Regional Politics

MSUB University Relations

Jobs and job creation were the topics today for Montana’s gubernatorial candidates.

The Bullock Administration announced Montana received $1.3 million from the U.S. Labor Department to expand apprenticeship programs.

Governor Steve Bullock, D-MT, announced the award during a press conference at the Capitol.

“This new funding will be used to dramatically expand apprenticeship opportunities in healthcare, advanced manufacturing, energy, information technology, finance and skilled trades,” he says.

MSUB University Relations

The two incumbents running for the top statewide elected offices are ahead of their challengers according to the latest MSU Billings statewide poll

MSU Billings students polled 590 adult Montanans between October 3-10, 2016. 70% of those were reached via cell phone.

That snapshot in time found Democratic Governor Steve Bullock led his Republican challenger Greg Gianforte by a 44-to-32 percent margin. 20% replied DK/NA (didn’t know or no answer).

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte says he wants to bring integrity to state government. He announced he’ll create an Office of Government Accountability, if elected. 

Gianforte charges the Bullock Administration has engaged in numerous abuses whether its awarding state contracts to use of the state airplane.

The Bozeman businessman adds there’s also the issue of what he calls regulatory overreach.

Montana Secretary of State

  

General election ballots are in the mail for 297,001 registered Montana voters.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch says the number of ballots mailed out October 14, 2016 means nearly 43% of registered voters now vote by mail. She says voting absentee has grown in popularity because of its convenience.

“You know, spreading it all out on the kitchen table and being able to look at it and vote is very appealing to voters,” McCulloch says.

2016 General Election Reminders:

Jackie Yamanaka

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte said he will continue to support Presidential candidate Donald Trump. The businessman from Bozeman was asked about his support after the Washington Post released a 2005 video late last week in which Trump used vulgar language in talking about women. 

Gianforte and Governor Steve Bullock faced off October 8, 2016 during the final Gubernatorial debate, sponsored by the MTN Television Network.

Patrick Williams / University Relations, MSU Billings

Democratic incumbent Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte aimed familiar barbs at each other during a televised debate October 8, 2015 from Great Falls. 

The just over 1 hour debate, sponsored by the MTN Television Network, featured criticisms Montanans have heard in television ads over the last several months.

Jackie Yamanaka

Democratic House candidate Denise Juneau was asked during last night’s final U.S. House debate what she would do to protect the rights of LBGT individuals.

“Number one get elected,” Juneau said, as audience erupted in cheers. She said she welcomed that question from the standing room only audience at Heritage Hall, College of Great Falls-MSU.

Juneau said this race is historic for Montana because she’s a woman, Native American, and openly gay.

Matt Volz / Associated Press

Montana’s U.S. House Candidates all voiced their support for the town of Colstrip and coal during their final debate last night in Great Falls.

“Ladies and gentlemen, our governor has turned coal into a four letter word,” said Libertarian candidate Rick Breckenridge. 

The comment elicited a few giggles from the standing room only audience. The surveyor from Proctor ignored them and said there’s a war on the residents of Colstrip. “Now those jobs, those lives, those livelihoods, he said.

Montana organizations joined an effort to ensure eligible adults are registered to vote in this year’s election as part of National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 27.

Kiah Abbey, deputy director for the Forward Montana Foundation, had been working with the League of Women Voters, student governments, businesses and nonprofits across the state to set up places where people can register to vote.

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