Government & Politics

Jackie Yamanaka

Timothy Cavan is Montana’s newest U.S. Magistrate Judge. He was sworn in today and will serve in the Billings Division. 

Chief Judge Dana Christensen presided over the investiture ceremony before a standing room only crowd in the federal courtroom.


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Carolyn Ostby’s last day on the bench as a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge is November 30, 2016. 

She retires after serving nearly 15 years. Her tenure concludes as Montana’s longest serving full-time magistrate judge and she’s the state’s first female federal judge.


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Incumbency, name recognition, and likability appear to be factors in the outcome of yesterday’s general election, says Montana State University political scientist David Parker.

Donald Trump’s strong numbers in Montana did not translate into automatic votes for Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte. Unofficial returns from The Associated Press show Bullock won re-election by a 50-to-47% margin even as Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Montana by a 57-to-35% margin.

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Congressman Ryan Zinke, State Attorney General Tim Fox, and Secretary of State candidate Corey Stapleton were declared winners from yesterday’s balloting.The A-P declared incumbent Steve Bullock the winner at 8:25 a.m. but other statewide races were still too close to call. Bullock defeated Greg Gianforte, his Republican opponent, by a 50-47% margin.

Around 11 p.m. last night, incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock took the stage at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena to thank his supporters and said it was time to call it a night and tuck his kids into bed.

(Courtesy of Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio)

Democrat challenger Denise Juneau is trailing Republican Incumbent Ryan Zinke 43% to 53% as election results continue to roll in. Montana Public Radio's Nicky Ouellet brings us this update.


(Courtesy of Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio)

The Democratic party’s statewide candidates are filtering into the Helena election watch rally as the polls close. Corin Cates-Carney of Montana Public Radio is on site and reports.


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Candidates for Montana’s lone House seat are both in western Montana tonight waiting for the polls to close. Montana Public Radio’s Nicky Ouellet reports.


Incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte are hosting watch parties tonight in their home towns, waiting to see who Montana voters will select as the next governor. Corin Cates-Carney brings us this special election reports


It’s NOT your imagination.  There are a lot of political ads airing right now on television. 

A national study released today by the Wesleyan Media Project found Montana ranked near the top in the volume of ads bought and airedin the gubernatorial and U.S. House contests.

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