Will Deschamps

Steve Jess

Montana’s Republican Party has a new leader. Delegates at the party’s convention over the weekend rejected the most conservative candidate, settling on an experienced lawmaker and party insider.

Will Deschamps, Montana GOP Chairman
Montana GOP

The chairman of the Montana Republican Party predicts the state GOP will emerge more united from its  platform convention this weekend. 

Will Deschamps says over 300 Montana Republicans are expected at this weekend's bi-annual convention in Billings.
    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.

Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator

Feb 7, 2014
Dan Boyce

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.

Former Montana First Lady Betty Babcock died this past Sunday in Helena at age 91.

The wife of former Republican Gov. Tim Babcock was known for pushing hard for passage of the 1972 Montana Constitution, a renovation of the state capitol building and other issues.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps described her as an immeasurably kind woman who wouldn’t say an ill word about anyone.

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.

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.