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Campaign Beat: Greens, Guns And Preexisting Conditions

Aug 21, 2020

Montana's Secretary of State loses his battle to keep Green Party candidates on the ballot. New campaign ads focus on family and gun rights. The two candidates for governor release their health care plans. The national party conventions may hold little sway over Montana races. And Governor Bullock rebukes State School Superintendent Elsie Arntzen in their ongoing dispute over school masking policy

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

In the race for the Montana governor’s seat, Democrat Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney has raised more than $725,000 over the last two months, while his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte raised more than $580,000 over the same time period from donors.

The U.S. Postal Service on Aug. 18 announced it’s suspending controversial cost saving measures that had raised alarms among Montana’s elected officials.

In separate statements on Aug. 18, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte welcomed news that the Post Office will drop recent operational changes until after the November election.

Tester also said the agency must reverse previous disruptions.

Montana lt. governor and gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney.
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Montana’s Democratic candidate for governor announced a plan Wednesday that he says will increase access to health care and lower prescription drug prices.

The plan reiterates Lt. Gov Mike Cooney’s support for Montana’s Medicaid expansion program, which was reauthorized with bipartisan support during the 2019 legislative session. The plan also outlines several legislative actions Cooney would push aimed at decreasing the cost of prescriptions.

Closeup of a mask on a person's face.
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Montana’s mask mandate is now just over a month old. While public health experts and studies say masks are key to slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, some people are pushing-back against the rule. Candidates for governor and attorney general also have opposing views on the role of state government during the pandemic.

Montana’s U.S. Senators are urging congressional leadership to extend the 2020 census response deadline, which they say is necessary to ensure all Montanans are counted.

In letters sent this week to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester ask that an extension be included in the next coronavirus relief package.

Greens Are Out, Mail Is In, Sales Tax Fearmongering Returns

Aug 8, 2020

There will be no Greens on the November ballot, and that ballot will likely be mailed in. Montana is falling short on the census. A new poll shows Republicans ahead. And a new campaign ad plays on Montana's historic hatred of a sales tax.

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

A 2020 Montana primary absentee ballot
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The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

But the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, disputed reports that his agency is slowing down election mail, or any other mail, and said it has “ample capacity to deliver all election mail securely and on time” for the November presidential contest, when a significant increase in mail-in ballots is expected.

Campaign Beat: Money, Mobs And Corruption

Jul 31, 2020

Montana's U.S. House race looks to be tight and maybe getting tighter. New ads in the Senate race allege corruption and kowtowing to the "liberal mob." And the candidates in that race agree to three debates this fall.

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

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney announces his economic plan for the state during a July 30 press conference in Missoula. Todd Frank and Whitney Williams look on.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Cooney Thursday unveiled an economic plan for the state. Cooney’s plan emphasizes in-state hiring for state contractors; growing rural economies; and empowering women in the workforce.

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