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Governor Gianforte Delivers Second State of the State Address

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte joined the 68th Legislature in the House Chamber of the State Capitol to deliver his State of the State Address yesterday.

In his remarks, Governor Gianforte communicated his mission to make Montana an even better place to live, work, raise a family and achieve the American Dream.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response:

“It was an honor to watch Governor Gianforte deliver his second State of the State Address to the people of Montana. Under the leadership of a conservative governor, the state is much stronger than it was just two years ago,” said Chairman Kaltschmidt. “Governor Gianforte addressed that the executive branch is working closely with Montana legislators to modernize state government, cut taxes and red tape, and make Montana debt-free in 2023.”

“Governor Gianforte presented that to better serve the people of Montana he will continue to provide greater opportunity, well-paying jobs, tax relief, protect parents’ rights, create safer neighborhoods, and affordable housing options. As Republicans, we’re implementing the biggest tax cut ever this year. Montana truly is the last best place to grow, develop, and fulfill the American dream.”

Don’t be Fooled—Two Faced Tester Voted Against Securing the Southern Border

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December 22, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after Democrat Jon Tester blocked an amendment to secure the southern border:

“Jon Tester has had two years to secure our Southern border and has not even attempted fix it. Regardless of what he says today, his position has not changed. Tester blocked an amendment to extend Title 42 provisions and has supported Biden’s open border policies since day 1 of his administration,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Tester’s meaningless border amendment is nothing but a facade and was designed specifically to try to cover up his efforts to advance his woke leftist agenda. Montanans are tired of his tactics; Tester will continue to serve as Joe Biden’s puppet in the White House until he retires or loses in 2024.”

Following Tester’s vote to block the amendment, he went on to cast his vote of support for the $1.7 trillion bloated government funding package.

CHAIRMAN DON K: TWO FACED TESTER BACKS ANOTHER BIG SPENDING PORK FILLED SPENDING PACKAGE.

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December 21, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after Jon Tester voiced strong support for another bloated omnibus spending bill:

“It is hard to believe that Tester claims he did not have time to read a 497-page tax bill, but somehow he has had the time to look over a 4,155 page, $1.7 trillion-dollar earmarked government funding bill that was created in the dead of the night,” Kaltschmidt said. “Democrats have conveniently waited until the week of Christmas to try to get it passed to avoid blowback and tough questions from the American people. Montanans are tired of out-of-control government spending, and they are tired of Jon Tester.”

Both Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Matt Rosendale have voiced their opposition for the spending package.

 

DON “K” SLAMS CHAIR, DEMOCRAT MEMBERS OF MONTANA DISTRICTING COMMISSION FOR ADOPTING ILLEGAL LEGISLATIVE MAP

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December 21, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Following today’s Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission meeting, Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response to Chairwoman Smith and Democrat Commission members’ adopting a gerrymandered legislative district map.

“The Democrats’ legislative district map is unlawful and blatantly partisan, making it crystal clear that they’re more concerned about gaining political power and furthering their own objectives, instead of what’s best for Montanans. This map flips twelve legislative seats from Republican to Democrat, and simply does not reflect the makeup of our state,” Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt said. “The map fails to meet the mandatary legal criteria of compactness and is nothing short of a political stunt. After calling for compromise, it’s disappointing to see Chairwoman Smith, who is supposed to be nonpartisan, reveal her true political colors and vote for the Democrats map. Additionally, Chairwoman Smith ignored Montana Sunshine laws by allowing closed door, behind the scenes meetings during the virtual work period, leaving Montanans entirely in the dark on this process. The Commission needs to be held accountable for these corrupt tactics.”

Under Montana law, the far-left Montana Supreme Court is tasked with selecting the “neutral” Chair of the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission if the four appointed members cannot agree. Historically, past chairs of the Commission have been clearly affiliated with the Democrat party-despite the role requiring a nonpartisan individual.

The map will now be sent to the Montana legislature for review and feedback, however the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission is not required to accept their revisions.

REP. BECKY BEARD SELECTED TO SERVE AS SENATOR FOR SD40

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December 12, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Representative for House District 80 Becky Beard has been selected to fill the seat of resigning Senator Terry Gauthier of Senate District 40 in the upcoming legislative session.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement following Beard’s appointment:

“Now Senator Beard is respected by her legislative colleagues, the executive branch, and her constituents for her knowledge, experience, and goodwill. In the State Senate, she will be able to represent the people of Montana with her conservative background and legislative expertise. The GOP is pleased to have someone like Beard who will defend the Montana way of life. I am confident that Beard will contribute to a legislation that will lead Montana down the path of an efficient and responsive state government,” Kaltschmidt said.

A special meeting will be held to fill Beard’s House District 80 seat that is now vacant.

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BIDENFLATION IMPACTING MONTANA SMALL BUSINESSES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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December 1, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response to small businesses struggling to pay rent this holiday season:

“Over 99% of businesses in Montana are small businesses. They line the streets of every Montana town, drive our growing economy and support our communities with jobs. Last month, more than 40% of U.S. small business owners said they could not pay rent on time or in full due thanks to rising costs. As Bidenflation continues to hurt Montana families, Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress take zero action. Under the Democrat leadership, we’ve seen the highest increase in inflation in 40 years, and Montanans have suffered enough. As hard-working business owners struggle to make ends meet, Montanans know Democrats like Jon Tester are wreaking havoc on their wallet this holiday season,” said Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt.

