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Montana Capitol, Helena.
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This week, Congressman Ryan Zinke had his confirmation hearing this past week to become the next Secretary of the Interior. Assuming that Zinke is confirmed, Gov. Bullock will soon call a special election to fill Zinke's Congressional seat. Republican Ken Miller is the latest new candidate for this position.

Part of this week's conversation also includes a proposed bill that would set up long-term financing for future infrastructure projects by using coal tax money, and several bills aiming to update Montana's sexual assault statutes.

Lastly, the hosts discuss the women's marches taking place across the country the day after Trump's inauguration and whether this is the start of a long-term movement.

Join Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin now for this episode of  "Capitol Talk."

Voter Voices From The Flathead Reservation

Nov 28, 2016
Morning Star Gopher is an 18 year-old engineering student, and a member of the Blackfeet nation.
Courtesy Lailani Upham

On a recent Friday morning at Pablo Elementary, a public school on the Flathead Indian Reservation, while most kids were in class, a few brave souls agreed to talk to some grown-ups about politics.

Katie Mehrens
Edward O'Brien

Donald Trump won Montana by a 20-point margin, but Missoula was Clinton country. Hillary Clinton got almost 52 percent of the vote in Missoula County. We recently sent reporters to hear from Montana counties where Trump won big. Today, we hear from Clinton’s supporters.

Every Hillary Clinton voter I spoke with had a theory on why she lost.

Drummond resident Maretta McGowan voted for Donald Trump because he's a businessman
Courtesy Zachariah Bryan

Nationwide there was great surprise at the result of the presidential election, but in Montana Republican candidates for the White House are widely expected to win the state. And that happened. Donald Trump got just over 56 percent of the vote here, to Hillary Clinton's 36 percent.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election last Tuesday, there are numerous reports on the internet of an uptick in election-fueled harassment and intimidation. But's not just the internet, nor just outside of Montana.

Human rights organizations, local police departments and schools here are reporting, or checking out reports, that include pamphlet drops touting Nazi Party ideology, anonymous graffiti bashing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and Facebook posts loaded with vitriol and name-calling.

'Campaign Beat' Election 2016 Wrap-Up

Nov 9, 2016

In statewide races, Republicans take every office except for governor. Incumbent Ryan Zinke wins the U.S. House race in a runaway victory. And the analysts predict what to expect from President Trump. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin dig in to these issues and more in this episode of “Campaign Beat.

TIM KAINE:

Thank you so much. Please, please have a seat. My wife Anne and I are so proud of Hillary Clinton. I'm proud of Hillary Clinton because she has been and is a great history maker in everything she has done - as a civil rights lawyer, and First Lady of Arkansas, and First Lady of this country, and senator, and Secretary of State. She has made history. In a nation that is good at so many things but that has made it uniquely difficult for a woman to be elected to federal office.

American Delta Party and Reform Party nominee Roque De La Fuente
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

A presidential candidate stumped in Montana today, for the first time since before the primary election. The American Delta Party and Reform Party nominee visited the Capitol this morning.

Signs posted on private property along Highway 93 are igniting debate about the boundaries of free speech.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

A cluster of political signs outside Lakeside has sparked debate about the boundaries of free speech.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. You'll find it right here when the debate begins.

Tune in to the debate on MTPR, on your radio or online at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday October 19.

Corin Cates-Carney sampled voter sentiment at league bowling night in Anaconda recently
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Around the time the state capitol in Helena locked up for the night last Thursday, the regulars at Cedar Park Lanes in Anaconda started pouring a few beers and lacing up for league bowling.

As I walked into the 12-lane bowling alley the TVs were tuned to Thursday night football and playoff baseball: Game One of the ALDS, Red Sox and Indians. A birthday party for a kid was being thrown on the far side of the room.

It’s close to a month before Election Day, and I showed up to ask whoever was there if, and how, they will cast their vote.

Oct. 9 Presidential Debate Live Fact Checking

Oct 9, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. Follow along right here.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors

Gov. Bullock's campaign has portrayed Greg Gianforte as a rich out-of-stater. Gianforte has been painting Bullock as weak on jobs. Are these arguments effective? We also look at how the issue of gun control always comes up in major Montana races, and why that is such an effective campaign tactic in Montana. Lastly, we discuss whether or not ties to the presidential candidates will hurt or help the Montana candidates this year.

