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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.
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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.
Courtesy 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.

Matt Rosendale
Corin Cates-Carny

State Auditor Matthew Rosendale is the Republican nominee to take on two-term Democratic Senator Jon Tester this November.

Shortly before midnight Rosendale walked onto a stage in the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, accepting victory and promising to fight for and work alongside President Trump.

Rosendale says it’s time to send President Trump conservative reinforcement in the nation's capital.

“What’s good for our nation is great for Montana,” Rosendale said, to cheers from supporters.

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

A lawsuit that challenges Green Party candidates’ appearance on election ballots later this year will stay in state court after a federal judge refused to pick up the case.

In the lawsuit, Democrats say not all the signatures gathered in the petition to put Green Party candidates on the ballot should have been counted. They were set to continue calling witnesses in state district court Monday morning.

Montana Green Party
Montana Green Party

The Montana Green Party says they have witnesses ready to refute in court the claims that the signatures on petitions to put the party on Montana’s ballot this fall are invalid.

The Montana Democratic Party is suing the Greens and Montana’s Secretary of State, saying he improperly validated 183 signatures on those petitions. They argued their position in a hearing last Tuesday in Helena. That hearing resumes Monday, when defendants will get their first opportunity to present witnesses.

  EDITOR'S NOTE: This text in this post was corrected on April 3, 2018, see * below. 

A macho military man taunts a music teacher; and a lesson in "cultural condescension" from Hillary Clinton. Yep, new campaign ads are out. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin examine those, and explain the signature-gathering  shenanigans surrounding the Green Party, and similar efforts in past elections. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat."

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Four Republicans running in the June 5 primary election with hopes of unseating two-term Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester met in Missoula, Wednesday night, March 28. 

The candidates, Russ Fagg, Troy Downing, Matt Rosendale, and Albert Olszewski, responded to questions on topics of forest management, water rights, the second amendment, veterans affairs, the national debt, immigration, and President Donald Trump.

You can listen to the entire candidate forum below.

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