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Al Olszewski

Kenneth Bogner (L) and Albert Olszewski (R).
Courtesy Olszewski campaign

State Sen. and Republican gubernatorial candidate Albert Olszewski picked a running mate yesterday for his bid to win the party’s nomination in 2020. Olszewski is tapping fellow state Senator Republican Kenneth Bogner of Miles City.

A Montana Republican running for governor in 2020 is calling for 10 debates ahead of the June 2nd primary.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Montana’s current Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter Tuesday to fellow candidates U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte and state Senator Al Olszewski proposing 10 live debates with media coverage to ensure a broad audience.

Candidates for statewide office in Montana’s 2020 election raised more than $1.4 million since the start of the year, most of that coming over the last three months. Candidates were required to file campaign finance reports by Friday.

Most of the early money coming in is taking sides in the contested Republican primary for governor.

Montana Department of Justice

Montana Attorney General and candidate for governor Tim Fox is touring the southern U.S. Border this week. He describes it an eye-opening experience. 

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

Montana now has three Republicans campaigning for governor, with one candidate dropping out of the race to run for the U.S. House. Party leaders met in Helena this weekend. Veteran journalists Chuck Johnson and Ed Kemmick offer their analysis with Montana Free Press Editor John Adams.

Congressman Greg Gianforte announces his bid for Montana governor on June 14, 2019 at the Montana Republican Party convention in Helena
Thom Bridge, Helena Independent Record

Montana Republicans held their state party convention over the weekend in Helena.

Most of the attention was on the race to win the GOP nomination for governor, which Montana’s Congressman Greg Gianforte is seeking.

Democratic governor candidate Reilly Neill.
leg.mt.gov

The first Democratic candidate for Montana governor has filed her paperwork with state regulators.

Former state Rep. Reilly Neill of Livingston pledges to carry on Gov. Steve Bullock's legacy.

Veterans at this morning's sunrise service in Missoula honoring those lost to suicide
Eric Whitney

Among the dozens of Memorial Day observances in Montana Tuesday was one of a type that just got started last year. Sam Redfern with the United Veterans Council and United States of Hope was the master of ceremonies for the event that got started at 6:30 a.m. at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery in Missoula.

Women hold  pro-choice signs during a rally in Missoula, May 21, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Montanans in Missoula, Billings and Kalispell today joined nationwide protests against abortion bans in southern states.

At the Missoula County Courthouse speakers expressed outrage over legislation in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri to a crowd of about 200 people.


Tuesday marks the first election in Montana under a new ballot collection rule approved by popular vote last year. Some election officials say voters in remote areas and with limited mobility may be impacted.

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