Montana Focus

An in-depth news and public affairs series hosted by Gene Brodeur which tackles issues across the state relating to politics and government, natural resources, business development, and social changes. Produced by Gene Brodeur and Scott Sterling for MontanaPBS.

The Top Job
 (No. 901)
The "top job" in Montana government is up for grabs. Under the state's term limits law, Governor Brian Schweitzer will be leaving office after eight years at the helm. His successor will have a budget surplus of more that $453 million as a cushion to make the transition a little easier. Vying to replace Schweitzer, are Democrat Steve Bullock, Republican Rick Hill, and Libertarian Ron Vandevender. Montana Focus scratches beneath the surface of the stump speeches to find out how the candidates really feel about the same topics that are demanding candidate's attention around the country. That includes jobs, the economy, health care, abortion and gay rights. Will they join other state's that are pursuing efforts to roll back President Obama's affordable health care plan? Will they push for an expansion of Montana's rich deposits of coal and oil? (First Aired Wednesday, October 17, 2012)
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