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Congressman Greg Gianforte announces his bid for Montana governor on June 14, 2019 at the Montana Republican Party convention in Helena
Thom Bridge, Helena Independent Record

Montana Republicans held their state party convention over the weekend in Helena.

Most of the attention was on the race to win the GOP nomination for governor, which Montana’s Congressman Greg Gianforte is seeking.

Democratic governor candidate Reilly Neill.
leg.mt.gov

The first Democratic candidate for Montana governor has filed her paperwork with state regulators.

Former state Rep. Reilly Neill of Livingston pledges to carry on Gov. Steve Bullock's legacy.

A Helena judge says Montana's secretary of state does not have the authority to unilaterally override Gov. Steve Bullock's veto of a bison bill.

District Judge Mike McMahon Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction blocking Secretary of State Corey Stapleton from beginning the process of publishing the vetoed bill in state law.

Montana’s Secretary of State Corey Stapleton Tuesday filed a response to a lawsuit by Gov. Steve Bullock over whether Bullock met a veto deadline for a bill passed by the Legislature this year.

Stapleton’s chief legal counsel says Bullock made a mistake and that the law is clear about the outcome of House Bill 132.

A hearing has been set for Wednesday in a constitutional debate between Montana’s governor and secretary of state.

Late last week a District Judge in Helena temporarily blocked Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton from enrolling into law a bill to change the state’s definition of wild bison.

A Montana judge has blocked Secretary of State Corey Stapleton from enrolling into state law a bison bill that Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed last month.

District Judge James Reynolds' temporary restraining order was issued Friday afternoon, two days after Stapleton declared the bill had become law because the Democratic governor missed a deadline to turn the veto in to the Republican secretary's office.

Montana legislation seeking to change the definition of “wild bison” is in limbo as the governor and secretary of state disagree over whether the bill has become law.

Sen. Bryce Bennett.
Montana Legislature

Montana Democrats have their first candidate for the Secretary of State’s office race in 2020. Missoula State Sen. Bryce Bennett announced his bid for the office Wednesday.

Bennett declared his candidacy in a YouTube video released Wednesday morning.  

The House chamber at the Montana Legislature.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Veto override attempts are underway for eight bills rejected by Gov. Steve Bullock.

Montana’s Secretary of State is required to send state lawmakers override ballots for vetoed bills that passed with two-thirds support of lawmakers. If two-thirds of ballots from each house come back affirming the bills, they become law.

Women hold  pro-choice signs during a rally in Missoula, May 21, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Montanans in Missoula, Billings and Kalispell today joined nationwide protests against abortion bans in southern states.

At the Missoula County Courthouse speakers expressed outrage over legislation in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri to a crowd of about 200 people.

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