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Gov. Bullock was one of the few Montana Democrats celebrating on election night.
Mike Albans

Republicans won big on election day, nationally and in Montana. The only statewide Democrat to win public office was Governor Steve Bullock who will begin his second term next month. Montana Public Radio's Capitol Reporter Corin Cates-Carney sat down with the governor earlier this week to discuss his reelection and the legislative session ahead.

Bullock: Use Coal Taxes To Fund Infrastructure

Dec 20, 2016
President Donald Trump Thursday ended a key Obama-era coal mining regulation designed to protect waterways from coal mining waste.
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With the 2017 Montana legislative session less than two weeks away, Governor Steve Bullock is promoting a plan to spend nearly $300 million on the construction and maintenance of roads, schools, water and other long-term projects.

Bullock was in Butte today pushing what he calls the "Build Montana Trust." The idea is to put some of the revenue collected from the state tax on coal sales into a special fund that would then spin off interest for future projects, too:

Harlowton Asks State Lawmakers To Increase Fuel Tax

Dec 19, 2016
The gas tax increase is expected to bring in an additional $29 million this year, more than half of which will go to cities and counties for local road-related construction.
Rusty Clark (CC-BY-NC-2)

The mayor and city council of Harlowton are asking state lawmakers to increase Montana’s fuel tax.

Earlier this month, Montana’s Department of Transportation said they’ll have to delay almost $150 million worth of road projects across the state due to a budget shortfall.

Montana capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

Senate Republicans in Montana released a plan today to tear down Governor Steve Bullock’s proposal for state funded preschool and instead start work on delayed state highway projects.

It’s been just over a day since news broke that Montana’s sole Congressional Representative Ryan Zinke may ascend to President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. But Montana Republican and Democratic Party officials are already thinking about what comes next if Zinke accepts Trump’s nomination.

Governor Bullock, with Budget Director Dan Villa. Governor Bullock released his revenue and spending plan Nov. 15 at the Capitol in Helena.
Corin Cates-Carney

A new tax on medical marijuana proposed by Governor Steve Bullock would add an estimated million plus dollars a year to government bank accounts. That’s almost 3 times more than the governor’s office says will eventually be needed to support the state’s medical marijuana reform.

Gov. Steve Bullock. File photo.
Corin Cates-Carney

A month after his reelection, Governor Steve Bullock today announced new people will be running nearly half of his appointed cabinet director positions in his second term.

Bullock announced the exit of six cabinet members during a press conference in the state Capitol today. So far, he’s made picks to fill half the vacancies.

Montana Capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

Governor Steve Bullock’s nearly $10 billion budget proposal could mean Montanans will end up paying a little more for wine and cigarettes. Medical marijuana, too.

Montana's most recent driver's license design incorporates changes for security and durability.
Montana DOJ

The federal government this week rejected Montana’s request to further delay implementation of the Real ID Act.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox once said the Real ID act threatened to create an Orwellian national ID system.

US Interior Secretary Plans Yellowstone Announcement

Nov 18, 2016
Emigrant Peak north of Yellowstone, near the area of a proposed Lucky Minerals mine exploration.
Flickr user Sean Wolf (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will visit Montana Monday to make an announcement about public land conservation near Yellowstone National Park.

The visit comes after Montana elected officials, business owners and environmentalists raised concerns about two gold mining proposals north of Yellowstone.

Montana Senator Jon Tester.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Montana’s senior senator says he’s willing to give President-elect Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt.

Governor Bullock, with Budget Director Dan Villa. Governor Bullock released his revenue and spending plan Nov. 15 at the Capitol in Helena.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Bullock administration’s new budget released Tuesday outlines an increase in state spending of just over one percent over the next two years. This despite declining state revenue from the sales of coal, oil and gas.

People gathered on the north steps of the capitol in Helena Nov. 14 to let Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox know they don't like Montana police being sent to help with security around the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota.
Eric Whitney

About 80 people gathered on the north steps of the Capitol today to let Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox know they don't like Montana police being sent to help with security around the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota.

