Montana News

U.S. House Race
3:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Interview With U.S. House Candidate Ryan Zinke

U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke joined MTPR for an interview on Oct. 16.
Credit Eric Whitney

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

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

You can listen to the extended version of the interview below.

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50th Anniversary Wilderness Act
6:06 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Peacock: Wilderness Fight 'Not Getting Any Better'

Doug Peacock stops by Zootown... (re-caption)
Credit Eric Whitney

One of Montana’s foremost voices on wilderness issues is Doug Peacock. He’s a decorated Vietnam veteran who says the time he spent in wilderness helped him recover from the psychological trauma he suffered in combat. Peacock continues to work with groups that bring a new generation of combat vets into wild places.

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U.S. House Race
5:43 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Interview With U.S. House Candidate John Lewis

U.S House Candidate John Lewis joined MTPR for an interview Thursday, Oct.16.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

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

In this interview, we hear from Democrat John Lewis, who’s running for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House. He spoke with Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney.

You can listen to the extended version of the interview below.

Find more coverage of Montana politics and elections here.

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Montana Legislature
9:40 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Democrats Hope To Shrink GOP Majorities In Montana Legislature

Democrats hope races in newly redrawn legislative districts could help them pick up seats this fall.
Credit File Photo

From the seat of his combine in the Helena Valley, Republican Senate candidate Joe Dooling talked about why he decided to run for the Legislature.

“I’m just wondering where all the grownups are,” he said.

The 2013 legislative session was marked by a split between conservatives and moderates in the Republican majority, at least one day of banging on tables and more than 70 vetoes from Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat. Dooling said he was frustrated by all of it.

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Curtis - Daines Debate
4:22 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Listen To The Oct. 20 U.S. Senate Debate

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

U.S. Senate candidates Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines met to debate in Billings on Monday, Oct. 20. 

Video of the Senate debate is available on the MontanaPBS website.

The debate is followed by analysis and fact checking with former Montana Secretary of State Bob Brown, MontanaPBS analyst Gary Stein and MSU Political Science Professor David Parker.

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Supreme Court Elections
10:10 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Wheat, VanDyke Clash Over Partisanship In Supreme Court Race

Lawrence VanDyke is arguing Justice Mike Wheat is too much a partisan in his campaign to oust him.
Credit Jessi Mazur

The Montana Supreme Court could have decided one of this year’s election campaigns long before November – a race for a seat on that very court.

In April, a district judge struck Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke’s name from the ballot after ruling he had not been admitted to the bar at least five years prior to the November election.

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Yellowstone Bison
5:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Won't Be Transferred Out Of State

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission has decided that 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.
Credit Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

It turns out 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.

Several out-of-state entities wanted those animals.

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Providence Saint Patrick Hospital
5:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Governor Confident Providence Saint Patrick Hospital Can Handle Ebola Patients

A scanning electron micrograph image of Ebola virons.
Credit Charting the Path of the Deadly Ebola Virus in Central Africa. PLoS Biol 3/11/2005: e403 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030403 (CC-BY-2.5)

Governor Steve Bullock says he's confident that should Missoula's Providence Saint Patrick hospital be asked to treat an Ebola patient, it would provide top notch care.

St.Pat's is one of four hospitals in the country specifically prepared to care for someone with such a highly infectious disease.

As we reported yesterday, some people who work there aren’t sure the hospital is adequately prepared to accept an Ebola case.

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Campaign Beat
4:50 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Funds, Guns And Election Day Registration

Screen capture from a Montanans for Free and Fair Elections ad about LR-126, election day registration.

"Campaign Beat" looks at recent campaign finance reports, dueling gun ads in the U.S. House race, the first TV ad from the Curtis campaign, and LR-126, the initiative seeking to repeal election day voter registration.

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

LR-126 ad from Montanans for Free and Fair Elections:

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MSU-Billings Poll
4:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

New Poll: Republicans Lead Montana House, Senate Races

House candidate Ryan Zinke stops by the MTPR studio on October 17th, 2014.
Credit Eric Whitney

The latest statewide poll shows Republicans are leading in Montana’s races for the US House and Senate, but a large number of respondents remain undecided.

In the race for the open US House seat, Republican Ryan Zinke is leading Democrat John Lewis by a 40 percent to 33 percent margin.

Yellowstone Public Radio spoke to Montana State University Billings Political Science Professor Craig Wilson.

"I think the House race is probably, in relative terms, a bit closer than a lot of people thought," said Wilson.

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