kicking the can down the road and develop the 12 appropriations bills, and bring non-defense discretionary spending levels down to $1.47 trillion or less to put us on a path toward fiscal responsibility.” Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

Looming gov. shutdown is due to ‘failure of leadership’: Rep. Matt Rosendale – Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., puts pressure on his fellow Republicans to avoid a government shutdown.Watch at FoxBusiness.com →

US’s national debt will become a ‘financial disaster’ in just five years: Rep. Matt Rosendale – Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., joined ‘Cavuto: Coast to Coast’ to discuss the GOP’s ongoing struggles to pass a defense spending bill as a government shutdown looms. Watch at FoxBusiness.com →

Freedom Caucus Republican rails against McCarthy’s spending deal as ‘extension’ of Pelosi, Biden policies – Freedom Caucus member Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., is among the House GOP members opposing the continuing resolution (CR) stuck late Sunday. He told FOX News Tuesday he is concerned that the spending echoes that from the Democratic side of the aisle. Read more at FoxNews.com →


 

Governor Greg Gianforte

Governor Gianforte Leads 25-State Effort Pressing President Biden for Data on Illegal Migrants – Leading a group of 25 Republican governors, Governor Greg Gianforte today called on President Joe Biden to provide governors with accurate and detailed information on who is entering the country illegally, where they are relocating, how the federal government is processing their asylum applications, and whether they are being deported. Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →


 

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Complaint against Knudsen a partisan attack – It is shameful that the Office of Disciplinary Council, which is appointed by the liberal-dominated Montana Supreme Court, is pursuing a meritless, ethical complaint against Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen for simply doing his job representing the Legislature in a legitimate constitutional dispute between the Legislature and the court. Read more at DailyInterLake.com →

Biden admin quietly consulted left-wing eco groups on plan to block off millions of acres: Montana AG – The Biden administration’s recently-announced plan to establish the largest-ever conservation zone was developed in collaboration with left-wing eco groups, according to Montana’s attorney general. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Knudsen petitions Supreme Court to reverse rulings in homelessness cases – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen joined several of his colleagues on Monday in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s decisions that place restrictions on local governments’ efforts to crack down on homeless encampments. Read more at DailyInterLake.com →

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Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Montana students invited to 2023 Constitution Contest – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen announced the 2023 U.S. Constitution Contest Monday during a Constitution Day celebration in the rotunda of the State Capitol. Read more at HavreDailyNews.com →


 

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen Celebrates American Indian Heritage Days – In 1997, the Montana Legislature designated the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Heritage Day and stated that “all districts shall conduct appropriate exercises during the school day.” Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Releases 2022-2023 Montana State Assessment Results for Math and Reading – “It is gratifying that more students took all of the tests, which recognizes the importance of getting back to the basics,” said Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. “These scores are promising but we have more to do. The success noted in the high school ACT indicates more students are focused on Montana Ready, which is college and career readiness.” Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Celebrates Montana’s 2023 National Blue Ribbon School Awardees – Superintendent Elsie Arntzen congratulates Anderson School, Amsterdam Elementary School, and Deer Park School as Montana’s 2023 National Blue Ribbon School awardees. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →


 

Commissioner Troy Downing

Havre hears presentation on financial fraud – Montana Auditor Troy Downing was at North Central Senior Citizens Center Thursday to give a presentation on common forms of financial fraud, part of a 14-stop tour aiming to promote awareness, improve prevention and reduce the stigma around people who are victimized by fraudsters, especially senior citizens. Read more at HavreDailyNews.com →


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Senator Steve Daines

Daily on Energy: GOP senators dish on prospects for permitting reform – Sens. Steve Daines, Kevin Cramer, and John Hoeven say that Republicans are ready to negotiate on a more comprehensive bill on permitting reform – but with certain lines drawn in the sand. Read more at WashingtonExaminer.com →

