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2020 elections

Campaign Beat: Conservatism, Campaign Funds And COVID-19 Closures

Apr 17, 2020

Gov. Steve Bullock faces increasing pressure to ease pandemic restrictions. The two leading Republican candidates for governor trade barbs over an allegation of insider trading. And all the gubernatorial candidates stake out their claim to electability.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

This week we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for Montana governor as the June 2 primary approaches.

Republican Greg Gianforte has been Montana’s U.S. Representative since 2017. He spoke with YPR New’s Jess Sheldahl this week about why he came to Montana, his business experience, and the Affordable Care Act.

The money funding Montana’s U.S. Senate race has grown by the millions since the start of 2020.

According to federal campaign finance reports, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has drawn in a net of $3.3 million since he entered the race in early March. After some spending, Bullock still ended the first quarter of 2020 with more than $3 million in the bank.

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The backer of two proposed measures to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Montana is suing the state for permission to gather electronic signatures during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Initiative-190 would legalize use of recreational pot in the state. It requires over 25,000 valid voter signatures to appear on November’s ballot.

 

This week we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for Montana governor as the June 2 primary approaches.

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, a Democrat, has been an elected official in one capacity or another in Montana since the '70s. He spoke with YPR New's Jess Sheldahl this week about his experience in state government, healthcare and his campaign.

This week we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for Montana governor as the Jun. 2 primary approaches.

Missoula based businesswoman Whitney Williams grew up in Montana and returned to the state with her company williamsworks three years ago. She spoke with YPR New’s Jess Sheldahl earlier in the month about what brought her back to Montana, medicaid expansion, and campaign fundraising.

Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio sent a list of four questions to candidates in the gubernatorial primary election, asking how they believe the state’s top executive should approach the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This week we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for Montana governor as the June 2 primary approaches.

Republican Dr. Al Olszewski, an orthopedic surgeon from the Flathead Valley has served three terms in the state legislature. YPR News' Jess Sheldal spoke with Olszewski February 22— before the coronavirus pandemic hit Montana — about health care, the Second Amendment and his campaign.


As the June 2 primary approaches we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for governor in Montana. 

Republican Tim Fox was born in Hardin and has been Montana’s Attorney General for the past eight years. He spoke with YPR New’s Jess Sheldahl in early March, before the coronavirus pandemic hit Montana, about his time as attorney general, his public safety plan and his campaign.

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Montana is suing several tobacco companies for allegedly withholding millions of dollars owed the state under a landmark tobacco settlement agreement.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said enough is enough. Fox, who’s seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination, announced Monday his office is suing several tobacco companies for allegedly withholding $43 million from Montana.

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