Montana Democrats’ Statement on Elsie Arntzen Running for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Justin Ailport2019, News, Republicans

Helena, Mont. – Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen today issued the following statement after the announcement that Elsie Arntzen will run for Superintendent of Public Instruction: “Elsie Arntzen has failed to support our students, teachers and public schools since taking office,” Lindeen said. “Arntzen was absent at the Capitol when our children’s education was under attack. Montanans deserve someone at the … Read More

Montana Democratic Party’s Statement on Failed Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte Entering 2020 Gubernatorial Race

Justin Ailport2019, Gianforte, News, Republicans

Helena, Mont. – Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen today issued the following statement after failed gubernatorial candidate and Montana’s current at-large representative in the U.S. House of Representatives Greg Gianforte filed for the 2020 gubernatorial race: “Montanans already rejected Greg Gianforte for governor once – and it’s no surprise why,” Lindeen said. “Gianforte poured millions into his own failed campaign while … Read More

Daines Voted in Favor of Major Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Transportation Funding

Justin Ailport2019, Daines, News, Republicans

Helena, Mont. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines last night voted in favor of considering trillions of dollars in cuts to funding for programs that tens of thousands of Montanans rely on, including Medicare and Medicaid. Daines joined only 21 other senators in voting for the Senate to consider a budget resolution introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that – if signed into law – would result intrillions of … Read More

Rep. Greg Gianforte Today Voted Against Protecting Montanans with Preexisting Conditions

Justin Ailport2019, Gianforte, News, Republicans

Helena – Rep. Greg Gianforte today voted against a bill to protect Montanans with preexisting conditions, on the same day Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock signed into law legislation to protect access to affordable health care for Montanans. The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, H.R. 986. The bill would block recent efforts to allow … Read More

In Case You Missed It: Tester Town Hall Highlights Daines’ “Disdain” for In-Person Town Halls with Montanans

Justin Ailport2019, Daines, News

Helena – About 150 Montanans in Bozeman attended one of Sen. Jon Tester’s in-person town halls this week. At the same time, Montana’s junior senator, Sen. Steve Daines, has shown a lack of interest in talking with his constituents at in-person town halls. Last year, Daines called face-to-face town halls with Montanans “big protests” instead of “civil discourse.” “Steve Daines’ disdain for facing Montanans shows … Read More

Republican Senators Al Olszewski and Scott Sales Voted Against Bipartisan Firefighter Health and Safety Legislation Getting Signed into Law Today

Justin Ailport2019, News

Helena – Two Republican state senators who recently announced their candidacies for statewide offices in Montana voted against bipartisan legislation Gov. Steve Bullock will sign into law today to remove roadblocks for Montana firefighters to receive compensation for work-related illnesses. Gubernatorial candidate – Sen. Al Olszewski (R-Kalispell) – and candidate for secretary of state – Sen. Scott Sales (R-Bozeman) – both voted … Read More

Tax Day Reminder: Daines and Gianforte Voted to Give Tax Breaks to Corporations and the Wealthiest Americans as Montanans See Shrinking Refunds

Justin Ailport2019, Daines, Gianforte, News

Helena – On the deadline for the first tax filing season after Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte voted for the GOP tax law that handed hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, Montanans are noticing smaller tax refunds — or even owe money to the Internal Revenue Service. And Montanans are not alone. From … Read More

Al Olszewski Votes Against Affordable Health Care for Montanans Days After Launching Campaign for Governor

Justin Ailport2019

Helena – Sen. Al Olszewski, R-SD-06, today voted against continuing to provide affordable health care to 96,000 Montanans, just days after announcing his 2020 campaign for governor. On April 3, Olszewski announced his bid for the Montana governorship, claiming one of his priorities would be affordable health care. Yet today, Olszewski cast his second vote this session against Republican-sponsored legislation … Read More

In Case You Missed It: Rep. Greg Gianforte Voted Against Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Justin Ailport2019, Gianforte, News

Shelby, Mont. – Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen issued the following statement after Rep. Greg Gianforte voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on the U.S. House floor yesterday. “It’s unacceptable that Gianforte joined a minority in voting against bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Lindeen said. “Voting against the … Read More

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Superintendent of Public Schools Won’t Say Whether She Opposes Bill that Would Undermine Public Education

Justin Ailport2019, News

Helena—Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen yesterday addressed the House of Representatives after her office refused to take a position on legislation that attempts to dismantle public education in Montana, which Arntzen oversees.   The bill, HB 303, introduced by Rep. Greg DeVries, R-Jefferson City, would eliminate enrollment and attendance requirements for children in public schools. It would also eliminate almost all educational requirements for children attending non-public school or home … Read More