Republican Candidate Scott Sales Votes Against Legislation to Make it Easier for Montanans to Vote

Sam OfferdahlNews

Helena – Republican candidate for secretary of state Sen. Scott Sales today voted against another piece of legislation that would remove barriers for Montanans to exercise their right to vote. Sales voted against an attempt by Sen. Bryce Bennett (D-Missoula) to bring a bill from Rep. Geraldine Custer (R-Forsyth) up for a vote on the Senate floor. The bill, HB 536, would have allowed … Read More

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

Sam Offerdahl2019, 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

Sam Offerdahl2019, 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

Sam Offerdahl2019, 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

Sam Offerdahl2019

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

Sam Offerdahl2019, 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

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema to Headline 41st Annual Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner

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Helena—The Montana Democratic Party today announced Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema will be the keynote speaker at the 41st Annual Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner in Helena on Saturday, March 9, 2019. “We’re thrilled to welcome Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to Big Sky Country,” said Monica Lindeen, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party. “As the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Arizona in 30 years, Sen. … Read More

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

Sam Offerdahl2019, 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

Montana Democrats Win Ethics Complaint Against Corey Stapleton for Misuse of State Resources

Sam Offerdahl2019

Commissioner of Political Practices Finds Stapleton Committed Four Ethics Violations with Unethical Campaign Announcement Helena—A nonpartisan watchdog organization today found Secretary of State Corey Stapleton committed four ethics violations when he announced his 2020 gubernatorial campaign using a state email address. The Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) said Stapleton must pay $4,000 for the ethics violations, all four of which … Read More

Rep. Kerry White Joins Growing Number of Pro-Statewide Sales Tax Republicans in Legislative Leadership

Sam Offerdahl2019, News

Helena— In a House Taxation Committee hearing this morning, Rep. Kerry White (R-Bozeman) spoke in favor of his bill to create a statewide sales tax– a bill that would raise the cost of goods Montanans use every day. White joins other Republican legislators in leadership who have expressed a desire to impose a statewide sales tax. Last year, Republican Senate President Scott Sales … Read More