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Montana Public Radio 2020 Statewide Election Guide

Montana’s 2020 election interviews, Q&A, candidate profiles and debates

Washington Post – Montana governor’s race epitomizes a state changing along with its politics

Mike Cooney has been on the grassy trail only a few minutes, his face partly obscured by an “I ♥ public lands” pandemic mask, when a couple approaches to tell him they’ve donated to his campaign and need him to win the race for governor.

City Club Missoula Presents: Public Service Commission District 4: Who’s running and what’s at stake – 10/19 – 11:30AM

City Club Missoula on Monday, October 19 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. via Zoom) will feature a debate between the two candidates for the District 4 seat on the PSC (representing Lincoln, Sanders, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Granite and Ravalli counties). Come learn about the PSC’s functions and the candidates’ stands on the issues facing the commission.

“We’re In This Together” Update MEDA Fall Conference and Candidate Forum Agenda – 10/13-15 – Online – Register Now!

The agenda has some interactive segments – look it over and be prepared to share.  Thank you!

Montanans Can Still Respond to the 2020 Census

“The next ten years of Montana’s future depend on a complete count – our fair share of federal funding, accurate representation in local school and voting districts, and even the addition of a second U.S. House seat. So don’t wait: do it now!” Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, the chairman of the Montana Complete Count Committee.

Montana Governor hopefuls differ on plans for economic recovery – Montana Election Guide

Unlike Gianforte, Cooney would like to transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.

Bozeman will again push Legislature for local sales tax

“For us to lean so heavily on property tax … that really puts perhaps an undue burden on people who own property relative to other folks in our community who enjoy the benefit but don’t pay into it,” city manager Jeff Mihelich said during a recent city commission meeting.

Gov race: Cooney, Gianforte lay out education priorities for Montana

Democrat Mike Cooney says if he’s elected governor, maintaining and improving the state’s public-education system will be a top priority – including a college-tuition freeze, publicly funded pre-kindergarten and, if possible, higher teacher pay.

An Assessment of the Market and Tax Revenue Potential of Recreational Cannabis in Montana – Video

This report presents the findings of research intended to quantify the potential size of the recreational cannabis marketplace in Montana, and the potential tax revenue that could be collected in the event that recreational cannabis achieves legal status as envisioned in initiatives CI-118 and I-190 on the November ballot.

Ending census early will cost Florida, Montana new congressional seats

Supporters of an extension say the extra time is needed to make up for hurdles from the pandemic, wildfires in the West and hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. Besides determining how many congressional seats each state gets, the census helps determine the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending annually.