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 →