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Gianforte uses $4M more of his own money for campaign

Oct. 21, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Greg Gianforte used $4 million more of his own money to help fund his bid to become Montana's next governor in the November election, bringing the total amount the congressman has loaned himself to more than $7.5 million, new campaign finance reports show. Gianforte also...

Charlotte Skinner, an Emergency Room nurse at St. Peter's Health, speaks at a Covid-19 press call hosted by Gov. Steve Bullock at the State Capitol, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Helena, Mont. Registered nurse Skinner of Helena says healthcare workers come from a variety of political, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds, but they reach common ground on science. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Nurse urges Montanans to take politics out of COVID fight

Oct. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An emergency room nurse urged Montana residents to take politics out of the fight against the coronavirus Tuesday, as the number of cases in the state reached 24,000, the death toll surpassed 250 and hospitals are caring for 360 patients. Health care workers come from a variety of...

Montana lawmakers reject power grab by majority Republicans

Oct. 19, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers have rejected legislative rule changes that would have authorized majority leaders of the House and Senate to break tie votes in legislative interim committees, which are usually comprised of Democrats and Republicans in equal numbers. The rule changes were proposed...

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Vision 2020: Will mailed-in ballots be delivered on time?

Oct. 17, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

Can you trust the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your ballot on time? If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it's best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day, which is Nov. 3. Postal officials have repeatedly said the agency has more than...

Montana judge blocks actions by Trump’s former land boss

Oct. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A month after ousting the Trump administration’s public lands boss for being in the post unlawfully, a Montana judge on Friday blocked three land-use plans that would have opened most U.S.-owned lands in the state to energy development. The actions struck down by Judge Brian...

Bullock outraises Daines more than 2-1 in latest quarter

Oct. 15, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock raised more than twice as much money for his Senate campaign as incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines did in the latest reporting period, according to numbers released by their campaigns on Thursday. Bullock reported raising $26.8 million in the...

William Perry Pendley, deputy director for policy and programs at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, speaks to reporters at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Pendley says he remains on the job leading the agency despite a federal judge ruling he's holding the position illegally without Senate confirmation. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)

Public lands official defends job despite judge's ruling

Oct. 15, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The top official at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday he’s still working despite a federal judge ruling he’s illegally holding the position. “I love this job,” William Perry Pendley said, adding he's looking forward to implementing policies put...

Montana COVID cases threaten to overwhelm health care system

Oct. 15, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in Montana is stretching the state's health care system, a hospital's chief medical officer said Thursday, as she urged residents to take the virus seriously. “I will put this very simply,” said Dr. Bridget Brennan with Benefis...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is sworn in before testifying during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday, Oct. 14, to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a pandemic that is expected to force many more people to vote by mail. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Postal Service agrees to reverse service changes

Oct. 15, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a pandemic that is expected to force many more people to vote by mail. The lawsuit filed against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, Gov. Steve Bullock, left, and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., prepare their notes before the beginning of their televised debate at the KUFM-TV studio at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. Political groups fighting for control of the U.S. Senate have poured more than $118 million into the contest between Bullock and Daines. For Montana residents, it means an unrelenting barrage of advertisements any time they turn on their computers, televisions and radios or open their mailboxes. (Ben Allan Smith/The Missoulian via AP, File)

US Senate high stakes spur astronomical spending in Montana

Oct. 14, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Political groups fighting for control of the U.S. Senate have poured more than $118 million into the contest between Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican incumbent Steve Daines, a record shattering figure for the sparsely-populated state that dwarfs spending on a...