Montana politics

U.S. Senate Race
3:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Interview With U.S. Senate Candidate Amanda Curtis

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis joined MTPR for an interview on Thursday, Oct.16.
Credit Christopher B. Allen

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

In this extended interview, we hear from Democrat Amanda Curtis, who’s running for Montana’s seat in the U.S. Senate. She spoke with Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney. We'll post our interview with her opponent, Republican Steve Daines tomorrow.

You can listen to the 10-minute broadcast version of our interview above, or the 30-minute extended version below.

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Mid-Term Election Coverage
5:01 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Curtis Takes Offensive Against Daines In Senate Debate

U.S. Senate candidates Steve Daines and Amanda Curtis met for their first and only televised debate in Billings on Oct. 20, 2014.

Republican Congressman Steve Daines didn't respond to Democrat Amanda Curtis's jabs during last night’s U.S. Senate debate in Billings.

Curtis said several times that Daines is too extreme for Montana and represents corporate interests over average Montanans. She says it's time to send a working-class Montanan to represent the state in Washington D.C.

Curtis also said Daines' vote last year to shut down the federal government during a budget stalemate hurt Montanans.

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U.S. House Race
3:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Interview With U.S. House Candidate Ryan Zinke

U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke joined MTPR for an interview on Oct. 16.
Credit Eric Whitney

Tonight we have the second 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 Republican Ryan Zinke, 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.

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U.S. House Race
5:43 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Interview With U.S. House Candidate John Lewis

U.S House Candidate John Lewis joined MTPR for an interview Thursday, Oct.16.
Credit 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.

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Montana Legislature
9:40 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Democrats Hope To Shrink GOP Majorities In Montana Legislature

Democrats hope races in newly redrawn legislative districts could help them pick up seats this fall.
Credit File Photo

From the seat of his combine in the Helena Valley, Republican Senate candidate Joe Dooling talked about why he decided to run for the Legislature.

“I’m just wondering where all the grownups are,” he said.

The 2013 legislative session was marked by a split between conservatives and moderates in the Republican majority, at least one day of banging on tables and more than 70 vetoes from Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat. Dooling said he was frustrated by all of it.

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Curtis - Daines Debate
4:22 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Listen To The Oct. 20 U.S. Senate Debate

U.S. Senate candidates Steve Daines and Amanda Curtis met in Billings for their first televised debate on Oct. 20, 2014.

U.S. Senate candidates Amanda Curtis and Steve Daines met to debate in Billings on Monday, Oct. 20. 

Video of the Senate debate is available on the MontanaPBS website.

The debate is followed by analysis and fact checking with former Montana Secretary of State Bob Brown, MontanaPBS analyst Gary Stein and MSU Political Science Professor David Parker.

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Supreme Court Elections
10:10 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Wheat, VanDyke Clash Over Partisanship In Supreme Court Race

Lawrence VanDyke is arguing Justice Mike Wheat is too much a partisan in his campaign to oust him.
Credit Jessi Mazur

The Montana Supreme Court could have decided one of this year’s election campaigns long before November – a race for a seat on that very court.

In April, a district judge struck Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke’s name from the ballot after ruling he had not been admitted to the bar at least five years prior to the November election.

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Campaign Beat
4:50 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Funds, Guns And Election Day Registration

Screen capture from a Montanans for Free and Fair Elections ad about LR-126, election day registration.

"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:

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MSU-Billings Poll
4:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

New Poll: Republicans Lead Montana House, Senate Races

House candidate Ryan Zinke stops by the MTPR studio on October 17th, 2014.
Credit 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.

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2014 Election Poll
4:01 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

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

A new poll from MSU-Billings gives Zinke a bit of a lead in the race for the state's sole U.S. House race.
Credit 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.

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