Corey Stapleton’s Failure to Correctly Interpret State Law Costs Montana Taxpayers More Money

Justin AilportNews

Helena, Mont. – Current secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Corey Stapleton lost another battle yesterday over legal issues waged on Montana taxpayers’ dime. Stapleton lost a case against Gov. Steve Bullock after Stapleton took steps to codify HB 132, an act to clarify the definition of bison, into law. District Judge Mike McMahon ruled that Bullock vetoed the bill and delivered it to … 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 Again Voted Against Protecting Montanans with Preexisting Conditions

Justin AilportNews

Helena – For the second week in a row, Rep. Greg Gianforte voted against protecting Montanans with preexisting conditions by voting “no” last night on legislation that would limit the sale of ‘junk’ insurance plans, which can deny health coverage to people with preexisting conditions. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act,” a package 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

Montana Democrats Adopt 2020 Presidential Delegate Selection Plan

Justin AilportNews

Helena – Following a 30-day public comment period, the Montana Democratic Party adopted a plan yesterday for how delegates from Montana will be selected to attend the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The national convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wis., in July 2020, when delegates from Montana and across the country will nominate the Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 … Read More

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

Justin AilportNews

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

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