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Motion to draft bill codifying access to abortion in Montana dies on tied vote

A legislative interim committee failed to pass a motion Monday that would have begun the process of drafting a bill to codify the access to abortion that currently exists in Montana. The motion in front of the Children, Families, Health and Human Services Interim Committee by Sen. Mary McNally, D-Billings, failed on a tied vote […] The post Motion to draft bill codifying access to abortion in Montana dies on tied vote appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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Church votes to remove controversial pastor after learning of addiction to prescription meds

The controversial minister of a Sidney church who garnered headlines touring the state, appearing alongside conservative politicians and railing against a number of issues, including critical race theory and LGBTQ rights, has been “disqualified” as the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church. A statement by the Fellowship Baptist Church released Monday afternoon explains: “During the several […] The post Church votes to remove controversial pastor after learning of addiction to prescription meds appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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Great Falls couple files suit against marijuana sale ban within city limits

A Great Falls couple filed a lawsuit in district court Monday challenging the ban on cannabis dispensaries within city limits.  The suit argues that according to House Bill 701, which addresses recreational marijuana implementation in Montana, counties and cities can put further rules and regulations on marijuana sales. However, Great Falls’ outright ban of sales […] The post Great Falls couple files suit against marijuana sale ban within city limits appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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Lawsuit claims Grant-Kohrs Ranch is illegally endangering survival of bull trout

A new lawsuit’s premise is straightforward: In the federal government’s zeal to save a piece of history, it may be committing bull trout to history in the heart of Montana, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Butte. The case, brought by two organizations, Save the Bull Trout and Alliance for the Wild […] The post Lawsuit claims Grant-Kohrs Ranch is illegally endangering survival of bull trout appeared first on Daily Montanan.
DEER LODGE, MT

What happens after a campus suicide is a form of prevention, too

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ethan Phillips was 13 years old when he first heard the term “suicide contagion.” It’s the scientific concept that after one person dies by suicide, others in the community may be at higher risk. Phillips learned the phrase growing up in Fairfax County, Virginia, where more than a dozen teens and […] The post What happens after a campus suicide is a form of prevention, too appeared first on Daily Montanan.
CHAPEL HILL, NC

How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors.” In theory, these bogus Republican slates in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin would cast their electoral votes for the incumbent — canceling out the popular […] The post How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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Trip to Italy exposed silly little secret

On the same day that the 50th anniversary of the Montana Constitution was being celebrated in the Chambers of the Montana House of Representatives as producing the most open government of all the 50 states, it was revealed that the Governor of Montana was keeping a secret from the public, his location. He was, his […] The post Trip to Italy exposed silly little secret appeared first on Daily Montanan.

Recommendation to cut minimum counselor-to-student ratio in Montana draws fire

Kaden Sheridan felt anxious to go to class after he went through a four-hour lockdown his freshman year of high school when a student dropped a loaded handgun magazine on campus. At the time, Sheridan worried about his brother, also in school. No one knew what the owner of the weapon had been planning in […] The post Recommendation to cut minimum counselor-to-student ratio in Montana draws fire appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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Embattled Gaetz one of the ‘fake elector’ proponents who sought ‘broad’ pardon

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida featured heavily during the congressional Jan. 6 hearings Thursday as part of a video chorus of extremist Republican lawmakers threatening to throw out the results of the 2020 presidential election. Gaetz also figured in evidence that Trumpist members of Congress including himself sought broad pardons for their roles in […] The post Embattled Gaetz one of the ‘fake elector’ proponents who sought ‘broad’ pardon appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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‘Down to my last diaper’ : The anxiety of parenting in poverty

For parents living in poverty, “diaper math” is a familiar and distressingly pressing daily calculation. Babies in the U.S. go through six to 10 disposable diapers a day, at an average cost of $70 to $80 a month. Name-brand diapers with high-end absorption sell for as much as a half a dollar each, and can […] The post ‘Down to my last diaper’ : The anxiety of parenting in poverty appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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Renewable energy can help affordably keep the lights on

In almost any conversation about shifting to 100% zero carbon energy, it is inevitable that someone will bring up reliability of the electricity system: “The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine.” What is left unsaid is that these energy resource limitations are only true to specific locations and apply to every […] The post Renewable energy can help affordably keep the lights on appeared first on Daily Montanan.

Rice was right — destroying American institutions? Over our dead bodies.

At last week’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Montana’s 1972 Constitution, there were many memorable moments, including the presentation of Jim Rice, Associate Justice of the Montana Supreme Court, during the panel discussion about “The Basic Rule of Law: The Backbone of a Constitution.” Rice, who prior to his 2001 Supreme Court appointment had been […] The post Rice was right — destroying American institutions? Over our dead bodies. appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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Senate Deal Raises Hopes for a Reduction in Gun Suicides

A bipartisan U.S. Senate agreement negotiated after high-profile mass shootings in Texas, New York, and Oklahoma lacks gun access restrictions that advocates say are needed to prevent such attacks. But the deal’s focus on mental health has raised hopes — and doubts — that it will help reduce gun suicides, particularly in rural Western states […] The post Senate Deal Raises Hopes for a Reduction in Gun Suicides appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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Women are victims of ‘Supreme’ hypocrites

On Friday, The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.  The Court’s overruled Roe vs. Wade, allowing the states to impose whatever abortion restrictions their legislatures can come up with.  Judges should be immune from partisan and sectarian pressures when deciding cases.  This is […] The post Women are victims of ‘Supreme’ hypocrites appeared first on Daily Montanan.

Sibanye Stillwater mine not expected to be fully operation for 4 to 6 weeks

Operations at the Sibanyee Stillwater mine in southern Montana are suspended, and the mine is not expected to be fully operational for four to six weeks after historic flooding last week damaged and cut off access to the plant. The dormancy at the mine is notable as mining makes up an estimated 41% of jobs […] The post Sibanye Stillwater mine not expected to be fully operation for 4 to 6 weeks appeared first on Daily Montanan.

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

President Joe Biden on Friday called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates on “a sad day for the country” after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved […] The post Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says appeared first on Daily Montanan.

Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion, while Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction hints at how lawmakers will approach abortion […] The post Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights appeared first on Daily Montanan.
CONGRESS & COURTS

Here’s what the Supreme Court ruling on abortion means for Montana

The United States Supreme Court did what many had expected after Politico obtained a leaked copy of a draft opinion regarding Roe vs. Wade, and overturned the landmark ruling Friday. Here’s what the ruling means for Montana. In its decision, Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that previous Supreme Court […] The post Here’s what the Supreme Court ruling on abortion means for Montana appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by six of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of access throughout the country. The result is expected to be an […] The post UPDATED: U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision appeared first on Daily Montanan.
CONGRESS & COURTS

‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed

President Donald Trump sought to use the U.S. Justice Department to create the illusion of a legitimate investigation into the validity of the 2020 election results, the Jan. 6 committee and former Justice Department leaders said Thursday in the panel’s fifth hearing this month. In the weeks between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, […] The post ‘Just say the election was corrupt’: Trump pressure on Justice Department detailed appeared first on Daily Montanan.
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