2020 Montana Politics

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Digital County Winners Invested Long Before Pandemic – How Does Your City (or State) Compare?

In the 18th annual Digital Counties Survey, leading jurisdictions had made investments in broadband, remote collaboration and digital citizen engagement long before COVID-19 tested whether they were up to the challenge.

Mike Cooney, candidate for Governor of Montana, unveils ‘Growing Montana’ plan to support struggling agriculture

Montana Sen. Jon Tester, who spoke in support of Cooney during the presentation, put a good portion of the blame for struggling rural economies at the feet of President Trump – and by extension Greg Gianforte.

Missoula County to Host Virtual Summit on Restoring Passenger Rail to Southern Montana – 9/17 – 10AM-2PM

The summit is open to elected officials, government staff, business and tourism professionals, and anyone interested in restoring passenger rail service to southern Montana, increasing rail connectivity across the region, and how it would complement existing Empire Builder service in northern Montana.

The Case for Making Virtual Public Meetings Permanent

They can’t completely replace in-person meetings, but conducting more public business online reduces costs, gives more people a voice and cuts down on disruption. It also can lead to better policy.

‘It’s Time We Count’ Campaign Aimed at Increasing Montana’s 2020 Census Count in Final Push

Facing Shortened Census Deadline, Montana Department of Commerce and Windfall Partner to Increase Census Count in Low-response Areas

Our students can’t wait any longer. We must bring the internet to everyone

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the depths of the digital divide in this country. It’s time for lawmakers to step up and provide broadband to all families.

PLAN YOUR VOTE – Everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting

Mark your calendars. Everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting, including the first day you can cast your ballot in the 2020 election.

Democratic Montana Governor candidate Mike Cooney unveils education plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney Thursday unveiled his education plan, which calls for more spending on public schools and state colleges, state funding for preschool, and steps to reduce student debt.

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Removed mail collection boxes in Montana resided in Democratic precincts

“At the very least, it looks suspicious and fishy and makes me want to say hey, I want to do a deeper analysis,” said David Parker, chair of Montana State’s political science department.