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Gianforte speaks to media after his court appearance, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

Montana Representative Greg Gianforte has lost his bid to avoid being booked, photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected in May.

Judge Rick West ordered the Republican to report to the Gallatin County Detention Center to be booked for the misdemeanor assault charge by September 15.

Judge Orders Rep Gianforte Photographed, Fingerprinted

Aug 21, 2017
Rep. Greg Gianforte at his sentencing hearing in Bozeman, MT, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte to be photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter, opening the possibility of the congressman's mug shot to be used by political opponents next year when Gianforte is up for re-election.

All three members of Montana’s congressional delegation have now commented on the events in Charlottesville.

If you’re wondering what climate change will look like in Montana, state climatologist Kelsey Jencso says take a look outside. 

“This is certainly what the future may look like,” he says.

1st Montana Democrat Announces Bid Against US Rep. Gianforte

Aug 7, 2017
John Heenan of Billings Monday announced a bid to unseat newly elected U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in next year's midterm race.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An attorney on Monday announced a bid to unseat newly elected U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in next year's midterm race, becoming the first Democrat to establish a campaign committee to take on the Republican who attacked a reporter the day before a special election.

John Heenan of Billings said he would use his experience as a consumer protection lawyer to advocate for Montana residents, including working to increase access to "quality, affordable health care."

Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte came by the YPR studio visit about his first three weeks on the job.  Gianforte was elected in a special May election to fill the vacancy when President Donald Trump tapped then-Congressman Ryan Zinke to become his U.S. Interior Secretary.

In conversation with YPR's Jackie Yamanaka, Gianforte explains he was required to vote on issues immediately.

3,000 people might run out of water this summer on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, but a bipartisan bill moving through U.S. Congress could bring some much-needed relief.

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) says the U.S. Senate needs to do its job and pass a bill on health care. This on the news that the Senate Majority Leader plans to hold a vote next week even though it is unclear as of Friday what lawmakers will be voting on.

On Sunday President Donald Trump sent out a tweet that some interpreted as encouraging violence against reporters. In a short video clip from Trump’s 2007 appearance in a pro wrestling match, he can be seen bodyslamming a man with the CNN logo superimposed over his face.

Greg Gianforte during his swearing in to the U.S. House, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
CSPAN

Congressman Greg Gianforte has been assigned to serve on two congressional committees — one focused on natural resources, and the other on government oversight. Republican Greg Gianforte announced his committee assignments on Wednesday.

As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Gianforte will help craft policy on a wide range of topics, including public lands, mining, wildlife and Indian country.

Greg Gianforte during his swearing in to the U.S. House, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
CSPAN

Greg Gianforte was officially sworn in as Montana's sole representative in the U.S. House Wednesday.
 
The Republican entrepreneur from Bozeman takes office less than two weeks after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for attacking Guardian Reporter Ben Jacobs the evening before in-person voting began in Montana’s special election May 25.

In an interview with MTPR after being sworn in, Gianforte said again that he wants to put the assault behind him.

The public may get a look at a draft of the Senate healthcare bill for the first time this week. What’s it mean for Montana? Here's what the CEO of one health insurance company based in Helena says about it:

"I don't think that their plan is going to improve health care in the state of Montana. I think just the opposite is going to happen. And I think, I really do think a lot of people are going to get hurt."

Gianforte signs paperwork after his sentencing at the Gallatin County Justice Court.
Louise Johns

 

Congressman Greg Gianforte is asking the Gallatin County Court not to require him to have his mug shot and fingerprints taken.

Rep. Greg Gianforte at his sentencing hearing in Bozeman, MT, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

Montana's incoming congressman called for civility in politics today, four days after his conviction for assaulting a reporter who asked him a question about health care.

Greg Gianforte spoke to The Associated Press at his Bozeman home in his first national interview since winning the May 25 special congressional election. 

Voters wait in line outside the satellite polling place in Browning, MT, for the 2017 special election.
Lockley J. Bremner

Montana’s special election results were officially certified this afternoon, and June 21 has been set as the date for Greg Gianforte to be sworn in as Montana’s Congressman.

