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From: Center for Public Integrity
Civil rights groups have blocked efforts to restrict voting in Montana – Center for Public Integrity
Native Americans have also succeeded in challenging policies that would disenfranchise them.
The Economy Isn't Booming
Trump touts record growth, but GDP numbers for last quarter largely reflect how bad things got due to the coronavirus pandemic....
From: Up North News
The Affordable Care Act Saved Our Family When Our Daughter Got Sick. Please Protect It.
Our daughter's illness reminds us that scrapping healthcare reform and making families insecure is a bad idea made worse during a pandemic....
From: Montana Public Radio
Montana's Poll Workers Adjust To All-Mail Voting
The coronavirus pandemic means poll workers jobs look a little different this year, as 45 of Montanas 56 counties switch to all-mail elections ,...
From: Center for Public Integrity
Civil rights groups have blocked efforts to restrict voting in Montana – Center for Public Integrity
Native Americans have also succeeded in challenging policies that would disenfranchise them.
From: NewsTalk 970 and 95.5 KBUL
Can Montana Voters Change Their Vote if Already Mailed In?
Here's a question I received a couple of times already concerning mail-in elections here in Montana. What if someone voted early, but later decided...
Trump Vows to Get ‘Husbands’ Back to Work, But Women Are the Ones Without a Job
Unemployment due to the pandemic has disproportionately put women out of work, but the president keeps talking about their husbands getting jobs....
From: The Americano
Former Trump Officials: Vote for Biden or 'We Will No Longer Be America'
These former White House staffers blast Trump in a scathing new video as they urge Americans to vote for Joe Biden....
No, We Are Definitely Not ‘Rounding the Corner’ on the Coronavirus Pandemic
The White House celebrated the president's success in ending the COVID-19 pandemic" even as the US sets record high for new COVID cases....
From: HRC
What's at Stake in Montana
Get information on voting in Montana this election. ...
Changed Your Mind? You Can Still Vote in Person Even if You Requested a Mail Ballot.
It's no longer safe to assume your ballot will arrive on time if you mail it. You can, however, still vote early or on Election Day....
From: NPR
How Voting Is Different This Year
Voting is different this year. NPR reporters break down what's changed, what voters need to look out for and some of the major legal issues still...
Stop Reading This Article and Put Your Ballot in the Mail Right Now
No one should mail their ballots after Oct. 27, the Postal Service's recommended date to ensure they arrive on time....
From: Montana Free Press
Montana candidates in the news
Daines, Bullock, Williams, Rosendale, Romano, Arntzen and more in MTFP's weekly roundup of statewide campaign news....
From: The Americano
Trump’s White House Officially Gives Up on Controlling the Pandemic
The White House Chief of Staff twice affirms that the administration has no plans to get the coronavirus pandemic under control as an outbreak grows...
From: KTVH
"Liar, liar" – charges fly in final week of Montana's U.S. Senate race
As Montanas big-dollar U.S. Senate race enters its final week, the campaigns of Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and his Democratic challenger,...
Middle-Class Americans Should Be Earning More, According to Biden. He Says His Tax Plan Will Help.
According to one study, the American middle class should be earning $42,000 more per worker. That's a stark contrast to how tax breaks have helped the...
Cartoon: Trump Thinks Denial Can Make COVID Go Away. It Can't.
President Donald Trump's repeated denials of the seriousness of COVID-19 is nothing if not consistent....
Trump's War On Federal Employee Protections Is Going to Hurt Black Workers
Trump's latest executive order targets thousands of federal employees. Nearly 20% of them are Black Americans....
From: Montana Free Press
Election officials wrangle early ballot returns — and false rumors
One of the most aggravating challenges of Montana's 2020 mail-in election cycle, several election officials said, is the voter misinformation that...
The Final Presidential Debate Ends With a Choice
On the last question, one candidate focused on hope. The other chose fear....
From: The Copper Courier
How the Pandemic Changed the Way We Vote
Elections officials have devised multiple ways for voters to cast their ballots safely and securely this year....
Trump Is Trying to Gut Yet Another Housing Rule That Fights Discrimination
The ACLU and other groups have filed suit against the federal government to stop the rule change from going into effect....
From: Montana Free Press
Election officials wrangle early ballot returns — and false rumors
One of the most aggravating challenges of Montana's 2020 mail-in election cycle, several election officials said, is the voter misinformation that...
From: Forbes
Today's 2020 Election Polls: Biden Outpaces Clinton's 2016 Numbers By Double Digits In Red States
Its a further sign the former vice president is in a better position to win than Clinton was four years ago.
