Government & Politics

Thousands of registered voters in Montana may be receiving a poll soon in their mailboxes asking for their views on the candidates, elected officials, and some issues. The poll is co-sponsored by Montana State University and the Montana Television Network.

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Libertarian U.S. House Candidate Elinor Swanson recently announced the details of her latest statewide campaign swing in the final weeks before the November election.

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Libertarian House Candidate Elinor Swanson was campaigning outside the venue where President Donald Trump was going to hold his Billings, Montana rally last Thursday. She says she was told to move and that she couldn’t wear her campaign t-shirt inside the venue.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale pledged if he’s elected in November, he’ll serve no more than 2 terms.  The pronouncement came during a campaign rally last night that featured President Donald Trump.

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Editor’s note: Senator Jon Tester was asked during the press conference if he had met with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Tester had said he meeting was cancelled by the White House. A Tester spokeswoman called YPR Saturday to clarify that no meeting was actually scheduled and the schedulers were working on setting a date. “Jon misspoke. Our office and the White House were working on scheduling a meeting for the week of August 20, but the White House pushed that back.”

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As part of our occasional series:  on the road with the candidates, we join Democratic House candidate Kathleen Williams in Miles City. It was part of a swing through Eastern Montana.

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A film that’s showing in select cities across the country, including this week in 4 Montana cities, documents how undisclosed political campaign contributions, attack mailers against targeted candidates and secret documents have infiltrated our political campaigns.

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Vice President Mike Pence was the latest to rail against Montana’s Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester who faces re-election in November.

Over the past 4 ½ weeks President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and now Pence have traveled to Montana to campaign on behalf of Republican challenger Matt Rosendale.

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Laurel and Big Timber are among the communities across Montana struggling to provide clean drinking water, deal with storm runoff, and maintain roads and bridges.  They are also scratching their heads over how to pay for these multi-million dollar projects with their small tax or rate base.

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A campaign finance reform group has called out a move by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale for allegedly moving money around to skirt campaign finance laws. They said it’s another sign Rosendale is trying to hide who is donating to his campaign.

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