MT Lowdown Podcast – Episode 17: Seeking solutions

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Rep. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, talks about the 2019 legislative session on the Montana Lowdown podcast.

Republicans Llew Jones and Nancy Ballance reflect on 2019 Legislative Outcomes

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Nancy Ballance, R-Hamilton, speaks on the House floor during the final day of the 2019 Legislative session.

Republican Reps. Llew Jones and Nancy Ballance are arguably two of the most influential lawmakers in the Montana Legislature.

Their admirers see them as pragmatic problem solvers committed to finding bipartisan solutions to issues facing the state.

Their detractors say they are central figures in a group of “Republicans in name only” who are too quick to side with Democrats to pass policy and budget proposals that deviate from conservative principles.

A day after the session ended, Jones and Ballance gave their perspective on what they achieved and didn’t achieve in the 2019 Legislature.

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