November 1, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Facts show that Monica Tranel, radical environmental lawyer and far-left candidate for Montana’s First Congressional District, already stands shoulder to shoulder with Congressional Democrats working to kill domestic energy projects while leaving Montana families to pay the price. In fact, she has spent her career working to represent groups like 350Montana who are hellbent on ending American oil and gas production. Touting her $90,00 brand new electric vehicle on the election trail, Tranel has also been an echo chamber for the Left’s latest push to force hardworking families to buy an expensive electric vehicle rather than support common sense policies that promote American energy production.

Here are the facts:

Monica Tranel’s liberal green agenda will hurt Montana energy production, jobs and families:

Tranel herself said: “So what is the first thing I will tackle in Congress?…I’ve been doing a lot of work on climate change and energy. The energy transition is happening…” (“Democratic Candidates running for Montana’s Western Congressional District,” MCAT Community Media, 05/11/22)

Monica Tranel has outwardly supported President Biden and the Democrats’ Build Back Broke bill and advocated for Green New Deal policies:

All to satisfy the crazy climate mob, the Democrats’ disastrous plan undercuts Made in Montana energy and forks over billions of dollars in slush funds to advance Green New Deal policies that will destroy Montana jobs and safe production. It also raises taxes on local oil and gas producers, directly impacting Montanans.

“The Build Back Better Act would raise the royalty rates for all new oil, gas, and coal leases from 12.5% to 20%, and in some cases up to 25%.” (Mark Passwaters, “Biden’s Build Back Better bill would ban drilling offshore Florida, increase royalty rates,” Upstream Online, 11/4/21)

Thankfully, Montanans have Ryan Zinke, a Navy SEAL Commander, former Montana Congressman, and Interior Secretary under President Trump, on the ticket to vote for.

In Congress, Ryan Zinke will once again be a champion of the issues most important to Montana and unleash American energy.

“Under Ryan Zinke’s leadership at the Department of the Interior, the U.S. achieved Energy Dominance, increased federal energy revenues, and responsibly opened federal acreage for energy production,” Trump, who has endorsed Zinke, said in a statement. “He will be a strong leader for the great Patriots of Montana.” (Maxine Joselow, “Ryan Zinke makes his ‘energy dominance’ pitch to Montanans”, Washington Post, 5/19/22)


October 31, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Liberal activist judge Ingrid Gustafson is bad for business. In fact, she is so bad, the Montana Chamber of Commerce gave her an “F Rating” in their latest judicial report card-the lowest of any other justice on the Montana Supreme Court.

Gustafson Scorecard

The nonpartisan scorecard, which is created to help Montana’s business community track judicial rulings that impact Montana’s economy, evaluates each justice on their pro-business positions.

Small businesses make up over 99 percent of Montana’s business environment-employing over 250,000 Montanans.

Fair and impartial judges are a critical component of a thriving economy and during unprecedented economic times, Gustafson is the last person Montanans should trust to stand up for their small business.

Gustafson’s opponent constitutional conservative James Brown has a proven record of standing up for Montana farmers, ranchers, and small businesses. As a small businessman himself, Brown will consistently be pro-business and protect Montana jobs.


October 21, 2022

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Republican Party reached a significant milestone by hitting our one millionth voter contact this election cycle. A joint effort by Montana Republican Party and our incredibly dedicated team of volunteers resulted in the accomplishment. Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“Thanks to our wonderful team and dedicated volunteers, I’m proud to announce the Montana Republican Party has made one million voter contacts this year. From knocking doors to making phone calls, we’re talking with voters across the state and what we’re hearing is that they are fired up for another red wave this November,” Kaltschmidt said.

“I am incredibly grateful for our team and volunteers who have worked hard this year to Keep Montana, Montana. With these efforts to get out the vote, Montana Republicans are poised to keep our state red and turn things around in Washington by flipping seats in the U.S. House, Supreme Court and local races.”



October 15, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after the liberal activist Justice, Ingrid Gustafson had two Judicial Standards Commission complaints filed against her yesterday.

“It is appalling, but not surprising that Justice Gustafson had the audacity to take part in a case where she knowingly received endorsements from the plaintiffs and attorneys. She had the opportunity to recuse herself, but she blatantly disregarded her ethical obligation in hopes of achieving a favorable outcome. If we can’t trust our Supreme Court in Montana, who can we trust to uphold the law? It’s clear the Montana Supreme Court won’t fix itself-Montanans must elect James Brown in November so we can start to restore integrity of the judicial system,” Kaltschmidt said.

