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Sen. Steve Daines Responds To Trump's Praise For Gianforte 'Body Slam'

10/19/2018
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President Donald Trump is sticking by remarks he made during last night’s campaign rally in Missoula praising Congressman Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter last year. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy," Trump said. This earned Trump criticism amid international furor over the apparent assassination of a Washington Post columnist inside a Saudi Consultant in Istanbul two weeks ago. A reporter asked Trump today if he regretted making those remarks in light of that...

Duration:00:02:04

In Possible Corporate Campaign Funding First, Patagonia Endorses Sen. Jon Tester

10/19/2018
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The outdoor clothing company Patagonia announced this Friday that it’s endorsing Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester’s re-election campaign. That may not be surprising for people familiar with the company, but campaign finance experts say it could be a first. “It may be the first time that a for-profit corporation has come out with an endorsement on their website for political candidates,” said Peter Quist, the research director at the National Institute on Money in Politics in Helena.

Duration:00:04:14

'Campaign Beat:' Trump In Missoula; Senate Race Spending; Tightening House Race

10/19/2018
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Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin talk about President Trump's rally in Missoula and his contradictions and vendettas; the Senate race spending spree; the latest nasty ads; and the tightening House race between Greg Gianforte and Kathleen Williams. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

Duration:00:13:34

In Missoula, Trump Attacks Tester, Praises Gianforte Assault

10/19/2018
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Shortly before sunset Thursday, President Donald Trump walked out of Air Force One in the foreground of the Bitterroot mountains and on stage in an airplane hanger in Missoula, extending his feud with Senator Jon Tester amid a call for Republican reinforcements in Congress.

Duration:00:05:02

Missoula's Trump Counter-Protest Emphasizes Peace, Humanity

10/19/2018
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The ‘Love Trumps Hate’ rally, progressive Missoula’s answer to President Donald Trump’s appearance Thursday, drew roughly 1,500 people to Playfair Park. The rally served as an emotional release for some participants.

Duration:00:05:01

Veterans Rally With Tester In Butte

10/18/2018
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On the day President Trump visited Missoula, his third to Montana to stump for Republican Senate-hopeful Matt Rosendale, his Democratic opponent, Sen. Jon Tester , was in Butte with veterans of all political stripes.

Duration:00:04:22

Missoula Trump Rally Logistics, And A Counter-Rally

10/17/2018
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UPDATED 7:15 pm Wed. 10/17: Missoula International Airport issued this statement on parking and logistics: "Parking for the Presidential Visit will NOT be on Airport property. It will be East of Northstar off Corporate way. Shuttles from the remote parking area will start at 2:00 PM. Please refrain from driving in front of the terminal unless picking up or dropping off passengers.

Duration:00:03:42

Jeff Bridges Campaigns For Jon Tester In Bozeman

10/17/2018
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“The Dude” is stumping for Democrat Jon Tester . Actor Jeff Bridges spoke to the College Democrats of Montana in Bozeman Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the latest celebrity appearance of the state’s increasingly high-profile U.S. Senate race. The actor famous for his chill, bathrobe-wearing character "The Dude" in the film "The Big Lebowski," drew a young crowd of nearly 400 people that local Democrats tried to turn into immediate voters.

Duration:00:02:19

Sentinel Caretaker Says Leave 'M' Out Of Politics

10/17/2018
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As President Trump’s visit to Missoula Thursday energizes both his supporters and protesters, a caretaker for Mt. Sentinel says using the hillside’s iconic 100-foot tall, white “M” for political messaging causes damage to the mountain.

Duration:00:00:52

Head Of Montana's DPHHS To Address Budget Cuts In Helena

10/17/2018
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On Thursday the head of Montana’s health department will speak publicly about recent deep budget cuts. She’ll be on a panel with state lawmakers that a progressive political group in Helena is hosting.

Duration:00:01:18

Mining Initiative Backers Accuse Opposition Of Illegal Foreign Funding

10/16/2018
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Backers of a Montana citizen's initiative that would add new mining regulations say a foreign-owned company is illegally bankrolling an industry campaign against the proposal. In a complaint Tuesday to the Federal Election Commission, sponsors of Initiative 186 alleged campaign law violations by the Montana Mining Association, Sandfire Resources and others.

Duration:00:01:18

'Love Trumps Hate' Rally Planned During President's Missoula Visit

10/16/2018
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An event to counter President Donald Trump’s planned rally at Missoula’s airport Thursday, Oct. 18 focuses on getting out the vote. Missoula Rises is organizing the “Love Trumps Hate” rally which runs from 2:30 to 6 p.m. that same day at Playfair Park, about seven miles from the airport.

Duration:00:00:52

Candidate Spending In Montana Senate Race Tops $20 Million

10/16/2018
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Campaign finance reports released yesterday show that combined spending by candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Montana has topped $20 million. Incumbent Democrat Jon Tester is outspending Republican Matt Rosendale at nearly a five-to-one clip this election cycle. Tester’s spending is the most by any one campaign in a race for the U.S. Senate in Montana history.

Duration:00:01:49

On Campaign Stop In Anaconda, Williams Says Congressional Race Is 'Neck And Neck'

10/16/2018
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On Monday afternoon, Democratic Congressional hopeful Kathleen Williams greeted a group of about 30 supporters gathered in the basement of Donivan’s Restaurant in downtown Anaconda. “Hi everyone. People are voting! Isn’t that cool? This is exciting," said Williams.

Duration:00:03:45

Gov Bullock Campaigns For Tobacco Tax Initiative In Whitefish

10/15/2018
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Governor Steve Bullock was in Whitefish Monday stumping for a ballot initiative to fund Medicaid expansion through increased tobacco taxes .

Duration:00:01:05

Reports Show Fundraising Boost For Williams In US House Race

10/15/2018
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Democrat Kathleen Williams ’ campaign raised roughly double the amount of her Republican opponent Greg Gianforte since the start of the July. That’s according to initial campaign finance reports submitted by the campaigns Monday.

Duration:00:00:34

Missoula Trump Rally To Be Held At Minuteman Aviation

10/15/2018
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There’s been a slight change of venue for President Donald Trump’s rally in Missoula on Thursday, October 18. It will now be held at Minuteman Aviation which is just west of the Missoula International Airport’s terminal. The event was originally scheduled to be held next door at Neptune Aviation.

Duration:00:01:38

Whitefish Events Show Competing Visions Of The American West

10/15/2018
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Competing visions of the American West were on display at competing events in Whitefish Saturday. People rallied for their ideas about tribal sovereignty, public lands and constitutional rights.

Duration:00:05:19

Tester, Rosendale Hold Contrasting Events In Three Forks Saturday

10/14/2018
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U.S. Senator Jon Tester walked up to the union picket line in Three Folks Saturday for the second time since the local Boilermakers #239 were locked out of the Imerys talc plant in early August, amid a bitter labor contract dispute.

Duration:00:05:16

Rosendale, Breckenridge Attack Tester In Final Montana Senate Debate

10/14/2018
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Democratic Senator Jon Tester defended his record against attacks from Republican Matt Rosendale and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge in the final debate in Montana’s US Senate race Saturday night.

Duration:00:04:08