Biden Administration, Tester Continue to Defend Eco-Terrorist Tracy Stone-Manning who called for Population Control

Helena, Mont. – President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, who also served as a senior staffer for Senator Jon Tester, continues to be defended by President Biden, despite shocking new revelations during the nomination process.

“It is truly disturbing that Senator Tester, along with the Biden administration, have continued to support a nominee who has not only violated Senate Ethics rules by taking a gift from a Tester donor while serving as his staffer, but has ties to an eco-terrorist plot and blatantly lied to federal investigators,” Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt said. “Stone-Manning is so radical, she even called for population control and referred to a human child as an environmental hazard. Her extreme history should immediately disqualify her from leading the largest land management agency in the country. It’s time Jon Tester backs down and admits Stone-Manning is a bad choice to lead any agency in this country.”

Stone-Manning previously served as Senator Tester’s Regional Director and as Chief of Staff for Governor Steve Bullock. She also worked for several extreme, dark money environmental organizations including Montana Conservation Voters.

According to MSNBC, White House officials have even admitted that Stone-Manning’s nomination was “a massive vetting failure.” However, despite her actions, Senator Tester has continued to ignore the facts and says he is glad to see her nomination moving forward.

Senator Tester needs to stand with the people of Montana and their values, instead of caving to the far left and supporting another radical Biden administration nominee.

 

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In 3-2 Vote, Montana Redistricting Commission Adopts Partisan Criteria

Helena, Mont. – Yesterday, the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission met to adopt state legislative redistricting criteria. While Montanans from around the state took time to submit comment, attend virtually, and testify in person in favor of nonpartisan districts, three Commission members chose to inject partisanship into written redistricting goals.

“It is truly disappointing to see the Commission toss aside over 400 comments they received from Montanans last week, including those that requested public comment be heard at the beginning of the meeting” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Public comment is an important part of the redistricting process and in order for the process to be transparent, Montanans need to be heard.”

In a partisan 3-2 vote, the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission adopted language that allows the Commission to consider the partisan makeup of districts when drawing state legislative lines. This allows Democrats to create districts that favor the Democrat party even if an area has a clear majority of Republican constituents.

“Additionally, yesterday’s vote on competitive criteria completely undermines Montana’s rule of law,” said Chairman Kaltschmidt. “Montanans expect their legislative districts to be drawn in a manner that does not favor one political party over another. It is disappointing this decision was made to give Democrats an unfair partisan advantage and it’s evident members of the Commission on the other side of the aisle only obey laws they like.”

For background, the Commission is comprised of five members, including two Republicans and two Democrats. Former University of Montana Law Professor and tribal attorney Maylinn Smith, who is supposed to serve as the non-partisan chair of the Commission but has previously supported Democrat politicians, was appointed by the Montana Supreme Court.

The next Commission meeting will be held in August. While we are discouraged by today’s actions, we hope the Commission will reject partisan gamesmanship in future meetings.

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Merwin Stepping Down; Tribble Announced as New Executive Director

Helena, Mont. – Montana Republican Party Executive Director, Spenser Merwin, is stepping down from his position and Danielle Tribble, a former staff member for Montana’s United States Senator Steve Daines, has been named his replacement as the next Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party.

Spenser Merwin, who oversaw the MTGOP during the historic 2020 election in which Montana Republicans swept every statewide office and landed historic majorities in the Montana Legislature, is stepping down after 20 months in the position and provided the following statement:

“The last 20 months were historic at the Montana Republican Party, and I am grateful to our Republican leaders for giving me the opportunity to earn their trust and serve as the Executive Director during the 2020 election cycle,”, said Spenser Merwin. “The work moving forward will continue, and we are leaving the Montana Republican Party in very capable hands as the organization continues to build on its incredible success from last year. “

Merwin’s replacement, Danielle Tribble, joins the Montana GOP after serving as Senator Daines’ Regional Director based out of his Missoula office. In the 2020 election cycle, Tribble managed the Field and Coalitions Departments for Senator Daines re-election campaign.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt offered the following statement after Tribble was officially selected as the next Executive Director of the Montana Republican Party:

“I am pleased to announce that Danielle Tribble will serve as Montana Republican Party’s next Executive Director,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Danielle has the experience and relationships needed to continue growing our party. We had tremendous success in 2020 and I know Danielle will continue to build on that momentum as we move closer to the midterm elections.”

Danielle brings both political and management experience to the MTGOP where she will be responsible for overseeing the organization and implementing Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt’s vision to support our Republican candidates.

“I am grateful that Chairman Kaltschmidt and the Executive Board have selected me serve as the Montana Republican Party’s Executive Director,” said Tribble. “With Montana picking up a second congressional seat, 2022 is a big year for our state. I am looking forward to working closely with our candidates and positioning the party to be successful next November.”

