Charles S. “Chuck” Johnson discusses his tenure as a former longtime Montana political reporter. Johnson describes the political backdrop to Montana politics before he started covering them and some political events and trends that set up the Constitutional Convention. Johnson mainly talks about his work during the 1970s and some on Montana politics taking place in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and present day. Further recollections include Johnson’s interactions with former Montana politicians including governors, U.S. senators, and U.S. House members. Johnson further details communications with Montana state officials such as legislators, secretaries of state, attorney generals, and Supreme Court justices. Topics discussed by Johnson consist of environmental movements and coal mining, legal procedures relating to power plants and dams, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, sale of Montana’s dams and power plants, utility deregulation, Health Department issues including with the old prison in Deer Lodge, and term limits.
Twentieth century; Twenty-first century
Charles S. Johnson Oral History Project, OH 483, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Johnson, Charles S., "Charles S. Johnson Interview, June 20, 2022" (2022). Charles S. Johnson Oral History Project. 2.