According to the U.S Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, over 249,000 of Montanans are employed by small businesses across our state.

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MTGOP CONGRATULATES REPUBLICANS ELECTED LEADERSHIP FOR THE 68TH LEGISLATURE

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November 16, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after Montana House and Senate Republicans elected new legislative leadership for the 68th Legislature:

“Voters sent a strong message to Helena last week by electing a Republican supermajority in the Montana House of Representative and the Montana Senate,”said Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Today, the Montana Republican caucuses selected their respective Republican legislative leaders who will put our conservative agenda first, cut the red tape and invest in a stronger future for Montana.”

“Congratulations Sen. Jason Ellsworth who will serve as the next President of the Senate, Rep. Matt Regier who will serve as Speaker of the House for Montana and all the other GOP leaders selected. The Republican leadership in Montana’s 68th Legislature is full of proven and effective leaders who will strengthen our economy, lower taxes and fight to protect the Montana way of life in the upcoming session.”

Legislative leadership also includes:

Sen. Ken Bogner, Senate President Pro Tem
Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick, Senate Majority Leader
Rep. Rhonda Knudsen, Speaker Pro Tem
Rep. Sue Vinton, House Majority Leader

The 68th Montana Legislature will be sworn in on January 2, 2023.

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REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL ASSOCIATION ELECT AG KNUDSEN AS VICE CHAIRMAN

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November 15, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after the Republican Attorney General Association elected Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen as Vice Chairman:

“Congratulations Attorney General Austin Knudsen for being elected Vice Chairman of the Republican Attorney General Association. It is great to see Montana leadership at the national level promote and protect the Constitution, uphold the Rule of Law and help keep our communities safe. Over the past two years, Knudsen has worked hard leading Montana’s Department of Justice and ensuring the brave men and women of Montana law enforcement are supported. As Vice Chairman, Knudsen will continue to do the same while working with other Republican Attorney Generals to hold the Biden Administration accountable and protect our freedom,” Kaltschmidt said.

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MT DEMOCRATS SHAME VOTERS AFTER SUFFERING HISTORIC LOSS

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November 11, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement after Montana Democrats started shaming voters about who they voted for in the election:

“It is unbelievable that Montana voters are being shamed after they didn’t vote for Democrat candidates in the general election. Montanans should never have to explain who they voted for – yet alone be ridiculed if it’s not the Democratic Party. This election, voters themselves made it loud and clear when filling out their ballots who they wanted to lead our state,” Kaltschmindt said.

“In Montana, we shake hands and hold our heads high regardless of winning or losing. It’s unfortunate Democrat opponents in both Congressional races both didn’t call to congratulate Ryan Zinke or Matt Rosendale on their win. Montanans know they elected the right candidates for congress who will protect the Montana way of life, and no one should feel shamed of their political views.”

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MTGOP CHAIRMAN DON “K” HONORS ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED ON VETERANS DAY

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November 11, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

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

“On this Veterans Day, Montanans are gathering across our great state to honor all the brave men and women who have served our country. We recognize their bravery, their honor and their commitment. With Montana being home to nearly 100,000 veterans, our state has a rich legacy of military service. As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps myself, I understand the sacrifices our service members and their families go through for our freedom. The United States and the world are better places because of the courage our veterans and service members have shown. To all of Montana’s veterans – thank you for your service,” Kaltschmidt said.

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ZINKE WINS ELECTION TO REPRESENT MONTANA’S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE U.S. HOUSE

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November 10, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after Ryan Zinke won the election to represent Montana’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Montana Republican Party enthusiastically congratulates Ryan Zinke on his hard-fought win to represent Western Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

“Zinke will help hold Joe Biden and his Administration accountable and work to undo the damage of the Left’s disastrous policies. He will fight to lower prices for Montana families, stand up for our freedoms and work to secure the southern border. Montanans made the right choice by electing Zinke to serve alongside Steve Daines and Matt Rosendale in Congress. Congratulations, Ryan!” Kaltschmidt said.

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MONTANA CAN’T TRUST INGRID GUSTAFSON

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November 2, 2022
Contact: madison@mtgop.org

HELENA, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement about liberal activist judge, Ingrid Gustafson rule of law is a justice for thee but not for me.

“Ingrid Gustafson champions Montana’s “Sunshine Laws” that allow the public access to communication and records for government and elected officials. Although, when it came to Gustafson’s own communication and records, she voted to block Montanans access to them. She’s a hypocrite-telling voters one thing and secretly doing another for her own benefit,” Kaltschmidt said.

“More recently, Gustafson ignored her ethical obligations multiple times to recuse herself from a case where she has a personal interest and refused. What kind of double standard justice is that? We must vote for James Brown, a true constitutional conservative to the Montana Supreme Court, he will restore integrity and confidence in Montana’s Judicial System once he is elected.”