MTGOP Statement on Election Integrity Lawsuits

Helena, MT: Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement today after another lawsuit was filed against Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen for safeguarding Montana elections:

“The Montana Republican Party strongly supports Montana’s Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen and her efforts to strengthen the security of Montana’s elections,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Montanans elected a Republican to every statewide office on the ballot in 2020, and our leaders in Helena are standing up for the rule of law and the security of our elections. These lawsuits are an attempt by organizations that are unhappy with the outcome of the election to use the courts to undermine the majority of Montanans that want to see commonsense election security measures put in place. And the Montana Republican Party is grateful for Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s efforts to strengthen the security of our elections, and for Governor Gianforte signing these important bills into law.” 

The Montana Democratic Party, and The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Native American Rights Fund, filed two separate lawsuits challenging the election security measures that Governor Gianforte signed into law following the 67th Legislative Session.

The lawsuits allege that it is unconstitutional to require voters to be registered before election day and provide photo identification at the polls, and to prevent political operatives from accepting money in exchange for harvesting ballots.



Gov. Gianforte Continues Pro-Jobs,Pro-Growth Agenda

Helena, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte continues to implement a pro-jobs, pro-growth agenda by signing two Montana Comeback priority bills into law; the Entrepreneur Magnet Act and the Corporate Tax Modernization Act.

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt issued the following statement after the Governor signed these important bills into law:

“Governor Greg Gianforte won the support of Montanans last November in historic fashion because he is focused on leading Montana’s Comeback and creating better-paying jobs for Montanans,” said Chairman Kaltschmidt. “As a business owner, I know how critical it is that Montana work to implement a pro-job and pro-growth agenda for businesses to thrive and create better opportunities for all who live here. Governor Gianforte continues to lead on this front and Montanans are recognizing the benefits of what a more competitive tax code will mean for Montana families.”

Governor Gianforte’s signing of The Entreprenuer Magnet Act, carried by Senate President Mark Blasdel (R – Kalispell), will exempt qualifying businesses from paying capital gains tax on any sale of employee-owned stock; creating an incentive for businesses looking to relocate and will bring more jobs and opportunities to Montana.

Since becoming law, Senate Bill 376, carried by Senator Greg Hertz (R – Polson), will modernize Montana’s corporate income tax structure by reducing corporate tax calculation from three-factors to two; which provides Montana with the ability to collect increased tax revenues from out-of-state digital retailers that sell products to Montanans rather than only burdening Montana-based businesses.



MTGOP Statement on 67th Legislative Session

Helena, MT – Today, Governor Gianforte and Republican Legislators held a press conference to discuss their historic achievements during the 67th Montana Legislature after the Legislature adjourned on April 29th.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt provided the following statement in response:

“Montana Republicans went into the 67th Legislature with a mandate to implement the Montana Comeback Plan, and Montanans are seeing the benefits of Conservative leadership in Helena for the first time in 16 years,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “In the last 90 days, Governor Gianforte and Republican Legislators beat back the Covid-19 pandemic and ended government mandates, enacted a pro-jobs agenda by cutting taxes and reducing red tape, defended our Second Amendment rights from Federal overreach, and were good stewards of our taxpayer dollars with a balanced budget that holds the line on Government spending.

From prohibiting vaccine passports to banning sanctuary cities and strengthening election integrity, Montana Republicans fulfilled promises they made to voters in the last election and are moving the state forward under much-needed conservative leadership. The Montana Republican Party is proud to support our leaders in Helena and know that our best days are still ahead of us.

While it is a new day in Montana, we know there is much more work to be done and look forward to building on our accomplishments as Montana Republicans lead the Montana Comeback.”



MTGOP Response to President Biden’s Address Before Joint Session of Congress

HELENA, Mont. – MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response to President Biden’s address before the Joint Session of Congress tonight:

“If there’s one thing that tonight’s speech made clear it’s that Joe Biden broke his promise to govern with bipartisanship, and instead, has caved to the extremists in his Party to govern as a socialist to appease the Radical Left.

