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Campaign Beat: Hanoi Who? Montana Ad Checklist

Sep 4, 2020

Republicans try to impede Montanans voting by mail. A new ad resurrects "Hanoi Jane." Sen. Daines says a proposed climate action plan would hurt Montana's economy. A democratic protest rings hollow. And a new campaign ad checks all the Montana boxes.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Gwen Florio.

Recent changes with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) have embroiled the agency in a political firestorm, as some fear the post office is being used for partisan gain. Despite the rhetoric, YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan spoke with industry workers who haven’t yet observed notable impact to USPS services in Montana. Trevellyan shares his reporting with Nicky Ouellet.

That was Kevin Trevellyan sharing his reporting with Nicky Ouellet. Kevin is YPR’s Report for America statehouse reporter.

Opposition to Obamacare Becomes Political Liability for GOP Incumbents

Sep 1, 2020

In the 2014 elections, Republicans rode a wave of anti Affordable Care Act (ACA) sentiment to pick up nine Senate seats, the largest gain for either party since 1980. Newly elected Republicans such as Cory Gardner in Colorado and Steve Daines in Montana had hammered their Democratic opponents over the health care law during the campaign and promised to repeal it.

Six years later, those senators are up for reelection. Not only is the law still around, but it’s gaining in popularity. What was once a winning strategy has become a political liability.

Campaign Beat: Sports, Mail Voting And 'Fawning Adulation'

Aug 28, 2020

The pandemic response remains an issue in Montana's Senate race. Postal service cuts may factor in the governor's race. New ads in the House race feature candidates filleting a fish and changing a tire. The Greens are, once and for all, off the ballot. and "Trumptana" debuts at the Republican National Convention.

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

Fall school sports, like almost everything in 2020, will look different this year due to COVID-19. The biggest difference: Many schools aren’t allowing spectators. Some parents have pushed back against the restrictions.

Tyler Smith has put three of his four sons through the Sentinel High School football program in Missoula. He’s frustrated he can’t watch his sophomore compete this fall.

"If you have to social distance, if you need to check our temperature before we come in, fine, if that’s what it needs to be then fine," Smith said.

Campaign Beat: Greens, Guns And Preexisting Conditions

Aug 21, 2020

Montana's Secretary of State loses his battle to keep Green Party candidates on the ballot. New campaign ads focus on family and gun rights. The two candidates for governor release their health care plans. The national party conventions may hold little sway over Montana races. And Governor Bullock rebukes State School Superintendent Elsie Arntzen in their ongoing dispute over school masking policy

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

The U.S. Postal Service on Aug. 18 announced it’s suspending controversial cost saving measures that had raised alarms among Montana’s elected officials.

In separate statements on Aug. 18, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte welcomed news that the Post Office will drop recent operational changes until after the November election.

Tester also said the agency must reverse previous disruptions.

GOP Senate Ad Misrepresents Montana Governor’s Stance

Aug 18, 2020

An attack ad, which was released in mid-July, states that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democratic candidate for the Senate, supports a government-run health care program that would wreak havoc on the state’s health care infrastructure.

Plans to remove some 60 United States Postal Service collection boxes in Montana are on pause following pushback from the state’s delegation in Washington, D.C. and others’ complaints.

A spokesperson for the USPS tells YPR News a total of 13 boxes were removed in Montana after two years of data analysis showed they were of “low use.” The spokesperson confirmed the pause in further removals is due to public concerns.

U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines cheered the pause but say questions remain about why boxes were removed.

BLM Deputy Director William Perry Pendley.
Bureau of Land Management

News broke over the weekend that the Trump administration is reportedly pulling its contentious nomination for U.S. Bureau of Land Management director. That nominee, William Perry Pendley will continue to lead the BLM as its temporary director.