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For years, Montana’s political leaders have been advocating for technology that traps carbon at power plants and other industrial sites. So far, carbon capture has seen a slow start. The two candidates facing off for a Montana U.S. Senate seat in the upcoming November election recently highlighted their carbon capture initiatives.

Gun regulation can cause heated arguments across the nation and especially in Montana, where over half of the citizenry owns a registered firearm. This election Montana voters will decide whether to restrict local governments’ ability to enact their own gun control measures.

Candidates for one of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats faced off Saturday night in their third and final debate hosted by MTN News. Both candidates framed the race as pivotal to high stakes issues like coronavirus relief and tax policy.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines and current Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock first traded barbs over the state and federal response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Daines said he wants to pass another relief package but is opposed to Democratic efforts to provide money directly to states.

Watch: MontanaPBS Vote 2020 Candidate Profiles

Oct 9, 2020

Get to know each of the candidates as part of the MT U.S. House, U.S. Senate and Montana Governor's race including Matt Rosendale (R), Kathleen Williams (D), Steve Daines (R), Steve Bullock (D), Mike Cooney (D), Greg Gianforte (R) and Lyman Bishop (L).

Steve Bullock is the 2020 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
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Montana Public Radio is gathering information on all statewide general election candidates to publish as a resource for our audience. We asked all the statewide candidates to respond to the following questions via email, limiting their answers to 150 words per question. These are their unedited responses.

Steve Bullock is the 2020 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Wednesday announced he will funnel $200 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to the state's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

Bullock said on a weekly press call more than 100,000 Montanans have received unemployment benefits since the start of the pandemic. That’s led to a more than $160 million drop in the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which is supported by a tax paid by Montana businesses.

The amount those businesses pay each year largely depends on the fund’s balance in the fall.

Montana absentee ballot for the 2017 special congressional election.
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HELEN, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday denied a request for an emergency injunction to block most Montana counties from mailing ballots to active voters.

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request filed by Joe Lamm, the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee and Republican voters, but said it would continue to hear the appeal. The first briefs are due in January.

Campaign Beat: Mail Voting, Debates And Republicans For Biden

Oct 2, 2020

The Trump campaign attempt to derail all-mail voting in Montana is shut down in court. Montana's U.S. Senate candidate hold a spirited but civil debate. President Trump's widely denounced debate behavior — and his COVID diagnosis — may throw a wrench into down ballot races. AARP wishes candidates would stop using them in their campaign ads. House candidate Kathleen Williams tries to be coy about her pick for president. And former governor and lifelong Republican, Marc Racicot, says Biden is the right pick for president.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican Steve Daines met in their second debate in their race for the U.S. Senate earlier this week. Students and professors at the university of Montana school of Journalism did some fact checking for the debate, which was hosted by MontanaPBS. Professor Dennis Swibold helped lead that effort. He shares some of the highlights with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.

A 2020 Montana primary election absentee ballot
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The option for counties to conduct the November election by all-mall ballot will stay in place. That’s the ruling from a federal judge Wednesday following a challenge to the statewide directive from President Donald Trump’s campaign and state and national Republicans. 

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