It was gravely concerning to hear that on the heels of a global Pandemic the President plans to pursue an agenda with massive tax hikes, open borders, and job-killing Green New Deal policies that will saddle future generations with trillions in partisan debt – all of which the overwhelming majority of Montanans firmly rejected last November.

Within his first 100 days, President Joe Biden has already proposed over $6 Trillion in new spending and has yet to offer a serious solution to fixing the crisis at the Southern Border that he created. The President’s ‘legacy’ includes canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, attacking our 2nd Amendment rights via executive orders, using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, and opening the door for Democrats to pack the Supreme Court. These so-called ‘accomplishments’ of the Biden Administration have done nothing but appease coastal elites while leave hardworking, rural Americans in the rearview mirror.

Montanans deserve better and are grateful to have leaders in Washington, D.C. like Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Matt Rosendale who stand up for the Last Best Place by pushing back against President Biden’s radical agenda.”



Montana Democrats Oppose Effort to Stop Gerrymandering

HELENA, Mont. – Today, Montana Democrats attempted to stop legislation designed to prevent the gerrymandering of Montana’s newly gained second Congressional Seat.

H.B. 506 provides criteria for Montana’s Districting and Apportionment Commission to design Congressional Districts that are compact, continuous, and of equal population to ensure Montanans are best represented in our second Congressional seat.
Efforts to gerrymander the new district are already underway, and maps found in the Montana Capitol prove Democrats will go to any length to preserve Nancy Pelosi and her liberal colleagues remain in power in pursuit of their radical agenda.
Montanans expect a nonpartisan and commonsense redistricting process, and the current process and efforts by Democrat operatives should be a serious concern for the people that call Montana home.
This is not about fairness; this is about power.



Montana will see an additional Congressional Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives through 2030

HELENA, Mont. – MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau’s announcement that Montana will see an additional Congressional Seat in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“For the past thirty years, Montana has been the most underrepresented state in the country and today’s announcement is welcomed news towards restoring the representation that Montanans deserve in Washington, D.C.  Despite our excitement, we also know our opposition will do everything in their power to minimize our voices at the ballot box by rigging the system for political benefit.  We hope that the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission will draw legislative district lines that are free of gerrymandering and fairly reflect the will of Montana voters. As we have already expressed concern over the Commission’s fifth member, we will do all we can to ensure the redistricting process is fair, transparent, and carried out in a way that reflects the will of Montana voters, not just those seeking political power.”

MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt also announced the formation of a Redistricting Committee within the Montana Republican Party which is charged with communicating with and activating voters to participate in the process that will determine Congressional and Legislative Districts for the next ten years. The MTGOP is committed to active involvement throughout the redistricting process and ensuring that any new Congressional and Legislative Districts are done in a transparent and equitable process.

MTGOP Redistricting Committee Members:

Terry Nelson – Ravalli County

Chris Shipp – Yellowstone County

Vondene Kopetski – Missoula County

Tim Stark – Yellowstone County

Sarah Swanson – Valley County

Mary-Rose Beasley – Musselshell County


Montana Republicans Deliver on Promises to Defend Free and Fair Elections

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today signed two critical bills that will strengthen the security of our elections and ensure Montana is a national leader in free and fair elections.

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen – who campaigned on fixing these issues and received more votes than any other candidate on the ballot in Montana – strongly supported both bills as they moved through the legislative process.

With House Bill 176, sponsored by Representative Sharon Greef, being signed into law, Montana will join 29 other states in requiring voters to be registered to vote before Election Day.

Over half of the Country already manage their elections this way. This commonsense legislation will go a long way in upholding Montana’s strong reputation for voter integrity and making Montana a national leader in free and fair elections.

Senate Bill 169, sponsored by Senator Mike Cuffe, will ensure our elections are safe and secure by enacting better identification requirements for voters.

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

“After promising to do all we can to strengthen the security of our elections, enhance voter integrity and make Montana a national leader in free and fair elections, Republicans in Helena have been working tirelessly to make these promises reality, and today they delivered concrete results,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Defending free and fair elections is critical to our democracy, and thanks to the teamwork of Governor Gianforte, Secretary Jacobsen, and Republicans in the legislature, Montanans are seeing results. Under Republican leadership, Montana’s elections will always be free, fair, and secure.”



