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This is Big Sky Lede, a dive into the stories about how government and politics drive the direction of Montana. This podcast is from the reporters of the Montana State News Bureau in Helena, your eyes and ears on state government. 

The Montana State News Bureau consists of bureau chief Holly Michels, deputy bureau chief Tom Kuglin and investigative reporters Seaborn Larson and Sam Wilson. The podcast is produced by Thom Bridge.

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This is Big Sky Lede, a dive into the stories about how government and politics drive the direction of Montana. This podcast is from the reporters of the Montana State News Bureau in Helena, your eyes and ears on state government. 

The Montana State News Bureau consists of bureau chief Holly Michels, deputy bureau chief Tom Kuglin and investigative reporters Seaborn Larson and Sam Wilson. The podcast is produced by Thom Bridge.

    Ep. 3 - Digging In

    Ep. 3 - Digging In

    While the insurrection in Washington, D.C., shook the nation, our reporter Seaborn Larson observed the rhetoric of false claims about a stolen election echoed closer to home. He shares his reporting on Montana Republicans who say Trump’s “battle” isn’t done yet.


    Also this week, avid hunters and longtime journalists Tom Kuglin and Thom Bridge dig into an issue where their passion and work intersects -- a bill that deals with concerns over the release of the GPS locations for collared wildlife that's at the center of debate over fair chase hunting ethics against the public right to know.

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    Ep. 2 - Changes

    Ep. 2 - Changes

    Change is afoot in Montana. 

    The new governor made a long-awaited announcement about how the state will respond to COVID-19 and vaccinate residents under his administration. We’ll walk you through what’s happening.

    The Legislature was sworn in during a pandemic. In some ways the Capitol feels very altered under this hybrid session, but elsewhere hallways were packed with mask-less members of the public. What was it like for reporters there?

    Some of the defining issues of the session are taking shape, including legislation about where concealed firearms can be carried. Will this bill meet a different fate with a GOP governor?

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    • 16 min
    Ep. 1 - More questions than answers

    Ep. 1 - More questions than answers

    There is a lot still up in the air before the upcoming Montana legislative session that kicks off Jan. 4. 

    How will things look given the pandemic that makes gathering in-person dangerous? How do ideas about how the sessions should be held break down along party lines? Why aren’t lawmakers subject to things like mask mandates that the rest of Montanans have to follow?

    And then there's the actual nitty-gritty of governing. Lawmakers have a lot of blanks to fill in, starting with how to implement legalizing cannabis after voters resoundingly approved of that in November. How will legislators, some who opposed legalization, write the rules for buying and selling cannabis?

    And now that cannabis is legal, what does this mean for people with misdemeanor convictions on their records?

    Listen as Montana State News Bureau investigative journalist Seaborn Larson and bureau chief Holly Michels talk about their reporting that tries to answer these questions.

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    • 26 min
    Introducing Big Sky Lede

    Introducing Big Sky Lede

    If the last year has shown us anything, it’s that state government isn’t this abstract thing going on in Helena. 

    Through a pandemic and through an election where more Montanans than ever before made their voices heard, governing and politics has met us all face-to-face.

    There have been public health directives that changed the way we live our lives.

    In November voters delivered a mandate for Republicans, who not only decisively took back the governor’s office after 16 years in the hands of Democrats, but also delivered every other statewide office on the ballot.

    But that’s just the start of the news. Big Sky Lede is about what’s next. 

    What will the GOP do with their newfound power? 

    What happens to legislation that’s met the veto pen at the end of the road for the last decade and a half?

    Did the last election signal the start of a period of unified government or can Democrats build back their brand?

    We’ve all heard a covid vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel, but how long is the rest of that tunnel? 

    And who is driving the bus to get us through?

    This podcast is from the reporters of the Montana State News Bureau in Helena, your eyes and ears on state government to answer all those questions and more.

    Our job is to find out what decisions are being made that will change all our lives, all across the state, and break it down for you so you can make sure the most important voice — yours — has a say in the process.

    Each week we’ll take our stories off the printed and digital page. There’s only so much that can fit into a report, and there’s always much more tell.

    We’ll lift the curtain to show you who is making the decisions that shape the future of our state and who’s in their ears as they’re doing it.

     Things kick off with the 67th state legislation session in January, the same day Republican Greg Gianforte will be sworn in as governor.

    We’ll be there to cover it all, and here once a week to share more with you.

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