Eric Whitney

Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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The two major party candidates for Montana’s U.S. House seat were in Missoula Monday and Tuesday, at events that sharply contrast their different bases of support.

In the last several years, studies have shown that Montana is hotbed for entrepreneurs, people starting up new companies. A new study released yesterday examined what’s different about the so-called entrepreneurship ecosystem here.

On the day that Republican Candidate for Congress Greg Gianforte announced that Donald Trump Jr. is coming to Montana to help him raise money, his Democratic opponent Rob Quist drew about 300 people to a rally in Bozeman.

Quist held three rallies Tuesday; in Great Falls, Lewistown and Red Lodge. The Bozeman event was Wednesday, where an after-work hour crowd spilled out of the back of MAP Brewing.

Democratic candidate for Congress Rob Quist today released his first quarter of 2017 fundraising total.

At this point, there’s only one debate booked in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat. Early voting starts May 1, the last day to vote is May 25. Montana Television Network has booked Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte for a debate April 29.

MontanaPBS had been planning a statewide televised debate between Gianforte and Quist on May 1, but on Monday, that plan fell apart.

Three years after Congress created the Veterans Choice healthcare program, it continues to flounder.

Here’s Montana Senator Jon Tester, who helped create Veterans Choice:

Senator Jon Tester asked for an opportunity to speak to Montana Public Radio listeners. In this interview we ask him about investigations into the Trump administration's contacts with Russia, his takeaways from President Trump's address to Congress Tuesday, and his thoughts on the May special election and his re-election campaign in 2018. 

Republican candidate Greg Gianforte says he has secured enough of his party's delegates to win its nomination for the special U.S. House election in May. But State Senator Ed Buttery says he thinks Gianforte is wrong. Buttrey is also vying for the GOP nomination.

The party holds its nominating convention this Monday, March 6 in Helena. The election to fill the seat vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is May 25.

Now that May 25 has been set as the date for Montana's special election to fill the seat Ryan Zinke vacated in the U.S. House of Representatives, the next step is picking candidates.

The special election to fill Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives will be held May 25.

Governor Steve Bullock made that announcement this morning just minutes after Ryan Zinke resigned the seat. Zinke's resignation came soon after the U.S. Senate confirmed him to be secretary of the Interior department.

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