Montana Politics, Elections-logo

Montana Politics, Elections

Government >

Montana politics, elections, and government news from Montana Public Radio.

Montana politics, elections, and government news from Montana Public Radio.
More Information

Location:

United States

Genres:

Government

Description:

Montana politics, elections, and government news from Montana Public Radio.

Language:

English

Contact:

4062434931


Episodes

Montana Supreme Court Strikes Down Tax Credits For Donations To Religious Schools

12/12/2018
More
The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday struck down a 2015 state law allowing tax credits for donations to private religious schools. The court’s 5-2 ruling voids the dollar-for-dollar tax credit, up to $150, which passed, largely along party lines, out of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

Duration:00:02:13

2018 Farm Bill Passes With Support From Montana's Reps

12/12/2018
More
Senator Steve Daines called the 2018 Farm Bill a win for Montana on a press call Wednesday morning. "Agriculture is our number one economic driver in Montana," Daines said. "The important outcome of passing the Farm Bill is that it provides certainty for Montana farmers and Montana ranchers in difficult times."

Duration:00:03:03

Montana Senators Push For Bill Supporting Vietnam Veterans

12/11/2018
More
Both of Montana’s U.S. Senators are urging the Senate to pass the so-called Blue Water Veterans Act before the current Congress adjourns. That bill would extend benefits to vets who served on ships during the Vietnam War who may have been exposed to Agent Orange. At present, only troops who served on land are eligible.

Duration:00:01:08

Farm Bill Passes With Support Of Montana Senators

12/11/2018
More
Both of Montana’s senators voted for the farm bill, a multibillion-dollar legislative package to fund agriculture and food aid programs, which the Senate passed Tuesday. The mammoth package will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans.

Duration:00:01:01

Alternative Tribal Water Compact Draws Curiosity, Condemnation

12/11/2018
More
Supporters of an alternative proposal to settle water rights claims on and around the Flathead Reservation have released a framework for what they would like to see in federal legislation . Meanwhile, their proposal is drawing condemnation and curiosity across the state.

Duration:00:05:02

Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women Get Attention From US Senate Committee

12/11/2018
More
Hundreds of Indigenous women go missing under suspicious circumstance every year in North America. A U.S. Senate Committee takes a closer look at the issue Wednesday. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee may hear startling statistics like this one during its hearing: Native Americans make up about 7 percent of Montana’s population. But according to Montana’s Native American Domestic Violence Review Commission, Native people are involved in 16 percent of all of the state’s intimate partner...

Duration:00:02:15

Outside Groups Spent Over $40 Million On Montana Congressional Races

12/7/2018
More
The candidates for Montana's two contested seats in Congress this year, and their supporters, spent more than $76 million over the last two years in their election campaigns. The U.S. Senate race between Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale brought in most of that money, making it the most expensive election contest in state history.

Duration:00:02:44

Much Of Montana's Infrastructure Is Old And Outdated, Report Says

12/6/2018
More
There’s been some improvement in Montana’s roads, bridges and other public works projects since 2014, but they’re still generally in mediocre shape. That’s according to a new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. It gave Montana a ‘C’ grade Thursday in its latest analysis of public infrastructure here .

Duration:00:04:32

Helena Youth Group Continues Work On Gun Violence Prevention

12/5/2018
More
Remember back in March, when high school students in several towns across Montana staged marches against gun violence ? The marches began a month after 17 students and staffers were shot to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. One of those groups, Helena Youth Against Gun Violence , has remained active. They hosted a U.S. House candidates forum last spring, and on Tuesday night held what they called their re-launch meeting.

Duration:00:04:57

Tester’s Office Clarifies Statement: Bullock Running For President in 2020, Not U.S. Senate

12/5/2018
More
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester 's chief of staff says the Senator ‘misheard’ a question Tuesday night that led to his comment that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock would run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Tester’s comment about Gov. Bullock’s future plans came at an event of American University College Democrats, in Washington D.C.

