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Greg Gianforte

General Flynn endorses Troy Downing in the Republican Senate primary, but skips his visit to Montana. While Sen. Tester is counting on the vet vote, Republican Russ Fagg veers to the right. Republican Matt Rosendale is all in with Trump, while Democrat Grant Kier courts the women's vote.

Join Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin as they analyze these stories and more, on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Support for keeping Wilderness Study Areas as they are now is strong across parties in Montana, according to a survey by UM’s Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative.
UM’s Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative.

A survey about Montanans' opinions about public lands released by the University of Montana Monday is receiving criticism from the Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation.

Senator Steve Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte are casting doubt on the poll’s legitimacy as they work to advance legislative proposals in Congress to reduce designated Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in the state, which they say will increase public land use.

Trump's attacks on Jon Tester continue, and spawn new anti-Tester ads. Republican Russ Fagg's new ad plays on fears of illegal immigrants. Two new Democratic ads use humor and personal stories. And House Democratic candidates point out each other's drawbacks in the general election. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin look at these stories and more, on this episode of "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

Greg Gianforte (right) accepts an award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce rep Chris Eyler (left) and Daily Interlake publisher Rick Weaver, at the Daily Interlake in Kalispell, May 3, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte one of its Spirit of Enterprise Awards. About 40 local chamber members attended an award ceremony amidst giant rolls of newsprint at the Kalispell Daily Interlake newspaper’s warehouse.

Congressman Greg Gianforte addresses a Montana Association of Counties meeting in Missoula Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Eric Whitney

Congressman Greg Gianforte says some changes to public lands management he’s been pushing for have made it into the draft of the Farm Bill Congress is expected to take up in couple of weeks.

The Farm Bill helps direct the U.S. Forest Service, which is part of the Department of Agriculture.

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