Steve Daines

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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Montana News
4:37 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service: Wilderness Photo/Film Policy Misunderstood

U.S. Forest Service issued a press release late Thursday to clarify the intent behind the proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in Congressionally designated wilderness areas.

The Forest Service describes it as a good faith effort to ensure wilderness areas are protected.

Critics say it essentially gives the agency story-approval power.

Montana’s entire congressional delegation today called for the rule to be clarified and re-drafted.

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Forest Photography & Filming
3:43 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Montana's DC Delegation Opposes Forest Service Photo Permits

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed  requiring permits for still photography and commercial filming in designated wilderness areas, making permanent an interim rule in place since 2010.

According to The Oregonian, permits would cost up to $1,500, with a $1,000 fine for failure to get a permit.

Montana's entire congressional delegation has written to the Forest Service expressing concerns with the proposal.

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Federal Budget
4:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Tester, Daines Call For Budget Vote

Montana Senator Jon Tester is urging his Congressional colleagues to act this week to prevent a federal government shutdown at the end of the month.

The current budget ends September 30th, the end of the fiscal year. Tester told reporters during a conference call yesterday the American people don’t want another event like last fall when the National Parks, federal programs and services closed.

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ISIS Airstrikes
3:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Candidates Weigh In On Necessity Of Military Strikes

U.S. Sailors move a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Aug. 26, 2014, in the Persian Gulf as the ship supports operations in Iraq.

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.

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Campaign Beat
8:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

'Campaign Beat' Dissects The Ads And Examines The Issues

Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk, and MIke Dennison
Credit 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:

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Montana Politics
4:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

This Week In Montana Politics

PSC Vote, Common Core, Daines & RightNow Technologies, Curtis presents a jobs plan.

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Montana Politics
4:50 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Candidate Debates: Here's What We Know

Will the Montana House and Senate candidates debate?

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

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Montana News
3:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Campaign Building, Debates And The Industrial Workers of the World

Amanda Curtis on the UM campus.
Credit Josh Burnham

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis was in Missoula yesterday presenting a six-point-plan that she says would help Montanans struggling with student debt.

After her prepared remarks, Curtis spoke with Edward O'Brien about a few topics including conservative criticism of her family's association with an organization some say has radical leanings.
First though, Curtis offers her assessment of the campaign-building effort:

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