U.S. House candidates Denise Juneau and Ryan Zinke stand on stage at Frazer High School for their first debate on August 29, 2016
Jackie Yamanaka - Yellowstone Public Radio

The first debate between Montana’s major party candidates for its lone seat in the U.S. House was last night. It was colored by both national politics and the very local concerns of the community that hosted it — the tiny town of Frazer on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana.

Comedian and Bernie Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman’s zinger at the Democratic National Convention Monday night brought the house down. It delighted Hillary Clinton’s supporters. The Bernie Sanders crowd – not so much.

Missoula delegate Anita Green was there and was not amused.

Montana Democratic Party members were subtle, and at times not so subtle, in their differences at their party’s convention this weekend in Helena.

Tonight on "Campaign Beat," a look at Montana’s primary results, the ongoing spat between Gianforte and Bullock over stream access, and the potential "Trump effect" on down-ballot races like Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House.

Around 120 Democrats from across the state are in Helena for their state party convention.
Corin Cates-Carney

Just days after the primary election, Montana Democrats are meeting to debate key party issues and vote on representatives to their party’s National Convention in Philadelphia this summer.

Montana Democrats are gathering in Helena this weekend to vote on their party’s platform issues and choose delegates to send to the national convention in July. Party leaders are calling for unity as they move toward the November battle with the presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Nancy Keenan says Democrats are coming out of the primary and headed into the general election season both excited and optimistic. Keenan is the executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. She says Democratic candidates will focus on a handful of issues that she believes are key to voters.

Democratic Presidential Campaigns Hold Get-Out-The-Vote Events This Weekend
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Ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, both the Democratic candidates for president are holding events and making a push to get out the vote in Montana.

Thousands Turnout for Trump Rally in Billings

May 26, 2016

  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump flew into Montana on the news he has sewn up the GOP nomination.

The New York businessman says he wanted to campaign in Montana, in part because his son is a regular visitor to go hunting. He used that news to affirm his support of gun rights.

“We’re going to protect your 2nd Amendment 100%,” he said.

On this episode of "Campaign Beat," Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin talk about this week’s campaign finance ruling, the fuss over the Gianfortes' big donation to MSU, and the race for Montana’s seat in the House of Representatives.

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Billings Friday campaigning for his wife.
Evan Guest (CC-BY-2)

Former President Bill Clinton is speaking in Billings Friday, campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton, before Montana’s primary election - just under three weeks away.  Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak at Will James Middle School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20.

Bernie Sanders visits Montana, Rep. Zinke endorses Trump, and Montana Democrats smell blood over a 2009 lawsuit Greg Gianforte filed over a public access easement near his property in Bozeman. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin take you behind the curtain of Montana politics.

Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders speaks in Missoula, MT, Wednesday May 11, 2016.
Sally Mauk

The Bernie Sanders campaign in Montana Friday called on grassroots groups of supporters to unify into a single, statewide organization.

"Right now we’re definitely increasing our efforts with the campaign here in Montana."

Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold rallies in Missoula and Billings on Wednesday, May 11..
Courtesy Sanders campaign

Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold rallies in Missoula and Billings on Wednesday. The Sanders rallies are expected to draw big crowds this week.

Journalist Hedrick Smith On The Historic 2016 Campaign Season
Bree Zender

Journalist and author Hedrick Smith recently delivered a President’s lecture at the University of Montana about the widespread political disaffection in America. Smith won the Pulitzer prize for international reporting while covering Russia and Eastern Europe for the New York Times. After his newspaper career, he went on to win Emmys for his work on the award-winning PBS Frontline series. 

Smith talked with Sally Mauk at MTPR studios to give his take on this historic campaign season.

Clinton vs. Sanders Race Rolling Toward Montana

Apr 12, 2016
Clinton vs. Sanders Race Rolling Toward Montana
Phil Roeder, Gage Skidmore / Flickr

As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination heads deeper into spring, some Montana Democrats are wondering if lightning will strike twice. That’s because for the second time in eight years their party may not have a clear-cut presidential nominee by the time Montana’s June 7 primary rolls around.

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