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Evening Newscast 11-17-17

22 hours ago
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Montana U.S. Senate hopeful Troy Downing has been receiving California tax exemptions for claiming his house near San Diego as a primary residence.

More than 16,000 residents residences between Polson and Eureka lost power this morning when a major electrical line failed.

Montana Senator Jon Tester.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Yesterday Republicans pushed a massive tax overhaul through the U.S. House, now a similar plan will be debated in the Senate. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.

But Montana’s Democratic Senator, Jon Tester, isn’t a fan.

Sally Mauk: Welcome to a special edition of "Capitol Talk" our political analysis program I'm Sally Mauk And I'm joined by University of Montana Political Science Professor Rob Saldin and veteran Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.

Chuck, the Legislature met in special session for three days this week to deal with a $227 million budget shortfall. And they've come up with a combination of cuts and transfers and fees to deal with it but not with any new tax increases as the governor had proposed. Republicans of course control the House and Senate, and Chuck they got a lot of what they wanted out of this special session.

L to R, Candidates Tom Woods, Jared Pettinato, Kathleen Williams and Tom Woods. Not pictured is John Heenan, who appeared via Skype
Eric Whitney

Democrats in Butte last night got a chance to try to find differences between five candidates running for their party's nomination to challenge Congressman Greg Gianforte next year.

Surprise: The candidates agreed on a lot. But over two hours and more than a dozen questions, some differences did emerge.

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

The Montana Legislature wrapped up the special session to fix the state’s overburdened budget early Thursday morning. Corin Cates-Carney has been covering the fast-paced developments all week. He’s here with us now to give us highlights from this week’s special session.

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