From Ryan Zinke's private travel controversy, to Greg Gianforte's election night body slam, it has been an eventful — and unusual — year in Montana politics.
The Trump administration is engaging with a Montana tribe over the creation of a new national monument next to its reservation, even as the administration clashes with Native Americans over reductions to monuments in the Southwest. The Blackfeet tribe has opposed drilling and other development in the Badger-Two Medicine area, which it considers sacred. Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes says an Interior Department proposal to co-manage the land with the government is a potentially "workable solution."
The Environmental Protection Agency is giving Butte and Anaconda the attention many local critics of the 34-year cleanup say the nation's largest Superfund complex deserves.
Newly released records show Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer, including one that allowed him to return to Washington in time for a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence. Records released by the Interior Department show Zinke spent more than $39,000 on a July helicopter tour above two national monuments in Nevada.
Montana does not have issues of coordinated voter fraud, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton told a group of elections officials Tuesday.
As Senate Republicans passed a tax plan that would dramatically change the U.S. tax code and mostly benefit the extremely wealthy and corporat…
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks settled with the former administrator of Montana State Parks for $137,500 and agreed to purge certain disciplinary matters from his employee file, newly released documents say.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife played a key role in arranging aspects of her husband's official events and often accompanied him on trips outside of Washington D.C. during the first few months of the administration. Documents obtained by the Western Values Project show that Lolita Zinke created a list of people she wanted to be invited to a conservative town hall forum in California. Staffers also overhauled travel plans in Alaska so she could attend a dinner with the governor.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks named Beth R. Shumate the new state parks administrator Monday following a nearly year-long vacancy at the post.
Montana lawmakers drastically changed the system by which liquor licenses are obtained from a lottery to a competitive bidding auction during the recent special session.
U.S. Senate hopeful Troy Downing has been receiving California tax exemptions for claiming a house near San Diego as a primary residence at th…
The Interior Department's internal watchdog says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to keep complete records of his taxpayer-finance travel, hampering an investigation into Zinke's use of private charter flights for government business. Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall says her investigation "has been delayed by absent or incomplete documentation for several pertinent trips and a review process that failed to include proper documentation."
A special session of the Montana Legislature called to address a budget shortfall adjourned early Thursday morning with a deal that leaves all parties less than satisfied but pleased something was negotiated.
In May, on the eve of Greg Gianforte’s special congressional election, the Montana politician “body-slammed” inquiring news reporter Ben Jacob…
Helena Mayor-elect Wilmot Collins, dressed in a U.S. Army fleece, running shoes and sweats, belts out the lyrics to “Your Man” in a deep bass and “Baby, lock the door and turn the lights down low,” trilling a bit on the last note before breaking out into a laugh.
The campaign of Troy Downing, a Republican seeking his party's U.S. Senate nomination, issued a release Wednesday calling the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks "deep state" and claiming the agency conducted a "witch hunt" against him.
BOZEMAN — U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing paid non-resident taxes and referred to California as "home" on social media during the same peri…
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials had nothing to do with approving a pricey no-bid contract to restore the power grid in Puerto Rico. That's what FEMA Administrator Brock Long told a Senate panel on Tuesday. He said there was "a lot wrong" with the controversial $300 million contract awarded to Whitefish Energy Holdings, a tiny Montana company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown.
A political watchdog organization accused the dormant congressional campaign of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday of skirting contr…
The woman who, in a phone call to a radio show last week, said she would have shot the reporter who was assaulted by now-Rep. Greg Gianforte on the eve of his election has resigned her post with a Republican organization.
A Democratic congressman on Tuesday called for an investigation into a $300 million contract awarded to a small company based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown of Whitefish.
The vice president of programs for Gallatin County Republican Women said in a radio program Thursday she "would have shot" the reporter who was assaulted by then-candidate Greg Gianforte the day before his election to Montana's sole seat in the U.S. House.
Steve Bannon, leader of the charge against the Republican party establishment and former adviser to President Donald Trump, has endorsed Matt Rosendale in Montana’s 2018 Senate race.
The police booking photo of U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, who was convicted in Gallatin County Justice Court earlier this year of assaulting a reporter, was released Wednesday.
