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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.

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.

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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Gov.r Steve Bullock Friday named the 18 members of his new grizzly bear management council. The appointees are roughly equal parts ranchers and conservation policy advocates.

Montana’s elected officials are still reacting to a series of racist Tweets President Donald Trump posted last weekend urging a group of Democratic Congresswomen to “go back” to the countries they came from.

Poll: Americans Not Sold On Trump — Or Democrats

Jul 22, 2019

Updated at 12:20 p.m. ET

Democratic presidential candidates are proposing lots of progressive policies in this election. And while those policies may resonate with the party base, some of those ideas are not popular with a general election electorate, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.


A group of rabbis in Montana sent an open letter to Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines this week following his recent Tweet in support of Pres. Donald Trump.

The 20-person lineup for the two-night Democratic presidential debate on July 30 and 31 will look familiar, with just one change from last month's event.

Last week, California Rep. Eric Swalwell became the first major candidate to end his White House bid. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock — after only narrowly missing the mark last time — will take his place.

Gov. Steve Bullock announces his candidacy for president in Helena, Mont., May 14, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he's excited to be taking part in the next Democratic presidential debates.

The 20-candidate field was finalized Wednesday for the televised debates in Detroit on July 30 and 31. It includes Bullock, who didn't make the cut for the first debate last month.

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