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CAMPAIGN WATCH: This week in the race to November

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm •  Published: September 19, 2014
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Several debates have been set between the major candidates for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Democratic House candidate John Lewis also introduced a plan this week he says will support women and families, while Democratic Senate candidate Amanda Curtis filed her personal financial statement.

Here's a look at the week's most interesting and important developments in Montana's election campaigns.

LEWIS UNVEILS PLAN FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES

Lewis said he has formed an advisory group of Montana women. He said he supports the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act, which would increase the number of women-owned small businesses eligible for federal contracting. He also supports legislation that would prevent companies from interfering in women's health care choices.

Lewis said he would encourage but not mandate flexible work schedules for parents and create incentives for guaranteed paid maternity leave. He also would like to discuss implementing a universal preschool program and supports the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which provides for services such as Meals on Wheels, elder abuse prevention and support of family caregivers.

Republican opponent Ryan Zinke said he supports improving accessibility and accessible health care for all Montanans. He said the Affordable Care Act should be abandoned in favor of looking for ways to make health care and health insurance more affordable.

Zinke also said he supports equal pay for equal work, and that wages and job opportunities for women need to be improved.

CURTIS RELEASES PERSONAL FINANCE INFORMATION

Curtis released her personal financial statement this week. She reported personal assets worth between $15,001 and $50,000 in a retirement savings plan. She listed liabilities from $50,000 to $100,000 for a home mortgage and between $15,001 and $50,000 in student loans.

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