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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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U.S. Senate Race
6:13 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Amanda Curtis Releases First TV Ad Of Campaign

Screen capture from the new Curtis ad.

Both Montana U.S. Senate candidates released brand new campaign ads today.

But with less than three weeks to go before election day, and absentee ballots already in the mail, this morning’s ad from Democratic candidate Amanda Curtis is only her first since announcing her candidacy back on August 16th.

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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. Senate Race
5:32 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Candidate Curtis Campaigns On Women's Issues In Billings

Democratic US Senate Candidate Amanda Curtis greets a supporter before she speaks to supporters on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn Wednesday.
Credit Jackie Yamanaka

Democratic US Senate Candidate Amanda Curtis says the contrast between her and her Republican opponent couldn’t be more clear than when it comes to issues on women.

Curtis held a noon time rally on the lawn outside the Yellowstone County Courthouse Wednesday.

Curtis often talks about her working class, blue collar roots, and contrasts that against her wealthy Republican opponent.

The high school math teacher from Butte says the differences couldn’t be more stark when it comes to women’s issues.

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U.S. Senate Race
12:21 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

On Cusp of Historic GOP Win, Daines Seeks To Moderate His Positions

Daines seems set to end a century of Democratic control of Montana's seats in the U.S. Senate
Credit File Photo

Watch Steve Daines’ television ads this fall and you will see a candidate still introducing himself to Montana – bobber fishing with one daughter, his wife describing how they met in church, his daughters hailing his legislative accomplishments.

That’s because two years ago he was a little-known Bozeman businessman running for the U.S. House whose only political experience was a failed lieutenant governor run in 2008.

Now, the first-term congressman is set to end a century-long Democratic lock on one of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats.

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U.S. Senate Race
11:54 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Despite Long Odds, Curtis Stresses Grassroots Possibilities In Senate Race

Amanda Curtis is counting on a grassroots campaign to win in the U.S. Senate race.
Credit Andrew Bixler

On a street near the University of Montana campus in Missoula, a homemade sign faces the road.

“Amanda Curtis for U.S. Senate” the wooden sign reads, its colorful ink stark against a white background. The sign was made by Michael Kirby, 53, in his garage.

“I like what she has to say,” he said. “She’s not establishment."

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Ski, Liquor Businesses Make Deals
6:03 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Montana Trade Mission Returns From China

The Montana Trade Delegation in China.
Credit Meg O'Leary

Governor Steve Bullock’s eight day trade mission to China has concluded and participants say Montana still has a lot to learn about conducting business there.

Montana exported over $100 million worth of goods to China last year, but state officials say we can do more.

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Campaign Beat
4:32 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Campaign Beat: Have Voters Tuned In Yet?

Screen shot from the Daines "good guy" ad.

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.

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