John Lewis

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.

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

Nov 4, 2014
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.

General Election Results 2014

Nov 4, 2014

Election results for 2014 Montana and national races.

Steve Jess

Helena's Democrats have chosen a very memorable setting for their watch party: It's Exploration Works, a science museum normally teeming with school-age children. Candidates and party officials are wandering among the exhibits that highlight the inner life of cells, or explaining how solar power works.

It's a colorful background for this election night, though some of the seats are a bit lower to the ground than you might be accustomed to.

Homegrown Candidates Tout Their Roots; Do Voters Care?

Nov 4, 2014

 Native-born Montanans have a deep sense of pride. But if you’re one of the 54 percent of Montana residents born elsewhere, you might wonder why that seems to be such a big deal in the state’s election campaigns.

Montana candidates are eager to show voters that they and their families have deep roots in the Big Sky Country. Most TV ads feature the candidate telling viewers how long his or her family has been here.

Eric Whitney

Our national election coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. with NPR’s election night special coverage.

Coverage of local races starts at 8:00 p.m., and we’ll have local reports and analysis every thirty minutes until at least 10:00 p.m.

We’ll have reporters in Helena and Bozeman. Here in Missoula, Edward O’Brien will host our coverage. Joining him in the studio will be our Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk.

"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.
 

Christopher B. Allen

Tonight we have the first in a series of in-depth interviews with the four major party candidates for Montana’s U.S. House and Senate seats.

In this interview, we hear from Democrat John Lewis, who’s running for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House. He spoke with Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney.

You can listen to the extended version of the interview below.

Find more coverage of Montana politics and elections here.

"Campaign Beat" looks at recent campaign finance reports, dueling gun ads in the U.S. House race, the first TV ad from the Curtis campaign, and LR-126, the initiative seeking to repeal election day voter registration.

"Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season. Sally Mauk, former MTPR news director and now senior news analyst, hosts the program. She's  joined by Lee newspapers Capitol Reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison.
 

LR-126 ad from Montanans for Free and Fair Elections:

New Poll: Republicans Lead Montana House, Senate Races

Oct 17, 2014
Rep. Ryan Zinke. File photo.
Eric Whitney

The latest statewide poll shows Republicans are leading in Montana’s races for the US House and Senate, but a large number of respondents remain undecided.

In the race for the open US House seat, Republican Ryan Zinke is leading Democrat John Lewis by a 40 percent to 33 percent margin.

Yellowstone Public Radio spoke to Montana State University Billings Political Science Professor Craig Wilson.

"I think the House race is probably, in relative terms, a bit closer than a lot of people thought," said Wilson.

MSU-B Poll Shows Daines Pulling Away, Zinke With Slight Lead

Oct 17, 2014
Kaci Felstet

The top races in Montana look like they’re going red according to the state’s only public opinion poll released Friday, with the U.S. House race much closer than the Senate.

The poll of 410 Montanans gave Republican Ryan Zinke a 7-point lead in the race for the state’s sole U.S. House seat. Zinke garnered the support of 39.8 percent of all respondents support while his Democratic opponent, former aide to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus John Lewis, scored 32.9 percent.

House Candidates Zinke & Lewis Battle Over Public Lands

Oct 15, 2014

 

Both the Democratic and Republican U-S House candidates agree access to public lands in Montana is a critical part of the state’s culture and heritage.

But that’s about all they agree on when it comes to this issue.

As Yellowstone Jackie Yamanaka reports, Democrat John Lewis is aggressively going after Zinke on the issue of public lands. So Zinke held a press conference in Billings today to reiterate his position.

This election year, Montana's state legislative races look to be the most intriguing. State lawmakers are, "the ones that will actually effect what happens in Montana in terms of policy, as far as who controls the  legislature in 2015," says Lee newspapers Capitol Reporter Mike Dennison.

Democrat John Lewis Says He's The 'Work Horse' Candidate

Oct 10, 2014
File Photo

John Lewis’ decision to run for Congress was born of frustration.

It came to a head last year after a Republican-controlled House insisted there could be no budget deal unless Senate Democrats agreed to defund the 2010 federal health care law known as Obamacare. The Senate refused.

