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Jeff Essmann

Media outlets, including the Washington Post, are reporting that Montana’s Congressman Ryan Zinke is president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Interior.

The Post and other outlets are citing anonymous sources, and Congressman Zinke’s office has not issued any statements at this time.

Montana House chambers.
William Marcus

An effort by Democratic leadership to get some so-called  "silver bullet" bills this legislative session, like they had in 2015, was denied by Republicans this week in a rules committee.

The term "silver bullet" was created in the 2015 session to describe the process of moving legislation from a committee onto the House floor with a simple majority vote. That usually requires a supermajority, which makes it easier for a majority party to block bills they don’t like.

A 92-year-old man casting one of Montana's electoral votes has been criticized for his comments about gay people.

Senator Fred Thomas, Republican from Stevensville.
Corin Cates-Carney

On Thursday, lawmakers got their first look at how much money is likely to be in the state’s checking account as they head into the upcoming legislative session.

It turns out that, even after a year of economic downturn and declining sales of coal, oil and gas, the state’s revenue picture is actually looking up.

Jeff Essmann, chairman of the Montana Republican Party.
Courtesy Montana Legislature

Montana’s Republican leadership says GOP wins here on Election Day are helping advance their long-term plan of tipping the state from at times purple, to completely red.

Republicans swept all of the statewide positions outside of the governor’s office on Election Day, while continuing their majority in the state Legislature. They also maintained their monopoly in the Public Service Commission.

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