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Democratic House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner.
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House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner dropped out of the gubernatorial race Monday, leaving just two candidates running in the Montana Democratic primary race for governor.

The three Democratic candidates for governor hold their first debate soon; Gov. Bullock says no to a Senate run and maybe to a Cabinet position; Congressman Gianforte still won’t hold an in-person town hall; and how public officials' thin skins threaten democracy.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox (right) stands along his running mate, former state representative Jon Knokey, during a press event in Belgrade on Jan. 29, 2020.
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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is heating up the Republican party primary race for governor, picking a running mate from his rival’s home town. Fox has tapped former Montana House Rep. Jon Knokey from Bozeman as his lieutenant governor.

The three candidates in the Republican primary race for governor in Montana squared off at their first full debate Thursday night.

Each candidate tried to distinguish himself as the best Montanan to advocate for other Montanans.

A Montana case before the U.S. Supreme Court could have far-reaching implications for public education funding and the debate over the separation of church and state. Two candidates in the U.S. House race — one Democrat and one Republican — are running away from the pack in fundraising. A controversial tribal water compact could become an issue in the governor's race. And the three Republican candidates for governor square off in their first debate. Listen now on Campaign Beat.

Keystone Pipeline pumping station in Nebraska.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, federal officials told The Associated Press, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom.

State Sen. and gubernatorial candidate Albert Olszewski.
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Opponents of a major Indian water rights settlement in Montana are calling on U.S. Sen. Steve Daines to withdraw it from Congress. But attorneys say some of the claims made by the conservative group from the Flathead Valley are false. 

Sen. Steve Daines at President Trump's rally at Missoula International Airport. Oct. 18, 2018.
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The Republican members of Montana’s congressional delegation are offering unwavering support of President Trump after the assassination of Iran’s Military General Qasem Soleimani. But others are questioning the situation.

'Campaign Beat:' Fundraising, Campaign Ads, And The Trump Factor

Jan 10, 2020

This week on Campaign Beat: who's ahead, and who's behind in campaign fundraising. A new ad introduces a political newcomer in the Senate race, and protesters challenge Sen. Daines for going all-in for Trump.

Missoula Businesswomen Whitney Williams announces her 2020 run for governor as a Democrat, Oct. 3, 2019. Williams is the daughter of Pat Williams, who represented Montana in U.S. Congress for nine terms.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Democrat Whitney Williams and Republican Greg Gianforte lead the fundraising in Montana's gubernatorial race, according to campaign finance reports that were due on Monday.

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