Tag Archives: Montana

Texas And Montana Sue Feds Over LGBTQ Protections

The Hill reports: Texas and Montana are suing the Biden administration over a new rule that would prohibit state Medicaid programs from banning gender-affirming care. The lawsuit from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R), filed Monday, asks a federal court to vacate a sweeping final rule aimed at bolstering health care protections against …

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Cultist Tim Sheehy Wins Montana GOP Senate Primary

NPR reports: Republican Tim Sheehy won his party’s nomination to run for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, according to a race call by The Associated Press. Sheehy is backed by Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines and is endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Trump’s son, Don Trump Jr., rallied for Sheehy and other Republican candidates at a recent fundraiser …

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Montana AG Admits Recruiting Token Challenger

The Associated Press reports: Montana’s attorney general told supporters he skirted the state’s campaign finance laws by inviting another Republican to run against him as a token candidate in next month’s primary so he could raise more money for the November general election, according to a recording from a fundraising event. “I do technically have a primary,” Attorney General Austin …

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MAGA Senate Candidate’s Aide Is Far-Right Extremist

The Daily Beast reports: At first glance, Caleb Oriet’s social media accounts seem typical of a young member of the fringe, online right, featuring likes and reposts of far-right influencers and white nationalists expressing incendiary and bigoted views about racial and religious minorities. But Oriet isn’t just a denizen of the far-right fringes of social media. He’s also a staffer …

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Senate Candidate Rages About “Stolen Valor” Questions

“The smear artists @washingtonpost are writing yet another hit piece attacking me for serving my country—even asking questions about my medical history and demanding my personal records. I’m done playing the liberal media’s game—here’s how DC ‘reporters’ treat veterans. “And get this—after sending my campaign a 1000+ word email trying to discredit every aspect of my service, then they only …

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WaPo: GOP Senate Candidate Lied About War Wound

The Washington Post reports: Tim Sheehy, a charismatic former Navy SEAL who is the Republican candidate in a U.S. Senate race in Montana that could determine control of the chamber, has cited a gunshot wound he received in combat that he said left a bullet in his right arm as evidence of his toughness. “I got thick skin — though …

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GOP Rep Drops Montana Senate Bid After Six Days

Helena’s NBC affiliate reports: Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale has dropped out of the Montana U.S. Senate race MTN has confirmed. He entered the race Friday morning after months of speculation and hints of a potential run, with the goal of ultimately challenging Democrat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in the general election. In a statement, Rosendale said knew the race …

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Trump Buries Cultist Montana Rep’s Bid For US Senate

Axios reports: Former President Trump is kneecapping the Senate hopes of right-wing Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) before they can even get off the ground. The broader rift between Trump and some of the House Republican hardliners who adopted his scorched-earth tactics to fight GOP leadership is moving beyond the House. Trump endorsed businessman Tim Sheehy, the establishment favorite to take …

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Boastful Capitol Rioter Convicted Of Multiple Felonies

From the Justice Department: A Montana man was found guilty today of several felony and misdemeanor charges related to his conduct during the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election. …

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Far-Right GOP Rep To Launch Montana US Senate Bid

The New York Times reports: Representative Matt Rosendale of Montana is expected to announce a campaign for Senate as soon as this weekend, torching plans from top Republican officials to avoid a bruising primary battle in a state that many in the party view as their best chance to win back control of the chamber. Mr. Rosendale, an anti-abortion Republican …

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Montana AG Blocks Abortion Rights Ballot Measure

The Montana Free Press reports: Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen has blocked a ballot proposal seeking to create a constitutional right to abortion, labeling the initiative “legally insufficient” after a required review by his office. In a memorandum dated Jan. 16, Knudsen said the proposed ballot initiative spearheaded by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana, Ballot Measure #14, improperly “logrolls multiple …

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MT Fire Chief Charged With Assaulting Capitol Cops

The Associated Press reports: A Montana fire chief who lost a previous job over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate has been charged with spraying a chemical irritant on police officers during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Prosecutors say that Frank Dahlquist sprayed “an orange-colored chemical agent” directly into the face of one officer and later sprayed …

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NBC: Six State Capitols Evacuated After Bomb Threats

NBC News reports: At least six state capitol complexes across the U.S. were forced to evacuate Wednesday morning due to a series of bomb threats, officials said. In Georgia, Gabriel Sterling, an elections official with the Office of the Secretary of State, wrote on X around 8:30 a.m. ET that there had been a bomb threat at the Georgie state …

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MT Baptist Pastor Convicted On Child Sex Charges

From the Justice Department: A federal jury today convicted a Lame Deer pastor of sexually abusing three children while they were staying at his home, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said. After a six-day trial that began on Dec. 4, the jury found Dean Alan Smith, 67, guilty of aggravated sexual abuse, abusive sexual contact …

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Federal Judge Blocks Montana’s Ban On Using TikTok

Reuters reports: A U.S. judge late on Thursday blocked Montana’s first-of-its kind state ban on the use of short-video sharing app TikTok from taking effect on Jan. 1, saying it violated the free speech rights of users. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy issued a preliminary injunction to block the ban on the Chinese-owned app, saying the state ban “violates the …

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Federal Judge Upholds Block On Montana Anti-Drag Law

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Montana is continuing to block enforcement of a law that puts restrictions on drag shows and bans drag reading events in public schools and libraries, saying Friday that the law targets free speech and expression and that the text of the law and its legislative history “evince anti-LGBTQ+ animus.” The preliminary injunction, …

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Cultist Gets 2.5 Years For Death Threats To US Senator

The Associated Press reports: A Montana man was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in voicemails left at the Democratic lawmaker’s office. Kevin Patrick Smith, of Kalispell, pleaded guilty in April to one count of threats to injure and murder a U.S. senator. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen dismissed …

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Young Montana Activists Win Landmark Climate Case

The Associated Press reports: A Montana judge on Monday sided with young environmental activists who said state agencies were violating their constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment by permitting fossil fuel development without considering its effect on the climate. The ruling in the first-of-its- kind trial in the U.S. adds to a small number of legal decisions around …

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Federal Judge Blocks Montana’s Anti-Drag Law

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Montana temporarily blocked a new law that restricts drag performances just days before thousands of people are expected to attend Montana Pride’s 30th anniversary celebration in Helena. The way the law is written “will disproportionally harm not only drag performers, but any person who falls outside traditional gender and identity norms,” including …

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Former Navy SEAL Enters Montana US Senate Race

ABC News reports: Former Navy SEAL Officer and current CEO of Bridger Aerospace, Tim Sheehy, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Montana. Via email: “Jon Tester has been in office for nearly a quarter of a century and he’s lost sight of our Montana values. He’s supporting Biden and Schumer’s liberal agenda 91% of the time and …

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