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Big Sky Lede: Legislature shows division and consensus in week 4

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This week, Tom Kuglin and Seaborn Larson of the Montana State News Bureau talk about big-picture reporting from week four of the legislative session. 

Topics discussed include the formation of the Montana Freedom Caucus, a bloc of ultraconservative state lawmakers, and what this current session might have in store for fish and wildlife legislation.

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