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Montana State University Billings released the 32nd edition of its political poll Wednesday. The poll shows a majority of Montanans and Wyomingites support President Donald Trump and disapprove of Congress.

Two more Montana Democrats are entering the party’s primary to challenge Republican Steve Daines in the 2020 U.S. Senate race.

Cora Neumann of Bozeman announced her candidacy Tuesday morning in a video.

Montana Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ballard announced Friday that he’s ending his campaign. The writer and photographer from Red Lodge says earlier this week he was diagnosed with symptoms of a heart condition.

Ballard wrote in a statement Friday that he “made a final decision to cease the campaign” on the advice of his doctor and family.

A tweet from Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines supporting President Trump’s racist tweets about four members of Congress has gone viral.
Twittter screen capture, July 16, 2019.

A tweet from Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines supporting President Trump’s racist tweets about four members of Congress has gone viral.

Sen. Daines Addressing Montana Energy Issues
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A third of Republican U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ financial support in the last three months has come from committees representing business, labor and other interest groups — the vast majority located outside of Montana.

Vice President Mike Pence
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Vice President Mike Pence visited Yellowstone National Park on Thursday to promote a plan to whittle away the more than $12 billion repair-and-maintenance backlog in national parks across the U.S.

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins launches his campaign for U.S. Senate Monday, May 13 in Helena, Mont.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Helena Mayor and Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Wilmot Collins says he plans to plead guilty to careless driving charges Tuesday, and is defending himself on Twitter after being cited on that charge and and leaving the scene of an accident.

Women hold  pro-choice signs during a rally in Missoula, May 21, 2019.
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Montanans in Missoula, Billings and Kalispell today joined nationwide protests against abortion bans in southern states.

At the Missoula County Courthouse speakers expressed outrage over legislation in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri to a crowd of about 200 people.

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins launches his campaign for U.S. Senate Monday, May 13 in Helena, Mont.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Montana Democrats have found their first candidate to challenge Republican Steve Daines for the U.S. Senate in 2020. Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins announced his candidacy for the race Monday.

Collins launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate in front of around 100 people on the walking mall in downtown Helena.

Tonight on Capitol Talk: The state's utility regulators endorse a bill that appears to weaken the their own regulatory oversight. The cost of Medicaid expansion — and a new revenue estimate — complicate the state budget outlook. The president of the Senate wants to be the top election official. And the mayor of Helena wants to run for governor or Congress, but he's not ready to say if he'll run as a Democrat or Republican.

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