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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? 

Jackie Yamanaka

A Westmoreland Coal Company says its 3 Montana coal mines are profitable despite its current financial crunch and the company is working to keep its mines open.

Jackie Yamanaka

Students across the country, including in Montana, plan to participate in the national school walkout organized to show support for students affected by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people died.  

Congressman Greg Gianforte sat down with YPR's Jackie Yamanaka to talk about the issue of school safety.

Jackie Yamanaka

Listen and show up, that’s the pledge from Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier. He said it will be in stark contrast to the current Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte who faces re-election this year.

Chris Marchion takes a look at the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area in southwestern Montana.
Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau

Life’s been tough on Chris Marchion. There was the high school football injury and the knee replacement.

“Unfortunately I got a hip that’s wore out,” he says.

We’re standing alongside a gravel road near a cow pasture. Nowadays, this is about as close as Marchion can get to the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area. It’s a clump of rolling, grey mountains in the distance.

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Driving across the great expanse of Montana isn’t for the faint at heart. During the winter it can be a white knuckle experience with motorists confronting icy and snow packed roads, strong winds, and ground blizzards. Any time of the year critters can jump out on to the roadway.

This is what our candidates for statewide office face as they bounce from one campaign stop to the next on the seemingly endless ribbon of blacktop, gravel, and gumbo roads that connect our far-flung population.   

Jackie Yamanaka

The CEO of Red Oxx, a Billings-based manufacturer praises last year’s Republican tax package, saying it will help grow his business.

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National political consultant Joe Trippi believes the country has reached a tipping point and he thinks Montanans are looking for a U.S. Representative who will stand up to corporate interests.

"I think people everywhere are really becoming exhausted by how nothing seems to be getting done," he said. "But when the corporations want something done, bam, it gets done instantly."

Jackie Yamanaka

The campaign consultant who helped orchestrate the Democratic upset in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election last year has signed on to help Montana congressional candidate John Heenan who’s running in a contested primary.


"There may be another $60 to $70 million of lost revenue to the state per year," says state representative Jim Hamilton, a Bozeman Democrat.
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At a town hall meeting in Bozeman Tuesday, state Democrats said the GOP tax plan could worsen Montana’s budget woes.

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