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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.

NorthWestern Energy building in Butte, Montana.
Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio

A Montana District Judge says state utility regulators erroneously gave NorthWestern Energy a pass from a legal requirement to buy power from local small-scale renewable energy projects. 

Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines speaks at GovMatch 2019 in Billings on May 29.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

Monday, following this weekend’s two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Yellowstone Public Radio's Nicky Ouellet spoke with Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines, who was in Billings for the opening of a new patient recovery hospital. She asked the Senator about what Congress has done to curb mass shootings and whether members should cut their August recess short and return to DC to talk about gun violence. 

People line up to testify during a hearing on the revised Medicaid expansion bill at the Montana Legislature, March 16, 2019.
Montana Legislature

Plans to tie work requirements to next year’s Medicaid expansion are worrying some of the state’s Medicaid recipients, and they used Thursday’s public meeting in Helena to let state officials know.


Montana Governor Steve Bullock staked out moderate terrain in his presidential debate debut last night in Detroit Tuesday.

Live Fact Checking: July 31 Democratic Debate

Jul 31, 2019
Follow NPR's live coverage right here for real-time fact checks and analysis of the Democratic debates.
Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage right here for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

The History Press

Mike Dennison has had a front row seat to Montana politics for three decades as a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune, Lee Newspapers, and now MTN News.

He's got a new book out about his experiences: Inside Montana Politics, A Reporter's View from the Trenches.

Gov. Steve Bullock is joined by Rep. Mary Caferro, a Democrat from Helena, and Rep. Ed Buttrey, a Republican from Great Falls, and other lawmakers for the signing of HB 658, May 9, 2019. The bill reauthorizes the state's Medicaid expansion program.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

New analysis from the state health department shows the new Medicaid work requirements set to take effect on Jan. 1 will apply to more Montanans than expected — up to three times more.

Live Fact Checking: July 30 Democratic Debate

Jul 30, 2019
Follow NPR's live coverage right here for real-time fact checks and analysis of the Democratic debates.
Angela Hsieh / NPR

It's Night 1 of the July Democratic debates. Ten candidates, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, are each making the case that they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage right here for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.

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