Local Elections

Republicans retain control of Montana Legislature in election

AP

November 07, 2018 at 5:44 pm

HELENA (AP) — Republican majorities appear to be safe in the Montana House and Senate with many races still to be decided.GOP leaders sought to protect their 32-18 majority over Democrats in the Senate, and their 59-41 advantage in the Hous...

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Democratic Sen. Jon Tester beats Matt Rosendale in Montana

AP

November 07, 2018 at 11:28 am

BILLINGS — Montana Democrat Jon Tester captured a third term in the U.S. Senate with an extremely narrow victory over an opponent President Donald Trump tried to boost by making repeated visits to the state.Tester’s re-election over State A...

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Brodehl cruises to victory in commissioner race

November 07, 2018 at 3:00 am

Republican Randy Brodehl, a longtime Flathead County resident and public servant, claimed an easy victory during Tuesday’s election for District 3 Flathead County commissioner seat. Brodehl beat Democratic hopeful Tom Clark, with roughly 65...

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Tobacco tax hike for Medicaid expansion rejected

AP

November 07, 2018 at 5:44 pm

HELENA (AP) — Montana voters have rejected a ballot measure that sought to extend the state’s Medicaid program and pay for it in part by raising the tobacco tax.The result from Tuesday’s election means the expanded Medicaid program covering...

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Greg Gianforte wins first full House term in Montana

AP

November 07, 2018 at 12:43 pm

HELENA — U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte defeated Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams in a Montana U.S. House race that wasn’t decided until Wednesday morning, a win that gives the Republican incumbent his first full term after overcoming rene...

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Final Montana election results

November 07, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Election resultsElection results with 562 precincts fully reported. Voter turnout: 66.7 percentStatewideU.S. SenateMATT ROSENDALE (R) 47% 222,468JON TESTER (D) 50% 233,932RICK BRECKENRIDGE (L) 3% 13,454TOTAL VOTES 469,854U.S. HouseGREG GIAN...

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Montanans’ split views on Trump evident in results

AP

November 07, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Voters casting midterm election ballots in Montana were divided over President Donald Trump’s performance, and it showed in the results: Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte embraced the president’s agenda and won, but four campaign appearances w...

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The Latest: Montana’s U.S. Senate race too close to call

AP

November 06, 2018 at 2:27 pm

The Latest on the general election in Montana (all times local):11:45 p.m.Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale are locked in a Montana U.S. Senate race that’s too close to call with votes still being counted.Electio...

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The Latest: Montana election results

November 06, 2018 at 8:14 pm

The Latest election results as of 12 p.m. WednesdayPrecincts reporting: Partially 176, Fully 491Voter turnout: 64 percentU.S. SenateMATT ROSENDALE (R) 48% 215,390JON TESTER (D) 49% 222,367RICK BRECKENRIDGE (L) 3% 12,915TOTAL VOTES 450,672U....

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Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday in Flathead County

November 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

As a memorably divisive midterm election season draws to a close, there seems to be one point of agreement that crosses party lines: People will be grateful their TVs will no longer batter them with strident political ads. In statewide race...

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Voters decry divisiveness in midterm political battles

November 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

Flathead County voters preparing for Tuesday’s crucial midterm election still seem to be motivated by the same things they were two years ago leading up to the 2016 presidential election.In recent interviews with Republican and Democratic v...

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Trump doesn't hide that Tester is reason for Montana stop

AP

November 03, 2018 at 4:09 pm

BELGRADE, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump made clear Saturday during a campaign stop in Montana that he wants to defeat Democratic Sen. Jon Tester over a personal grudge as much as political ambition.Trump blames Tester for the defeat o...

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Location selected for rally with vice president

AP

November 02, 2018 at 3:31 pm

KALISPELL (AP) — The Montana Republican Party has announced more details about Vice President Mike Pence’s get-out-the-vote rally in Kalispell.Pence is scheduled to make a campaign stop on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale and ...

