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Shared State

Politicians are on the airwaves claiming how their candidacies best reflect “Montana values.” But behind the political promises and rhetoric, there are actual policies up for debate.

Telemedicine and Montana’s digital divide

Since launching in March, Telehealth Access for Seniors has raised $85,000 and donated 1,900 devices — some brand-new — to seniors and low-income people in 26 states. Alongside cofounder Aakshi Agarwal, Hannah’s classmate at Yale, Arjun and Hannah have coordinated the efforts of 315 volunteers, mostly students.

COVID goes to college

Both the University of Montana and Montana State have set up symptomatic testing on campus for students, faculty and staff, but neither school is offering asymptomatic surveillance testing — a strategy that some other schools are using to help control the virus.

The China conundrum

As incumbent Sen. Steve Daines and Gov. Steve Bullock continue to campaign for U.S. Senate, Daines’ record working with, and in, China has become a campaign issue, with both sides using Daines’ record regarding the country as evidence that he would either advocate policies that benefit China at the expense of Montanans (the Bullock camp’s position), or is the representative Montanans need to bring jobs outsourced overseas back to America.


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