Danielle was born and raised in Missoula, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Political Science. In her free time, Danielle enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and exploring all the beauty Montana has to offer.

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Senator Tester; Democrats Push For Largest Spending Package in U.S. History

Helena, Mont. – Today, Senator Jon Tester agreed to support the largest spending package in U.S. history as Democrats in Washington, D.C. continue to do everything they can to appease their socialist base and its tax and spend agenda – regardless of the economic impacts.

Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response to the Democrats’ continued spending-spree:

“On the heels of a the highest Consumer Price Index in 13 years, Senate Democrats are now moving ahead with the largest and most reckless spending package in U.S. history”, said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Concern for inflation is now higher than anytime since 1991, and we have the reckless spending at the heart of the socialist agenda of the Biden White House to blame. Senator Tester knows this reckless behavior will threaten our economic recovery and that Montana families are looking for relief for today’s price increases; not a handout.”

With former Obama Cabinet members sounding the economic alarm, Senator Tester’s actions are truly reckless, and his self-proclaimed “centrist” label is now in even more doubt.

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Senator Jason Small Appointed to Serve on Montana Republican Party Executive Board

Helena, Mont. – Republican Party member and Montana State Senator for District 21 has been selected by Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt to serve on the Montana Republican Party Executive Board.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on the Montana Republican Party Executive Board,” said Senator Small. “I am looking forward to working with Republicans across the state to advance conservative values and preserve our Montana way of life for generations to come.”

Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the statement below:

“Senator Small will be an incredible addition to our Executive Board. He is a voice for hard working Montanans, an incredible servant to his community, and a strong representation of our core conservative values. I look forward to working with him over the next several years as we work to keep Montana red.

Senator Jason Small was elected to serve the people in Senate District 21 in 2016 and again in 2020.

Happy Independence Day!

245 years ago today, the greatest nation the world has ever known was born. Families and friends across the country are coming together to celebrate our God given rights and the freedoms we have as Americans. While we celebrate, let us honor the brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives to protect ours–and let us remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to live in peace and freedom.

We must never take our freedoms for granted. As Ronald Reagan once said, “We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something–for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these things are worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” The Montana Republican Party and patriots around the country remain committed to preserving life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for generations to come. Through unity, we will remain free.

Happy Independence Day and God Bless,

Don “K” Kaltschmidt, Chairman

Montana Republican Party

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Election Integrity

Helena, Mont. – Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of election integrity by upholding Arizona’s election laws in a 6-3 decision. The monumental decision rightfully acknowledges that states have the authority to enact voting security measures without violating anyone’s right to cast his or her ballot.

“Today’s ruling is a monumental victory for champions of election integrity across the country,” said Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “During the 67th Legislative Session, our leaders in Helena strengthened the integrity of our elections by passing commonsense security measures like requiring photo ID and preventing paid political operatives from the mass gathering of ballots. The Montana Republican Party strongly supported these efforts in Montana, and I applaud the Supreme Court for their decision today which upholds our view that states have the authority to enact our own election security measures.”

In Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed two critical bills to strengthen election security and ensure Montana is a leader in election integrity. Immediately following the passage of these bills, the Montana Democrat Party filed suit in a last ditch effort to circumvent the will of Montana voters that overwhelmingly supported Republicans at every level of Government in the 2020 election.

The Arizona laws at the heart of the decision prevented anyone other than the individual, family, and caregivers from collecting and delivering a completed ballot, and a long standing policy that votes cast in the wrong precinct may be discarded.

Montana had a similar law challenged and ultimately struck down by the Montana Supreme Court, however, a recent version of the ballot security measure that passed the Legislature and was signed into law is currently under litigation in Montana. This SCOTUS ruling is welcomed news in regards to the merits of those measures currently in the Montana judicial system.

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Governor Gianforte Leads Effort to Oppose Biden Administration’s Attempts to Pack Supreme Court

HELENA, Montana- Today, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte joined 19 other governors in urging President Joe Biden to withdraw his proposal to pack the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Power hungry Democrats will stop at nothing to gain control of the United States Supreme Court by packing it full of liberal justices that will fill their far-left wish list. This radical effort to push for one party rule is dangerous and a complete disregard to what our founding fathers intended for our great country,” said Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt.

“The judicial branch of the United States government was created to be free of partisan power. I am thankful for Governor Gianforte’s leadership on this issue to make sure the highest court in the nation remains independent.” 

Just three months into President Biden’s term, Democrats in Congress introduced legislation to pack the Supreme Court with four additional justices, changing the number from nine to thirteen.

President Biden also signed an Executive Order forming a Commission to study expanding the Court.

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Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt Releases Statement Following VP Harris’s Trip to Southern Border

HELENA, Montana- Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement regarding Vice President Harris’s long overdue visit to the southern border:

“Kamala Harris’s trip to the border was nothing but a photo-op. The Vice President stopped in El Paso, Texas—a thousand miles from where the actual border crisis is happening. And let’s keep in mind, the announcement of her visit came shortly after President Trump shared he would be visiting the border with Texas Governor Greg Abbott,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt.

