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We now know what Montana’s primary ballots will look on June 2. Monday marked the final day for Montana candidates to file for office. 

Sorry, Not Sorry; Senate Race Grows; Green Party Mystery

Feb 21, 2020

A Billings legislator's apology rings hollow. A new TV ad in the governor's race looks familiar. The U.S. Senate race has two more candidates. Census officials aren't happy about a Republican mailer. And the mystery deepens over who's sponsoring a 3rd party ballot petition.

Listen now on Campaign Beat.

Campaign Beat: Dems Debate; Dating Apps; Double The House Seats?

Feb 14, 2020

The two Democratic candidates for governor use their first debate to attack their potential Republican opponent. President Trump says who he wants to be Montana's next congressman. An effort to get a third party on the Montana ballot has some suspicious origins. The Montana census could lead to the state reclaiming a second seat in the House. And a Democratic congressional candidate shows up shirtless on a dating app ... to woo your vote.

Listen now on Campaign Beat.

Montana Green Party's Ballot Benefactor May Remain Unknown

Sep 14, 2018
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Montana Green Party

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Whoever bankrolled the effort to qualify the Montana Green Party for this year's state ballot may get away with remaining unknown because the state's campaign disclosure laws do not address anonymous groups funding certain signature gatherers.

Montana Supreme Court Upholds Green Party's Ballot Removal

Aug 21, 2018
Montana absentee ballot for the 2017 special congressional election.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a state judge's decision to remove Montana Green Party candidates from the November ballot.

The justices issued the order Tuesday and said they'd file their written opinion later. Thursday is the deadline for the Secretary of State's Office to certify general election ballots.

Montana Green Party Challenging Ballot Signature Rules

Aug 14, 2018
Voters cast ballots at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, May 25, 2017.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Green Party is challenging a state law that governs minor party ballot access.

In a complaint filed in federal court Monday, the party is challenging the March 15 submission deadline and the requirement that a minimum number of signatures be gathered in 34 of 100 legislative districts.

Jeff Mangan is Montana's commissioner of political practices.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

A ruling today from Montana’s top elections cop says the Green party violated state campaign law by not reporting electioneering spending. He says the Greens benefitted from an unknown amount of money from an unknown source to help them gather signatures on a petition to run candidates on the November ballot.

Voting booths at the Missoula Library.
Josh Burnham

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is asking the Montana Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that removed Green Party candidates from election ballots this November.

The appeal notice filed Wednesday challenges a ruling earlier this month from a district court in Helena that sided with the Montana Democratic Party, which argued the Green Party illegitimately gained access to the ballot.

Voters in Clinton, Montana, cast ballots during the 2016 elections.
Rebekah Welch / UM School of Journalism

Montana’s Secretary of State plans to ask the state Supreme Court to overrule a lower court’s decision this week ordering the Green Party off this fall's ballots.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, far left, with attorney Emily Jones, on his left, at the Lewis and Clark County courthouse on April 28, 2018. At the podium, Democratic Party Attorney Kevin Hamilton is arguing a case challenging Green Party a
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

A state district judge has ordered the Montana Green Party off November ballots.

Helena Judge James Reynolds ruled Monday night that around 80 signatures gathered in the petition to put the Green Party on the ballot shouldn’t have been counted.

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