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Democrats back Biden US lands pick assailed by Republicans

Jul. 22, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A bitterly divided U.S. Senate panel deadlocked Thursday on President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee vast government-owned lands in the West, as Democrats united behind a nominee whose credibility was assailed by Republicans over her links to a 1989 environmental...

Retired investigator: Biden nominee stonewalled 1989 probe

Jul. 15, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee U.S. lands in the Western states stonewalled a 1989 investigation into the sabotage of an Idaho timber sale, a former federal law enforcement officer alleged in a letter released Thursday. The former U.S....

Cora Neumann joins race for Montana's new US House seat

Jul. 13, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Cora Neumann announced Tuesday a run for Montana's new U.S. House seat, becoming the third Democrat to join the race. Neumann, a public health expert who resides in Bozeman, told the Montana State News Bureau this week she would fight for good jobs...

Gianforte ends Montana's climate change coalition membership

Jul. 09, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte has discontinued Montana's membership in a coalition of two dozen states dedicated to fighting climate change. The U.S. Climate Alliance is a nonpartisan group committed to achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement and...

Governor fills judicial vacancy amid stalled legal challenge

Jul. 07, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A district court judge on Wednesday denied a request to temporarily suspend a law that eliminated the Judicial Nomination Commission and allowed Montana's governor to directly fill judicial vacancies between elections. Later Wednesday, Republican...

Another legal challenge filed over judicial appointments

Jun. 28, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Another legal challenge has been filed over a new law that eliminates the Judicial Nomination Commission and allows Montana's governor to directly fill judicial vacancies between elections. Two former Democratic state representatives — Tom Winter...

Judge upholds dismissal of case against resort developer

Jun. 12, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge has upheld court decisions that the state of Montana lacked legal standing to file an involuntary bankruptcy petition nearly a decade ago against Yellowstone Club co-founder Tim Blixseth. Judge Mike N. Nakagawa of Nevada on...

Biden nominee linked to 1989 sabotage draws Republican ire

Jun. 11, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee federal lands in the U.S. West is facing Republican pressure to withdraw over her ties to environmental activists convicted of spiking trees to sabotage a national forest timber sale more than 30 years ago. ...

Montana law upheld allowing governor to appoint judges

Jun. 11, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a new law allowing the governor to directly nominate judges to fill vacancies — giving Gov. Greg Gianforte and the Republican-controlled Legislature a win in the first of a series of challenges to laws...

Biden nominee for public lands boss faces GOP opposition

Jun. 08, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nominee to oversee vast expanses of U.S. public lands was criticized Tuesday by Republicans over her past involvement in partisan politics as a longtime Democratic aide and environmentalist, underscoring the importance lawmakers assign to a...