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Latest October Updates from the Montana Republican Party

Senator Steve Daines

NRSC Chairman Steve Daines Introduces ‘GAZA Act’ in Senate to Ban Joe Biden from Resettling Palestinians in U.S. – Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), has introduced in the Senate a plan that would ban President Joe Biden from resettling Palestinians in American communities. Read more at Breitbart.com →

Sen Daines wants the $6 billion in Iranian assets to be used for Israeli defense – Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., introduced a bill Thursday to reallocate the $6 billion in Iranian funds to Israeli defense amid Israel’s war against Hamas. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Daines cites “national security” threat along U.S. Mexico border – Montana’s Republican senator characterized the thousands of daily illegal crossings into the United States as a threat to national security, putting blame on Democratic President Joe Biden, while also calling for a federal policy change. Read more at BillingsGazette.com →

Congressman Ryan Zinke

White House: A ‘Number’ of Americans Being Held Hostage in Israel, Their Conditions Unknown – Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that Israeli forces should be in the lead, but that the U.S. can provide capabilities such as intelligence and explosive ordnance disposal. Watch on Breitbart.com →

Navy SEAL-turned-GOP lawmaker: Special ops hostage rescue mission in Israel would take ‘considerable effort’ – Montana GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke said Wednesday that any potential rescue mission involving U.S. special operations forces for hostages taken by Hamas would be a “considerable effort” as he reaffirmed his commitment to supporting Israel. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Biden’s legacy is ‘inflation, invasion and Iran’ – Rep. John James, R-Mich., and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., join ‘FOX & Friends’ with reaction to the fourth day of fighting in Israel. Read more at FoxNews.com →

Congressman Matt Rosendale

REP. ROSENDALE VOTES TO ELECT MIKE JOHNSON AS SPEAKER AND PUTS D.C. CARTEL ON NOTICE – This afternoon, I was proud to cast my vote for Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House, upending the D.C. Cartel’s siege on the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Rosendale. “For decades, the Swamp has been hard at work using every tactic in the book against the American people and has been the architect of over $33 trillion in national debt.” Read more at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

REP. ROSENDALE INTRODUCES PROTECTING GUN OWNERS’ PRIVACY ACT FOLLOWING ATF/IRS RAID AT GREAT FALLS GUN STORE – Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) introduced the Protecting Gun Owners’ Privacy Act. The Protecting Gun Owners’ Privacy Act would remove personal information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms’ (ATF) Form 4473 and require federal agencies to go through the ATF when requesting access to a Federal Firearms Licensee’s Form 4473. Watch at Rep. Rosendale’s Website →

Matt Rosendale Sticks to His Guns – Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale might say he’s not ready to announce any second bid to unseat three-term Sen. Jon Tester, but that isn’t stopping the outspoken Republican from firing the opening salvo – albeit not against the Democrat. Read more at FlatheadBeacon.com →

Governor Greg Gianforte

Governor Gianforte Wraps up Third Annual 56 County Tour – Governor Greg Gianforte on Monday concluded his third annual 56 County Tour in Lewis and Clark County, highlighting new laws that boost public access to public lands and preserve Montana’s hunting heritage. Since launching the tour in June, the governor has met with Montanans in each of the state’s 56 counties. Read more at Gov. Gianforte’s website →

Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Montana man connected to former missing teen charged with child sex abuse – Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office charged Edmund Davis with two felony counts of sexual abuse of children, following an investigation into the case of a previously missing Arizona teenager. The teen had shown up at the Havre Police Station on Sunday, July 23, 2023. Agents from the Montana Department of Justice, which is led by Attorney General Knudsen, arrested Davis on October 23. Read more at KRTV.com →

Montana will hire a sex assault cold case investigator, a first of its kind for the state – A major federal grant will help Montana get all untested rape kits tested after a robust mission several years ago by the Montana Department of Justice to create a sex assault task force. The $2.1 million grant will help Attorney General Austin Knudsen crack down on violent crime, something he says continues to rise. Read more at KTVQ.com →

Montana Vs TikTok: Attorney General Austin Knudsen talks Montana’s TikTok Ban & Chinese Spy Balloon – Attorney General Austin Knudsen joins Len Khodorkovsky, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for President Trump, to talk about Montana’s landmark TikTok ban and the threats and dangers within the ByteDance owned application. Watch on YouTube →

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Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen

Secretary Christi Jacobsen shares September’s new business registration update – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen announced this week Montana’s new business registration numbers for September 2023. According to the Montana Business Economic Report, nearly 4,400 new businesses were registered with the state during the month of September. Read more on Sec. of State Jacobsen’s Website →

Montana Business Spotlight: Ghosts and geothermals part of the history at Boulder Hot Springs – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen introduces the latest installment of the Montana Business Spotlight series recognizing and highlighting local businesses across the Treasure State. Read and Watch on Sec. of State Jacobsen’s Website →

Superintendent Elsie Arntzen

Superintendent Arntzen Fills Community Choice School Commission Vacancy – Superintendent Arntzen has appointed Jon Rutt of Laurel to fill the vacancy on the Community Choice School Commission. The position became vacant when the Superintendent’s initial appointee resigned due to time commitment constraints. Mr. Rutt will serve an initial term of three years. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Announces Appointee to the Montana 250th Commission – Superintendent Arntzen appoints Marietta Croft from Colstrip to the Montana 250th Commission. The Commission was established through House Bill 377 during the 2023 legislative session to “promote civic engagement and increase public awareness of United States and Montana government and history, including the history of tribal nations, leading up to the United States semiquincentennial”. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen to Transition Away from Smarter Balanced as MAST Program Becomes Primary Assessment – Superintendent Arntzen has begun the process of transitioning away from the federally mandated end-of-the-year summative assessment vendor Smarter Balanced. Montana has contracted with Smarter Balanced for 12 years as the state’s main summative assessment vendor. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Superintendent Arntzen Announces 2024 Montana Teacher of the Year – Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, along with Browning High School students, teachers, administrators, and Browning Public Schools representatives celebrated the 2024 Montana Teacher of the Year, Kevin Kicking Woman. Kevin is a Blackfeet Native American Studies Teacher at Browning High School in Browning, Montana. He will go on to represent Montana in the National Teacher of the Year competition. Read more on the Montana Office of Public Instruction website →

Commissioner Troy Downing

Former Billings agent ordered to pay $86K for defrauding insurance company – A former Billings insurance agent must pay back more than $86,000 in restitution after she pleaded guilty to defrauding an insurance company by falsifying records for dozens of fake clients, then collecting commission, Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Troy Downing announced Wednesday. Read more at KTVQ.com →