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Vice president to campaign for Rosendale in Kalispell

AP

November 01, 2018 at 3:54 pm

KALISPELL (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is making his third trip to Montana during this election cycle to campaign on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.His office said Pence is scheduled to stop in Kalispell on Mo...

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Poll: Voters uncertain about ballot initiatives

October 31, 2018 at 3:00 am

BOZEMAN – A new poll of Montana voters conducted jointly by Montana State University political scientists and the Montana Television Network found a high degree of uncertainty among potential voters about three ballot measures in the state’...

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Requests for absentee ballots grow

October 28, 2018 at 3:00 am

By the numbers alone, absentee ballots are a big hit with Montana voters – and getting bigger.As of Oct. 22, with two weeks of campaigning still to go, officials reported sending out more than 406,000 absentee ballots. That’s almost 50,000...

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Election 2018 – Supreme Court Clerk race

October 28, 2018 at 3:00 am

Decisions about the U.S. Supreme Court have turned into an intense partisan battle in Washington, but in Montana the only contested race for the state’s high court is for the job of clerk.Three candidates are in the running for the seat. Re...

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Voters to Decide if Ballot Collection Should Remain Legal

October 28, 2018 at 3:00 am

Supporters of LR-129 claim their proposal will ensure that mail-in ballots are secure and that the state’s elections are free of potential fraud, but opponents argue the entire effort may cause unnecessary gridlock at the polls and distract...

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Election 2018 – Public Service Commission District 1

October 28, 2018 at 3:00 am

Voters across huge chunks of north and northeast Montana will fill two seats on the body that sets rates for regulated utilities, including NorthWestern Energy, which serves nearly two-thirds of the state’s homes.Republicans have held all f...

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Trump Jr. to attend campaign rally in Kalispell

October 22, 2018 at 11:41 am

HELENA (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle plan an eight-stop bus tour through Montana this weekend to campaign on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte...

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Justice of peace: Kalispell lawyer touts substitute judge experience

October 19, 2018 at 9:02 am

Paul SullivanAge: 37Party: NonpartisanFamily: Wife: Marybeth Sampsel; children: Effie, 5, Josie, 2, and Dewey, 4 months. Education: Bigfork High School, University of Montana, University of Pennsylvania School of Law.Occupation: Partner at ...

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Justice of Peace: Public defender cites extensive legal background

October 19, 2018 at 9:01 am

William L. ManaghanAge: 48Party: Non-partisanFamily: Married with seven children, ages 14 to 25Education: B.A. in Criminology & J.D., both from University of MontanaOccupation: Lawyer, Office of the State Public Defender, Region 1, Flat...

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HD-3: Libertarian wants ‘unconstitutional’ provisions repealed

October 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

Shawn GuymonAge: 56Party: LibertarianEducation: Attended FVCC, then studied at University of Montana until joining the Air Force in 1985.Occupation: I’m 100 percent disabled so I haven’t worked since 2009.Background: Served in the U.S. Air ...

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HD-10: Libertarian re-enters politics to rid government waste

October 15, 2018 at 10:30 am

BILL JONESAge: 78 Political Party: LibertarianOccupation: Retired dentist Family: Patricia and I have five children who graduated from the Montana UniversityEducation: Attended Montana State, graduate of the University of Washington Dental ...

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HD-3: Perry vows to focus on infrastructure, heath care

October 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

Zac PerryAge: 40Party: Democrat, incumbentFamily: Mom, Janine; sister, Heidi; brother-in-law, Drew; nieces, Ember and AliseEducation: 1996 Columbia Falls High School Graduate, 2001 University of Notre Dame Graduate, BA in Government and Int...

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HD-3: O’Neil says he’ll fight to instill government efficiency

October 15, 2018 at 10:28 am

JERRY O’NEILAge: 75 Party: Republican Education: Studied at Montana State and University of Montana, AA degree from Flathead Valley Community CollegeOccupation: Independent paralegalBackground: I was born in the old hospital on Fifth Avenue...

