MTPR

Montana Republican Party

Corin Cates-Carney

While much of the state was enjoying a sunny St. Patrick’s Day, state lawmakers and scores of people concerned about health care spent all day Saturday inside the state Capitol debating two competing visions for the future of Medicaid expansion in Montana.

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale campaigns in Whitefish, MT, November 2, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio


A U.S. Senator who advocates for selling off federal public lands was in Montana on Friday campaigning for Senate hopeful Republican Matt Rosendale

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee endorsed Rosendale last December. Together they’re hosting get out the vote events in Polson, Missoula and Whitefish.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
Montana Secretary of State's Office

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton faced criticism this week for awarding a $265,000 contract to a political ally. The Associated Press reported that Stapleton paid longtime political ally Jake Eaton $265,000 for a rush printing job to fix mistakes in the Montana state voter information pamphlet.

Now, MTPR has learned that Stapleton has other financial ties to Eaton, and has also hired Eaton's wife to defend the Secretary of State’s office in court.

Ex-GOP Leader Awarded $265K Election Print Job

Oct 24, 2018
Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton. File photo.
Montana Secretary of State.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Republican secretary of state told officials to award an emergency $265,000 contract to a printing company owned by a Republican political consultant and former executive of the state GOP for mailers that would fix mistakes in the state's election guide.

Vernon Finley, former chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes speaks at the Montana Undivided rally in Whitefish Saturday
Nicky Ouellet

Competing visions of the American West were on display at competing events in Whitefish Saturday. People rallied for their ideas about tribal sovereignty, public lands and constitutional rights.

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