David Parker

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Lies. 

That’s how political candidates often describe their opponent’s advertisements that are saturating television, mailboxes, and social media.

What does the laws says about truth in political ads?

Not much, says Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl, because the content is protected by the Constitution’s free speech provisions.

“That is where the argument that you are interfering with the First Amendment speech right is strongest,” he says.  

Motl says the courts have struck down laws that have attempted to deal with political content.

MSUB University Relations

The two incumbents running for the top statewide elected offices are ahead of their challengers according to the latest MSU Billings statewide poll

MSU Billings students polled 590 adult Montanans between October 3-10, 2016. 70% of those were reached via cell phone.

That snapshot in time found Democratic Governor Steve Bullock led his Republican challenger Greg Gianforte by a 44-to-32 percent margin. 20% replied DK/NA (didn’t know or no answer).

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