Montana News

State Laws 'Disregarded'
6:00 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

State Wants Stanford, Dartmouth To Apologize For Supreme Court Campaign Mailer

Jonathan Motl, Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

Update 10/28/14
Read the apology letter from Stanford and Dartmouth here

Lawyers representing Stanford University spoke with Montana’s commissioner of political practices today about a controversial campaign mailer.

That flyer, sent to about 100,000 Montanans last week, used the state seal without permission, and purports to show the political leanings of those running for two seats on the state supreme court. Supreme court races in Montana are by law non-partisan.

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Campaign Beat
4:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

'Deceitful' Mailers & More Outside Spending On Montana Supreme Court Races

Linda McCulloch, Montana Secretary of State held a press conference Oct. 23 to call attention to a 'deceitful' mailer that appears to come from her office.

"Campaign Beat" recaps the recent House and Senate debates, looks at another outside funded ad in a Montana Supreme Court race, and talks about the mailer that's spawned outrage among many Montanans.

"Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season. Former MTPR news director and now senior news analyst, Sally Mauk, hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.
 

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Montana Farmers Union
3:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Montana Farmers Union Meets In Great Falls

Credit USDA

Hundreds of Montana farmers are in Great Falls discussing issues that affect not only their bottom line, but our food supply.

The 99-year-old Montana Farmers Union is holding its annual meeting and convention that lasts through tomorrow. Farmers face challenges that go far beyond crop yields and market prices.

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Flathead Lake Biological Station
4:27 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Flathead Lake Bio Station Gets Funding For Research Boat Fixes

Flathead Lake Biological Station research boat, Jessie-B.
Credit Courtesy Flathead Lake Biological Station

The Flathead Lake Biological Station has received funding to fix up one of their oldest research boats. The Jessie-B is a research vessel used for long term monitoring and has been the main boat for working on Flathead Lake. Tom Bansak, a research scientist and Development Coordinator at the station says the Jessie-B is also 25-years-old and in need of repair.

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U.S. Senate Race
4:04 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Interview With U.S. Senate Candidate Steve Daines

U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines joined MTPR for an interview on Oct. 21.
Credit Courtesy photo

Tonight we have the fourth in a series of in-depth interviews with the four major party candidates for Montana’s U.S. House and Senate seats.

In this extended interview, we hear from Republican Steve Daines, who’s running for Montana’s seat in the U.S. Senate. He spoke with Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney.

Listen to the extended version below. Due to technical problems, the extended interview did not go the full 30 minutes like the interviews with other candidates.

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Political Mailer
4:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Montana Secretary Of State Calls Out 'Deceitful' Political Mailer

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says this mailer is deceitful because the use of the Great Seal of Montana makes it appear to be a voter guide from the SOS office.

Have you received an official-looking mailer that rates the political leanings of Montana's four nonpartisan Supreme Court candidates?

If so, take a close look at it; the flier features an image of Montana's state seal and compares the candidates' political ideologies to those of President Obama and former Republican Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Problem is, it's a fake. The state of Montana has nothing to do with these mailers.

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Missoula Housing Market
3:33 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Missoula Realtor: Fewer Home Sales No Cause For Worry

Fewer homes sold in the Missoula area during the first three quarters of this year compared to the same time last year, but a local real estate official says he's not too worried.

In fact, Brint Wahlberg says Missoula's housing market continues its steady recovery.

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U.S. Senate Race
3:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Interview With U.S. Senate Candidate Amanda Curtis

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis joined MTPR for an interview on Thursday, Oct.16.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

Tonight we have the third in a series of in-depth interviews with the four major party candidates for Montana’s U.S. House and Senate seats.

In this extended interview, we hear from Democrat Amanda Curtis, who’s running for Montana’s seat in the U.S. Senate. She spoke with Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney. We'll post our interview with her opponent, Republican Steve Daines tomorrow.

You can listen to the 10-minute broadcast version of our interview above, or the 30-minute extended version below.

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Mid-Term Election Coverage
5:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Curtis Takes Offensive Against Daines In Senate Debate

U.S. Senate candidates Steve Daines and Amanda Curtis met for their first and only televised debate in Billings on Oct. 20, 2014.

Republican Congressman Steve Daines didn't respond to Democrat Amanda Curtis's jabs during last night’s U.S. Senate debate in Billings.

Curtis said several times that Daines is too extreme for Montana and represents corporate interests over average Montanans. She says it's time to send a working-class Montanan to represent the state in Washington D.C.

Curtis also said Daines' vote last year to shut down the federal government during a budget stalemate hurt Montanans.

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Fun With WWDTM
3:56 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Furry Is The Hand That Bribes

Brian Babylon , Adam Felber, a fuzzy friend, and Faith Salie congregate outside Bill Kurtis' dressing room, backstage at Chase Auditorium.
Credit Kerry Thompson for NPR

Furry is the Hand that Bribes: What gives some Wait Wait panelists the advantage? It's all about the incentives.

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