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On Eve Of Election, Montana GOP Candidate Charged With Assault On Reporter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqfnVAONCv0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhoH4v8xYlU Updated May 25 at 1 p.m. ET The Montana special congressional race was roiled on the eve of Thursday's vote after GOP nominee Greg Gianforte allegedly "body slammed" a reporter and was subsequently cited by local authorities. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office announced it was charging Gianforte with misdemeanor assault after "multiple interviews and an investigation." The candidate was given a citation,...

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U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte.
Bree Zender

Reactions to Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte being charged with misdemeanor assault last night for allegedly attacking newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs is rolling in.

At 10 a.m., Republican Senator Steve Daines tweeted “Greg Gianforte needs to apologize.”

GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter at his campaign headquarters last night, on the eve of today’s special election to fill Montana’s lone U.S. House Seat.

Crime reporter Whitney Bermes for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle first heard the assault report on a police scanner, as she was packing up to leave the newsroom and go home for the evening.

YPR’s Brie Ripley is joined in conversation with Bermes who’s been following the assault from police report to Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office citation.  

Updated May 25 at 1 p.m. ET

Guardian Reporter Alleges Assault By US House Candidate Greg Gianforte

18 hours ago

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A reporter said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat "body-slammed" him Wednesday, the day before the special election.

So-called “robo-calls” are prohibited by state law, but whether these calls are strictly illegal is hard to sort out.
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Some Montanans are getting phone calls with pre-recorded messages from President Donald Trump and others urging them to vote for Republican U.S. House Candidate Greg Gianforte. So-called “robo-calls” are prohibited by state law, but whether these calls are strictly illegal is hard to sort out.

The Republican National Committee is paying for robo-calls by President Donald Trump, according to a report from CNN.

The "quiet waters" initiative recommends restrictions on motorized watercraft on several major water systems in Montana.
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On Friday, Montana's Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to vote on the so-called “quiet waters” initiative proposed last year.

Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Senate

The U.S. Department of Education will now reconsider the University of Montana’s grant application for a low-income college prep program.

UM’s application for Upward Bound requested just under $2 million to fund the program for 75 students from this year through 2022. But it was rejected because of a technicality; one page was single-spaced, instead of double-spaced.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is updating the bison range’s comprehensive conservation plan and accompanying environmental impact statement.
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Two federal scoping meetings are scheduled to help shape future management options for the National Bison Range at Moiese. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is updating the bison range’s comprehensive conservation plan and accompanying environmental impact statement. 

U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte speaks with Sally Mauk during an April 14 interview at MTPR.
Josh Burnham

This week Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte has been telling his supporters that the race is, “closer than it should be.” MTPR's Corin Cates-Carney dropped in on a Gianforte get-out-the-vote event at Montana GOP headquarters in Helena today.

U.S. House candidate Rob Quist at a campaign rally in Missoula, April 27, 2017.
Josh Burnham

In the final hours leading up to tomorrow’s special election to fill Montana’s lone U.S. House seat, Democratic candidate Rob Quist is squeezing in a few final visits with voters, and making use of social media. 

Quist’s campaign Facebook and Twitter pages are flooded with testimonials from voters:

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