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2020 elections

Three of five seats are up for grabs on the body that regulates electric utilities in Montana. Open races will take place for seats representing the western and southwestern regions, while an incumbent is running for the southeast Montana seat.

Yellowstone Public Radio New’s Kayla Desroches spoke with politics and agriculture reporter Tom Lutey from the Billings Gazette about what the outcome of the November election could mean for the Public Service Commission and the state’s energy portfolio.

A voter drops off a mail-in ballot with poll worker Vance Bennett at the Missoula Elections Center, October 21, 2020.
Megan Myscofski / Montana Public Radio

The coronavirus pandemic means poll workers’ jobs look a little different this year, as 45 of Montana’s 56 counties switch to all-mail elections, and polling sites adapt to social distancing.

A poll released by Montana State University-Billings October 28 shows a tight race for Montana's U.S. Senate seat.
Big Sky Poll

Montana State University-Billings released a poll Wednesday that puts the Montana races for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House tighter than most previous polls showed.

Steve Bullock is the 2020 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

This week we’re airing profiles on both the Democratic and Republican candidates running for a Montana U.S. Senate seat. YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan brings us this look at Steve Bullock and his bid for federal office.

What can we learn from the ways political corruption shaped Montana's past? And how can we keep up with all the special interests trying to influence voters today?

Listen now on Shared State Episode 09: "For This And Future Generations"

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate

This week we’re running profiles on both the Democratic and Republican candidates in the race. YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan brings us this look at Steve Daines and his bid for reelection.

It's less than two weeks before election day and Montana on Thursday again set a new record for COVID-19 cases reported in a single day with more than 900. Whoever is elected as Montana's next governor will inherit oversight of the state's response to the pandemic. Yellowstone Public Radio's Nicky Ouellet and Rachel Cramer discuss what the candidates are and aren't saying about how they'd handle the public health crisis.

Campaign Beat: Rich Candidates And Poor Coronavirus Plans

Oct 23, 2020

Greg Gianforte writes himself another big check in the governor race. Neither candidate for that office wants to answer hard questions about dealing with the pandemic. And both our gubernatorial and Senate races are getting plenty of national attention.

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

Cannabis bud.

The Montana Supreme Court Wednesday rejected a last-minute legal challenge to block a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana sales to Montanans ages 21 and up. The decision came two days after the group "‘Wrong for Montana" filed the complaint

Angela Hsieh / NPR

President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are holding a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating. After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate has new rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Watch live here and see live updates and analysis.

You can also listen live on your radio starting at 7 p.m.