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Gianforte assumes MT Congressional seat 

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- For the first time in over 3-months, Montana has a voice in the House of Representatives again, with Bozeman businessman Greg Gianforte moving into the open Congressional seat. 

Gianforte takes the oath of office today, as he begins serving out the remainder of Ryan Zinke's term. Zinke left the seat open when he accepted the job at President Trump's Interior Secretary. 

The step comes just over a week after Gianforte was sentenced on charges of assaulting a reporting on the eve of the campaign. Since then, the Republican has been saying he wants to see a return to "civiliity" in government.  

Gianforte won't have much time to get used to the post before having to run again. He's already filed for a re-election bid next year. 


Gianforte still a "no show" for court appearance on assault charge

KBZK photo by Lena Blietz(BOZEMAN)- Protesters both critical and supportive were out with signs this morning, but Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte was a "no show" in Bozeman this morning, with time running out for him to answer to charges of assaulting a reporter. 

Gianforte, who won Montana's lone House seat in the May 25th Special election, is accused of "body slamming" a newspaper reporter the night before the polls opened during a Bozeman campaign appearance. 

Reporters, as well as Gianforte supporters and critics were back in Bozeman this morning anticipating his appearance on the assault charge. But KBZK TV is reporting Gianforte didn't come to court. The station reports his last chance to appear will be Wednesday morning, unless he requests a continuance. 


Zinke confirmation postponed

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- There's been a hold placed on Congressman Ryan Zinke's confirmation hearing as the next Interior Secretary. 

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was scheduled for a business meeting today as the Senate continues to consider his nomination for the cabinet post in the Trump Administration. 

However, late in the evening, the committee's website posted a vote on Zinke's appointment Tuesday was being "postponed", with no additional explanation for the delay. The same was true for Governor Rick Perry's nomination as Energy Secretary. 

Montana's political leaders are watching the confirmation with interest because of the moves necessary to replace the Whitefish Republican if his confirmation is made, including a special election to fill his seat. 


Zinke formally offered Interior Secretary post

(NEW YORK)- President-elect Donald Trump is formally announcing his nomination of freshman Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as the country's next Secretary of the Interior.

The formal announcement came this morning, a couple of days after sources on the Trump transition team had suggested Trump was going to pick the Whitefish Republican for the key post. 

Zinke's spokeswoman Heather Swift tweeted that the first term Congressman was saying "yes" to the offer. 

If confirmed by the Senate, the move would place Zinke at the head of one of the most important jobs in the country, with responsibilty over agencies like the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  

Zinke just won re-election to a second term last month with a decisive win over Democratic challenger Denise Juneau. News of the nomination has already prompted both Republicans and Democrats to start sorting through names for a replacement to be selected through a special election called by the Governor early next year. 


Ryan to stump for Zinke re-election bid this weekend

(BILLINGS)- With just two weeks left to Election Day, GOP leaders are rallying forces hoping to ensure victory in House races like Montana.

And with Representative Ryan Zinke facing a strong challenge from Democratic challenger Denise Juneau, Republicans are turning to a heavy hitter to get the re-election message across. 

KTVQ is reporting House Speaker Paul Ryan will be campaigning for Zinke during a campaign appearance this coming weekend in Billings. The "grassroots rally" is set for 10 a.m. Sunday morning at the Corporate Air Hanger at the airport. Doors will open to the public an hour before that.