Basin Electric Congressional Panel – Basin Electric Vice President of Government Relations Tyler Hamman moderated a congressional panel at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Membership. The panelists included U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Steve Daines of Montana. Read more at BasinElectric.com →

Congressman Ryan Zinke

Zinke, Sheehy, talk federal government with former Trump administration officials at Gateway town hall – Tim Sheehy, who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, made a Gallatin Valley appearance on the campaign trail during a town hall with U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke on Thursday. Read more at BozemanDailyChronicle.com →

Zinke visits Colt Fire – United States Congressman Ryan Zinke met with firefighters at Lake Alva on July 31, discussing both the growing Colt Fire and the push to boost wildland firefighter funding. Read more at SeelyLake.com →

No one does it cleaner and better than the US: Rep. Ryan Zinke – Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., discusses how U.S. adversaries are cashing in on President Biden’s green push on ‘The Bottom Line.’ Read more at FoxBusiness.com →

Congressman Matt Rosendale

House Republican says he opposes all temporary government funding bills as shutdown looms – Conservative Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale tells Fox News he won’t vote for any continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30 as Congress readies for what could be a messy showdown over government spending levels and legislative priorities. Read more at FoxNews.com →

ROSENDALE KICKS OFF EASTERN MONTANA ENERGY TOUR – Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT02) kicked off his Eastern Montana Energy Tour as he is set to be joined by Arizona Congressmen Eli Crane and Andy Biggs at the Stillwater Mine, Yellowtail Dam, the coal mine in Colstrip, and the CHS Refinery in Laurel. Read more at MontanaTalks.com →

Talking with U.S. Rep. Rosendale about military matters – U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale of Montana’s Eastern Congressional District was interviewed on Montana This Morning. Read more at KRTV.com →

REP. ROSENDALE PRESENTS CONGRESSIONAL RECORD TO COLSTRIP TO CELEBRATE 100TH ANNIVERSARY – Rep. Rosendale presented a Congressional Record to Colstrip Mayor John Williams to recognize the centennial celebration of the town of Colstrip. Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

Governor Greg Gianforte

Governor Gianforte Joins Montanans To Celebrate Largest Tax Cut in State History – Governor Greg Gianforte joined legislators and Montanans to celebrate the impact of the historic tax package he signed into law this spring. Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Biden admin hit with legal challenge for green-lighting massive plan to take ag lands out of production – Montana Attorney General Knudsen says Biden admin actions are ‘direct attack on rural communities’ Read more at FoxNews.com →

Department of Justice reports record amount of fentanyl seizures in Montana – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen says a record amount of fentanyl has been seized in the state in the first half of 2023. Read more at KTVH.com →

The Battle to Ban TikTok and the Man at the Center of It – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen says he might not be leading the fight to ban TikTok in the state if it hadn’t been for a Chinese surveillance balloon. Read more at WSJ.com →

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Montana Secretary of State: ‘Where is the Media on Election Integrity?’ – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen spoke to KGVO News on Tuesday to ask why media outlets, print, radio, and television across the state are not covering the upcoming Supreme Court decision on what she called ‘common sense election integrity laws’ that were passed in the 2021 legislature, then struck down by a Montana District Court. Read more at NewsTalkKGVO.com →

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Elder fraud on the rise, Commissioner says – Montana’s frontier spirit and tireless efforts have yielded positive results for our teachers and students as the U.S. Department of Education (USED) has officially approved the Field-Testing Flexibility Waiver for the new Montana Alternative Student Testing (MAST) pilot program. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Commissioner Troy Downing

Elder fraud on the rise, Commissioner says – On a tour of eastern Montana, Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI) Troy Downing stopped off in Sidney to give a presentation on elder fraud in the hopes of preventing scams from ever taking place. Read more at SidneyHerald.com →

State auditor Troy Downing announces possible consideration for congressional run – Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced she has launched an exploratory committee for a run for Congress in the state’s second district, which has now prompted Troy Downing to announce he’s considering running. Read more at KULR8.com →