The gadget that transformed a Las Vegas terrorist’s semiautomatic rifles into machine gun-style weapons is under criticism, but Montana’s cong…
FOLKSTON, Ga. — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday strongly defended his use of private charter flights for government business, calli…
WASHINGTON — The Interior Department's internal watchdog said Monday it is investigating Secretary Ryan Zinke's use of charter flights, even a…
Melissa Romano, a Helena teacher who ran for state Superintendent of Public Instruction last year on the Democratic ticket, was named 2018 Mon…
Montana's two U.S. senators and U.S. representative all issued sharp criticisms of the Food Safety and Inspection Service's treatment of a Butte meat plant Monday, and vowed continued action to hold the Department of Agriculture and the inspection agency accountable.
HELENA — The wife of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is backing a political newcomer for the U.S. Senate seat that Montana Republicans had …
U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester took to the Senate floor Wednesday to bring attention to the wildfires burning across Montana.
WASHINGTON — The Interior Department inspector general's office has dropped an investigation into whether the Trump administration pressured A…
The Guardian reporter physically assaulted by Greg Gianforte the day before the Montana Republican was elected to the U.S. House has called out Gianforte for repeatedly delaying a promised interview, calling it "a display of his true character."
Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen has wrangled the Montana Teacher of the Year program away from the state teachers’ union an…
Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte was photographed and fingerprinted Friday, days after a judge ordered him to be booked after pleading guilty …
Former Montana legislator Wesley Prouse is out of jail after agreeing to release financial documents related to penalties from a political cor…
HELENA — Secretary of State Corey Stapleton's allegations of voter fraud in Montana have widened a rift with elections officers across the state, some of whom want the elections chief to dial back his rhetoric.
BOZEMAN — Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte will work off his sentence for assaulting a reporter by volunteering for an organization that build…
HELENA — Montana's chief elections officer alleged Thursday that voter fraud may be more common than local officials acknowledge and asserted that more than 360 illegal ballots were cast, but not counted, during the special congressional election in May.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday he is forming a federal political action committee to allow him to travel and be a larger part of the national political conversation.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's re-election campaign violated state law by failing to make timely reports on expenses stemming from his use of a state aircraft, the state's chief political watchdog reported Thursday.
A district court judge from Billings is forming an exploratory committee to consider running against U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in 2018.
What Sen. Steve Daines and his supporters are calling important legislation to protect the U.S. flag, others have labeled a dangerous attempt to restrict free speech by scaling back the First Amendment.
BOZEMAN — Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte will not spend any time in jail after he admitted a charge of misdemeanor assault Monday for “body slamming” a reporter on the eve of his election.
A group of media organizations is asking Congress to investigate Montana Republican Greg Gianforte, its newest member, after he was cited for assault against a reporter on the eve of his election.
Unhampered by being charged with the assault of a reporter just 24 hours earlier, Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday won the special election to fill Montana's empty seat in the U.S. House by 7 percentage points.
BOZEMAN — Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was cited Wednesday night for misdemeanor assault after allegedly body-slamming a reporter who asked him a question about his stance on proposed health care legislation.
MISSOULA — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders unleashed his signature fiery populist flair in support of Democrat Rob Quist on the University of Montana campus Saturday morning.
MISSOULA — Rob Quist’s call to decriminalize marijuana use is more than a policy platform for the Democrat running to fill Montana’s vacant U.S. House seat in a special election next week.
MISSOULA — Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is one of several prominent Montana Republicans who contributed money or support to the 2016 legislative campaign of a Columbia Falls man described by watchdog groups as a white nationalist.
Besides his official duties during a trip to Montana last week, United States Vice President Mike Pence took time to enjoy the outdoors, and h…
Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate running in Montana’s May 25 special congressional election illegally killed an elk in 2000, state and county records show.
HELENA — Donald Trump Jr. will be targeting more than just Montana's Republican voters on Friday and Saturday when he helps Greg Gianforte campaign for an open U.S. House seat.
Montana lawmakers on Thursday confirmed "one of our own," as one senator put it, as the next commissioner in charge of making sure they follow campaign laws and of enforcing any violations they commit.
Under a new department leader in Helena, an adviser on state land management issues is receiving double the hourly rate paid for similar positions and nearly $40 more than his boss.
HELENA -- Montana Democrats brought in one of their national party's rising stars to headline their annual dinner, but the hundreds who gathered Saturday wanted to hear more from one of their own: musician Rob Quist, who must convince fellow Democrats that he can win back the state's only congressional seat and help national Democrats push back against the Republican tide.
Just after noon on Monday, Montana’s 150 legislators were sworn in as leaders in both the House and Senate made a call for Democrats and Republicans to work together and handle disagreements with civility.