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Corey Stapleton

Tonight on Capitol Talk: The state budget sails through the Legislature; Gov. Bullock says he's "skeptical" about the "save Colstrip" bill; a Colstrip senator launches a vitriolic video slamming press coverage of the Colstrip bill; Attorney General Tim Fox opposes ending Obamacare; and three more candidates enter the races for governor and U.S. House. 

Sen. Albert Olszewski, R-Kalsipell, announced Wednesday, April 3 that he is entering Montana's gubernatorial race in 2020. Two-dozen Republican legislators joined Olszewski on the state Capitol steps, endorsing his candidacy.
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Republican state Sen. Al Olszewski announced his candidacy for Montana governor in 2020 during a noon rally on the state Capitol steps today, joining a field that includes two statewide elected officials.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's election administrators are asking lawmakers to allow them to open and begin counting absentee ballots earlier because the number of mailed-in ballots continues to increase.

The Senate has passed a bill that would allow absentee ballots to be opened starting on the Thursday before Election Day and for the counting of absentee ballots to start the Monday before Election Day.

Montana Capitol dome, Helena.
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County election officials are backing a proposal to allow online voter registration in Montana ahead of the 2020 election. However Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is standing against the idea.

Tonight on Capitol Talk: Medicaid politics; how Sen. Tester has moved to the center; and what's Gov. Bullock doing in Iowa again? Tune in now for these stories and more from the state Capitol, with Eric Whitney, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

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