“The Biden Administration’s efforts to sweep this crisis under the rug is truly a disgrace to our country and to those suffering at the hand of their harmful immigration policies—or lack thereof. We have seen the devastating effects of the unsecured southern border right here in Montana. Meth, fentanyl, and other harmful drugs are being smuggled across the border into our communities and are tearing Montana families apart.

“I am grateful for Senator Daines, Congressman Rosendale, Attorney General Knudsen, and Governor Gianforte for their work to shed light on this devastating crisis, secure the southern border, and protect Montana’s communities. The Democrats need to stop making what’s happening at the southern border a partisan issues and act now.”

Just last month, Montana Senator Jon Tester failed to provide relief to the illegal-immigration crisis by siding with his far-left allies and voting against construction of the border wall.

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Tester, Senate Democrats, Fail in Effort to Takeover our Elections

HELENA, Montana – Today, Senator Tester’s deeply flawed S.1, or the deceptively named “For the People Act”, failed on the Senate floor. This radical, federal election takeover bill is another example of a far-left power grab to gain control of our Federal Elections to ensure Democrat control in Washington, D.C.

“This afternoon, Senate Democrats, including Senator Tester, showed their true colors by voting in favor of the radical S.1, or “For the People Act” – which really isn’t for the people at all, and would be an absolute disaster for our country,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “It would have completely eliminated voter ID laws, used taxpayer dollars to fund Democrat attack ads, and undermine the work the Montana Legislature passed this legislative session to strengthen the integrity of our elections. It would also have forced states to allow ballot harvesting, automatically register voters, and completely disregard the Constitution.

The Constitution is clear that the ‘Times, Places, and Manner of holding elections’ lies with the Montana legislature, and Senator Tester should be ashamed of his attempt to disregard our legislature’s work for his own political gain. Montanans support election integrity, and I am grateful for both Senator Daines and Congressman Rosendale’s steadfast opposition to this radical proposal.”

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Don “K” Kaltschmidt re-elected as MTGOP Chairman

HELENA, Montana- On Saturday, June 19th, members of the Montana Republican Party unanimously re-elected Chairman Don K at their State Officers’ Convention. Vice Chairman and State Representative Lola Sheldon- Galloway was also chosen to serve a second term as Vice Chair.

Chairman Don K released the following statement after the unanimous decision:

“It is an honor to be re-elected as the Chairman of the Montana Republican Party. I want to thank the members of the MTGOP for choosing me to lead our party for another two years and look forward to serving our Party in this critical role once again.

We achieved historic success in 2020 and Republicans now maintain control of 7 out of 8 statewide offices. And thanks to the hard work of our elected Montana State Legislators, we had an incredibly successful 67th legislative session. Through our strong grassroots movement, exceptional team, and continued momentum, we will continue to advance conservative values across our state. 

With Montana picking up a second congressional seat, I have no doubt that next year, we will send not one, but two Republican members of Congress back to Washington D.C. to fight back on President Biden’s radical agenda. Our convention this weekend demonstrated the enthusiasm among Montana Republicans, and that together, we are stronger. Montana Republicans are more united than ever before, and we look forward to victories across our state next year.”

 

The Montana Republican Party’s State Officers’ Convention was held on Saturday, June 19th in Helena.

 

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Biden BLM Nominee and Radical Environmentalist Tracy Stone-Manning “Collaborated with Eco-Terrorists”

Helena, MT – The Montana Republican Party voiced strong opposition to President Biden’s appointment of longtime environmental extremist and political operative Tracy Stone-Manning to oversee the Bureau of Land Management – and for good reason.

Recent court documents reveal that Stone-Manning, former staffer to Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock, “collaborated with eco-terrorists” in a tree spiking plot before trading her court testimony for legal immunity in the early 1990’s. Many members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee have rightfully expressed outrage over her involvement in the scheme, as tree spiking is a dangerous and violent tactic meant to cause harm to loggers and forest products workers.

Tracy Stone-Manning’s involvement in this incident is more than enough to disqualify her from leading the United States Government’s largest land management agency, and her background in leading dark money organizations that spent millions in pursuit of an extreme agenda to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline and harm Montana’s farm and ranch communities further displays the harm she will due at the helm of the BLM.

Background

  • Worked for and even led several radical environmental organizations known for extreme approaches including EarthFirst! and the Montana Conservation Voters, which is funded by dark money out of Washington, D.C.
  • Supported out-of-mainstream views such as: breaching dams, cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, stopping federal energy development, and massive wilderness designations without local support.
  • Opposed bipartisan, collaborative policies such as the Lewistown RMP, sage grouse plan amendments, and the relocation of the BLM headquarters to the West.

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