ICYMI: Superintendent Arntzen Honoring Military Children, Creating More Opportunity for Montana Teachers

HELENA, Mont. – April is the Month of the Military Child. It acknowledges the significant role 1,478 school-age military-connected public-school students, as well as the 6,126 total Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve connected students play in our Montana communities.

But “Purple Up! for Military Kids” is a special day dedicated to thanking and supporting our military youth’s courage, strength and sacrifices. So Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Elsie Arntzen ‘purpled up’ for Military Children and toured multiple schools in Great Falls to celebrate and honor military children last Friday.
Superintendent Arntzen joined members of the GFPS JROTC program at Loy Elementary for a flag-raising ceremony to start the day.

“We must remember that military families, especially kids, serve too,” said Superintendent Elsie Arntzen. “They often put on a ‘brave face’ through the hardships and multiple moves. For this we honor them.”


Virtual Job Fair for Montana Teachers

As part of the Montana Teach initiative, OPI Arntzen hosted a virtual job fair to attract talented, new educators to Montana. This free virtual job fair allowed educators to connect with school districts all across Montana.

This is the first time the Office of Public Instruction has undertaken such a bold initiative to recruit new teachers to Montana and create more opportunities for both our educators and students for years to come.

In 2020, Montana was ranked last in starting teacher pay, but Superintendent Arntzen, alongside Governor Greg Gianforte, is leading the way in raising starting teacher pay in Montana with the TEACH ACT.

Now by hosting OPI Education Virtual Job Fair, Superintendent Arntzen is paving the way for more young teachers to come to Montana to enjoy the higher starting teacher salaries that she helped deliver.

There’s no better investment for Montana’s future than in our students and in the educators who prepare them for success for the rest of their lives. As a result of Superintendent Arntzen’s critical leadership, there’s no doubt that both the TEACH Act and the continued teacher recruitment efforts will strengthen the teacher workforce by increasing the starting pay for Montana educators and making Montana more competitive in the recruitment of the best and brightest teachers.



Will Sen. Tester stand up to Radical Democrats’ Court-Packing Scheme?

HELENA, Mont. – Less than a week after President Biden announced his partisan court-packing commission, Congressional Democrats are introducing a bill to expand the U.S. Supreme Court from 9 justices to 13 to pack the court with liberal activist judges.

Senator Jon Tester’s party has made it clear that their mission is to fundamentally change America by attacking the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Constitution, and our democracy.

It’s time for Senator Tester to join the rest of Montana’s Congressional delegation in working to put a stop to the Democrats’ plan to pack the Supreme Court that the overwhelming majority of Montanans oppose.

Senator Tester is burying his head in the sand while mainstream Democrats attempt to add Justices to the Supreme Court to pave the way for their far-left agenda. His silence and refusal to take any action that would stop the Democrats from actually achieving their ultimate goal of fundamentally changing America’s Highest Court is a slap in the face to the overwhelming majority of Montanans who rejected such an idea last November.

So the question is: Will Jon Tester finally stand up to his party bosses and demand that the Democrat Party condemn and abandon their divisive, partisan efforts to pack the Supreme Court?

Or will Sen. Tester continue sitting idly by as the Democrat Party carries out the largest partisan power-grab the country has ever seen?

Montanans deserve answers…

MTGOP Statement following recent Montana Supreme Court Actions

Helena, MT – Montana Republican Party Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt released the following statement regarding developments with the Montana Judiciary, and the effort to gain internal information to ensure our Supreme Court and District Court Justices are not engaged in improper behavior for the Judicial Branch.

“The Montana Republican Party believes a judiciary must be impartial and uphold the rule of law, and that our judges be loyal to the Constitution above all else,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “As one of our Platform Principles is to limit ‘the ability of the Montana Supreme Court to abuse its power to protect themselves,’ there is grave concern that improper judgment and behavior within our High Court goes against the principles of our Party and threatens the public’s confidence in our judicial system. The Montana Supreme Court appears to be working to protect the questionable decisions that members of the judiciary took in prejudging legislative actions, and Montanans deserve a thorough investigation from the legislature to ensure there is accountability.



