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  • EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Introduce Legislation To Stop DOD From Funding Drag Shows

    06/06/2023 3:35:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 06, 2023 | Henry Rodgers
    Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale introduced legislation Monday evening that prohibits the Department of Defense (DOD) from paying for, hosting or supporting adult cabaret performances. The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the bill, which defines an “adult cabaret performance” as a performance that features topless dancers, go-go dancers, exotic dances, strippers or male or female impersonators who provide entertainment that appeals to prurient interest. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said the DOD does not support or fund the shows, but reported that Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada had planned to host an all ages drag...
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tells court not to trust Biden in Trump records case

    05/28/2023 9:44:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | SEPT. 20, 2022 | ZACH DESPART
    Several other Republican attorneys general joined Paxton in bashing the Biden administration, largely over previous policy decisions they disagreed with. ... Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton .. attacked the Biden administration in a federal court brief as part of a case involving the seizure of records from former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida. Paxton, a Trump ally who has joined the former president in falsely claiming the 2020 election was marred by widespread voter fraud, filed a friend of the court brief in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He argued the government under Joe Biden cannot be...
  • Montana 1st to ban those in drag from reading to children in schools, libraries

    05/25/2023 1:28:15 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 11 replies
    TribLive ^ | 5/24/23 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. — Montana has become the first state to specifically ban people dressed in drag from reading books to children at public schools and libraries, part of a host of legislation aimed at the rights the LGBTQ+ community in Montana and other states. Bills in Florida and Tennessee also appear to try to ban drag reading events, but both require the performances to be sexual in nature, which could be up for interpretation. Both bills also face legal challenges.
  • Montana becomes first state to ban drag reading sessions for children in public schools and libraries after Governor said it is 'wildly inappropriate for little kids to be exposed to sexualized content'

    05/24/2023 5:30:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 24, 2023 | James Gordon
    Montana has become the first state to specifically ban people dressed in drag from reading books to children at public schools and libraries. Republican governor Greg Gianforte signed the bill on Monday because he 'believes it's wildly inappropriate for little kids, especially preschoolers and kids in elementary school, to be exposed to sexualized content,' spokesperson Kaitlin Price said. But the law is unique among efforts by states to block drag performances as it does not require a sexual element to a performance for it to be banned. Bills in Florida and Tennessee also appear to try to ban drag reading...
  • New BLM Rules On ‘Conservation Leases’ Will Fundamentally Transform Public Land Management

    05/21/2023 4:29:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    The Federalist ^ | MAY 19, 2023 | Tristan Justice
    The new BLM rule introducing so-called conservation leasing will likely become the administration’s vehicle for locking up federal property. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing to fundamentally reshape how public lands are managed without congressional approval. In March, the agency unveiled a sweeping proposal to establish a framework for “conservation leases” that places a newfound priority on preservation. The new Public Lands Rule presents a radical departure from the “multiple use mandate” Congress outlined for the agency in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). New Rules Are a ‘Game Changer’.. FLPMA requires federal lands...
  • In Tour Promoting New Rule, Bureau Of Land Management Ignores GOP Mountain States It Would Hurt Most

    05/13/2023 6:24:57 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | MAY 12, 2023 | TRISTAN JUSTICE
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) doesn’t seem very interested in hearing from constituents who live near public land. On Wednesday, the agency released its schedule for a tour of Western high mountain states during which BLM officials will present sweeping new regulations on public lands. The proposed Public Lands Rule, published at the end of March, threatens to undermine the multiple use mandate and jeopardizes grazing rights for ranchers. The bureau, which manages 245 million acres primarily across 12 Western states, is preparing to implement conservation leasing and cut off ranchers’ access to public lands.The states to entertain a...
  • Montana becomes the first state to ban TikTok

    05/17/2023 6:44:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    KTVH ^ | May 17, 2023 | John Riley
    HELENA — Montana has become the first state to sign into law legislation banning Tiktok from operating within their borders, with Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signing Senate Bill 419 into law on Wednesday. The ban goes into effect on January 1, 2024. In a press release, Gianforte said he signed the bill to “protect Montanas’ person, private, and sensitive data” from being gathered by China. “The Chinese Communist Party using TikTok to spy on Americans, violate their privacy, and collect their personal, private, and sensitive information is well-documented,” Gianforte said. “Today, Montana takes the most decisive action of any state...
  • Montana becomes the first state to ban TikTok but implementing the law will be challenging.

