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Kathleen Williams

Tonight on "Campaign Beat," Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin talk about guns, and what Montana political candidates are and are not saying about them. That includes Governor Steve Bullock, who’s giving new signals that he might be a candidate for President in the future. Hear analysis of all that and more right here.

Kathleen Williams meets with Democrats in Kalispell, February 23, 2018. Williams made two stops in the Flathead this week that focused on health care.
Nicky Ouellet

Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress Kathleen Williams made a couple campaign stops in the Flathead at the end of February.

Williams spoke with Flathead Democrats at fundraising events in Whitefish and Kalispell. A couple dozen people showed up to each event to grill her with questions for more than an hour.

This week on "Campaign Beat," gun control: Montana's trickiest political issue? How lack of money is forcing some candidates out in both the House and Senate races, Senator Daines' criticism of UM over the Mike Adams controversy, and the Billings Gazette tete-a-tete with former Wisconsin sheriff David Clark. Listen in now.

Gov. Steve Bullock.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, we’re taking a look at reactions and statements on guns from Montana's politicians and candidates for elected office.

This week on "Campaign Beat" we cover candidate hairdos via a new Republican anti-Tester ad; talk about the moderate/progressive split on display at the Missoula Democratic House candidates forum; look at Governor Bullock's ongoing flirtation with running for POTUS; and discus Senate candidates James and Sarah Dean's odd disappearing act.

More than 800 people attended the Democrat's candidate forum in Missoula Thursday night, Feb. 8, 2018.
Olga Kreimer

The five Democrats running to be their party’s candidate in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat had a chance to do something a little different in Missoula last night.

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin unpack how Montana candidates — including the "least Trumpy" Republican — reacted to the State of the Union, parse the latest campaign finance reports, and talk town hall pledges and bikes in wilderness, on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two Democrats seeking the nomination for Montana's sole U.S. House seat have far outraised the rest of a crowded field vying to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.

Campaign reports show Billings attorney John Heenan has raised $580,000 to date, including $200,000 of his own money. Former nonprofit director Grant Kier of Missoula has raised $440,000.

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss what distinguishes the Democratic House candidates, parse Tester's meeting with Trump this week, and talk about the risks and rewards of getting 100 percent behind Trump. Listen now on this installment of "Campaign Beat."

More than 70 people attended the Democratic candidate forum in Helena, January 11, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

Five Democrats running for their party’s nomination to challenge Republican Greg Gianforte for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House met in their second public forum in Helena Thursday night.

They continued working to distinguish themselves as uniquely qualified to beat Gianforte. A Democrat has not represented Montana in the U.S. House since 1996.

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