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.
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.
Media Trackers conducted interviews with the three Montana GOP chair candidates. Our third and final interview is with State Rep. Jeff Essmann.
Media Trackers conducted interviews with the three Montana GOP chair candidates. Our second interview is with former Madison County Commissioner Dan Happel.
Montana’s District 5 Public Service Commissioner (PSC) and current PSC chairman, Brad Johnson, raised eyebrows last week when he contacted state news outlets to inform them that he “had been approached about running for Governor” and was seriously considering launching a bid.
Despite continued strong statements amount the influence of “money in politics,” Montana’s two most prominent Democratic office holders, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock, are both set to lead major big money national fundraising campaigns starting in 2015.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of Montana’s election results last week was the ease with which Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke dispatched his opponent, Democrat John Lewis. Despite strong establishment backing and a centrist campaign message, Lewis still lost by more than 15 points.