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Lawmakers Pose Tough Questions To Gianforte’s Top DPHHS Nominee

Feb 12, 2021
Eliza Wiley / Montana Free Press

Gov. Greg Gianforte’s pick to lead the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the state’s largest department, faced robust questioning in a confirmation hearing this week.

Wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Greg Gianforte repealed Montana’s mask mandate Friday. Many Montana health officials say it’s too soon, and some are keeping local masking requirements.

Gianforte’s directive, issued Friday morning, says, "Montanans are encouraged to wear masks." That’s a departure from the face covering requirement issued by former Gov. Steve Bullock last July

U.S. Capitol Illustration
Annette Elizabeth Allen / NPR

Former President Donald Trump is on trial for a second time in the Senate. This time, the House has impeached Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Trump's defense team denies he directly called for violence and argues that he should not be tried since he is no longer in office. The House impeachment managers say he must be held accountable for the violence at the Capitol. Watch the proceedings live.

Montana’s U.S. Senators cast votes along party lines Tuesday, as a divided Senate determined that it is within its constitutional powers to move forward with the impeachment trial of former-President Donald Trump.

Capitol Talk: Guns, Voting And An Executive Power-Up

Feb 5, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte wants to increase the power of Montana's executive branch. Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Matt Rosendale loses a battle with the national Republican leadership. And state Legislature moves toward making it harder to vote and easier to carry concealed guns.

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

Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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Members of Montana’s congressional delegation are pushing-back on President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Tuesday, Republican Sen. Steve Daines and Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale introduced legislation in the U.S. House and Senate that would authorize construction of the pipeline. 

The FBI says two brothers from Montana were among the first to break into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and part of a mob that chased a Capitol Police officer.

A criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia Thursday listed nine violations, including destruction of property, obstruction of an official proceeding and impeding law enforcement, for Joshua Calvin Hughes and Jerod Wade Hughes.

Capitol Talk: Tax Cuts, Pay Raises And A Republican Reversal

Jan 29, 2021

Gov. Gianforte's State of the State address was a mixture of Republican canon and bipartisan proposals. Lawmakers disagree whether an immigration bill has racist intent. A handful of Republicans change their minds about a bill to limit gender-affirming health care for transgender youth. And hefty raises for executive branch department heads raise some eyebrows.

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

James Bradley / UM Legislative News

Greg Gianforte gave his first State of the State address Thursday night before the 67th Montana Legislature. Gianforte continued to outline his campaign promises to cut taxes, reduce regulations and move the state forward amid the pandemic and on policy blocked under previous Democratic governors.

Rep. Matt Rosendale
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s U.S. Representative, Republican Matt Rosendale, will serve on two congressional committees of relevance to Montanans.