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Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale poses with Vice President Mike Pence at a rally in Bozeman.
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In his visit to Bozeman today, Vice President Mike Pence criticized Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester for announcing his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before an FBI investigation into the judge is completed.

State Auditor Matt Rosendale, Republican, left, and Senator Jon Tester, Democrat, right.
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In the first of two televised debates Saturday night, Democratic Senator Jon Tester and his Republican challenger, State Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale clashed over campaign contributions, health care and Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme court nomination.

The event was broadcast live by Montana PBS from a closed set in Missoula.

Sally Mauk: Welcome to Campaign Beat, our weekly political analysis program. I'm Sally Mauk and I'm joined by University of Montana Political Science Professor Rob Saldin and Veteran Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.

Corin Cates-Carney

Donald Trump Jr. packed an exhibit hall with Trump-agenda supporters in Bozeman last night to rally conservative support in Montana’s U.S. Senate Race.

“You have to realize that Donald Trump is on the ticket in six weeks," Trump Jr. said.  "I want to keep winning for another six years.”

State Auditor Drops Fines Against Top Campaign Donor

Sep 25, 2018

Family members and employees of a Billings-based bail bond company facing fines and sanctions by the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance gave nearly $13,000 to Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale’s political campaigns in 2016.

One day after a 2017 face-to-face meeting with company representatives, Rosendale dropped the fines and dismissed two of the three allegations against Friedel LLC. The company paid no penalty under the terms of the agreement.

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


This fall’s race for the U.S. Senate seat Democrat Jon Tester has held for two terms could very well come down to guys like Jim Henningfield.

He’s 66 years old, retired after 20 years of working on aircraft in the Navy, including a combat tour, and he’s unhappy with the trends he’s seeing in politics. 

Montana's House and Senate races are tightening, giving hope to the challengers; new ads trumpet Trump support and guns; and the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination process could be a wild-card in the congressional contests. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin analyse this week's campaign news now, on "Campaign Beat."

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Governor Steve Bullock is creating a bipartisan working-group to develop a plan to reduce premiums for people who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace.

A Montana Healthcare Foundation study found that reinsurance programs insulate insurers from very high claims and save consumers money.

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.

Donald Trump Jr. returned to Montana on May 11, 2018 to rally supporters for U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte in Butte, Montana.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

Donald Trump Jr. is returning to Montana to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale next week.

The president’s son was in Billings in June for the same purpose.

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