Before the election there were concerns that counties wouldn’t have the resources they needed to conduct it smoothly. There were few complaints about voting overall, but some voters in Browning had to wait 30 to 60 minutes — sometimes out in the cold rain — before casting their ballots. 

Greg Gianforte
Courtesy Gianforte campaign

Montana’s Secretary of State certified the results of the May 25 special election today, naming Greg Gianforte Montana’s next congressman. Gianforte will be  sworn in as Montana’s next congressman Wednesday,  June 21 in the U.S. Capitol.

Montana’s congressional delegation offered responses to the shooting at the congressional baseball practice today.

Gallatin County Court House in Bozeman, MT.
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Gallatin County’s law enforcement and courts are being criticized by some for how they’ve handled Greg Gianforte’s assault case. Some say he’s getting special treatment. University of Montana Law Professor Andrew King-Ries says that charge is easy to make when it comes to sentencing, which he says, is meant to be tailored to the individual in Montana.

Gianforte looks back at Jacobs in Gallatin County Justice Court
Louise Johns

The new chairwoman of the Montana Republican Party says it’s now time to let Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte get to work.

Rep. Greg Gianforte at his sentencing hearing in Bozeman, MT, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

Greg Gianforte, Montana’s congressman-elect, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today for assaulting a journalist. Gallatin County Judge Rick West declined to give Gianforte any jail time. 

Greg Gianforte in Court
Louise Johns

Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for attacking a reporter on the eve of the state’s special election last month.

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Montana’s Republican party meets Friday and Saturday to select new leadership. It’s trying to expand on big gains it made in 2016 and this year, and rebound from recent damage to its public image.

Prosecutor Says Gianforte Will Plead Guilty To Assault

Jun 9, 2017
U.S. Congressman-Elect Greg Gianforte
Bree Zender

The Gallatin County prosecutor says Greg Gianforte will plead guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected last month the state's only congressman.

Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election May 25, 2017.
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A University of Montana law professor thinks Greg Gianforte’s likely court appearance Monday morning for assaulting a reporter was probably not the congressman-elect’s main legal worry.

Greg Gianforte
Courtesy Gianforte campaign

Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte will appear in court at 10 AM Monday to face a misdemeanor assault charge against a reporter.

Greg Gianforte at a campaign event in Kalispell earlier this year
Eric Whitney

Montana’s U.S. Representative-elect Greg Gianforte says in an apology letter that he "had no right to assault" a reporter.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault the night before polls opened in the special election for Montana’s U.S. House seat.

Gianforte talks with Brian Friess of Kalispell during a campaign stop in Columbia Falls, Montana Nov. 4, 2016.
Nicky Ouellet

Greg Gianforte now has five more chances to appear in court to face a misdemeanor assault charge.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle court reporter Whitney Bermes says Justice of the Peace Rick West today granted the extension request filed yesterday by Gianforte’s defense team.

Attorneys for Gianforte Seek Court Date Extension

Jun 6, 2017
Greg Gianforte and his wife, Susan, celebrate victory in the U.S. House race May 25, 2017 in Bozeman, MT.
Corin Cates-Carney

Attorneys for Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte are asking a judge to extend the deadline for the Montana Republican to appear in court to face a misdemeanor assault charge against a reporter.

A request by former U.S. Attorney William Mercer and Bozeman attorney Todd Whipple says they are in settlement talks with prosecutors.

For time immemorial, political and social happenings often fuel folks prone to fiery bursts of creativity. For full-time party DJ and producer Nick Ferrington, who's also known as DJ Nick Minaj, the audio of Greg Gianforte assaulting reporter Ben Jacobs sparked the brand new dance track Gianforte (Bodyslam).


Republican Greg Gianforte won Montana’s special election May 25, 2017.
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Montana’s congressman-elect Greg Gianforte has not yet been sworn in, but has filed for re-election in 2018.

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