    05/17/2023 4:00:55 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/17/23 | C Mandler
    Montana has officially become the first U.S. state to ban TikTok after Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the bill into law on Wednesday. The law is set to take effect in January 2024 and is likely to be challenged. "To protect Montanans' personal and private data from the Chinese Communist Party, I have banned TikTok in Montana," wrote Gianforte on Twitter. To protect Montanans’ personal and private data from the Chinese Communist Party, I have banned TikTok in Montana. — Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) May 17, 2023
  • Transgender youths sue over Montana gender-affirming care ban

    05/11/2023 12:16:35 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/10/23 | Justin Sullivan
    One of the plaintiffs, who has a transgender daughter, said "taking away this crucial medical care is inhumane and a violation of our rights." Two transgender children, their parents and two health care providers filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that a Montana law that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youths is unconstitutional. The ban on puberty blockers, hormone treatment and surgical procedures applies only to transgender youths being treated for gender dysphoria, but that same care can be provided to cisgender adolescents for any other purpose, according to the complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU...
  • Judge denies Rep. Zooey Zephyr's attempt to return to Montana House

    05/03/2023 8:54:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    Axios ^ | May 3, 2023 | Sareen Habeshian Sareen Habeshian
    Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr (D), the state's only transgender lawmaker, cannot return to the state House floor, a judge ruled Tuesday. Driving the news: District Court Judge Mike Menahan wrote in a five-page ruling that the court's power is limited and granting Zephyr's request to return "would require this court to interfere with legislative authority in a manner that exceeds this court’s authority." The state's attorneys had asked the judge to reject Zephyr’s efforts to return, per AP. Why it matters: This effectively rules Zephyr out for the rest of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end on May...
  • Montana becomes latest state to ban transgender drugs, surgeries for children

    05/01/2023 11:17:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 1, 2023 | Matt Lamb
    HELENA, Montana (LifeSiteNews) – Montana became the latest state to prohibit minors from being chemically or surgically mutilated through transgender drugs and surgeries, joining North Dakota just a week after that state instituted similar protections for gender-confused kids. Senate Bill 99, signed on Friday by Republican Governor Greg Gianforte, prohibits a variety of scientifically unsound and potentially dangerous drugs and surgeries, including “a vaginectomy, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, ovariectomy, reconstruction of the urethra, metoidioplasty, phalloplasty, scrotoplasty, implantation of erection or testicular protheses, subcutaneous mastectomy, voice surgery, or pectoral implant.” It also prohibits “surgical procedures, including a penectomy, orchiectomy, vaginoplasty, clitoroplasty, vulvoplasty, augmentation...
  • Inertia, Cowardice Mean Right Loses Ground to Trans Mania

    04/30/2023 7:39:50 AM PDT · by CFW · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/30/23 | Michael Reagan
    If you’re interested in really being depressed, read the coverage of the controversy involving the state representative in Montana who is a man pretending to be a woman. Or in our words, a "hemale." Conservatives, Christians and normal people have completely lost the culture when a newspaper in Montana, of all places, apes the jargon, euphemisms and outright lies that permeate and sustain the "transgender movement." The Independent Record — the newspaper in Montana’s capitol of Helena — might as well be The New York Times when it comes to covering the insanity of the transgenderist’s genital mutilation and chemical...
  • Montana House GOP votes to ban trans Democratic lawmaker from chamber

    04/26/2023 3:00:20 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 25 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 4/26/23 | SAM WILSON and HOLLY MICHELS
    Republicans in Montana’s House of Representatives voted Wednesday to ban a Democratic transgender lawmaker from the chamber, following her support for protesters who shut down the body's proceedings earlier in the week. Rep. Zooey Zephyr of Missoula will still be allowed to vote remotely, but will not be allowed to access the House chamber, anteroom or gallery under the party-line, 68-32 vote taken by the House. Democrats were united against the motion, while Republicans all voted in favor
  • Transgender Supporters Cause Mayhem Inside Montana's Statehouse(mostly peaceful no doubt)

