Americans for Prosperity

Medicaid expansion
5:06 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Groups Rally For, Against Medicaid Expansion In Montana

Supporters of Medicaid expansion rally in Kalispell on Saturday, Feb. 28. Carrying pink, yellow and white protest signs, they wanted to make clear their support for Gov. Bullock’s Healthy Montana bill.
Credit Nathan Kosted

Governor Steve Bullock’s Medicaid expansion plan gets its first hearing at the state legislature Friday, and that has groups for and against it trying to rally support.

The Koch brothers-funded group Americans For Prosperity, or AFP, unveiled new broadcast ads targeting Montana Republican representatives.

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Capitol Talk
4:25 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

'Capitol Talk' Recaps This Week At The Montana Legislature

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, Mike Dennison
Credit Eliza Wiley

This week on "Capitol Talk", tax cut bills are getting a lot of attention at the Montana Legislature this session. One legislator, Nicholas Schwaderer of Superior, introduced a bill that would put income tax cuts up to a vote via referendum. The bill drew bipartisan opposition during its hearing in the House. Schwaderer defended the bill saying, "taxation of income is theft."

Tax cuts could face vetoes from Gov. Bullock, who is intent on keeping at least a $300 million surplus.

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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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Montana Supreme Court
8:54 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Outside Money Puts Spotlight On High Court Race

Outside money has flowed into the race for Montana Supreme Court, helping former Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke challenge incumbent Mike Wheat.
Credit Jessie Mazur

Campaigns for the Montana’s Supreme Court may be nonpartisan by law, but record spending and aggressive ads by independent groups is making one high court race look anything but.

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Campaign Beat
5:28 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Who Is AFP And Why Are They Spending So Much On Montana Elections

Screen capture from an AFP ad.

This week on Campaign Beat: Is the Stanford/Dartmouth apology too little, too late? Who is Americans for Prosperity and why are they spending so much on a Montana Supreme Court race? How effective are the new ads in the House and Senate races?

"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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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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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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Government Shutdown
5:07 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Tea Party groups slam Daines for vote to end shutdown

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
Credit File Photo

  The end of the federal government shutdown this week exposes a growing rift in the Republican Party—a rift between moderates and Tea Party Republicans.

Passage of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act boosted the Tea Party movement three years ago and the momentum put the GOP back in charge of the House of Representatives. Republicans have since tried multiple tactics to delay or defund Obamacare—culminating in the government shutdown early this month.

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