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Attack Ads, Voter Turnout And The Republican Party's Future

May 29, 2020

There's still time to get your ballot in before Tuesday's primary, but you'll need to deliver it in person. Voter turnout could be heading to a new record for a primary. New ads in the Senate and gubernatorial races follow political playbooks. Democrats seek to increase Native American participation. And some key primary races could set the future direction of the state Republican Party.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

People rally at the Missoula courthouse on May 29, 2020 in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by police in Minnesota.
Sofia Stuart-Rasi / Montana Public Radio

The death of a black man while in police custody in Minnesota sparked reaction with a gathering in Missoula Friday. Around 50 people stood in front of Missoula’s courthouse lawn this morning responding to the death of George Floyd.

The novel coronavirus.
Centers For Disease Control

05/29/20, 7:10 p.m.

Montana is reporting its largest single-day COVID-19 lab-confirmed new case count in weeks, adding eight cases to the state’s confirmed list May 29.

Friday afternoon Big Horn County announced 14 new lab-confirmed cases. Some of those cases will be reflected in the state’s update May 30.

COVID-19 guidelines during phase 2 of Montana's reopening.
Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

Updated 05/29/20

Gov. Steve Bullock says Montana has flattened the curve of COVID-19 spread in the state and it's time to start reopening. The reopening plan comes in phases, Phase 1 began April 26. Phase 2 begins June 1.

Here's what's open, closed or restricted in Montana as of June 1, 2020.

A Montana district court will move forward with a challenge against a state law limiting the number of ballots a person can deliver on others’ behalf. As of now the law is currently blocked ahead of the Jun. 2 primary.

Interest in hobbies has skyrocketed as many people forced to stay at home have found things to keep them busy. An increased interest in gardening, baking and crafting has caught many Montana suppliers busy.

While survey results released on May 29 show people are feeling safer to travel, over 90 percent of Montana’s tourism businesses say they expect a long, slow recovery from COVID-19.

COVID-19 guidelines for tourists during phase 2 of Montana's reopening.
Montana Disaster and Emergency Services

On June 1, Montana will enter into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. MTPR's Corin Cates-Carney and YPR's Nicky Ouellet explain what that means for individuals, businesses and tourists.

Find more information about what COVID-19 restrictions are in place in Montana.

Crow Nation Latest To Host Mass COVID-19 Testing Event

May 29, 2020

As Montana scales up COVID-19 testing while preparing to enter phase two of the state's economic reopening plan, mass surveillance drive-thru testing sites popped up in Crow Agency and Hardin this week.


June typically kicks off Montana’s busiest wedding season. But this year, couples and small businesses are navigating the ripple effects of COVID-19.