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A syringe in a container labeled COVID-19 vaccine.
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Republican Sen. Steve Daines is encouraging Montanans to get a COVID-19 vaccine when doses become available. This follows federal emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for persons aged 16 years and older. Ten Montana hospitals received their first shipments of the vaccine this week.

Gov. Steve Bullock
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Gov. Steve Bullock will leave office January 4th after serving two terms as governor and one term as state attorney general. Bullock spoke with Sally Mauk about his time in office, what he accomplished, what challenges remain and what comes next.

Gov. Steve Bullock is joined by Rep. Mary Caferro, a Democrat from Helena, and Rep. Ed Buttrey, a Republican from Great Falls, and other lawmakers for the signing of HB 658, May 9, 2019. The bill reauthorizes the state's Medicaid expansion program.
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The addition of work or “community engagement” requirements to Montana’s Medicaid expansion program has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

That announcement came Friday from the state health department.

Governor-elect Greg Gianforte
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In his first press conference since the election, Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte said his administration will prioritize its COVID-19 response when it takes office next month. He did not mention specific policy plans.

Gianforte was vague on details Friday, but said he’ll unveil more specifics after he receives recommendations from a COVID-19 task force that he created shortly after the election. 

After a months-long impasse, Montana senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines both say Congress should broker a deal on a new coronavirus relief package, but it’s not yet clear if they’ll agree on what a final package should look like. Renewed calls for a deal come as Montana assigns its final dollars from the last federal aid package. 

Anita Milanovich
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Gov-elect Greg Gianforte has tapped a longtime GOP lawyer to be his general legal counsel when he takes office in January. Gianforte’s transition team announced Monday that Anita Milanovich will be the top lawyer in the Republican governor’s administration. 

Milanovich has long fought for conservative causes in both state and federal courts. Her law practice, based in Butte, focuses on constitutional, election and campaign finance law. 

Montana Democratic Party headquarters in Helena, MT.
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Montana Democrats are having to reconcile with a sweeping defeat in the 2020 election that knocked them out of every statewide office. They also lost seats in the legislature and failed to win contests for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. 

Northern Cheyenne Inaugurates Slate Of Women To Leadership

Nov 18, 2020

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe inaugurated all women to leadership positions Tuesday outside the tribal capitol building in Lame Deer, Mont.

Drum group Band of Brothers played an honor song for the Northern Cheyenne’s newly inaugurated leaders.

Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear called this a historic day for the tribe in the ceremony’s opening speech.

Montana Governor elect Greg Gianforte on Monday announced a joint transition advisory team to identify and review candidates to serve as the next directors for the state Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor and Industry.

The 10 person advisory team includes representatives from the construction, roofing and insurance industries, higher education and present and former leaders of trade associations. A Billings hotel and restaurant owner is also on Gianforte’s COVID-19 transition advisory team.

Montana Governor-elect Greg Gianforte Tuesday announced more transition advisory teams to review candidates to serve in his cabinet.

The latest teams will review candidates to serve as the next directors for the state Department of Revenue and the Department of Agriculture.

In a press release announcing the 10 person team looking into the next head of the revenue department, Gianforte said he’ll work to “cut taxes for all Montana taxpayers.” Tax cuts were included in Gianforte’s goals stated during his campaign for the Governor's office.

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