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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. 

Feb 25, 2019

Medicaid expansion is going to be one of the most hotly debated issues the 2019 Montana Legislature will tackle this session, and Rep. Mary Caferro, D-Helena, and Rep. Ed Buttrey, R-Great Falls, will play critical roles in determining the final outcome.  

In 2015 these two lawmakers worked across the aisle to craft...

Feb 18, 2019

Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick is in the middle of a longstanding political battle over who has rightful control over the Cascade County Republican Central Committee. This is a debate that has gotten pretty ugly in the last couple of years.

 “From my point of view, I really don’t want to be involved in central committee...

Feb 13, 2019

Rep. Kim Abbott, D-Helena, is in her second term serving House District 83, but she’s been involved with the Legislature a lot longer than that.

Prior to serving in the House, Abbott lobbied in the capitol on behalf of the Montana Human Rights network, a state-based grassroots human rights organization that works to...

Feb 8, 2019

In his more than four decades reporting on the Montana statehouse, Chuck Johnson covered a lot of legislators. 

Perhaps none was a memorable, effective and influential as the legendary Hi-Line lawmaker Rep. Francis Bardanouve. 

"Representative Bardanouve overcame a severe speech impediment to become one of the most...

Feb 4, 2019

In his 43 years reporting on Montana politics and government, Chuck Johnson covered 23 legislative sessions, eight governors, nine U.S. Senators, 12 U.S. Representatives, and more elections, controversies and political battles than you can count.

His reporting was always factual, fair, and infused with a sense history...