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Rep Gianforte Introduces Bill To Ban Mining Near Yellowstone

6/21/2018
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A proposal to ban mining near Yellowstone National Park got its first hearing in the U.S. House today. It has the unconditional support of Montana’s lone representative, Republican Greg Gianforte . Congressman Gianforte is an ardent supporter of the natural resources extraction industries. Even so, he testified against mining before a House Natural Resources subcommittee Thursday.

Duration:00:02:18

Hundreds In Missoula, Kalispell Protest Immigrant Family Separation

6/21/2018
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Several hundred people rallied in Missoula and Kalispell Wednesday to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating families attempting to enter the country illegally at the southern border. Though President Trump overturned that policy through an executive order Wednesday afternoon, many in Missoula remained skeptical.

Duration:00:08:02

De-funded Flathead Water Quality Watchdog Redefines Itself

6/20/2018
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The Flathead Basin Commission is redefining its role protecting water quality in northwest Montana, after legislators gutted its funding last November and its executive director was fired in February. The Commission spent much of Wednesday reinventing itself.

Duration:00:01:51

Montana Mining Interests Work To 'Stop I-186'

6/20/2018
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Mining industry advocates went on the offensive Wednesday against a proposed ballot initiative they say would effectively ban future mining in the state. The opposition group to ballot initiative 186 announced its launch a day after the Montana Supreme Court ruled against the mining industry’s request to void the initiative .

Duration:00:02:12

State Supreme Court Won't Block Mining Ballot Initiative

6/19/2018
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The Montana Supreme Court today unanimously denied a request by the Montana Mining Association to toss out a proposed ballot initiative for being legally insufficient to put before voters. Sponsors are collecting signatures for the initiative to require future mines to submit reclamation plans that don't require the perpetual cleanup of polluted water after the mines close.

Duration:00:00:41

No Agreement Over Budget Forecasts Between Legislature, Governor's Office

6/19/2018
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Following the collapse of the state budget last year, lawmakers are considering changing how the state plans out its budgeting process. However, a proposal from the state budget director on the topic doesn't seem to be receiving support from Republican finance leaders.

Duration:00:01:24

Candidate Profile: Greg Gianforte

6/19/2018
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Now that Montana's primary elections are over, we're profiling the candidates voters will choose in November to represent Montana in Congress. Today, Greg Gianfort e, the Republican who won the special election last year earlier to replace Ryan Zinke, who was appointed Secretary of Interior.

Duration:00:09:20

Montana Lawmakers Look To Reverse Some State Budget Cuts

6/18/2018
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Revenue projections indicate the state will likely have enough money at the end of the fiscal year to backfill $45 million in cuts made to state agencies during last year’s special legislative session. “We are extremely hopeful,” says Representative Nancy Ballance , the Republican chair of the Legislative Finance Committee, which met Monday morning.

Duration:00:03:30

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