Read more about the complaints filed against Gustafson HERE.

Rosendale Secures Victory in Debate Against Ronning and Buchanan

Montana Republican Party
October 7, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.orgHELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement in response to Matt Rosendale’s sweeping victory in the latest candidate debate against his liberal opponents Penny Ronning and Gary Buchanan for the Eastern Montana U.S. House seat.

“Tonight made it clear once again – Matt Rosendale is the obvious choice for voters in Montana’s Second Congressional District. Both of Matt’s opponents have made it clear they stand with D.C. Democrats and would vote in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi’s and Joe Biden’s liberal agenda. Instead of fighting to combat inflation, address the out-of-control border crisis and promote policies that will help stop the increase of drugs flowing into our country, Ronning and Buchanan are campaigning on personal attacks instead of focusing on the needs of Montanans,” said Kaltschmidt.

“In Congress, Matt Rosendale has proven to be an effective leader for our state and Montanans can count on him to make the right choices. Last night’s comments from both Ronning and Buchanan confirm that Republican leadership is needed now more than ever. Eastern Montana couldn’t have an easier choice to make – Re-Elect Matt Rosendale!”

Congressman Matt Rosendale has been a fighter for the rights and freedoms of Montanans during his two years in Congress. He has introduced and supported legislation to help our Veterans, combat inflation, secure our southern border, unleash American energy independence, and stood up for our Montana values.

Matt Rosendale is running for re-election in Montana’s Eastern Congressional District. To learn more about Matt and his platform, visit his website. In the case you weren’t able to watch the debate live, you can rewatch the debate HERE.


Montana Republican Party
September 30th, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement about Ryan Zinke after he won in a debate against his Democratic opponent, Monica Tranel, and Libertarian opponent, John Lamb, for the Montana U.S. House seat.

“Last night made it clear once again – Monica stands with the woke mob, not Montana. With her liberal agenda on full display, we heard once again how she’ll destroy Montana’s economy, kill Montana oil and gas development, and infringe on our Second Amendment rights by taking guns away from law-abiding Montanans. On the other hand, John showed how out of touch with Montana he is, and even went as far to say ‘our troops don’t fight for freedom’ – what a slap in the face to Montana veterans. The choice this November couldn’t be more clear – Ryan Zinke,” Kaltschmidt said.

Zinke and Tranel will debate again tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. on MTN News stations in the western district. Streaming for the debate can be found HERE.

Don “K”: Montana Supreme Court’s Liberal Bias Underscores the Importance of Electing James Brown to the Bench this November

Montana Republican Party
September 22nd, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after the liberal Montana Supreme Court blocked two election laws that were passed during the 2021 legislative session.

“This week, the Montana Supreme Court’s liberal bias was on display once again-this time by blocking two of Montana’s common sense election integrity laws. While the people of Montana should be concerned about the woke, liberal agenda of the Montana Supreme Court, there is a light at the end of the tunnel when we retire Ingrid Gustafson and send James Brown to the bench. Brown will put Montanans over politics, won’t legislate from the bench and help restore faith in our judicial system,” Kaltschmidt said.

The election integrity laws the Montana Supreme Court blocked includes one that strengthens voter ID laws. Read more HERE.

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ingrid Gustafson, who ruled in favor of blocking the laws, is currently running for re-election to the Montana Supreme Court.


Montana Republican Party
September 21st, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – To clearly convey and ensure we have a winning message in November, the Montana Republican Party is pleased to announce the addition of Madison Atkinson as Communications Director.

Madison Atkinson

As we move closer to Election Day, I am excited to announce Madison is joining our team,” said Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Madison will be instrumental in securing our Congressional victories and growing our legislative majorities in Montana. She will be an excellent addition to our organization.”

Madison joins the Montana Republican Party after working as a local news reporter for ABC FOX Montana in Bozeman.

“I am thrilled to join the Montana Republican Party and communicate our party’s message and values to Montanans through multiple platforms,” said Madison. “As the state of Montana continues to grow, I look forward to working with our current Republican elected officials as well as future leaders.”

Madison is a graduate of Arizona State University and lives in Bozeman. When not working, Madison can be found enjoying the outdoors and cheering on the MSU Bobcats.