As he watched the resulting 16-day shutdown of the federal government, Lewis said, he felt compelled to do something about the partisan gridlock.

House Hopeful Ryan Zinke Banks On Experience, Leadership

Oct 10, 2014
Kaci Felstet

  You’ve seen Ryan Zinke’s ads, the ones with the medals, the flags and the tall, square-jawed candidate in combat fatigues or the dress uniform of a Navy Seal.

“In the Seals we’re taught to lead from the front and never quit until the job is done,” he said in one ad before the primary. “Isn’t that what we need in Washington right now?”

Montana's U.S. House candidates squared-off this weekend for their third - and arguably liveliest - debate.

Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke repeatedly drew sharp contrasts throughout Saturday evening's debate in Bozeman, starting with the question of how to best respond to the rise of Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

Zinke repeated his long-held stance that he'd prefer to fight the militants in the deserts of Iraq than here in America. Lewis called that a "simplistic" viewpoint:

Listen To Zinke-Lewis Debate From Bozeman Here

Oct 4, 2014

U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis debated in Bozeman on October 4. Listen to the audio archive of the debate here. Watch the debate on the MontanaPBS website.

Watch Tonight's U.S. House Debate Live

Oct 3, 2014

U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis will meet for a third debate on Saturday, October 4 in Bozeman. You can watch the debate live right here beginning at 6:00 p.m.

"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.

U.S. House candidates John Lewis and Ryan Zinke debated at the Petro Theater in Billings on September 29th, 2014.

The event was sponsored by The Billings Gazette, Yellowstone Public Radio, and Montana State University Billings.

What a difference a weekend can make in Montana's U.S House debate schedule.

Republican U.S House candidate Ryan Zinke will debate Democrat John Lewis tonight in Billings. Zinke originally declined to participate in the Billings debate citing scheduling conflicts. His campaign issued a press release late Friday afternoon saying he'd changed his mind.

Montana Public Radio is broadcasting the debate starting this evening at 7:00. That debate will be aired on this radio station and streamed on our website.

Lewis, Zinke Debate Tonight In Billings

Sep 26, 2014

Montana Public Radio will air the debate between Republican Ryan Zinke and Democrat John Lewis in Billings live tonight at 7:00 p.m. Listen on our live stream.

This week on "Campaign Beat:" Is the media counting Curtis out too soon? The analysts look at the "good guy" ad by Steve Daines. Ryan Zinke continues to tout his military experience, and John Lewis gets more aggressive in the House race. Sally, Chuck, and Mike wonder if voters have tuned in for this off-year election yet.

"Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, appears on Fridays throughout the fall election season.

This week "Campaign Beat" examines the new aggressive ads in the U.S. House Race. John Lewis attacks Zinke over his support of the Ryan Budget. Zinke takes aim at Lewis' age and experience. Sally, Chuck and Mike also talk about what parts of Montana trend red or blue, and why.

"Campaign Beat" is our weekly political analysis program. MTPR Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk, is joined by Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison of Lee Newspapers.

Lewis ad:

Montana's candidates for federal office are weighing in on President Obama's intent to unleash military strikes on the so-called "Islamic State" extremist organizations.

Obama last week announced his counter-terrorism campaign to use intel, training and airstrikes to weaken and destroy Islamic radical groups know by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.

Eliza Wiley

"Campaign Beat" returns to dissect the latest campaign ads and examine the issues in the U.S. House and Senate races.

Today Sally, Chuck and Mike discuss the competitiveness of the U.S. House and Senate races, the effectiveness of the latest TV ads from the Daines and Lewis campaigns, and whether voters mind the scarcity of debates in the top races. 

The "Timber" ad from the Daines campaign:

Will the Montana House and Senate candidates debate? Here's what we know.

This week in Montana politics.

Energy, Agriculture, And Suing The President

Aug 1, 2014

This week in Montana politics: Walsh tries to weather the plagiarism storm, Zinke presents his energy plan, Lewis promotes his "Farm and Ranch Jobs Platform", Daines votes to sue the President.

Walsh Plagiarism

Montana Politics Week In Review

Jul 18, 2014

NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback

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