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Mark Wandering Medicine lives in the village of Birney, located just south of Montana’s sprawling Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. His hometown of 108 souls is surrounded by working cattle ranches, sagebrush-covered hillsides and the occasional marker commemorating battles in America’s Indian Wars. It’s a 20-mile drive from Wandering Medicine’s home to Lame Deer, the nearest […]


Welch abandons recount effort; Juneau wins education post

Republican Sandy Welch announced Tuesday that she was dropping her effort to recount the votes in the closely fought Superintendent of Public Instruction race, saying she lacked the $115,000 necessary to pay for the recount. A Flathead County judge last Friday has ordered a statewide recount of the Nov. 6 vote that gave Democrat Denise […]


Jobs, state’s rights top next attorney general’s list of priorities

Attorney General-elect Tim Fox says he’ll work to make good on campaign promises to improve Montana’s sexual offender registry and protect the state from what he sees as an overreaching federal government. Student reporter Erik C. Anderson explored those issues and more in an interview with the Helena Republican last week.


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 […]


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.


Tester Victory Speech Video

By on November 7, 2012


Tester Victory Speech Video

Watch the video of Sen. Tester’s victory speech in front of supporters in Great Falls.  


Unofficial returns show Montana Senator Jon Tester winning re-election over his Republican challenger, Congressman Denny Rehberg. Tester spoke to supporters this morning in Great Falls. Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio was able to listen via telephone and has this report. You can also watch the entire speech here. Senate Race Wrap Up


Attorney General Steve Bullock has been selected as the next Governor of Montana. Bullock won the tight race against former Republican Congressman Rick Hill by less than 10 thousand votes. Listen to the full story by Dan Boyce of MTPR,  


The smoke has finally – mostly – settled on the 2012 election and the winners and losers are assessing where they go from here. MTPR News Director Sally Mauk sat down with University of Montana political scientists Rob Saldin and Christopher Muste today to sort out some of the drama of the Montana results