Recent media reports shine light on a separation of powers dispute in Helena between our Judicial, Executive, and Legislative branches. The story began with Senate Bill 140 that grants the Governor the ability to directly appoint judges to fill judicial vacancies. Following the Governor’s signature, an immediate lawsuit to challenge the law was filed with the Montana Supreme Court in less than 24 hours, though the issue has seen several developments since its passage in March.

As the case proceeded, concerns over judicial impartiality emerged after it was revealed that members of the State’s Judiciary took positions on the legislation by participating in a poll that was conducted via email earlier this year. While Chief Justice McGrath recused himself from the case following a meeting with Governor Gianforte in which he urged him to not support the legislation, the Justice appointed to fill McGrath’s vacancy also recused himself as he was revealed to be one of the judges who participated in the email poll.

Following concerns that justices may have taken a position on the recently passed legislation, the Montana Legislature issued a subpoena to the Department of Administration for the Montana Supreme Court Administrator’s email records as it was revealed the emailed results of the poll had since been deleted. Legislative Leadership’s attempt to obtain the poll’s results was done in an effort to ensure no members on the Court had previously taken a position on the issue before the court heard the case.

In a rare move, the Montana Supreme Court issued a Sunday order denying the subpoena for the Montana Supreme Court Administrator’s emails though some of the requested documents were already obtained and published online. In those published documents, members of the Judiciary clearly divulge personal positions on bills before the legislature, including coming up with strategies to oppose and defeat some of them, further complicating the conversation regarding judicial impartiality should any of those issues come before the court. Now, the Montana Legislature, who formed a Select Committee, is moving forward in its effort to acquire the emails in question despite efforts from the Montana Supreme Court Administrator to keep emails from the public.



Attorney General Knudsen joins National Forum on Keystone XL Cancellation

HELENA, Mont. – Attorney General Austin Knudsen attended a virtual forum, entitled “President Biden’s Cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and American Jobs,” this afternoon regarding the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline, hosted by Representative David B. McKinley (R-WV), Republican Leader for the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

During the forum, Attorney General Knudsen used the national platform to explain the unconstitutionality of President Biden’s executive action to kill the project and continue fighting for Made in America energy, Montana jobs, and our Montana way of life.

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

“The Keystone XL pipeline is the safest, most environmentally responsible way to transport oil and will create jobs, strengthen our national security, and provide millions in critical annual tax revenue to the Montana communities that need it most – now that’s infrastructure,” said MTGOP Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “Instead of using their partisan infrastructure bill to appease radical environmentalists, Democrats in Washington should invest in projects that benefit hardworking Americans across the country and revamp the Keystone XL pipeline. Montanans are well-represented by Attorney General Knudsen, as he continues to do all he can to block President Biden’s unilateral, hyperpartisan decision to cancel Keystone XL to the detriment of Montanans.”


Within hours of the 46th President assuming office, President Biden signed an executive order to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

In Montana, the Keystone XL pipeline has had bipartisan support for years because it would create good-paying Montana jobs and generate millions in annual local tax revenue for Montana’s rural communities and schools. But on day one, President Biden chose radical environmentalists over hardworking Montanans and blue-collar workers.

Attorney General Austin Knudsen is co-leading a 21-state lawsuit to block Biden’s unlawful, unconstitutional decision to overturn an act of Congress via executive order by revoking the Keystone XL construction permit.


MTGOP Statement on the passing of Governor Stan Stephens

HELENA, Mont. – With great sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the 20th Governor of Montana, Stan Stephens, has passed away at the age of 91.

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

“It’s a somber day for all Montanans as we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of one of the most devoted public servants that Montana has ever had,” said Chairman Don “K” Kaltschmidt. “I want to thank Governor Stephens for his life of service and all that he has done to make Montana a stronger, better place to live. Governor Stephens not only led an extraordinary life of service to the entire state of Montana, but he was also a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and husband to his wife, First Lady Ann Stephens. Governor Stephens will be dearly missed, but the incredibly influential, positive impact he made on the Treasure State will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.”