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Two candidates in the Republican primary race for governor face off tonight at Carroll College in Helena. It’s the first GOP debate in the party’s three-way gubernatorial primary.

Current Attorney General Tim Fox and State Sen. Albert Olszewski are scheduled to answer questions from a panel made up of a student, staff member and faculty from the college.

The Kavanaugh effect is tightening the Senate race; new ads are getting nastier; debates are sharpening candidates’ profiles and messages; and Libertarian candidates could impact the outcome of close races. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin analyze this week's campaign news now, on "Campaign Beat."

Sen. Jon Tester (D) and challenger State Auditor Matt Rosendale (R).
Rosendale: Corin-Cates-Carney / MTPR

MontanaPBS will host a U.S. Senate candidate debate this fall. On Saturday, September 29 in Missoula, Democratic incumbent Sen. Jon Tester and Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale will discuss issues as they face off for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Jon Tester (D) and challenger Matt Rosendale (R).
Montana Public Radio

It’s official. The Republican and Democratic candidates for Montana’s U.S. House and Senate seats have confirmed they will debate this fall. Both events are hosted by MontanaPBS. 

Sen. Jon Tester (D) and challenger Matt Rosendale (R).
Montana Public Radio

The Montana Broadcasters Association is still planning to hold its Senate candidate debate Sunday in Whitefish, but only one candidate is going to be there.

Republican Matt Rosendale reportedly backed out of the debate after saying he’d be there. His campaign later said the debate conflicted with Rosendale’s Father’s Day plans and it was scheduled without his input.

Republican U.S. Senate candidates Albert Olszewski, Russell Fagg, Troy Downing and Matt Rosendale debate in Helena, April 26, 2018.
Greater Montana Foundation

Listen to or watch the debate between Republican U.S. Senate candidates Albert Olszewski, Russell Fagg, Troy Downing and Matt Rosendale from Helena, April 26, 2018.

Democratic candidates for U.S. House: John Heenan, Grant Kier, Jared Pettinato, Kathleen Williams.
Photos by Olga Kreimer

Montana's Democratic U.S. House candidates debate May 3, 2018. The debate includes candidates John Heenan, Grant Kier, John Meyer, Jared Pettinato and Kathleen Williams.

Listen or watch here:

Sally Kohn, Krista Tippett, Erick Erickson.
Krista Tippet Photo: Peter Beck

"Political modes of argument and debate have infiltrated all of our spheres," says "On Being" host Krista Tippett. "The way we take up any important subject, even in a community, even in a religious institution, it's very contentious. It's about turning issues into a debate between this extreme and that extreme, it's about competing answers. It's not about what are the questions before us that we all have a stake in. There are some simple things that we can do that are actually very hard because they feel so counter-intuitive because of the set of instincts and reflexes that we've worked up."

Krista Tippett joins us to talk about politics and civility and the upcoming "Repairing Public Discourse" event in Missoula Tuesday night.

Montana Gubernatorial Candidates Circle The State To Excite Voters
Democratic governor Steve Bullock criticized the tax reform bill moving through Congress today, while Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte’s vote helped pass the U.S. House version of the bill.

Gubernatorial candidates Steve Bullock and Greg Gianforte met Saturday for their third and final debate before the elections.

Listen: Oct. 5 U.S. House Debate

Oct 5, 2016
Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke
Denise Juneau: courtesy Bronte Wittpen; Ryan Zinke: William Marcus

Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke met in their third debate in the race for Montana's U.S. House seat Wed. Oct 5. Newcomer to the race, Libertarian Rick Breckenridge, also joined the debate. Listen to the full debate here.

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