Will Deschamps http://mtpr.org en Montana GOP chair optimistic about weekend convention http://mtpr.org/post/montana-gop-chair-optimistic-about-weekend-convention <p>The chairman of the Montana Republican Party predicts the state GOP will emerge more united from its&nbsp; platform convention this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p> Will Deschamps says over 300 Montana Republicans are expected at this weekend's bi-annual convention in Billings.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Conservative and more moderate Republicans on both the statewide and national levels are debating the best course for the party's future. Deschamps suspects that conversation will also be had in Billings this weekend.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:56:18 +0000 Edward O'Brien 20693 at http://mtpr.org Montana GOP chair optimistic about weekend convention Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator http://mtpr.org/post/walsh-appointed-montanas-next-us-senator <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just one day after Montana’s Senior Senator, Max Baucus, was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Governor Steve Bullock has appointed his Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh, to serve the remainder of Baucus’s term. The move keeps the post in Democratic hands and may bolster the party’s hopes of keeping the seat in November.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:31:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 14699 at http://mtpr.org Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator Former MT First Lady remembered for fostering political cooperation http://mtpr.org/post/former-mt-first-lady-remembered-fostering-political-cooperation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Montana First Lady Betty Babcock died this past Sunday in Helena at age 91.</span></p><p>The wife of former Republican Gov.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tim Babcock was known for pushing hard for passage of the 1972 Montana Constitution, a renovation of the state capitol building and other issues.</span></p><p>Montana Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps described her as an immeasurably kind woman who wouldn’t say an ill word about anyone.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:10:39 +0000 Dan Boyce 6372 at http://mtpr.org Former MT First Lady remembered for fostering political cooperation Moderate, conservative Republicans lash out ahead of state GOP convention http://mtpr.org/post/moderate-conservative-republicans-lash-out-ahead-state-gop-convention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana’s Republican faithful are preparing for their annual convention this Friday and Saturday, despite an unusually stark division between certain factions of the party—specifically legislators.</span></p><p>The increasingly public split between hardline conservatives and a group of moderates labeling themselves ‘Responsible Republicans’ became apparent throughout the course of the 2013 Legislature, with the moderates breaking away from party leadership to side with Democrats on many of the session’s key issues.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 02:06:17 +0000 Dan Boyce 3519 at http://mtpr.org