2014 elections

Flathead County 911
3:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Flathead 911 Ballot Measure Fails After Re-count

A vote re-count in Flathead County Friday resulted in a ballot measure failing by 10 votes.

The measure would have changed the funding stream for the county’s 911 operations center, adding a per-household fee in exchange for reducing contributions from Kalispell and Whitefish. County Administrator Mike Pence says local leaders are looking to the future.

"They definitely think we ought to put it back on the ballot. It would probably be at least a year and a half or two years from now," said Pence.

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Justice Mike Wheat
6:32 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Justice Wheat: Attack Ads Won't Impact Court Decisions

Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat
Credit Courtesy Mike Wheat

Montana Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat says the partisan attack launched against him as he ran for re-election won’t impact his work on the state’s highest court.

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Campaign Beat
4:04 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Campaign Beat' Recaps The Election, Previews The Legislature

Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson, MTPR Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk and Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Mike Dennison.
Credit Eliza Wiley

Do Montana Democrats have a messaging problem? Will post-election talk of bi-partisanship translate into action? Sally, Chuck and Mike talk about these things and more on the final election season episode of "Campaign Beat."

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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Election Night Coverage
12:41 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Montanans Vote To Keep Same-Day Voter Registration

Credit File Photo

Montanans rejected efforts to curb late voter registration Tuesday.

The legislative referendum, LR-126, would have ended the ability for people to register to vote as late as Election Day, which has been allowed in Montana since 2006.

With 78 percent of precincts in, the Associated Press reported that 56 percent had voted to keep same-day registration and 44 percent had voted to end it.

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Public Service Commission
11:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Brad Johnson Decisively Wins Seat on PSC

Brad Johnson will join four other Republicans on the PSC.

Brad Johnson is set to write another chapter in his political biography.

The former Secretary of State cruised to victory in the District 5 race for the Public Services Commission. He will replace retiring Republican colleague Bill Gallagher.

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Election Night Coverage
11:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ryan Zinke Ready To Get To Work In Congress

Credit Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke, Montana's new U.S. Representative spoke with MTPR Assistant News Director Edward O'Brien late Tuesday.

Zinke says he's ready to get to work in Congress representing the people of Montana.

"I understand the responsibility. You not only represent the people who voted for you, but you represent the folks that did not. I think it's time to roll up the sleeves and get things done."

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Election Night Coverage
10:49 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Amanda Curtis Upbeat After Election Loss

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis remained upbeat in defeat tonight. She thanked her supporters and said "I'm incredibly proud of the work we've done over the last 80 days."

Curtis spoke with MTPR News Director Eric Whitney late Tuesday night.

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Election Night Coverage
10:39 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Steve Daines Calls For Bi-Partisanship After Election Win

Steve Daines speaks to supporters in Bozeman after his U.S. Senate race win on Nov. 4, 2014.
Credit Eric Whitney

Steve Daines was declared the winner of Montana's U.S. Senate race just minutes after the polls closed.

MTPR News Director Eric Whitney spoke with Daines at his victory celebration in Bozeman tonight.

Daines talked about some of the things he hopes to achieve in the Senate.

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U.S. House Race
10:31 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Ryan Zinke Rides GOP Momentum To Election In U.S. House Race

Zinke speaks with supporters in Whitefish on Tuesday.
Credit Jessie Mazur

  In a battle of two first-time Congressional candidates, Republican Ryan Zinke scored a solid victory over Democrat John Lewis Tuesday night.

Like many other Republicans nationwide, Zinke ran a campaign highly critical of President Barack Obama, pledging to end the president’s health care law and criticizing American policy against Islamic extremists.

The Associated Press called the race with 26 percent of the precincts reporting.

Zinke, a retired Navy Seal, stressed his military background as a central part of his campaign.

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Election Night Coverage
9:49 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Mike Wheat Fends Off Outside Money To Keep Supreme Court Seat

One of the anti-Wheat ads that flooded airwaves in the weeks before the election.

In a race that saw more than $700,000 in outside money spent to influence voters, Justice Mike Wheat fended off a challenge from former Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke.

“I think it’s a testament to the voters in Montana recognizing that their votes can’t be bought,” Wheat said Tuesday night. “In my race, voters looked at the fact that I’ve been in Montana, I’ve been practicing law here and I have experience.”

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