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2020 elections

The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office.
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The top enforcer for state political campaign regulations says a complaint filed by Montana Democrats is frivolous.

Political Practices Commissioner Jeff Mangan wrote in his decision Friday that Republican Secretary of State candidate Christi Jacobsen did not use public time or resources in support of her campaign, as alleged by the Democratic party.

The two Democratic candidates for the 2020 governor’s race participated in the first forum of their campaign last night in Billings on Feb. 12.
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The two Democratic primary candidates for the 2020 governor’s race each argue they’re the best candidate to defend the party’s decade-and-a -half hold of the office from Republicans. Current Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney and businesswoman Whitney Willams faced off in their first forum Wednesday night. Candidates fielded questions on topics including public safety, women’s health care and access to public land.

Listen now on Campaign Beat: A state legislator stands by his calls for violence against 'socialists.' Montana's two senators split their votes on impeachment. Democrats running for governor are down to two candidates. The AG race has a new twist. And did Barack Obama urge Gov. Bullock to change his mind about a Senate run?

More than 85 percent of the money fueling primary campaigns for Montana’s U.S. House race this year is held by two candidates; Republican Matt Rosendale and Democrat Kathleen Williams. Rosendale and Williams each have more than $800,000 in the bank to start the 2020 election year.

Raph Graybill is one of two candidates in the Democratic primary for the office of Montana attorney general.
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A former Montana legislator has accused a fellow Democrat of being ineligible for the office he’s campaigning for, alleging he hasn’t practiced law in the state for long enough to run for state attorney general. A two-way Democratic primary is underway for the job, pitting Missoula state Representative Kimberly Dudik against Raph Graybill, chief legal counsel to the Governor’s Office.

Democratic House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner.
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House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner dropped out of the gubernatorial race Monday, leaving just two candidates running in the Montana Democratic primary race for governor.

The three Democratic candidates for governor hold their first debate soon; Gov. Bullock says no to a Senate run and maybe to a Cabinet position; Congressman Gianforte still won’t hold an in-person town hall; and how public officials' thin skins threaten democracy.

Elsie Arntzen is Montana's superintendent of public instruction.
Montana Legislature

The first incumbent on Montana’s state land board has filed for reelection. Most statewide candidates with seats on the board are either terming out of their jobs this year or seeking a new political office.

Elsie Arntzen is the current Republican superintendent of public instruction and one of five elected officials that sit on the land board that oversees state trust lands. The governor, attorney general, state auditor, and secretary of state also sit on the board.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (right) stands along his running mate, former state representative Jon Knokey, during a press event in Belgrade on Jan. 29, 2020.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is heating up the Republican party primary race for governor, picking a running mate from his rival’s home town. Fox has tapped former Montana House Rep. Jon Knokey from Bozeman as his lieutenant governor.

Montana Democrats have lodged an ethics complaint against a Republican candidate for Secretary of State. Democrats accuse the current Secretary of State Chief of Staff of using public time to campaign.

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