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Fourth Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference

People and Place in the Rural American West

Missoula, Montana, March 17-19

Keynote Address: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock

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Steve Bullock has served as the Governor of Montana since 2013, having previously been the state’s attorney general. At the conference’s keynote lunch, Gov. Bullock spoke of the importance of rural populations in a large and sparsely populated state, saying, “Absent a huge population in a state like ours, we have to work a little bit harder.” The governor addressed issues like economic development, climate change, health care and medicaid expansion, and tribal sovereignty. He also fielded questions from the audience.

Held March 18, 2016 at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT

 

Speakers

  •   David Brady, Hoover Institution and Stanford University Political Science, cue video  
  •   Gov. Steve Bullock, State of Montana cue video  
  •   Questions and Answers with Gov. Bullock cue video  

 

 

Poll Data

From the Rural West Conference Montana Survey: Opinions on Elected Officials

Analysis by Christopher Muste, University of Montana

Elected officials receive positive evaluations overall among survey respondents who expressed an opinion about their performance. Governor Steve Bullock’s job performance rating is 75% positive, with 27% “strongly approve” and 48% “somewhat approve. Rural residents rate Bullock 12% to 15% lower than their urban and small town counterparts, likely a reflection of greater Republican identification in rural areas, but still are overwhelmingly positive (65% approve). Democratic Senator Jon Tester, in his second term, has a 61% positive rating, and only a 50-50 rating among rural residents. Republican first-term Senator Steve Daines has a 67% approval rating, only slightly lower in urban areas. First-term Republican U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke has a 65% approval rating, uniformly spread across the state, although this is only among the 70% of respondents who had an opinion of his job performance. The Montana Legislature was rated positively by 64% of Montanans, slightly lower in rural areas than in towns and cities.

Results and analysis from the Rural West Conference Montana Survey Read More »

 

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« Panel 2: People and Place

Panel 3: Housing »

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« Panel 2: People and Place

Panel 3: Housing »

 

Steve Bullock has served as the Governor of Montana since 2013, having previously been the state’s attorney general. At the conference’s keynote lunch, Gov. Bullock spoke of the importance of rural populations in a large and sparsely populated state, saying, “Absent a huge population in a state like ours, we have to work a little bit harder.” The governor addressed issues like economic development, climate change, health care and medicaid expansion, and tribal sovereignty. He also fielded questions from the audience.

Held March 18, 2016 at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT

Speakers

  •   David Brady, Hoover Institution and Stanford University Political Science, cue video  
  •   Gov. Steve Bullock, State of Montana cue video  
  •   Questions and Answers with Gov. Bullock cue video  

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Keynote: Gov. Steve Bullock

 

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Poll Data

From the Rural West Conference Montana Survey: Opinions on Elected Officials

Analysis by Christopher Muste, University of Montana

Elected officials receive positive evaluations overall among survey respondents who expressed an opinion about their performance. Governor Steve Bullock’s job performance rating is 75% positive, with 27% “strongly approve” and 48% “somewhat approve. Rural residents rate Bullock 12% to 15% lower than their urban and small town counterparts, likely a reflection of greater Republican identification in rural areas, but still are overwhelmingly positive (65% approve). Democratic Senator Jon Tester, in his second term, has a 61% positive rating, and only a 50-50 rating among rural residents. Republican first-term Senator Steve Daines has a 67% approval rating, only slightly lower in urban areas. First-term Republican U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke has a 65% approval rating, uniformly spread across the state, although this is only among the 70% of respondents who had an opinion of his job performance. The Montana Legislature was rated positively by 64% of Montanans, slightly lower in rural areas than in towns and cities.

Results and analysis from the Rural West Conference Montana Survey Read More »

 

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Rural West Conference Volume

Bridging the Distance

Common Issues of the Rural West

Edited by David B. Danbom

Foreword by David M. Kennedy

Published in cooperation with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
 
The University of Utah Press has published Bridging the Distance, a book by the Rural West Initiative of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Edited by the distinguished historian David B. Danbom and with a foreword by Center co-founding director David M. Kennedy, the book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics – and defining the Rural West itself. The book is the result of work presented at the first Conference on the Rural West, which took place in Ogden, Utah, in October 2012.