    04/25/2023 4:22:37 PM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 4/25/2023 1620 edt | Julio Rosas
    Pro-transgender protesters in Montana forced the House to halt its proceedings after Republicans led an effort to censure Rep. Zooey Zephyr (D), a transgender member, after accusing them of having blood on their hands for passing a bill that stops children from receiving life altering medical treatment in the name of transgenderism. Zephyr's supporters in the viewing gallery shouted and chanted to show solidarity, forcing the House to suspend its proceedings until the agitators could be removed. Some of the protesters resisted being pushed out by the Montana Highway Patrol, with others banging on the doors to the gallery. At...
  • 7 Arrested as Trans Activists Disrupt Montana Legislature and Bring Proceedings to Halt

    04/24/2023 6:12:40 PM PDT · by CFW · 20 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/24/23 | Nick Arama
    The Montana House has been having a debate over the banning of the gender transitioning of minor children, or “gender-affirming” care, as the Orwellian people like to term the mutilation of children. Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr — who is transgender — attacked colleagues claiming that if her colleagues supported the bill, they would have “blood on their hands.” That violated the rules of decorum for attacking colleagues. After Zephyr’s remarks, Republican Speaker Matt Regier demanded that Zephyr apologize before being allowed to speak again in the chamber. “Not only has my colleague violated decorum, but has broken the trust given...
  • Trans Montana lawmaker lashes out at GOP colleagues during House floor debate: 'Blood on your hands'

    04/19/2023 12:27:49 PM PDT · by Levy78 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | Kyle Morris
    A transgender state lawmaker in Montana is facing calls to be censured over comments that were made amid the legislature's efforts to pass amendments to a bill that would prohibit sex change treatments for minors. Rep. Zooey Zephyr, a bisexual and the first transgender lawmaker in Montana legislature history, drew criticism Tuesday after telling Republicans during a House floor debate on amendments to Senate Bill 99 that they have "blood on (their) hands," a notion the lawmaker hopes will be present in their prayers. "The only thing I will say is if you vote yes on this bill and yes...
  • Facing Tough Senate Race, Montana G.O.P. Looks to Change the Rules

    04/14/2023 5:30:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/14/23 | Nick Corasaniti
    HELENA, Mont. — Republicans typically cry foul when accused of rewriting election laws to benefit their candidates. But as the Montana legislature debates a new voting bill, even some GOP lawmakers concede that this one appears designed to help them win elections — more precisely, one very important election. The bill would rewrite the rules for the state’s next U.S. Senate race and only that race. The 2024 fight to oust Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat, is expected to be one of the tightest in the country. The legislation would shift the contest from a traditional election into a “top...
  • GOP lawmakers target Tester re-election bid with 'jungle primary' bill

    04/04/2023 12:38:37 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    Independent Record ^ | 4/3/23 | Sam Wilson
    The last Democrat occupying a statewide office in Montana may have an even tighter path to re-election in 2024, under legislation advanced by Republican state lawmakers Monday night. Senate Bill 566 would establish a top-two primary election for U.S. Senate next year, when Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is up for re-election. It passed an initial vote 27-23 with no Democratic support on Monday, and must clear a final vote in the Senate to move to the House. It would establish a version of a “jungle primary,” in which every candidate, regardless of party, runs in the same primary election....
  • Train derails 25 cars in Montana, spilling unconfirmed contents

    04/02/2023 2:32:03 PM PDT · by CFW · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/2/23 | Anders Hagstrom, Haley Chi-Sing
    At least 25 cars derailed from a train in Montana on Sunday, spilling their contents onto the ground and into a nearby body of water. First responders say there is no threat to the public, but there has yet to be confirmation about what the affected containers were carrying. Montana Rail Link, which owns the railroad, is aware of the situation, but the company that owns the train has yet to be identified, according to NBC Montana. The Sanders County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Fox News Digital. There have not been any reported...
  • Bill That Would Allow Students to Fight Back in Bullying Incidents Moves Through (Montana) Legislature (opponents: "fighting violence with violence is not a real solution and will just escalate most situations in a school setting")

    03/23/2023 10:05:14 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 27 replies
    Choteau Acantha ^ | March 22, 2023 | Caved Wade
    Stacy Roope says her 16-year-old son Trey is bullied every day in the hallways and even while walking to school. She said her son is constantly tormented, and what’s worse is that he isn’t able to defend himself. “Trey is not afraid of the kids who bully him, but in the back of his mind he’s always thinking about what’s going to happen today,” Roope said. “It’s an emotional roller coaster that happens to him every day, one day he could walk to the school with no issues, the next day he’s getting slammed into the lockers.” Roope, of Helena,...