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Americans owe about $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. That's about twice the current budget for the Defense Department and around 22 times the budget for the Education Department.

From left to right, Rep. Greg Gianforte, State Sen. Al Olszewski and Attorney General Tim Fox.
L- R, Eric Whitney, Corin Cates-Carney and Montana DOJ

Montana now has three Republicans campaigning for governor, with one candidate dropping out of the race to run for the U.S. House. Party leaders met in Helena this weekend. Veteran journalists Chuck Johnson and Ed Kemmick offer their analysis with Montana Free Press Editor John Adams.

Backlash is broadening in Congress against a plan to close or transfer management of Forest Service Civilian Conservation Centers, including two in Montana. 

On Thursday the head of Montana’s health department will speak publicly about recent deep budget cuts. She’ll be on a panel with state lawmakers that a progressive political group in Helena is hosting. 

Kathleen Williams is the Democratic candidate for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.
Olga Kreimer


We’re going on the road with Kathleen Williams, the Democratic candidate for Montana’s single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Republican Greg Gianforte.

Margot Kidder in 2013.
Eva Rinaldi (CC-BY-SA-2)

Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the "Superman" film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died.

Montana Senator Steve Daines at the state capitol in Helena in February, 2017
Freddy Monares - UM Legislative News Service

Editor's note: The goal of this addendum is to explain how factually incorrect information was posted about two individuals in the post below, which was a follow-up to a 2/21/18 story by MTPR reporter Edward O’Brien. One of the individuals opted to add her own comments at the end of the original post.

March 3, 2018 addendum to original posting:

After Edward O’Brien’s story about Senator Daines' visit to Missoula aired, the senator's Chief of Staff Jason Thielman asked us for a correction. No information in Edward's story was factually incorrect, so I said a correction would be inappropriate. He asked to provide further “context” about two of the people quoted in the story, which I granted. It was posted 2/22/18.

In his account below, Mr. Thielman asserted that two individuals interviewed by O’Brien are “active Democrat operatives” and provided links showing that in the past, one had done work for Democratic US House Candidate Rob Quist, and the other had been a MT Bernie Sander delegate to the DNC. I did not contact those people prior to airing all of Mr. Thielman's unsubstantiated assertions. That was an error on my part.

Both individuals have been in touch with me and told me they are not “active Democrat operatives.” Jacobs brought up various aspects of the Journalistic Code of Ethics, and provided me with ample evidence of her longstanding nonpartisan and educational civic work in Montana.

I should not have given Thielman a public platform to make false assertions. I regret the error.

Original text of our story: On Wednesday, Montana Public Radio aired a story about Senator Steve Daines’ visit to Missoula. In that story, we heard from two people who were critical of Daines for not sticking to his schedule, accusing him of trying to evade the public.

Today, we were contacted by the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Jason Thielman, who thought it was important for listeners to know more about the people we heard from.

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns for Rob Quist in Missoula, May 20, 2017.
Josh Burnham

Bernie Sanders’ first campaign stop in Montana for Democratic U.S. House candidate Rob Quist drew thousands, enough to mostly fill the Adams Center arena on the University of Montana Campus in Missoula.

Sally Mauk: Welcome to "Capitol Talk," 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.

SM: And Rob two new polls show the House race between Greg Gianforte and Rob Quist is narrowing from double digits to within six to eight points with Gianforte still leading but is getting closer what's going on do you think?

Donald Trump Jr. returned to Montana on May 11, 2018 to rally supporters for U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte in Butte, Montana.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Donald Trump Jr., the head of the NRA, and Republican candidate Greg Gianforte rallied supporters in Butte, Thursday morning, two weeks before voting ends in the special election to decide Montana’s next lone representative in the U.S. House.

When the race started, Democrats saw the May 25 special election as an opportunity for a referendum against President Donald Trump. But Trump Jr. promised the crowd of about 170 supporters gathered outside a mining equipment and supply store just south of Butte’s uptown, that this would be a referendum of a different kind.

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