Shaylee is a UM Journalism School student. She reports and helps produce Montana Evening News on MTPR.
Montana, a state that's voted for a Democrat for president twice in the last 70 years, has a unique characteristic for a red state — broad access to abortion. But this year, things are changing.
Delaying session or meeting remotely aren't options that have necessarily appealed to Republican state lawmakers who, for the most part, aren't shy about gathering in large numbers in 2021.
Democratic governors in Montana have kept the Republican-led legislature from passing the most conservative agenda items. With a Republican at the helm in 2021, the GOP won't have the same roadblocks.
The races for governor in Missouri and North Carolina may tell us if the coronavirus can make or break a state leader. Meanwhile, political strategy in Montana has tempered talk of COVID-19.