Government

  • Election 2017

    Bozeman City Commission Candidate Forum

    A public forum for Bozeman City Commission Candidates, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Bozeman Public Library, and Bozeman Business and Professional Women, was held at the Bozeman Public Library on October 19, 2017, to a standing room only crowd. The moderator was Sally Maison, who invited candidates to introduce themselves, then posed both spontaneous and pre-arranged questions. Questions were also taken from the audience. The candidates are listed below in order of their opening statements.

    Commission candidates:
    I-Ho Pomeroy
    Doug Chandler
    Terry Cunningham
    Heide Arneson
    Matt Saporito

    Mayoral candidates:
    Chris Mehl
    Brian LaMeres

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  • Policies and Politics

    A Homecoming Evening With Max Baucus

    The honorable Max Baucus, former Ambassador to China and longtime Senator from Montana, shared his reflections on his time in public service in conversation with Nicol Rae, Dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University. Baucus was introduced by MSU President Waded Cruzado, who alluded to his walk across Montana as a young candidate. Baucus told stories from that walk, from his tenure in Congress, including encounters with seven presidents, and from his four years in China. He also expressed his views on healthcare, trade, North Korea, and the future of the Democratic Party.


    This event was organized by the Burton K. Wheeler Center at Montana State University. Recorded September 7, 2017 at Montana State University, with the kind assistance of Montana PBS.

    Cuba-U.S. Relations: Current State of Affairs

    Miguel Fraga, 1st Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C., gave a public lecture on the state of Cuba-U.S. relations at MSU on February 21. He was welcomed with a proclamation by City of Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor, by transmitted greetings from Senators Daines and Tester, by interim provost Robert Mokwa, and by Cuban paleontology student Lazaro Vinola.

    Fraga’s visit was sponsored by Montana State University and Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba. He also attended a house concert by Bozeman’s own BoZambique.

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  • Representing Montanans

    Tester Addresses Congress on Montana Wildfire Disaster

    From Senator Tester:

    Record temperatures and a historic drought have turned Montana into a tinderbox. Dozens of wildfires have consumed more than 900,000 acres across our great state and the smoke has settled in a thick haze over many of our communities. We’ve tragically lost two brave firefighters and seen homes, farms, ranches, and businesses crumble before our eyes. This is the very definition of a natural disaster. So as Congress works to get resources to the folks devastated by Harvey, I hope we can also work to get Montana, and the rest of the West the resources we need to fight these fires.


    Received from Senator Tester’s office, in response to our standing request to all MT representatives in Congress. Video is available here. Statements do not necessarily represent the position of KGVM.

    Tester Calls on FEMA, Congress to Act as Montana Wildfires Rage

    Senator Jon Tester took to the Senate floor to call on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Congress to help out first responders across Montana who are fighting wildfires throughout the state.

    Across Montana, over 250,000 acres have already burned and many of these fires continue to rage,” Tester said. “Montana’s communities are strong, tight-knit, and always persevere, but they expect more from their government. Fires are a devastating natural disaster and should be treated that way.

    Tester called on Congress to treat wildfires like any other natural disaster so responders can tap emergency funding in order to fight them.


    Received from Senator Tester’s office, in response to our standing request to all MT representatives in Congress. Video is available here. Statements do not necessarily represent the position of KGVM.

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  • Election 2016

    Congressional Candidate Forum

    A Bozeman Congressional Candidate Forum was held October 8th at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture in Bozeman. Present at the forum were Democrat Denise Juneau and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge. Republican candidate Ryan Zinke did not attend. Questions were posed by Tate Chamberlin, Devin Mahoney, and Chris Griffin.

    Presenting the forum series: Bozeman Business and Professional Women, League of Women Voters of the Bozeman Area, Forward Montana Foundation, Interchange, Center for Community Change, Bozeman Public Library, and MSU American Indian Council.

    Montana House Candidate Forum 2016

    A House Candidate Forum was held October 8th at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture in Bozeman. Present at the forum were:

    House District #61
    Jim Hamilton (D)
    Neil Gansar (R)
    Francis Wendt (L)

    House District #63
    Zach Brown (D)
    Jim King (R)

    House District #65
    Chris Pope (D)
    Jon Knokey (R)

    Moderators/Questioners were Devin Mahoney and Tate Chamberlin.

    Presenting the forum series: Bozeman Business and Professional Women, League of Women Voters of the Bozeman Area, Forward Montana Foundation, Interchange, Center for Community Change, Bozeman Public Library, and MSU American Indian Council.

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