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Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced a new endorsement from a consortium of tribal leaders Monday.

"How does one man have so much power?"

One hears that question asked in Washington a lot these days, often with exasperation and bewilderment.

And it is not always a reference to President Trump.

Quite often, the man in question is Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky.

The man who calls himself the "Grim Reaper" — of signature Democratic initiatives.


Montana Governor Steve Bullock is full steam ahead with his presidential campaign. That’s despite the fact he’s far off from meeting the benchmarks required to participate in the third Democratic debate.

A Montana Republican running for governor in 2020 is calling for 10 debates ahead of the June 2nd primary.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Montana’s current Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter Tuesday to fellow candidates U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte and state Senator Al Olszewski proposing 10 live debates with media coverage to ensure a broad audience.

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Montana senator and wheat farmer Jon Tester is firing back after President Trump mocked the role of wheat in trade with Japan. 

During Sen. Steve Daines’ stops in Missoula and Kalispell Monday, he was asked whether he supports the Bureau of Land Management's acting Director, William Perry Pendley. Pendley’s past support for the sale of public lands concerns many, but Daines called that concern “overblown.” 

Montana Sen. Steve Daines speaks during a City Club Missoula forum in Missoula, August 12, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s Republican U.S. senator maintained his opposition to gun control legislation during his appearance Monday at a Missoula luncheon.

Some in the audience vehemently disagreed with his position.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An appeals court on Monday upheld a Montana law requiring nonprofit groups to register with the state as political committees if they run any kind of ad that refers to a candidate or ballot issue within 60 days of an election.

Voter values, 2018 Montana Elections Surveys. Data collected by the Human Ecology Learning & Problem Solving (HELPS) Lab, Montana State University‐Bozeman.
Cassidy Alexander, via Datawrapper / Montana Public Radio

New data released from a survey of Montana voters reveals details in the state’s political divides. It shows what voters think of candidates not originally from Montana, whether people think teachers should be able to carry guns in schools, and voters preferences on government spending and their trust in the news media.

The information comes from a pre- and post-2018-election poll from Montana State University and the Montana Television Network.

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