By making speeches, accepting endorsements and traveling with state Democrats during the final week of the 2014 elections, former Democratic state senator and current Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat may have violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.
Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock continues to struggle answering questions about the sudden resignation of Lt. Gov. Angela McLean on November 30 to take job with the Commissioner of Higher Education.
Taylor Rose, a political activist from with a past that has taken him from Montana, to Washington, D.C., to Europe is gaining attention in a Northwest Montana state house district for his unorthodox style and views on everything from economics, to culture, to the labor movement.
Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl dismissed a complaint filed by a union activist this week against probable Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte after finding that Gianforte had not violated any laws in traveling the state promoting technology and telecommuting for months before filing official paperwork exploring a run for governor.
In a speech at last weekend’s state Democratic convention, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock — the head of an organization poised to pour millions of dollars into the state in support of his re-election — warned Democrats about the “big money” that is coming into Montana to oppose his 2016 re-election.
Former Democratic State Rep. and semi weekly Flathead Beacon opinion columnist Mike Jopek of Whitefish was treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association’s (DGA) Montana operations from 2012 to at least November of 2014 according to DGA reports to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP).
Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has amassed a war chest of nearly $600,000 according to his campaign’s most recent finance report, and Republican Public Service Commissioner Brad Johnson has officially filed paperwork and launched a campaign website as Montana’s 2016 race for governor looms.
As Democratic groups attack Gianforte’s religious beliefs, Gov. Bullock (D) stays mum on ties to liberal United Church of Christ.
Media Trackers conducted interviews with the three Montana GOP chair candidates. Our third and final interview is with State Rep. Jeff Essmann.