From: The Keystone
Obama Urges Voters to 'Build Back Better' With Biden
Former President Barack Obama said Joe Biden made him a better president "and he has the experience and character to make us a better country."...
From: The New Yorker
The Montana Voters Who Could Decide Control of the Senate
In a race that may end with a vanishingly thin margin of victory, the states Native Americans and union members are playing a central role....
From: KXLH
More than 243K Montana ballots already returned, two weeks before Election Day
With just under two weeks to go until Election Day, a large portion of Montanas votes are already accounted for. That is changing how campaigns...
All of the Times Republicans Have Refused to Help Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic
While Pelosi and the Trump administration continue stimulus negotiations, Senate Republicans have so far refused to offer meaningful assistance to...
From: The Americano
545 Undocumented Children Are Orphans Because of Trump
A lawsuit shows that 545 children that were separated from their parents in 2017 under the Trump administration cannot be reunited as of yet....
From: Up North News
Health Group to Trump: Please Just Stop Your ‘Super-Spreader’ Rallies Already
Wisconsins Lieutenant Governor joins demand that the president stop holding events that put lives at risk and normalize unsafe behavior....
Judge Rules Trump Won't Be Able to Take Food Assistance Away From 700,000 Americans
A federal judge on Sunday struck down the Trump administrations attempt to end food assistance for nearly 700,000 unemployed Americans....
From: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Voters to weigh in on Montana's gun laws, local control
In the upcoming election, Montana voters will decide how much authority local governments should have to regulate firearms....
From: Missoulian
Montana’s election is secure
The League of Women Voters is committed to empowering as many citizens as we can to participate in our democracy by voting, and to providing accurate...
From: NBC News
With Election Day looming, voting rights are still being decided in court. Here's what to know.
Both parties are claiming victory as dozens of voting lawsuits are being decided. Here's what's changed so far....
From: Forbes
Early Voting Continues At Historic Rate: 22 Million Ballots Already Cast
In Pennsylvania, 76% of returned ballots were from Democrats, while only 16% were from Republicans....
From: Montana Free Press
Sparring for secretary of state
Christi Jacobsen and Bryce Bennett have repeatedly vowed to defend the integrity of Montanas elections. That's where their agreements end....
From: Outside Online
The Fight for Public Access to Rivers in Montana
Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for governor, threatens the state's unique angler-access regulations...
‘You Don’t Care About Us’: Unemployed Americans Say Their Government Has Failed Them
The latest jobless claims report shows applications are inching back up again. Americans share what life is like unemployed in a pandemic....
From: Flathead Beacon
Three Key Races Poised to Shape Montana's Future
Mail ballots were sent out to Montana voters on Oct. 9 and election offices are already seeing returns, with a slate of three key races featured...
From: The Detroit News
US Senate high stakes spur astronomical spending in Montana
Political groups have poured more than $118M into the contest between Montanas Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican incumbent Steve Daines...
From: NPR
Normally Invisible, National Security Figures Assume Prominent Election Role
National security leaders are playing a far more prominent role than in previous elections. Current officials are trying to reassure voters. Many...
Judge Amy Coney Barrett Has Been ‘Stunningly Hostile’ to Civil Rights, Critics Say
Activists worry a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court could hinder progress and potentially lead to rollbacks of Black Americans civil rights....
Trump's Rallies Have Previously Been Connected to COVID Cases. And They're Back.
President Donald Trump is back stumping on the campaign trail since his release from Walter Reed Medical Center last week due to COVID-19....
From: Flathead Beacon
Montana’s High-Stakes Senate Race - Flathead Beacon
During a campaign stop in the Flathead Valley this summer to debut a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing forest management, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines...
From: Montana Free Press
A plain-language guide to Montana's ballot initiatives | Montana Free Press
Montanans are effectively voting on two changes to state policy: whether local governments can pass gun laws, and the legalization of adult-use...
From: Up North News
Evers Asks GOP Leaders to Stop Weakening State’s Response to COVID-19
Instead, a GOP-led committee fights an emergency safeguard, even though it will expire by the time the Legislature can officially reject it....
From: Montana Free Press
Montana candidates in the news | Montana Free Press
Daines, Bullock, Cooney, Gianforte and more in MTFPs weekly roundup of statewide campaign coverage....
From: Cardinal & Pine
Laptop Shortages Across US Widen Education Gap Even More
Families struggle to afford laptops, even in school districts that promised to buy each child a device....
Amy Coney Barrett Could Bring the Climate Crisis to Its Breaking Point
How a conservative Supreme Court could make it harder for future presidents, Congress, and states to enact meaningful efforts to fight climate change....
Study Finds Trump Is the Leading Source of COVID-19 Misinformation
Thirty-eight percent of the over 1 million articles with coronavirus misinformation featured the president....
