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Capitol Talk: Budget Puzzle, Lawsuits And The Limits Of Public Input

Mar 19, 2021

The many moving parts of the state budget have pushed lawmakers to extend the session — but Montana's Legislature isn't the state's only busy branch.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen has filed yet another lawsuit against the Biden Administration. At the same time, prominent Montanans are suing Gov. Greg Gianforte over his effort to directly appoint judges.

And, as a racist social media post by a Republican lawmaker resurfaces, Montanans are learning that overwhelming public opposition to legislation does not guarantee a bill's defeat.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

In Montana, a Presidential Inauguration Day that saw increased security at the state Capitol also saw few protests against, or celebrations for, the Biden-Harris Administration. Former President Donald Trump won Montana by 16 points in the 2020 election, while losing the national race.

Watch Live: Biden's Inauguration Day

Jan 19, 2021

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other celebratory events throughout the day.

The inaugural ceremonies will begin with the national anthem and invocation around 9:30 a.m. MST.

People browsing at a medical marijuana dispensary.
Stock Photo Courtesy Drug Policy Alliance

Voters next month will decide if Montana should become the latest state to legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana. A pair of measures to open the state’s cannabis market to adults 21 and older appear on ballots.

Proponents say legalizing pot would not only advance personal liberty, but also turbo-charge the state’s economy. Critics, however, say the risks far outweigh the potential benefits.

Fact Check: 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

Oct 7, 2020
Podium illustration.
Meg Kelly / NPR

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are debating in Salt Lake City. Their only face-off of the 2020 campaign comes with a wave of uncertainty with President Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Follow live updates and fact-checks on the debate.