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Montana's Uninsured Rate Steady, Medicaid Expansion Beneficial, New Studies Say

6/18/2018
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A report being released today says Montana’s uninsured rate is staying steady at about half of what it was before Medicaid expansion started in 2016. It says just under eight percent of Montanans now lack health insurance. And, one of the studies outlines what it says are clear benefits to the state as voters and state lawmakers are considering whether to end Medicaid expansion.

Duration:00:05:00

Sen Tester Answers Questions At Whitefish 'Debate'

6/18/2018
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The Montana Broadcasters Association made a last minute pivot Sunday morning from a debate format to more of a moderated town hall when it became clear only Senator Jon Tester would be participating.

Duration:00:43:15

Tester In, Rosendale Out For Sunday Debate In Whitefish

6/15/2018
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The Montana Broadcasters Association is still planning to hold its Senate candidate debate Sunday in Whitefish, but only one candidate is going to be there. Republican Matt Rosendale reportedly backed out of the debate after saying he’d be there. His campaign later said the debate conflicted with Rosendale’s Father’s Day plans and it was scheduled without his input.

Duration:00:01:08

Fly-Fishing On Montana's Big Hole River, Signs Of Climate Change Are All Around

6/14/2018
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Nature is a powerful economic driver here, and livelihoods depend on cold water and healthy fish. People know it’s warming, but few will say that's climate change.

Duration:00:05:27

'Satisfactory Attendance' Measured Differently In Schools Across Montana

6/14/2018
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There’s a potential problem with how Montana determines which schools will get special assistance under the replacement for the federal No Child Left Behind law. It’s with how schools handle basic student attendance records.

Duration:00:01:55

Lawmakers To Hear Updates On Montana's Lowest Performing Schools

6/13/2018
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Leaders of Montana’s K-12 public schools system will update state lawmakers Thursday morning about progress on rolling out the replacement for the federal No Child Left Behind Act following cuts to education funding last year. The Office of Public Instruction plans to brief lawmakers on the schools identified this spring as the lowest performing five percent in the state.

Duration:00:01:20

Blackfeet Nation, Interior Department Implement Water Compact

6/12/2018
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Leaders from the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department signed documents Tuesday implementing a $471 million settlement over water rights claims.

Duration:00:01:51

Rosendale Won't Debate Tester Sunday, Cites Father's Day

6/11/2018
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Matt Rosendale won't participate in a debate against Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester because it was scheduled on Father's Day. Sunday's debate in Whitefish was to be hosted by the Montana Broadcasters' Association.

Duration:00:00:56

'Campaign Beat:' Message Over Money, And Trump's Influence In Montana Elections

6/8/2018
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Sally Mauk : Welcome to "Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program I'm Sally Mauk and I'm joined by veteran Capitol reporter Chuck Johnson and University of Montana political science professor Rob Saldin. And Rob, political junkies like us are still figuring out what led to Kathleen Williams' victory in the House Democratic primary. She didn't have the money or the name endorsements that John Heenan and Grant Kier had she didn't have as many TV ads. She had pundits like us saying...

Duration:00:13:51

Analysis of Montana's Primary Election

6/6/2018
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Voters Tuesday picked Republican state auditor Matt Rosendale to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester come November. His victory came as a big surprise to few. Kathleen Williams' victory in the Democratic U.S. House primary on the other hand, that was an eye opener. The former three-term state lawmaker from Bozeman eked out a two point win over John Heenan for the right to square off against Republican incumbant Greg Gianforte. University of Montana Political Science Professor Rob...

Duration:00:09:12

Two Democrats Have Outspent Opponents In Montana House Primary

6/4/2018
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The winner of the this campaign year’s political tug-of-war inside the Montana Democratic party will be revealed this week when primary voters decide who will represent them against incumbent Congressman Greg Gianforte Montana Democrats bucked their national counterparts in 2016 when the state picked Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nominee. In a recent video ad, one of the frontrunners in the Democratic primary, Billings Attorney John Heenan marches along the...

Duration:00:03:58

Campaign Beat: Primaries, Attack Ads, And Bullock's Stand On Gun Control

6/1/2018
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Sally Mauk: Welcome to Campaign Beat, our weekly political analysis program I'm Sally Mauk and I'm joined by University of Montana political science professor Rob Saldin and veteran capitol reporter Chuck Johnson. And Chuck, Tuesday is Election Day and even though many people have already voted absentee many others are still making up their minds. I think especially in the U.S. House Democratic primary race I've talked to several people who say they like Kathleen Williams, they like John...

Duration:00:14:31

House Candidate Apologizes For False Endorsements Mailer

5/29/2018
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Matt Bell, a Democrat challenging three-term Montana House incumbent Kimberly Dudik is apologizing for making false statements in a mailer voters received last week.

Duration:00:01:33

Flathead Women Weigh In On June 5 Primaries

5/29/2018
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There’s just one week until the deadline to vote in Montana’s June 5 primary election. Montana Public Radio has been chatting with voters in the run up to the vote. Recently, I sat down with women in the Flathead Valley to hear about what they want from their representatives in Washington, DC, and where gender fits into politics.

Duration:00:04:56

'Campaign Beat:' Fundraising, Campaign Finance, And Looking Past The Primaries

5/25/2018
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Democrats ask for an investigation on the one year anniversary of Congressman Gianforte’s assault of a reporter; we look at the latest campaign fundraising numbers; and a candidate’s past litigation may hurt his changes in the general election. Those stories and more right now on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:14:18

President Signs Banking Bill Backed By Sen Tester

5/24/2018
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President Donald Trump signed a banking bill into law Thursday that Montana Senator Jon Tester played key roles in crafting and passing. The bill rolls back some provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, that was passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis in an effort to prevent something like that from happening again.

Duration:00:01:28

Federal Court Hears Challenge To Keystone Pipeline Permit

5/24/2018
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Groups suing to stop the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline made their arguments in federal court in Great Falls Thursday. They’re asking a judge to void the Trump administration’s permit approving the project crossing the U.S.- Canada border.

Duration:00:04:51

'Mama Summit' Aims To Help Women Interested In Running For Office

5/23/2018
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Women and mothers interested in running for political office are getting together over the Memorial Day weekend in Livingston for training on how to run and become more civically engaged. The group "Moms Clean Air Force," which advocates for conservation, clean air and children’s health issues, is holding what’s they’re calling a "Mama Summit" near Livingston.

Duration:00:01:08

Veterans Healthcare Reform Bill Headed To The President's Desk

5/23/2018
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A veterans healthcare reform bill co-sponsored by Montana Senator Jon Tester cleared Congress Wednesday, and is headed to President Trump, who is expected to sign it. Tester says the bill consolidates several programs that allow veterans to get healthcare outside the VA.

Duration:00:00:57

Montana Students React To Texas School Shooting

5/21/2018
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During first period English last Friday at Capital high school in Helena, student Noah Whitehorn, felt his phone buzz with a notification; 10 people were dead following a school shooting in a small town just outside of Houston, Texas. “I almost cried in the middle of English class. How is this still happening? After all that we’ve done in the past few months you’d think that at least something would have been accomplished.”

Duration:00:03:59