Madison can be reached at madison@mtgop.org

Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Slams Montana Supreme Court for Latest Self-Serving Decision

August 12th, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont.— In a 5-2 decision, today the Montana Supreme Court denied Montanans a voice in how their state Supreme Court justices are elected. In response to the self-serving decision, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement:

“The Montana Supreme Court has carried water for trial lawyers and other liberal interest groups for far too long. The justices, including Ingrid Gustafson who happens to be on the ballot this year, ignored their own glaring conflict of interest and ruled on this case so they could avoid Montana voters. It’s clear the Montana Supreme Court won’t clean up itself-Montanans must elect James Brown in November so we can start to restore the rule of law.”


Two Faced Tester Votes with Biden & Schumer to Hurt Montana Families

August 7, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont.—Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after Democrat Jon Tester voted to pass the Biden-Schumer $739 billion tax and spend bill:

“Jon Tester spent his weekend buddying up with his fellow liberal Chuck Schumer to pass their radical, progressive wish-list disguised as inflation relief,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Not only did Jon vote to pass their massive tax and spend climate bill which sticks Montana taxpayers with the price tag, he also voted against every effort to make the bill better for Montana families including supporting Montana energy development, securing the southern border and ensuring the IRS doesn’t bully small businesses. What’s worse—Jon continues to lie about how the bill will hurt Montanans—he must be held accountable.” 

Tester also refused to use his support for the bill as leverage to restore the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Chairman Don K: No Matter the Spin, Jon Tester is a YES on Schumer’s Tax and Spend Extravaganza Bill

August 4, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after Jon Tester misled Montana reporters about his support for the Biden-Schumer-Pelosi-Manchin tax and spend bill full of liberal priorities.

“On one hand you have Jon Tester telling national reporters “what’s not to like” about the Democrats’ liberal wishlist tax and spend bill. On the other, and with the future of the bill unknown, he’s walking back his comment to Montana reporters saying he’s undecided. Don’t buy the spin, folks – Tester is as firm of a yes on this Montana job-killing bill as Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer. For heavens sake, just take a look at his voting record – he’s always in Biden and Schumer’s corner, not Montana’s,” Kaltschmidt said.

The Biden-Schumer-Pelosi-Manchin tax and spend bill forks over $369 BILLION to advance the radical Green New Deal that will destroy Montana jobs and leave families with even higher energy prices, gives tax breaks to wealthy Americans to purchase electric vehicles, and supersize the IRS by spending $45 BILLION to hire over 80,000 works to go after Montana families and small businesses. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation also found the bill is estimated to eliminate nearly 30,000 jobs and raise taxes on low and middle class Americans.

With a 50-50 split Senate, it would only take one Senate Democrat to put an end to the tax and spend bill once and for all.


MTGOP Responds to Montana Districting and Apportionment Meeting

August 2, 2022
Contact: press@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont.-The Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission met earlier today with each commissioner unveiling their proposed maps of Montana’s new legislative districts. The stated purpose of the meeting was to unveil each commissioner’s proposed map, yet Democrat members of the commission secretly received access to Republican commission members’ maps ahead of Tuesday’s meeting. The Democrat commissioners used this unfair advantage to prepare a series of unfounded partisan attacks which they deployed this afternoon. In addition, Democrat commissioners both put forward heavily gerrymandered maps with proposals designed to unduly favor the Democrat party beyond what logically drawn districts would provide.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement in response to the Democrats desperate efforts:

“Today, Democrat members of the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission tried to claim moral high ground, but in fact their hands were dirty. The purpose of today’s meeting was to introduce each proposal put forward. It is incredibly disappointing Democrat members of the Commission used their positions to unfairly obtain access to Republican maps prior to the public meeting. They’ve also once again carved up our state in a desperate attempt for political gain. Montanans expect their legislative districts to be drawn in a manner that does not favor one political party over another, and unfortunately Democrats are playing the same games they did during the Congressional districting process,” Kaltschmidt said.

“Public comment is an important part of the redistricting process and in order for the process to be transparent, Montanans need to be heard. I encourage all Montanans to participate over the next several months and closely review what is included in the maps to ensure common sense legislative districts are adopted and to prevent Democrats from dividing up our state to benefit their liberal agenda.”

The commission will be holding both in-person and virtual public hearings by region giving Montanans an opportunity to provide feedback on proposed maps. To ensure a fair map of our legislative districts is adopted for Montana, we encourage you to participate.

Click the link below to find the meeting closest to you!