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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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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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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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Public Land Management
6:05 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

House Candidates Zinke & Lewis Battle Over Public Lands

 

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.

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More than just the federal races
5:41 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Campaign Beat: Supreme Court Ads Break New Ground In Montana

Screen capture from the VanDyke ad funded by the out-of-state Republican State Leadership Committee.

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.

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U.S. House Race
9:55 am
Fri October 10, 2014

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

Democrat John Lewis served as former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' state director before running for the lone U.S. House seat.
Credit 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.

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U.S. House Race
9:44 am
Fri October 10, 2014

House Hopeful Ryan Zinke Banks On Experience, Leadership

Zinke is stressing his years of military service in his campaign for the U.S. House.
Credit 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?”

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House Debate Recap
5:26 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

House Debate Reveals Clear Differences Between Lewis, Zinke

John Lewis and Ryan Zinke debated in Bozeman on Oct. 4, 2014

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:

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