Latest Montana state government News

Lieutenant governor fined $1K for violating ethics laws

Jul. 8, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney has been fined the maximum of $1,000 for violating state ethics laws by participating in a campaign-related video conference call from his state office this spring, the commissioner of political practices said Wednesday. Cooney, who is running for governor, has...

Montana infections set record as outbreak hits nursing home

Jul. 7, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings nursing home said 58 residents and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been put under quarantine, as Montana on Tuesday reported its highest daily total of confirmed infections since the pandemic began. Residents and staff of Canyon Creek...

Bullock raises $7.7M in second quarter in bid for Senate

Jul. 6, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's campaign said Monday that it raised $7.7 million in the second quarter of 2020. The Democrat's bid against Republican incumbent Sen. Steve Daines has emerged as a critical race in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Factoring in the campaign's...

FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, Donald Trump Jr., right, walks with his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after traveling to Florida with President Donald Trump. The wife and running mate of Republican governor candidate Greg Gianforte, as well as several other top GOP officials, were exposed to the coronavirus after attending an event with Guilfoyle, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. Guilfoyle was diagnosed with the coronavirus on July 3, the New York Times reported. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

GOP-ers possibly exposed to virus by Trump Jr. girlfriend

Jul. 4, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

BOZEMAN,Mont. (AP) — The wife and the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte, as well as several other top GOP officials, were possibly exposed to the coronavirus after attending an event with the girlfriend of President Donald Trump's oldest son, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle...

Montana State Prison inmate dies amid harassment lawsuit

Jul. 4, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An inmate serving a life sentence in Montana State Prison and who filed sexual harassment complaints by a corrections officer to the Montana Supreme Court has died, court documents said. Attorneys requested Laurence Alan Stewart II's case be dismissed and Supreme Court Justices filed...

Montana sees 23rd virus death, 45 new cases reported

Jul. 3, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and counted the 23rd death related to the coronavirus. A woman in her 60s in Big Horn County died of complications due to COVID-19 after being hospitalized, according to county officials. This marks the fourth death...

'Rage Against the State' rallies raise concerns of groups

Jul. 3, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Helena-based nonprofit is condemning two upcoming local events for their alleged ties to militia groups and fundamentalist Christians. Rage Against the State, a group organized by Roger Roots, the Libertarian candidate for state auditor, will hold a “tent revival” at...

Governor, education head release separate school guidelines

Jul. 2, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen on Thursday issued separate, uncoordinated plans advising public schools how to safely reopen during the fall. Montana plans to resume in-school classes this fall despite a resurgence of confirmed...

Montana gov. stops short of issuing mask order as cases rise

Jul. 2, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday said he wouldn't issue an order requiring people to wear masks in public, leaving county and tribal officials and businesses to consider their own measures as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises. The Democratic governor repeated his request...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, Montana gubernatorial candidate Rep. Greg Gianforte and his running mate Great Falls lawyer Kristen Juras are seen during an event at the Pub Station in Billings, Mont. Gianforte on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, released tax returns showing he reported income of $184 million over a 10-year period. (Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette via AP, File)

Tax returns: Republican Gianforte made $184M over 10 years

Jul. 1, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte reported income of $184 million and paid $30.5 million in state and federal taxes over a 10-year period ending in 2018, according to tax returns released by his campaign Wednesday. Gianforte, a former technology entrepreneur...