Montana Public Radio

Christopher Muste

Montana’s Attorney General on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a Texas lawsuit attempting to challenge election results in four swing states that went for President elect Joe Biden. Congressmen Greg Gianforte Thursday also signed onto an amicus brief backing the challenge, along with 105 other Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Support of the lawsuit is the latest example of state GOP officials casting doubt on the November election results.

Requests For Absentee Ballots Grow, Despite Concerns Behind LR-129

Oct 23, 2018

By the numbers alone, absentee ballots are a big hit with Montana voters – and getting bigger.

As of Oct. 22, with two weeks of campaigning still to go, officials reported sending out more than 406,000 absentee ballots. That’s almost 50,000 more than were sent to voters in Montana’s 2016 presidential election.

Gianforte speaks to media after his court appearance, Monday, June 12, 2017.
Louise Johns

Republican congressman Greg Gianforte continues to refuse an interview with the reporter he assaulted last May.  While the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs recently put the thumbscrews to Gianforte, taking to Twitter and interviews with other national publications, the issue remains a stalemate. 

Lack Of State Housing Funding Puts Montana In Crisis

May 12, 2016
Homeless man sits in the riverside park in Missoula
Claire Burgeson

A recent survey revealed some surprising opinions among Montanans. Professor Christopher Muste helped conduct the survey for the University of Montana and Stanford University.

“What we found is that a large majority, almost three-quarters of Montana, were willing to have the government spend more money specifically for low-income housing and for housing for homeless people.”

Windmill at the Judith Gap, MT wind farm.
David J. Laporte (CC-BY-2) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A majority of Montanans think climate change is a very serious concern for the state. That’s according to a poll commissioned by the University of Montana and Stanford University. UM Political Science Professor Christopher Muste helped conduct the survey.

A new survey done by the University of Montana and Stanford University says a majority of Montana residents support transferring at least some federal public lands here to state control.
USFWS

A new survey done by the University of Montana and Stanford University says a majority of Montana residents support transferring at least some federal public lands here to state control. That contradicts some previous polls.

A new survey done by the University of Montana and Stanford University reveals some surprising opinions on health care in Montana. The statewide representative sample poll was done over landlines and cell phones in February in advance of a conference last week at UM.

Montanans Vote To Keep Same-Day Voter Registration

Nov 5, 2014

Montanans rejected efforts to curb late voter registration Tuesday.

The legislative referendum, LR-126, would have ended the ability for people to register to vote as late as Election Day, which has been allowed in Montana since 2006.

With 78 percent of precincts in, the Associated Press reported that 56 percent had voted to keep same-day registration and 44 percent had voted to end it.

Eric Whitney

Our national election coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. with NPR’s election night special coverage.

Coverage of local races starts at 8:00 p.m., and we’ll have local reports and analysis every thirty minutes until at least 10:00 p.m.

We’ll have reporters in Helena and Bozeman. Here in Missoula, Edward O’Brien will host our coverage. Joining him in the studio will be our Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk.

Outside Money Puts Spotlight On High Court Race

Nov 3, 2014
Jessie Mazur

Campaigns for the Montana’s Supreme Court may be nonpartisan by law, but record spending and aggressive ads by independent groups is making one high court race look anything but.

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