Greg Gianforte

Jackie Yamanaka

Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state Board of Regents to adopt a policy on accepting money or other gifts for the state’s colleges and universities.

Both the University of Montana and Montana State University have benefited from multi-million dollar gifts that resulted in naming rights.


Montana State University

Incumbency, name recognition, and likability appear to be factors in the outcome of yesterday’s general election, says Montana State University political scientist David Parker.

Donald Trump’s strong numbers in Montana did not translate into automatic votes for Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte. Unofficial returns from The Associated Press show Bullock won re-election by a 50-to-47% margin even as Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Montana by a 57-to-35% margin.

It’s NOT your imagination.  There are a lot of political ads airing right now on television. 

A national study released today by the Wesleyan Media Project found Montana ranked near the top in the volume of ads bought and airedin the gubernatorial and U.S. House contests.

MSUB University Relations

Jobs and job creation were the topics today for Montana’s gubernatorial candidates.

The Bullock Administration announced Montana received $1.3 million from the U.S. Labor Department to expand apprenticeship programs.

Governor Steve Bullock, D-MT, announced the award during a press conference at the Capitol.

“This new funding will be used to dramatically expand apprenticeship opportunities in healthcare, advanced manufacturing, energy, information technology, finance and skilled trades,” he says.

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).

MSUB University Relations

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte says he wants to bring integrity to state government. He announced he’ll create an Office of Government Accountability, if elected. 

Gianforte charges the Bullock Administration has engaged in numerous abuses whether its awarding state contracts to use of the state airplane.

The Bozeman businessman adds there’s also the issue of what he calls regulatory overreach.

Jackie Yamanaka

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte said he will continue to support Presidential candidate Donald Trump. The businessman from Bozeman was asked about his support after the Washington Post released a 2005 video late last week in which Trump used vulgar language in talking about women. 

Gianforte and Governor Steve Bullock faced off October 8, 2016 during the final Gubernatorial debate, sponsored by the MTN Television Network.

Patrick Williams / University Relations, MSU Billings

Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte aimed familiar barbs at each other during a televised debate October 8, 2015 from Great Falls. 

The just over 1 hour debate, sponsored by the MTN Television Network, featured criticisms Montanans have heard in television ads over the last several months.

Patrick Williams / University Relations, MSU Billings

Montana’s gubernatorial candidates stuck to familiar campaign themes during last night’s debate in Billings. Much of the event focused on jobs and the candidates painted vastly different pictures of the Montana economy.

Republican challenger Greg Gianforte criticized Governor Steve Bullock for declining state revenues. The technology entrepreneur from Bozeman said he’s running because he’s a proven job creator.

  Montana’s gubernatorial candidates face off in a debate tonight in Billings. 

This will be the second debate this year for incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte.

The public is invited to attend the debate at Petro Theatre on the MSU Billings campus.

The debate will also be broadcast LIVE on the radio and on-line over YPR and Northern News Network stations.

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