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Rep. Matt Rosendal is among Republicans blocking budget bills from advancing

Thursday, September 21, 2023

A looming government shutdown would have impacts across the country, including in Montana, where Rep. Matt Rosendale is among those opposing federal spending bills.


Can't win if you don't run: Montana Democrats look to contest more local races

Friday, September 15, 2023

The Montana Democratic Party left dozens of legislative seats go uncontested last year, helping guarantee a Republican majority. Now, Democrats are organizing to make sure Republicans are challenged.


Democrats aim to make inroads in rural Montana

Monday, September 04, 2023

The Montana Democratic Party left dozens of legislative seats go uncontested last year, helping guarantee a Republican majority. Now, Democrats are organizing to make sure Republicans are challenged.


The FBI investigates threatening letters with white powder sent to GOP lawmakers

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

More than 120 Republican state lawmakers have been mailed envelopes containing white powder and threatening notes in Kansas, Tennessee and Montana. The FBI is investigating.


These states are narrowly defining who is 'female' and 'male' in law

Wednesday, May 03, 2023

LGBTQ advocates say these bills are another attempt to restrict transgender rights. Republicans sponsoring the bills say the definitions are important to keep sex from being conflated with gender.


Montana House votes to formally punish transgender lawmaker, Rep. Zooey Zephyr

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Republicans in the Montana House have voted to formally punish Democratic state Rep. Zephyr by banning her from attending or speaking during floor sessions. She will be allowed to vote remotely.


Montana GOP doubles down after blocking trans lawmaker from speaking, citing decorum

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

State Rep. Zooey Zephyr has been barred from speaking following her controversial comments on legislation to ban gender-affirming care. Wednesday, the House could vote to censure or expel Zephyr.


Can moderates survive state politics? In Montana, they may be going extinct

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Across the country, parties are consolidating political power in states and squeezing out the moderate middle. In Montana, that squeeze is changing political representation and whose voice counts.


After record election year, some LGBTQ lawmakers face a new challenge: GOP majorities

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Montana state Rep.-elect Zooey Zephyr is the first openly trans woman elected to the state legislature. She and other lawmakers across the country are now faced with trying to curb anti-LGBTQ bills.


Late changes to election laws mean Montana voters were sent inaccurate information

Thursday, October 20, 2022

A pamphlet sent to voters includes information based on laws passed last year by Republicans. But a district court judge struck down the laws late last month.


In Montana House race, Ryan Zinke struggles to shake off Trump-era scandals

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The GOP candidate in the newly formed House district has to live down his bumpy time in the Trump administration in order to win. (Story aired on Weekend Edition Sunday on Oct. 16, 2022.)


In Montana House race, Republican candidate Ryan Zinke struggles to shake off Trump-era scandals

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Republican Ryan Zinke should have a big edge in the race to fill a new House seat in GOP-heavy Montana, except that he faced multiple scandals while former President Trump's interior secretary.


Montana state courts are blocking 2 attempts to restrict transgender people's rights

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Montana courts have upheld trans peoples' rights to change gender on their birth certificates and participate in college sports. Conservative leaders accuse the courts of bias toward Democrats.


Supreme Court's abortion ruling puts attention on states' supreme court elections

Monday, July 25, 2022

More than 30 states, including Montana, have state supreme court elections this November. Because abortion rights are now an issue for states to decide, attention and money are rushing into the races.


Montana Democrats hustle for a spot in the U.S. House

Monday, June 06, 2022

For the first time in 30 years, Montana has two U.S. House districts. Democrats haven't had representation in decades and have three candidates in Tuesday's primary, along with a big-name Republican.


Thousands of high schoolers protested after Parkland. This one says little changed

Thursday, June 02, 2022

One of thousands of high school students who walked out of class demanding action after the Parkland shooting says that there has been no meaningful reform, and America's politics are ruled by fear.


A rare winter wildfire is a sign of climate change lengthening fire season

Saturday, December 04, 2021

A small town in Montana is recovering after a rare winter wildfire destroyed dozens of homes and businesses. A fire ecologist says this is lengthening fire season is due to climate change.


New Montana abortion laws were halted just hours before they were to go into effect

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

As the Supreme Court looks to decide on the future of Roe v. Wade, abortion is again one of the biggest social legal questions facing the country. In Montana, three new laws hang in the balance.


Investigators Work To Determine The Cause Of Saturday's Amtrak Derailment

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The National Traffic Safety Board is investigating the derailment in Montana that killed three people. It happened as hospitals there were already over capacity with COVID-19 patients.


Montana GOP Pushes For More Redistricting Power After State Gains Congressional Seat

Friday, May 07, 2021

For the first time in decades, Montana will have more than one congressional district. After the news came, GOP lawmakers rushed a bill to set new rules for the state's districting commission.