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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.

Montana Senator Jon Tester.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Montana’s senior senator says politics played no role in the heightened investigation into President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jon Tester is the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

"When we started this investigation into Admiral Jackson last week," says Tester, "we got some calls that were very concerning about him as a person."

Those allegations against Dr. Ronny Jackson include over-prescription of drugs, creation of a hostile work environment and drinking on the job. Tester says what started as a standard vetting of Jackson’s qualifications rapidly escalated into an ‘all hands-on deck’ operation in the wake of those accusations.

Montana Senator Steve Daines at a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee meeting Tuesday
Courtesy Sen. Steve Daines

Senator Steve Daines put out a press release Tuesday saying he’s "building momentum" for the U.S. to re-join negotiations for the trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

In a White House meeting with Daines and other farm state lawmakers on April 13th President Trump made remarks that some interpreted as a potential policy change towards re-joining TPP talks. Pulling out of the trade agreement was one of Trump’s first actions after being elected, and he spoke strongly against it during his campaign.

Shortly after the April 13th meeting though, Trump tweeted that he would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the one offered to President Obama.

From left: Kalispell Mayor Mark Johnson, state auditor Matt Rosendale and Dr. Albert Olszewski participate in the Flathead County Republican Senate forum in Kalispell on April 15.
Nicky Ouellet

Flathead County Republicans hosted their annual Lincoln Reagan Brunch at the county fairgrounds on Sunday.

Amid old-timey camp songs, against a backdrop of a swimming pool-sized American flag, half of the men hoping to win the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Jon Tester in the upcoming midterm primaries sat down for a candidate forum.

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