Tester, Gianforte, & Ward on Higher Education and the 6-mil Levy

Investment in higher education is a hot topic across the country and in Montana especially. Every ten years since 1948 Montanans vote on a ballot measure called the 6-mill levy, which represents a substantial funding mechanism for the state’s university system. The 6-mil levy returns to the ballot this November. In this special episode, we present the viewpoints of Senator Jon Tester (D), Congressman Greg Gianforte (R), and UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research economist Bryce Ward. Each presents a different perspective on the value of higher education and offers some thoughts on the 6-mill levy.

Joel Benenson – Chief Pollster and Strategist to Obama and Clinton

Joel Benenson is a premier political strategist and pollster. He’s the only Democratic pollster to have played a leading role in 3 winning presidential campaigns. He recently visited University of Montana to speak with our students about the Big Sky Poll project. Joel and I discuss the roll of polling, the problems associated with reporting on poll results, and how some things went wrong (for his candidate) in the 2016 election.

Joel is founder and CEO of The Benenson Strategy Group where he and his team serve as strategist and consultants to heads of state, domestic political leaders at all levels, Fortune 100 CEOs, and leaders of major advocacy and nonprofit institutions.




Missoula Mayor John Engen Thinks Beyond Town and Gown

This week we sit down with Missoula Mayor John Engen. Mayor Engen is a graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. He worked for years at the Missoulian before joining Missoula City Council and then winning the Mayoral election in 2005. We discuss his vision for the optimal relationship between Missoula and the University of Montana.

Oh, and we break some news on an issue troubling many fathers of young children in this community.