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HD-10: Incumbent says tapping natural resources helps state

October 15, 2018 at 10:30 am

MARK NOLANDAge: 59Party: Republican, incumbentFamily: Wife, Kathy, six children and seven grandchildrenEducation: Graduated from Whitefish High School, some college at University of MontanaOccupation: Entrepreneur, 33 years as a Flathead Va...

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UM poll rates job performance of state’s elected officials

October 14, 2018 at 8:49 am

MISSOULA — The University of Montana’s recent Big Sky Poll of 618 registered voters reports Montanans have mixed views of the job performances of their elected officials. The poll was conducted in August.Montanans were asked how they would ...

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Trump plans Missoula rally in swing through western states

October 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will campaign in three western states over the next week, going to the mat in a bid to maintain or possibly increase the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.Trump’s western swing ...

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HD-9: Democrat wants tax on alcohol; higher minimum wage

October 11, 2018 at 9:31 am

Robert PetersenAge: 65Party: DemocratFamily: One child, three grandchildrenEducation: Studied at University of MontanaOccupation: RetiredBackground: Born in Colorado, earned his GED, then served in the U.S. Army. Attended the University of ...

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HD-9: Dunn ready to take on ‘ornery’ politicians in Helena

October 11, 2018 at 9:31 am

David DunnAge: 30Party: RepublicanFamily: Single Education: Four classes away from a bachelor’s degree at University of WashingtonOccupation: Owner of DW Organics LLCQ: A slate of budget cuts were made in 2017 to address a $227 million shor...

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Absentee ballot mailings elicit confusion

October 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

A voter mobilization campaign sowed confusion and consternation this week in Flathead County while intending to help get out the vote for Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.The campaign was initiated by a partnership of the League of...

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Measure supported by health-care providers, opposed by ‘Big Tobacco’

October 11, 2018 at 3:00 am

An initiative on the ballot this November, which would raise taxes on tobacco products to fund Montana’s Medicaid expansion, has galvanized health providers and engendered the most well-funded opposition to an initiative in the state’s hist...

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HD-4: Democrat challenger would shore up tax structure

October 10, 2018 at 3:00 am

Kwen ShirleyAge: 31Party: DemocratFamily: I’m single with no children. I have my mother and father, and two younger brothers Occupation: Supervisor at Starbucks on Center and Main in KalispellBackground: In politics, I started working with ...

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HD-4: Regier wants to prioritize forest management

October 10, 2018 at 3:00 am

Matt Regier Age: 38Party: Republican, incumbentEducation: Bachelor of Science degree in business, University of Montana, 2005Occupation: Owner, Stillwater Sod CorporationBackground: Kalispell Planning Board member, Montana Small Business Co...

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Rosendale solicits concerns from regional logging industry

October 10, 2018 at 6:43 pm

Five men from the region whose livelihoods hinge on cutting timber met with U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale Tuesday afternoon in a back room at Sykes, in downtown Kalispell, to outline a host of challenges facing their industry. The Gl...

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U.S. House candidate Williams touts ‘problem-solving’ experience

October 08, 2018 at 11:08 am

Kathleen Williams, the Bozeman Democrat running to unseat Congressman Greg Gianforte, Montana’s sole U.S. House representative, sat down with the Inter Lake on Wednesday to discuss her campaign and her intentions if elected.The conversation...

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HD-8: Republican hopeful vows to ‘protect rights of mankind’

October 08, 2018 at 3:00 am

JOHN FULLERAge: 71Party: RepublicanFamily: Married, wife Cynthia; son, Erik, and two grandchildren.Occupation: Retired high school teacher and small businessmanBackground: Taught high school government and economics for 42 years (retired ...

