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Tim Fox

Republican Attorney General Tim Fox left office Monday after leading the Montana Department of Justice for two four-year terms. Fox spoke with MTPR’s Shaylee Ragar about the issues he prioritized, what challenges Montana still faces and what is next.

The U.S. The Supreme Court Friday rejected a Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Multiple Montana political figures in recent days had taken sides in the case.

Before the decision Friday, Gov. Steve Bullock asked the court to reject the lawsuit. 

Montana’s Attorney General on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a Texas lawsuit attempting to challenge election results in four swing states that went for President elect Joe Biden. Congressmen Greg Gianforte Thursday also signed onto an amicus brief backing the challenge, along with 105 other Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Support of the lawsuit is the latest example of state GOP officials casting doubt on the November election results.

Woman holding a cigarette.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced Monday that the state Department of Justice has settled a lawsuit with several tobacco companies that will bring in more than $100 million to state coffers over the next 10 years.

The announcement came from the outgoing Attorney General seven months after the lawsuit was initially filed.

Election sign reading 'polling place' on a door at a Missoula polling place.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

The National Association of Attorneys general, including Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox, issued a statement earlier this week urging people to make a plan for voting. The statement was also a reminder that voter fraud, suppression and intimidation are illegal.

The state of Montana has joined the U.S. Department of Justice and 10 other states in filing a lawsuit that alleges tech giant Google has unlawfully maintained monopolies in online searches and advertising.

Gun regulation can cause heated arguments across the nation and especially in Montana, where over half of the citizenry owns a registered firearm. This election Montana voters will decide whether to restrict local governments’ ability to enact their own gun control measures.

Montana’s two attorney general candidates sparred in Sunday’s debate, showcasing the sharp contrast between how the Republican and the Democrat each view the elected position.

U.S. Supreme Court

The Montana Supreme Court discriminated against religious schools when it invalidated a tax credit program that supported school choice, according to a ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Renewable energy industry advocates and Montana’s Attorney General are among those pushing back on an East Coast group’s petition that could put an end to the state’ rooftop solar program for net-metering.