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Reporter for the Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau, covering politics, campaigns, health care, energy ... and plenty more.

Bozeman, north-central Montana races for Legislature are most expensive

missoulian.com — HELENA - State Senate races in Bozeman and north-central Montana are the most expensive legislative contests in Montana, with candidates raising a collective $70,000 in each race, finance records show. Races in Helena, Missoula and Billings also are among the top-dollar races for legislative seats statewide, as Democrats and Republicans try to pick up seats in their battle for party control of the 2015 Montana Legislature.

AFP launches ads against Montana Supreme Court candidate Wheat

missoulian.com — HELENA - A conservative political group launched TV and radio ads attacking Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat on Thursday, becoming the fourth outside group spending to influence the outcome of the campaign between Wheat and his challenger, former state solicitor Lawrence VanDyke.

Natural resources, agriculture focus of Curtis, Daines debate in Sidney

missoulian.com — SIDNEY - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines, debating Democratic rival Amanda Curtis on Tuesday night in the heart of eastern Montana's oil patch, accused her of helping to kill a $35 million bill to fund public works in Montana communities overwhelmed by oil development.

Curtis ‘amused’ by GOP accusations of her ‘communist connections’ because of IWW sympathies

missoulian.com — HELENA - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis doesn't deny her sympathies for an obscure union with a radical past - the Industrial Workers of the World - and said she's "amused" that the state Republican Party is labeling her a "communist" because of it.

2014 Legislative races: Democrats hope to narrow gap against GOP

missoulian.com — HELENA - In western Montana's sprawling House District 92, Democratic candidate Dave Strohmaier says he's knocked on doors from East Missoula to Condon, halfway up the Seeley-Swan Valley. "I've run into people in Condon and Seeley Lake who say I'm the first candidate they've seen on their door in 30 years," he said last week.

A look at selected key legislative races in Montana this year

missoulian.com — HELENA - Two dozen key legislative races on Nov. 4 will help determine party control of the 2015 Montana Legislature, where Republicans currently hold a 29-21 edge in the Senate and a 61-39 majority in the House. Here's a closer look at some of those races: Senate District 11 (Great Falls): Republican state Sen.

Walsh says he has no regrets about U.S. Senate race

missoulian.com — As John Walsh looks toward his final weeks as a U.S. senator, he says he has "no regrets" about his aborted run for a full term - and that he still has some work to do as an officeholder. Walsh withdrew Aug.

Sen. Walsh files final fundraising report; raised $2.65M

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - U.S. Sen. John Walsh, who suspended his campaign two months ago, filed his final fundraising report this week, showing that he raised a total of nearly $3 million - and had spent all but $119,000 of the funds through September. Walsh, a Democrat, pulled out of the race Aug.

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis releases first TV ad

missoulian.com — HELENA - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis, who's been in the race just nine weeks, put up her first TV ad Thursday - less than three weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Curtis, a state representative and high school math teacher from Butte, said the 30-second spot is up on TV stations across the state.

Opponents of measure to end Election Day registration actively campaigning

missoulian.com — HELENA - Progressive groups are putting money and shoe leather into defeating a Republican-sponsored ballot measure that would end Election Day voter registration in Montana. Yet the campaign for the measure, known as Legislative Referendum 126, is pretty much non-existent.
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Oct 24, 2014

Sen. Tester also asking fed, state authorities to investigate whether Stanford/Dartmouth research project violates the law. #mtpol

Oct 24, 2014

MT Sen. Tester sends letter to prez of Stanford, Dartmouth, asking disclosure of $ beind flier that "manipulates" MT Supco race. #mtpol

Oct 23, 2014

AFP-Montana places TV ad accusing Supco Justice Mike Wheat of "extreme politics." Latest salvo in Wheat-VanDyke Supco race. #mtpol #mtnews

Oct 23, 2014

Another outside group spending on MT Supreme Court race; that makes four. Americans for Prosperity joins the fray today. #mtpol #mtnews

Oct 21, 2014

RT @larry_kurtz: Subsidized essential air service? @mikedennison @Ilikewoods. Got that right. $104 round-trip, Billings-Sidney. #mtpol

Oct 21, 2014

RT @Ilikewoods: @mikedennison. Big oil? Uh ... no. Cape Air is a commercial airline, supported by EAS. I paid for my ticket. #MTPOL #MTSEN

Oct 21, 2014

Map of Northern B-cast stations in MT here: bit.ly/1vJ33wU. Check nearest you to see if carrying #mtsen from Sidney tonite. #mtpol

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