2014 Election

U-S House race
3:21 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

House candidate Ryan Zinke says good leaders can change their minds

Ryan Zinke

Five Republicans are running to serve as Montana's next Representative in the U-S House.
    The race has highlighted a rift among four candidates who generally view themselves as being more consistently conservative than former Montana state senator, Ryan Zinke; an accusation denied by the 52-year-old Zinke.

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Campaign Beat
2:59 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Have you noticed the tone of the campaign ads getting a little, um, nastier?

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

The political ads and parries are increasing - and changing tone - as the June 3rd primary approaches.

In this edition of "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers' Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about the rising campaign heat, especially in the high profile races.

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Van de Wetering for county attorney
9:30 am
Thu May 15, 2014

If elected, he’ll take the lead on sexual assault cases

Democratic Missoula county attorney candidate Josh Van de Wetering

One of the two candidates for Missoula county attorney running in the Democratic primary will be the next county attorney - because there are no Republican candidates.
        That person will succeed the retiring incumbent Fred Van Valkenburg, who is locked in a fight with the federal Justice department over how his office has handled past sexual assault cases.
    Both the candidates - Kirsten Pabst and Josh Van de Wetering - have worked in the county attorney's office before and both are now in private practice.

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Pabst for county attorney
1:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Missoula county attorney’s race may be the hottest race in town

Missoula democratic county attorney candidate Kirsten Pabst

The democratic primary race for Missoula county attorney is more high profile than usual this election - first, since there is no Republican candidate, the winner of the primary will be the next county attorney. Secondly, the current county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg has made headlines because of his legal fight with the federal Justice department over his office's past handling of sexual assault cases.

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Bohlinger for Senate
11:25 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Republican turned democrat says he’s the progressive in the Senate race

Democratic Senate candidate John Bohlinger

Former Republican state legislator and lieutenant governor John Bohlinger wants to be Montana's next democratic U.S. Senator.

Bohlinger is an ex-Marine and former Billings businessman who served five terms in the legislature and two terms as the Republican lieutenant governor with democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer.

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Campaign Beat
3:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike talk superPAC's, and campaign ad humor

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

This week on "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program,  News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about the role of super PACS in the House Republican primary race, who's got the funniest campaign ads (so far), and how many times you can say "Obama" in a 30-second ad...

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Daines for Senate
10:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Steve Daines wants to repeal Obamacare, cut Medicaid, and log more

Congressman Steve Daines
Credit William Marcus

With the biggest war chest, and the most name recognition, Congressman Steve Daines has a clear edge over his opponents Champ Edmunds and Susan Cundiff in the Republican U.S. Senate primary. The former Bozeman businessman is serving his first - and possibly - last term as Montana's lone representative in the U.S. House. Now he wants to win the Senate seat, long held by democrat Max Baucus, back for the Republican party.
    In this feature interview, Daines talks with News Director Sally Mauk about his campaign - and about some of the current issues facing Congress.

 

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Campaign Beat
11:19 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the military emphasis in this primary campaign season

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Our political analysis show "Campaign Beat" this week looks at the heavy emphasis on the primary candidates' military backgrounds and support for veterans. News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers' Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about the latest ads and messages - and about the many contested Republican legislative races.

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Campaign Beat
2:06 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike look at deceptive ads and websites

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Candidates like to brag in their TV ads - but not at all the bragging is perhaps as truthful as it should be. Deceptive ads - and websites - are part of the discussion tonight on "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program featuring News Director Sally Mauk and Lee newspapers'  Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.

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Campaign Beat
10:20 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the candidates, and the ads, in Montana’s congressional races

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

Candidates in Montana's high profile U.S. House and Senate races are gearing up their campaigns, as the primary is just six weeks away. Those who've raised the most money have new ads on TV, and messages they hope will resonate with voters.

In this edition of "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers' Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, about who's leading the money race in the House and Senate campaigns - and who's got the TV ads generating the most buzz.

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