2020 Montana Politics

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Commerce Announces $5.2 Million in Community Development Block Grant Awards to 12 Montana Communities

Funding will be used to Construct and Rehabilitate Public Facilities and Infrastructure

As His Term Ends, Montana Gov. Bullock Talks Ups And Downs Of The Job

It has been an incredibly rewarding job. It’s been a job that’s been incredibly challenging and all consuming. But it really just has been a gift. It’s been a great opportunity and a humbling opportunity.

Montana legislature will meet in person – “It’s possible lawmakers will die” Sen. Jason Ellsworth, a Republican from Hamilton.

The vote came from the Joint House and Senate Rules Committee and fell on party lines, with 21 Republicans for the proposal and 13 Democrats against it.

FCC awards $126M for Internet in rural Montana – Now what? Questions remain about final product

The six companies will have six years to make high-speed Internet available to about 46,000 unserved locations in Montana. “If I’m a customer, I might be bothered that the company that neglected me for all these years is now going to be the company that’s going to save me.” Geoff Feiss

Gianforte sends letter to lawmakers outlining his office’s COVID protocols

While the state has been under a mask mandate since the summer, lawmakers have say over the rules that govern how they operate in their chambers and while conducting legislative business. 

Ronald Reagan – The Importance of Stories

Telling a story, he made me understand, helps make your case in a way that no abstraction can: A story builds an emotional bond, and emotional bonds build trust.

Gianforte supports Texas lawsuit to invalidate presidential election results – Bullock files brief asking Supreme Court to reject Texas lawsuit

Montana Congressman and Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte is one of 106 House Republicans Thursday who signed on to a “friend of the court” brief supporting the Texas lawsuit trying to invalidate presidential election results in four key states.

Montana House Republicans want to allow committee chairs to kill bills

Under the pending rule change, members of the committee could still vote to overrule the chair and force a hearing on a bill — but that would require the unlikely scenario of Republicans, who control large majorities on all committees, of going against their own Republican chair.

Montana Legislators Clash Over Rules for Legislative Session

Rep. Derek Skees, R-Kalispell, chair of the House Rules Committee, came down strongly against any effort to hold the session entirely remotely. Skees claimed the state is heading towards herd immunity.

Republican-led Efforts to Restrict State Land Deals Prompt Conservation Concerns

Despite pledges to protect public resources, administrative changes under Gov.-elect Gianforte and draft bills from GOP lawmakers have put some sportsmen on edge