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Flathead Legislators on the good, the bad, and the OK of the latest session

Flathead Legislators met with business leaders in Kalispell Thursday to give a wrap up of key changes from the latest legislative session.


State Senator Dave Lewis looks back

In this interview with Edward O’Brien, Sen. Dave Lewis looks back at his 40 years in state government after finishing his final legislative session.


Capitol Talk March 29, 2013

The uncertain fate of Medicaid expansion, the Flathead Water Compact, and state pay raises and pensions this week on ‘Capitol Talk’.


Capitol Talk March 01, 2013

Gov. Bullock’s agenda meets roadblocks in the Legislature and a look at the first half of the Session on this week’s “Capitol Talk”.


The various departments of State Government are ready to line up for their piece of Montana’s nearly $500 million dollar budget surplus. Lawmakers convene the 2013 Legislative Session next Monday. Over the next few months, the Legislature will decide how to spend that surplus, if they want to spend it at all. A top legislative priority for […]


State lawmakers convene in less than two weeks for the 2013 Montana Legislature. Political leaders are touting what they hope will be a productive session, one perhaps more civil than the rancorous 2011 Legislature. At this point, however, those hopes are still just that. It’s been a long time since Republican Verner Bertelsen served in […]


Sally Mauk talks politics with President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina

The one person, besides President Obama, who gets the most credit for his re-election, is his campaign manager Jim Messina. The former deputy White House chief of staff and University of Montana alum is in Missoula this weekend for the Griz-Cat game. He also sat down in our studios this afternoon to talk politics with […]


2013 Montana Legislature chooses leadership

The lawmakers are back in town. Members of the 2013 Legislature arrived in the capitol this week. Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce of Montana Public Radio tells us the parties have chosen their leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives.


ATP Legal Counsel on why he believes the group is following the law

The nonprofit corporation American Tradition Partnership has become a major player in the last few Montana elections. ATP considers itself a social welfare and education organization. In Republican primaries, it sends out mailers attacking some moderate candidates as being too liberal. In general elections, it switches to attacking Democratic candidates. ATP says its status as a social […]


Campaign Beat: Final Thoughts on Election 2012

On this final edition of “Campaign Beat”, Montana Public Radio’s weekly political analysis program, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspaper reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison about who won, who lost, and what happens next.