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Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton. File photo.
Montana Secretary of State.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton was fined $4,000 Monday for violating state ethics laws.

Stapleton misused state resources when sending a press release from the Secretary of State's Office announcing his bid for governor in 2020, according to a decision signed by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

Another Republican joins the 2020 race for governor. Republicans may be open to borrowing money for infrastructure projects — with a catch. A proposal for the state to buy a coal-fired power plant gets a rocky reception. Why passing new taxes could get harder. And a new poll shows the power of independent voters in Montana. Learn more now on "Capitol Talk" with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Corin Cates-Carney.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox speaks during a Trump campaign rally in Great Falls, Montana, July 5, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

It’s official, Tim Fox has announced that he’s running for governor.

"I feel I have a calling to public service," Fox says. "I’ve been Montana’s attorney general for the last six years, I have actually a dozen years in public service all told. I think I’ve been an effective and responsible leader, with a lot of results."

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
Corey Stapleton

The Montana Democratic Party alleges Secretary of State Corey Stapleton broke campaign finance law early this month when announcing his plans to run for governor.

The Democrats filed their complaint with the state’s Commissioner of Political Practices earlier this week. It submits as evidence a press release sent from the Secretary of State’s Office on January 2, announcing Stapleton’s plans to run for governor in 2020.

Monica Lindeen, is the new Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party.
Courtesy Monica Lindeen

The Montana Democratic Party’s new executive director is no stranger to state politics.

Monica Lindeen replaces Nancy Keenan, who led the party since 2015. Lindeen served eight years as the State Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, and then lost the 2016 Secretary of State race to Republican Corey Stapleton. On Wednesday Stapleton announced he’s running for governor.

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