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Greg Gianforte

In just over two months, Montana voters will select challengers for U.S. Democratic Senator Jon Tester and Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte. Between now and the June 5 primary, Montana Public Radio is talking with voters about political issues important to them.

Dozens of employers and hundreds of students and prospective employees attended the 29th Annual Big Sky Career Fair held recently at the University of Montana. MTPR's Edward O'Brien spoke with some of them.

Emigrant Peak in the Paradise Valley
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio


An environmental assessment released today from the U.S. Forest Service recommends a 20-year ban on new mining developments on public land in the Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park.

The agency recommends withdrawing more than 30,000 acres from mining exploration.

Before it passed, all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation praised at least some aspects of the federal omnibus spending bill. But in the end, only Democrat Jon Tester voted for the bill, which President Trump signed into law earlier today.

Live and beetle killed trees in the Helena National Forest.
Steve Jess

Today the U.S. House passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill with strong bipartisan support. It funds the federal government through September. The bill now heads to the Senate where NPR says it is also likely to pass with bipartisan support.

Wednesday, Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines said there's good news for the Treasure State in the spending bill.

Montana Republican Party
Montana Republican Party

Republican candidates running to challenge Democratic Senator Jon Tester are holding their first primary debate of the year this Thursday at Montana State University. The debate will be hosted by the College Republicans at MSU and will run from 6 - 9 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building.

Democrats have so far held four debates with their candidates seeking to run against Republican incumbent Greg Gianforte, for Montana’s seat in the U.S House.

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