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Montana Lowdown

Montana Free Press founder and editor John S. Adams interviews newsmakers on the hottest topics and issues in American's Last Best Place. 

Apr 30, 2019

Reps. Llew Jones and Nancy Ballance are arguably two of the most influential lawmakers in the Montana Legislature. 

Their admirers see them as pragmatic problem-solvers committed to finding bipartisan solutions to issues facing the state. 

Their detractors say they are central figures in a group of "Republicans in name...

Apr 23, 2019

Burton K. Wheeler was an original maverick. A “Political Hellraiser,” according to a new full-length biography of the former Montana Senator. 

B.K. as he was known to his friends, was a champion of organized labor, a one-time vice-presidential candidate on the Progressive Party ticket, an anti-war, pro-New Deal...

Apr 16, 2019

Over in his 16 years serving in the Montana Legislature, Sen. Jon Sesso, D-Butte, has served in Democratic leadership positions in both the House and the Senate.

As a freshman in 2005, Sesso was appointed to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which set him on the path to becoming the Democrats’ top budget...

Apr 9, 2019

Sen. Bob Keenan, a longtime conservative Republican from Bigfork, is one of the longest-serving lawmakers in the state capitol.

He served as president of the Montana Senate in 2003, and in 2006 he surprised many in his party when he challenged incumbent U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns in the 2006 Republican primary election. 

Apr 2, 2019

Copper made Butte the "Richest Hill," and its also the reason the historic city is home to the nation's largest Superfund site. 

Hosted by Montana Public Radio report Nora Saks, and set in what was once the copper mining capital of the world, Montana Public Radio's "Richest Hill" podcast explores Butte's history,...