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Montana’s Attorney General is seeking to enter a lawsuit in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

A member of the Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council writing a note about grizzly connectivity, Oct. 2019.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Updated: 10/07/19 at 5:15 p.m.

A new council dedicated to building consensus around state grizzly management and paving the way to delisting wrapped up its first round of meetings last week.

Kenneth Bogner (L) and Albert Olszewski (R).
Courtesy Olszewski campaign

State Sen. and Republican gubernatorial candidate Albert Olszewski picked a running mate yesterday for his bid to win the party’s nomination in 2020. Olszewski is tapping fellow state Senator Republican Kenneth Bogner of Miles City.


Governor Steve Bullock has once again failed to qualify for the primary debate stage in his bid for the presidency.

Montanans posed questions about the impeachment inquiry, improving rural healthcare and the latest news on trade negotiations to Democratic Senator Jon Tester at a face-to-face town hall in Billings Thursday.

Missoula Businesswomen Whitney Williams announced Thursday, October 3 she is running for governor in 2020 as a Democrat. Williams is the daughter of Pat Williams, who represented Montana in U.S. Congress for nine terms.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Missoula businesswoman and philanthropist Whitney Williams announced Thursday she’s running for governor. She’s the fourth Democrat to enter the race.

Williams launched her first campaign for public office in a video Thursday morning and then rallied a small group of supporters on the state Capitol steps in Helena that afternoon.

Identification from patients picking up prescriptions for opioid painkillers like hydrocodone or oxycodone.
iStock

Starting this week pharmacies in Montana will need to see identification from patients picking up prescriptions for opioid painkillers like hydrocodone or oxycodone.

Two more Montana Democrats are entering the party’s primary to challenge Republican Steve Daines in the 2020 U.S. Senate race.

Cora Neumann of Bozeman announced her candidacy Tuesday morning in a video.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bullock will apply to be the first — and perhaps only — Democrat in the presidential primary who accepts public financing for his campaign, a potentially risky move that could give his struggling fundraising a boost but would also require the Montana governor to abide by a cap on the amount of money he can spend.

Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (left) looks over to Rep. Greg Gianforte (right) as he introduces him at an ESA rollbacks roundtable on Tuesday, September 24, in Washington D.C.
Congressional Western Caucus

While federal debate rages over the future of the Endangered Species Act, Montana’s representative in the U.S. House says the Trump administration's rollbacks last month don’t go far enough.

Republican Greg Gianforte introduced a bill making it easier to delist species protected by the ESA at a Congressional Western Caucus roundtable in Washington D.C. Tuesday.

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