Government & Politics

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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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Editors note:  this story was updated to reflect comments from Matt Rosendale that were emailed after this story was published.

Vice President Mike Pence rescheduled his visit to Billings, Montana.  He’s now to speak Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the MetraPark Montana Pavilion’s large bay room.  Originally he was to scheduled for Tuesday.

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Six  veterans who did not receive military funeral honors  will be given their due Wednesday morning, 7/11/2018, at 11:00am at the  Yellowstone National Veterans Cemetery in Laurel.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump began to line up outside the gates at Great Falls’ Montana Expo Park before dawn, even though the campaign rally wasn’t scheduled to start until 4 p.m.  Protesters also were on the grounds, but local officials kept them separated from supporters.

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Over 6,000 people crowded into the Expo Park in Great Falls for President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in support of the Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.  The current state auditor and former state legislator won the GOP’s contested June and will be one of the candidates facing Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester on the November General Election ballot.

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Montana’s Congressional delegation has two members up for re-election this year, Democratic Senator Jon Tester and Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte. So, in this hyper-partisan climate, how does the three member delegation balance working together to represent the state and Montanans while at the same time campaign against one another? 

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