John Walsh http://kufm.org en Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the candidates, and the ads, in Montana’s congressional races http://kufm.org/post/sally-chuck-and-mike-look-candidates-and-ads-montana-s-congressional-races <p></p><p>Candidates in Montana's high profile U.S. House and Senate races are gearing up their campaigns, as the primary is just six weeks away. Those who've raised the most money have new ads on TV, and messages they hope will resonate with voters.</p><p>In this edition of "Campaign Beat", our weekly political analysis program, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Lee newspapers' Capitol reporters Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, about who's leading the money race in the House and Senate campaigns - and who's got the TV ads generating the most buzz.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:20:20 +0000 Sally Mauk 17827 at http://kufm.org Sally, Chuck and Mike look at the candidates, and the ads, in Montana’s congressional races Democratic Senate candidate Dirk Adams says he’s the one who can beat Steve Daines http://kufm.org/post/democratic-senate-candidate-dirk-adams-says-he-s-one-who-can-beat-steve-daines <p>Born in Nebraska, educated at Harvard, with stints as a New York trial attorney, California banker and now Montana rancher - Dirk Adams of Wilsall wants to be Montana's next U.S. Senator. The political newcomer Adams is running against former lieutenant governor John Bohlinger and recently-appointed Senator John Walsh in the June democratic primary.</p><p></p><p>In this feature interview, Adams talks with News Director Sally Mauk about his background, why he's running, and his stance on the issues.</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:53:28 +0000 Sally Mauk 17201 at http://kufm.org Democratic Senate candidate Dirk Adams says he’s the one who can beat Steve Daines Motl: Supreme Court decision will not impact MT elections much http://kufm.org/post/motl-supreme-court-decision-will-not-impact-mt-elections-much <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let individuals give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want.</p><p>The 5-4 vote Wednesday, led by the court’s conservative majority, frees up wealthy contributors to give more campaign donations ahead of the 2014 election.</p><p>It will have an immediate impact on Montana races for federal office, such as the US Senate and House of Representatives.</p><p>But, the state Commissioner of Political Practices says statewide elections will not be affected that much.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:41:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 17111 at http://kufm.org Sen. Walsh on Obamacare, military spending, and the controversy surrounding his appointment http://kufm.org/post/sen-walsh-obamacare-military-spending-and-controversy-surrounding-his-appointment <p>Montana’s newest United States Senator, John Walsh, is starting his second month in office.</p><p>The former Lieutenant Governor and head of the Montana National Guard was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to fill the seat vacated by long-time Senator Max Baucus.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baucus is now the U.S. Ambassador to China.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:17:04 +0000 Dan Boyce 16376 at http://kufm.org Sen. Walsh on Obamacare, military spending, and the controversy surrounding his appointment Bullock says he was not in touch with Democratic operatives on Walsh appointment http://kufm.org/post/bullock-says-he-was-not-touch-democratic-operatives-walsh-appointment <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Steve Bullock said Friday he spoke to no Democratic Party officials ahead of appointing John Walsh to the U.S. Senate other than to tell Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid the issue was “none of your damn business.”</span></p><p>This is in response to criticism from the state GOP, which has described the move as a political backroom deal orchestrated to help Democrats maintain control of the Senate in the 2014 election.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:52:12 +0000 Dan Boyce 15029 at http://kufm.org Bullock says he was not in touch with Democratic operatives on Walsh appointment Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates http://kufm.org/post/daines-introduces-bill-repeal-federal-id-mandates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana Congressman Steve </span>Daines<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced plans Thursday to introduce a bill repealing portions of the 2005 REAL ID Act related to federally-mandated security protocols for driver’s licenses and other state-issued ID cards.</span></p><p>“In recent months, Montanans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government’s access to Montana’s personal information,” Daines said during a press conference in the state capitol building’s old Supreme Court chambers.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:35:17 +0000 Dan Boyce 14973 at http://kufm.org Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates Board of Regents Chair McLean tapped as new Lt. Gov. http://kufm.org/post/board-regents-chair-mclean-tapped-new-lt-gov <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anaconda High School teacher and chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean has been selected as the state’s new Lieutenant Governor.</span></p><p>The move comes after Bullock tapped Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to serve the remainder of Max Baucus’s U.S. Senate term, who left last week to become the U.S. Ambassador to China.</p><p>Governor Steve Bullock announced the appointment of Angela McLean from her fifth period American government class on Monday.</p><p>Her experience experience compliments the Governor’s policy agenda.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:56:29 +0000 Dan Boyce 14827 at http://kufm.org Board of Regents Chair McLean tapped as new Lt. Gov. Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator http://kufm.org/post/walsh-appointed-montanas-next-us-senator <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just one day after Montana’s Senior Senator, Max Baucus, was confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to China, Governor Steve Bullock has appointed his Lieutenant Governor, John Walsh, to serve the remainder of Baucus’s term. The move keeps the post in Democratic hands and may bolster the party’s hopes of keeping the seat in November.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:31:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 14699 at http://kufm.org Walsh appointed as Montana's next U.S. Senator Baucus to China raises question of who’s going to the Senate http://kufm.org/post/baucus-china-raises-question-who-s-going-senate <p>As reported earlier, Montana's senior Senator Max Baucus has been nominated to be the next ambassador to China - pending confirmation by the Senate.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:26:52 +0000 Sally Mauk 12726 at http://kufm.org Baucus to China raises question of who’s going to the Senate Missoula writer, Blackfeet member joining US House race http://kufm.org/post/missoula-writer-blackfeet-member-joining-us-house-race <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Missoula writer and member of the Blackfeet Tribe has announced her run for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat as a Democrat.</span></p><p>Melinda Gopher ran for the seat in 2010, coming in third in the Democratic Primary. She is running a campaign focused on bucking the Democratic establishment.</p><p>“We have a power elite that has abused the Indian vote for a long time in the state, and that power elite has been led by Senator Baucus,” Gopher said.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:45:24 +0000 Dan Boyce 11311 at http://kufm.org Missoula writer, Blackfeet member joining US House race