Government & Politics

Jackie Yamanaka

U.S. House candidate John Heenan held his first town hall meeting and said elected officials shouldn’t hide from the people back home. It’s a reference to those who have criticized the Republican members of Montana’s Congressional delegation for holding tele-town halls but not face-to-face.

Jackie Yamanaka

Four Montana Republicans are running in June 5, 2018 primary election for a chance to unseat incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in the November 6, 2018 general election. The Montana Free Press surveyed the five candidates to see where they stand on 10 key issues. The candidates were asked to respond in 50 words or less to each question. Below are their responses, edited only for length and style.

If elected, what legislation would you support to create good, high-paying jobs?

John Adams, The Montana Free Press

Absentee ballots for Montana’s primary election are set to go out in the mail May 11, 2018. Voters are busy people and may not remember the positions of the candidates running in the contested U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

John Adams - founder, editor, and investigative reporter, of The Montana Free Press - has a primer to help.

The Montana Free Press

Five Montana Democrats are running in the June 5, 2018 Primary Election for a chance to unseat first-term incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in the November 6, 2018 General Election. The Montana Free Press surveyed the five candidates to see where they stand on 10 key issues. The candidates were asked to respond in 50 words or less to each question. Below are their responses, edited only for length and style.

What legislation would you support do to help create good, high-paying jobs?

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The ominous music, the tattooed men and guns are the elements in one campaign ad for U.S. Senate candidate Russ Fagg.  But is it negative?

That’s a tricky question, said Montana State University political scientist David Parker.

Jackie Yamanaka

The Republican campaign circuit included numerous party dinners in communities large and small across Montana. U.S. Senate candidate Russ Fagg of Billings is among the candidates who’s been criss-crossing the state – by pickup or airplane - for the 2018 election.

Jackie Yamanaka

Violent crime in Montana is up almost 35% through 2016 from its low in 2010 according to the FBI. And that figure is much higher in Billings. Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine is behind that uptick.

Jackie Yamanaka

Ending the drug crisis is a top priority, said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session. He told a gathering in Billings the directive comes from the President.

Jackie Yamanaka

Governor Steve Bullock is touring Montana to listen to providers about the health and economic impacts of the state’s Medicaid Expansion program, also known as the HELP Act. It’s set to expire at the end of next year unless the 2019 Montana Legislature acts.

Jackie Yamanaka

There were general agreements on issue positions related to public lands and health care among the 6 candidates seeing the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House during their debate last night in Billings.  But some of the candidates also took the opportunity to stand out from the crowded field as Democratic voters have to decide which one to advance to take on the Republican incumbent. 

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