Montana Republicans say their victories are a mandate from voters, speculation about Democratic Senator Jon Tester’s future, and does Ryan Zinke have a place in the new Trump administration now? Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin dig in to these issues and more in the final "Campaign Beat" episode of 2016.

Gov. Bullock and family on election night 2016 watching results come in.
Mike Albans

Gov. Steve Bullock, introduced by his wife Lisa, addresses his supporters after his win in the gubernatorial race Wednesday morning.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he will consult with Native American leaders before fulfilling any future requests for law-enforcement assistance at the site of an oil pipeline protest in North Dakota.

The Democratic governor said Thursday conditions near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation have changed since he approved the last request in October.

'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.

Governor Bullock watching election returns with his family in Helena.
Mike Albans

It took until around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning to learn incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock won reelection over Republican Greg Gianforte.

The candidates went to bed on election night with the results too close to call. At one point overnight, Gianforte had a slight lead. But when the race was called, Bullock won the seat by about 12,000 votes. Some votes were still being counted as of Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Bullock was one of the few Montana Democrats celebrating on election night.
Mike Albans

The Montana Governor's race has just been called by the Associated press. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock is at 49.6 percent to Republican challenger Greg Gianforte's 47.1 percent.

A federal judge upholds the Disclose Act: what does it mean for the gubernatorial race? Ryan Zinke’s ads get "nasty" in the House race, and the analysts discuss which races are likely to keep us up late Tuesday night. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break down the final week before the elections on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Montana Gubernatorial Candidates Circle The State To Excite Voters
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Next week, Montanans will learn whether Republican Greg Gianforte or incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock will be the state’s governor.

In the run-up to voting day Tuesday, November 8, the two candidates are zig-zagging across and circling back thousands of miles around Montana, hoping it might make a difference.

It’s NOT your imagination.  There are a lot of political ads airing right now on television. 

A national study released today by the Wesleyan Media Project found Montana ranked near the top in the volume of ads bought and airedin the gubernatorial and U.S. House contests.

Federal Judge Upholds Montana Campaign Disclosure Law

Nov 1, 2016
"Issue advocacy" from the 2012 Montana elections.
Josh Burnham

Montana's new campaign disclosure law has survived its first test, with a federal judge rejecting arguments that it unconstitutionally interferes with the free speech of groups that want to influence elections without revealing where they get their money or how they spend it.

Gov. Bullock during a 2016 campaign stop at UM in Missoula.
Mike Albans

Governor Steve Bullock’s re-election campaign on Tuesday quickly seized on a judge’s ruling to uphold Montana’s campaign finance disclosure law. Bullock was in Missoula ostensibly to rally with students.

In the final check on campaign finances before Election Day, Republican Greg Gianforte brought in more money than incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock.

Five daily newspapers in Montana are endorsing incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock for a second term as governor. The latest endorsement came from the Missoulian’s editorial board in a Sunday column titled ‘Re-hire Governor Bullock’.

The Kalispell Bypass opened Friday, October 28, ahead of schedule and under budget.
Montana Department of Transportation

Driving the length of the Flathead Valley got a little easier Friday. The Kalispell Bypass along Highway 93 is finished. 

New Campaign Money, New Ads And A New Poll

Oct 28, 2016

A new poll shows surprising leads for the incumbents in the U.S. House and governor's races, new campaign ads in multiple races emerge in the final weeks, and gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte sets a new record for personal campaign financing. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin dig in to these issues and more in this episode of “Campaign Beat.”

Governor Bullock announced a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand Montana's Registered Apprenticeship program.
Corin Cates-Carney

Jobs and job creation were the topics for Montana’s gubernatorial candidates Thursday, Oct. 27.

The Bullock administration announced Montana received $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand apprenticeship programs.

Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association
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  The main party candidates for governor made their pitch to members of the state’s tourism industry this week during a conference of the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association.

Republican Greg Gianforte and incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock repeated their by-now familiar campaign phrases while expressing gratitude for the work done by members of Montana’s tourism industry.

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