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HD-8: Libertarian seeks to curb government waste, streamline laws

October 08, 2018 at 3:00 am

SID DAOUDAge: 51Party: LibertarianFamily: Wife, Kristen Marie Daoud, son Antranik Daoud, 26, son Kaden Daoud, 20, daughter Cyan Daoud, 17Occupation: Solutions engineer for CompuNet Inc.Background: Born and raised in Great Falls; attended Mo...

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SD-5: Incumbent wants to control growth of government

October 07, 2018 at 3:00 am

Bob KeenanParty: Republican, incumbent Occupation: Owner of Bigfork Inn Restaurant 1982-2018, now retired partner in International Newspaper Network (townnews.com) Family: Married 38 years to wife, Suzie; five children, six grandchildren....

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HD-7: Garner favors diversified tax base, infrastructure investment

October 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

FRANK GARNERAge: 56Party: Republican, incumbentFamily: Married to wife Teresa for 38 years, two sons who are policeman and one daughter who is a clinical lab scientist.Occupation: Security Consultant Background: Graduate of Flathead High S...

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HD-7: Democrat supports restoring state health budget

October 06, 2018 at 3:00 am

JIM COSSITTAge: 60Party: DemocratFamily: Single (divorced); brother and niece in Des Moines, Iowa; both parents deceased within last 8 yearsOccupation: Attorney and counselor at law, specialize in bankruptcy, debtor/creditor, insolvency, re...

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SD-4: Challenger wants to consider sales tax on tourists

October 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

Diane Taylor-MahnkeAge: 75Political party: DemocratFamily: Widow of Dr. James MahnkeEducation: BA in education from the University of MontanaOccupation: Business office representative and supervisor at Mountain Bell and Helena Flats School ...

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SD-4: Blasdel seeks to simplify taxes, expand business opportunities

October 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

Mark BlasdelAge: 42Political party: RepublicanFamily: Wife Renae of 15 years, daughter Elizabeth Mae, 12, and old son Isaac Wade, 8Education: BA in Hospitality and Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Flathead Valley Commu...

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Poll finds majority favor continuing 6-mill levy

October 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

MISSOULA – Seventy-one percent of likely voters in Montana report they would vote to reapprove the 6-mill levy if the election were held at the time of polling. Eight percent of voters said they were undecided.Using the ballot language appr...

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HD-6: Democrat supports Medicaid renewal, education funding

October 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

Mary CusterAge: 50Party: DemocratFamily: I am a fourth-generation Montanan and the oldest of four children. I have been married for seven years to my husband, Bradley Custer, an attorney for the Office of the Attorney General for the state ...

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Groups spend big fighting ballot initiatives

AP

October 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

HELENA — Industry-funded opponents of Montana citizen’s initiatives to raise the state’s tobacco tax and add new mining regulations are vastly outspending the measures’ supporters to put their messages in front of voters about a month befor...

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HD-6: Incumbent favors zero-based budgeting to tighten spending

October 04, 2018 at 3:00 am

Carl GlimmAge: 43Party: Republican, incumbentFamily: Wife, Amy; son Matt, 16 and daughters Rylee, 12 and Annah, 6Education: Montana State University graduate with a construction engineering degreeOccupation: Owner of Glimm Homes, Custom Hom...

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HD-5: Democrat looks to tackle affordable housing crisis

October 03, 2018 at 3:00 am

Dave FernAge: 65Party: Democrat, incumbentFamily: Spouse, Heather, married 36 years, and three childrenEducation: Community College of Rhode Island, Ithaca CollegeOccupation: Small business owner, Chimney SolutionsBackground: One term in th...

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HD-5: Libertarian challenger to fight for individual liberty

October 03, 2018 at 3:00 am

Cindy DysonAge: 51Party: LibertarianFamily: Husband and son, 19Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, University of Missouri, ColumbiaOccupation: Writer – newspaper reporter, magazine freelancer, authorBackground: Former foster mother ...

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