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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. 


Mike Cooney sworn in as new Lt. Governor

(HELENA)- Mike Cooney has a new office to move into today, after being sworn in as Montana's 32nd Lt. Governor on Monday morning. 

Cooney took the oath of office at 8 a.m. making Governor Bullock's appointment of the former Secretary of State and longtime Montana legislator official. Bullock had announced the appointment last week, picking Cooney to fill the post left with the departure of Angela McLean. Mclean said she was stepping down at the end of November to take a post with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. 

Cooney said last week he was "truly honored" to be asked to fill the post. 

The appointment comes as Bullock prepares to kick his 2016 re-election bid into high gear. 


Bullock expected to name new Lt. Gov in "weeks"

MTN News photo(HELENA)- For the second time in his first term, Governor Steve Bullock is shopping for a new Lt. Governor.  

But Bullock says he's optimistic he'll have the position filled soon. 

Helena is still buzzing over Monday's news that Angela McLean was leaving the post she was appointed to just 22-months ago to take a new position with the Commission of Higher Education. Her now job pays more, and will have her returning to her roots in education, with a focus on improving opportunities for Native Americans. 

MTN News was reporting sources saying McLean had a falling out with Bullock, but she says her departure had nothing to do with Bullock's upcoming re-election bid. 

Bullock expressed support for McLean decision to leave. 


Daines endorses Rubio's presidential bid 

Rubio Campaign image (WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Montana's junior Senator is throwing his support behind fellow Senator Marco Rubio in his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. 

Senator Steve Daines announced his endorsement of the Florida Senator in an email sent from the Rubio campaign on Tuesday, saying he is "excited" to back Rubio, who has been Florida's junior Senator since 2011.  

"Because I know that Marco is the right leader with the optimistic vision to bring Montana and our whole country into the 21st Century," Daines said in the statement. "As one of the newest members of the United States Senate, I've seen first hand just how important it is for us to elect a Republican to the White House in 2016, and Marco is the candidate who can win."

Daines notes Rubio, who continues to trail front runners like Ben Carson, Donald Trump and  Jeb Bush, is 'the Democrats' number one target" and asks his supporters to contribute to Rubio's campaign.