From: The Copper Courier
How Huge Has Early Voting Been in 2020? Try Over-6-Million-Ballots Huge.
With a deadly pandemic raging alongside a particularly contentious election, voter turnout numbers for all types of early voting are shattering...
From: The Billings Gazette
Health professionals to Gianforte: 'Set an example for all Montanans' with COVID-19
A group of roughly 100 health professionals has sent an open letter to Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte chiding him over various...
New England Journal of Medicine Just Called On America To Reject Trump For Coronavirus Failure
For the first time in its over 200-year history, the prestigious medical journal endorsed a presidential candidate....
From: Great Falls Tribune
GOP leads in some top races in Montana, Emerson poll finds
Emerson College Polling has released its latest findings showing Republicans with leads in the presidential, senate and gubernatorial races....
From: Flathead Beacon
Final Effort Fails to Block Montana's Mailed Ballots
HELENA A final effort to block most Montana counties from mailing general election ballots to active voters was denied Thursday, a day before the...
From: The Copper Courier
Trump Abruptly Ends COVID Relief Talks Only to Later Tweet Demands for More Aid
The president may want to undo his decision to end COVID stimulus talks until after the election, but analysts say Biden would be better for the...
From: Montana Public Radio
Gov. Debate Highlights Deep Contrasts Between Cooney, Gianforte
The Democrat and Republican vying to be Montanas next governor traded salvos during a debate hosted by MontanaPBS Tuesday night. The debate...
From: Missoula Current
Montana Supreme Court sets mail-ballot rules for Nov. 3 election
The Montana Supreme Court late Tuesday settled two questions about mailed ballots for the Nov. 3 election, ruling that ballots must be received by 8...
From: Cardinal & Pine
The Average American Spends 15 Times More on Health Care Than Trump Paid in Federal Income Taxes in 2017
The average person spent $11,172 on health care in 2018, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services15 times the amount Trump paid in...
From: Great Falls Tribune
Justice, challenger square off in Montana Supreme Court race
Supreme Court Justice Laurie McKinnon faces Mike Black, a Helena-based attorney....
From: Choteau Acantha
Montana U.S. Senate
Montana will not play much of a role in the battle between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, but in the fight to control the...
WATCH: Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions Sound Off on the Potential Repeal of the ACA
Up to 133 million Americans have pre-existing conditions covered by the Affordable Care Act...
From: Cardinal & Pine
Trump Will Get Top-Notch Care for COVID-19. Not All Americans Can Say the Same.
The care President Trump is likely to receive will set him apart from most Americans...
Trump Appointee Pressured CDC to Alter Report on COVID-19 Risks in Children
Political operative requested changes that downplayed the risks of COVID-19 to children as schools...
From: Missoula Current
Tightening race in Montana could flip control of Senate ~ Missoula Current
The days when incumbent U.S. senators enjoy easy reelection may have ended in Montana...
From: KTLA
Montana governor asks court to block Trump administration plans to open more public lands to energy development
The governor of Montana on Monday asked a judge to block three sweeping land use plans that would open most U.S...
From: DemCast
Meet the Candidate: Melissa Smith (Montana)
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
From: The Intercept
As the climate crisis transforms Montana, the incumbent Republican senator is greenwashing his record.
From: The Montana Free Press
Record penalties levied in dark money lawsuit
The default judgment in Lewis and Clark County District Court is likely the final chapter in a well-known political corruption case...
From: Great Falls Tribune
AARP Montana issues disclaimer of political ads
AARP Montana has sent out emails stating it did not participate in nor did it permit the use of its logo in two advertisements for the Nov. 3 election...
From: The Independent Record
Defunct corporations fined over Montana campaign violations
AMontana judge has entered a $1.76 million judgement against two now-defunct corporations that were found to have made illegal...
From: The Courier
Trump Insulted Biden’s Son for Drug Addiction, But Overdose Deaths Have Increased During His Presidency.
Deaths from drug overdoses increased in more than two-thirds of states last year.
From: The Courier
Trump Pretends the Stock Market Is the Economy, Again. Experts Say Biden’s Plan Is Better for American Workers.
n Tuesday night’s debate, President Trump continued to claim that the stock market would save the country.
From: The Missoulian
Montana Indian Caucus asks Daines to oppose Supreme Court confirmation prior to inauguration
Honorable Senator Daines: The American Indian Caucus of the Montana State Legislature would like...
Campaign for Governor Highlights Different Visions for Montana's Future
This year's campaign for governor pits two candidates with very different impressions of how Montana...
From: NBC Montana
Dr. Birx 'deeply concerned' about Montana, encourages action now
In a one-one-one interview with NBC Montana, Dr. Deborah Birx...