Duration:00:01:38

Public Lands Tipped Montana Senate Election In Tester's Favor, Green Groups Say

12/4/2018
More
An environmental SuperPAC says environmental messaging helped swing a handful of tight midterm races last month, including Montana’s hotly-contested U.S. Senate race. The League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund urges future candidates to remember these results. “And if they don’t, I think it will be at their peril," says LCV Victory Fund’s Pete Maysmith.

Duration:00:03:47

How 'Blast' Rules Will Impact The Upcoming Montana Legislative Session

12/4/2018
More
There is a fight brewing in the Montana Legislature over how much power House leadership should have to keep bills they don’t like from going forward. It’s revealing lines between conservative and moderate factions in the Republican caucus; and how it plays out could determine the way high-profile policy is made. “There’s a lot at stake in this game,” says Derek Skees , a Republican party whip in the House.

Duration:00:03:49

Sen Daines Visits Turkey, Meets Montana Troops In Afghanistan

12/4/2018
More
Senator Steve Daines visited Turkey and Afghanistan last weekend, meeting with top U.S. military and diplomatic officials, and with Montana National Guard troops stationed in Afghanistan. About 60 soldiers with the Kalispell-based 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion deployed there in June. Daines spoke with Montana reporters about his visit today.

Duration:00:01:43

Analysts: State Can Afford Medicaid Expansion

12/3/2018
More
Legislative analysts estimate Montana would have to spend nearly $59 million more over two years to continue its Medicaid expansion program. But those costs of providing health insurance for about 95,000 people could be covered by expected state revenue.

Duration:00:01:39

Montanans' Personal Income Is Growing Faster Than Most Of The U.S.

11/29/2018
More
A decade out from the Great Recession, personal incomes and wages are growing in Montana faster than most other places in the United States. “It’s one of the top ten states with the strongest growth in total personal income, both over the ten years since the start of the Great Recession and over the past year,” says Barb Rosewicz, a project director with The Pew Charitable Trusts State Fiscal Health research team.

Duration:00:03:56

'Concerned Citizens' Propose Alternative To CSKT Water Compact

11/28/2018
More
A group of self-described concerned citizens are proposing an alternative to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Water Compact to settle water rights claims on and around the Flathead Reservation. The state Legislature narrowly passed the CSKT Compact in 2015. It now awaits federal ratification. Without a compact, some 10,000 tribal water claims extending farther east than Billings would need to be adjudicated individually.

Duration:00:05:16

Environmental Group Sues NorthWestern Energy, Regulators Over Renewables

11/20/2018
More
A Montana environmental group is suing the state’s largest utility company and its public regulators. It says they violated a law aimed at developing small renewable energy projects. The Montana Environmental Information Center claims Montana’s Public Service Commission illegally gave NorthWestern Energy a pass on buying enough energy from what are known as Community Renewable Energy Projects, or CREPs.

Duration:00:03:07

State, Foundation Prioritizing Pregnant Women's Mental Health

11/20/2018
More
Pregnant women in Montana should have a lot easier time getting help for addiction and mental health problems if $5 million in grant funding announced Monday works as intended. Most of the money is coming from the federal government, but at least $1.2 million has been pledged by the Montana Healthcare Foundation.

Duration:00:04:22

Montana Lawmakers Plan Budget Around Modest State Revenue Growth

11/19/2018
More
Montana’s Gross State Product, wages and personal income are expected to grow between 3 and 4 percent each of the next few years, according to reports given to lawmakers Monday. That growth rate is slightly below the state’s long-term trend since 2001. Those reports from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Division drove a projection for how much tax revenue Montana is expected to bring in as lawmakers start building the state’s next two-year budget.

Duration:00:03:09

Gov Bullock Appoints New Head Of Montana DEQ

11/16/2018
More
Governor Steve Bullock has appointed a former liaison in the Obama White House to a state cabinet position leading the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

Duration:00:01:14