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2020 elections

Gov. Steve Bullock announces his candidacy for president in Helena, Mont., May 14, 2019.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is withdrawing from the 2020 presidential race. Bullock said in a statement Monday morning that it’s clear he won’t become the Democratic party’s nominee.

Attorney General Tim Fox and State Sen. Albert Olszewski meet in Helena Nov. 26, 2019 for a debate hosted by Carroll College.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Two of the three Republican primary candidates for governor met in Helena Tuesday night for a debate focused on jobs and the economy.

Attorney General Tim Fox and State Sen. Albert Olszewski stood in an event hall at Carroll College for just under an hour making their pitch to GOP voters.

Two candidates in the Republican primary race for governor face off tonight at Carroll College in Helena. It’s the first GOP debate in the party’s three-way gubernatorial primary.

Current Attorney General Tim Fox and State Sen. Albert Olszewski are scheduled to answer questions from a panel made up of a student, staff member and faculty from the college.

Political ads for Montana’s 2020 gubernatorial race have appeared on Facebook at least 760,000 times since the start of the year. Montana Public Radio found nearly all of the candidates running for office didn’t follow state rules for disclosing details about those ads to the public.

From left to right, Rep. Greg Gianforte, State Sen. Al Olszewski and Attorney General Tim Fox.
L- R, Eric Whitney, Corin Cates-Carney and Montana DOJ

A debate between Montana Republican gubernatorial contenders is moving forward in Helena despite the absence of one of the candidates.

Carroll College announced Thursday it will hold the first GOP primary debate in the governor’s race later this month.

Voters in Clinton, Montana, cast ballots during the 2016 elections.
Rebekah Welch / UM School of Journalism

Starting in 2020, Lewis and Clark County will no longer have partisan elections for leadership offices, an idea that voters from a different southwest Montana county are opposed to.

Montana Secretary of State Office
William Marcus

A fourth Republican is entering Montana’s primary race for Secretary of State.

Bowen Greenwood, current clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, announced Tuesday he’s joining the 2020 race for the job of top election official.

Cannabis in jars. Stock photo.
iStock

A Montana group pushing to legalize recreational marijuana by a citizen vote next year now has support and financial backing from two national groups. The campaign to set up a tax structure and regulations for recreational use plans to spend millions in Big Sky Country.

The national political action committee that’s successfully pushed for the legalization of marijuana in California, Maine, and Massachusetts is coming to Montana.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney talk with reporters in the State Capitol about state budget cuts, July 25, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Gov. Steve Bullock is taking sides in the Democratic party’s 2020 primary race for governor. In a press conference Friday Bullock endorsed his current lieutenant governor for the job.

Montana Lieutenant Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney.
Montana Governor's Office

Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney is asking his opponents in the Democratic primary race for governor to sign a pledge to limit outside spending and self-funding in their campaigns. The pledge was called a media stunt by one opponent.

Cooney this week offered the pledge to donate to charity half of the value of any independent expenditures made by outside organizations, individuals, or corporations that benefit his campaign.

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