Steve Daines 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 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 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 MTPR News in Washington D.C.-- in pictures http://kufm.org/post/mtpr-news-washington-dc-pictures <p>MTPR News Director Sally Mauk and Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce spent much of last week in Washington D.C. covering Sen. Max Baucus's&nbsp;confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. Sally and Dan spoke with all three members of the state's congressional delegation about the Baucus legacy.</p><p>Click on the links below to hear the rest of our coverage.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:53:41 +0000 MTPR News 14501 at http://kufm.org MTPR News in Washington D.C.-- in pictures A peek inside the Washington life of Steve Daines http://kufm.org/post/peek-inside-washington-life-steve-daines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Life for Bozeman-native Steve Daines has changed a lot in the last couple of years--f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom more than a quarter century in the private sector to Montana’s sole Congressional Seat.</span></p><p>Now, the Republican Representative has his sights set on another office, that of exiting Montana Senator Max Baucus.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:27:24 +0000 Dan Boyce 14499 at http://kufm.org A peek inside the Washington life of Steve Daines A major step towards protection of the North Fork Flathead River http://kufm.org/post/major-step-towards-protection-north-fork-flathead-river <p>A major element for protection of the North Fork Flathead River Valley moved forward this week. Representative Steve Daines announced a bill that retires many oil and gas leases in the area unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee. The North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013 would restrict new mineral development in the North Fork of the Flathead.</p><p>This House bill mirrors one introduced by Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:10:05 +0000 Katrin Frye 14371 at http://kufm.org A major step towards protection of the North Fork Flathead River Daines gets an earful from Obamacare skeptics http://kufm.org/post/daines-gets-earful-obamacare-skeptics <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana Congressman Steve Daines held a roundtable discussion Monday to discuss negative impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).</span></p><p>“My objective here today is to learn and listen,” Daines told the group gathered at the Montana Chamber of Commerce Building in Helena.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:49:13 +0000 Dan Boyce 13323 at http://kufm.org Daines gets an earful from Obamacare skeptics