From: Washington Post
Montana presses to finish census, eyeing 2nd House seat
A complete count of Montana's households could come with a big reward...
From: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Montana mailed ballots must be received by Nov. 3 to count
In the back-and-forth court battle over Montana mail ballot election deadlines...
From: The Gander
Trump Called Racial Sensitivity Trainings ‘Racist’ and ‘Radical.’ Here’s What Actually Happens in Them.
While refusing to condemn white supremacists and right-wing militias at Tuesday night’s debate, President Trump misled the American public...
From: Courier
Trump Filled the First Presidential Debate With Constant Lies and Chaos
The president interrupted Democratic nominee Joe Biden throughout their entire debate...
From: Courier
Trump Administration Pulled Money from CDC for an Ad Campaign and Now COVID Cases Are Surging Again
Referred to in budget documents as the “Covid-19 immediate surge public advertising and awareness campaign,”...
From: NBC Montana
Montana Secretary of State appealing later ballot deadline
Montana's secretary of state has filed notice that he plans to appeal a court ruling that extends the deadline for county elections offices...
From: Billings Gazette
Voter Guide: 2020 general election for Eastern Montana
Each candidate was asked to answer these five questions. Their answers were limited to 100 words each and are presented verbatim.
From: Missoula Current
Harmon’s Histories: Montana’s 1st female legislators were ‘colorful,’ ‘difficult to handle’
In 1916, Maggie Smith Hathaway from the Bitterroot and Emma Ingalls from the Flathead became the first women elected...
From: Washington Post
Montana judge extends deadline for returning mailed ballots
A Montana judge has extended the state's deadline for returning 2020 general election ballots by mail...
From: Billings Gazette
Court overturns Montana law that limits number of ballots people can collect
A court has ruled that all ballots postmarked on or before Election Day will be counted for the November election only.
From: Washington Post
Montana judge ousts Trump’s temporary Bureau of Land Management director, casting doubt on range of decisions
Court order could call into question not only BLM decisions but others across the administration
From: NBC Montana
Montana delegation reacts to SCOTUS nomination
Montana's delegation reacted to President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
From: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
With extended census deadline, Montana looks to improve state's count
Montana officials have welcomed a U.S. District Court decision to extend the 2020 census deadline
From: The Courier
Trump’s Latest Executive Order Does Absolutely Nothing to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions
Instead, the president is suing to overturn the law that actually prohibits insurance...
From: The Courier
Flip-Flopping On Accepting Election Results Is Nothing New for Trump
President Trump’s latest remarks about accepting this year’s election results were shocking...
From: Centre Daily Times
GOP duo reshapes Montana politics to match Trump's vision
Steve Daines is the affable one, the smiler, a consummate salesman who parlayed his corporate...
From: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Montana Supreme Court ruling looks to clarify signature gathering
Petitions to qualify a political party for Montana’s ballot must be submitted by that particular party...
From: Billings Gazette
Letter to the editor: Montana needs a true public servant
Kathleen Williams has a 34-year career in natural resources and public service.
From: The Courier
Romney Gives McConnell the Vote He Needs to Ram Through SCOTUS Nominee Before Election
Romney voted to impeach Trump, but that isn’t stopping him from giving him the power to name RBG’s replacement.
From: The Courier
I’m a Medical Doctor: RBG’s Impact Can Be Seen in the Health of Our Nation
Justice Ginsburg helped over 20 million Americans keep their health insurance.
From: Billings Gazette
Voter Guide: General election 2020 Eastern Montana
Each candidate was asked to answer these five questions.
From: Billings Gazette
Most mail ballots arrive on time in Montana, so deadline change isn't necessary, state argues in trial
Few ballots arrive late in Montana, making an extension of the deadline for mail ballots unnecessary...
From: NBC Montana
Native Americans in Montana face voting challenges
An organization in Montana says Native Americans have always faced challenges...
From: KPAX
Sen. Daines says Senate should vote on Trump’s U.S. Supreme Courtpick
Montana Democrats are saying Daines should follow the stance they took four years ago.
From: KPAX
Sen. Tester still wants more answers from US Postal Service
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) still wants answers from the US Postal Service.
From: KBZK
Face the State: Montana Attorney General candidates square off in debate
There are two candidates running for the office of Montana Attorney General in the 2020 election.
From: KBZK
Park County Elections Administrator says voting by mail is safe
Park County Elections Administrator Maritza Reddington said voting by mail is safe.
From: KTVQ
Health care among issues dividing candidates for MT attorney general
Graybill says removing the ACA would not only hurt those covered under medicaid, but...

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