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Campaign Beat: It's Going To Be A Squeaker

Oct 16, 2020

If a new poll is correct, it's going to be a suspenseful election night in Montana. Fundraising in the Senate race is off the charts. The Senate candidates take turns accusing each other of being a party hack. The Missoulian newspaper tries to clean up a mess over a controversial endorsement. A new ad in the House race features a talking elk. And candidates in the the state auditor's race try to gain some voter attention

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

For years, Montana’s political leaders have been advocating for technology that traps carbon at power plants and other industrial sites. So far, carbon capture has seen a slow start. The two candidates facing off for a Montana U.S. Senate seat in the upcoming November election recently highlighted their carbon capture initiatives.

Candidates for one of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats faced off Saturday night in their third and final debate hosted by MTN News. Both candidates framed the race as pivotal to high stakes issues like coronavirus relief and tax policy.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines and current Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock first traded barbs over the state and federal response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Daines said he wants to pass another relief package but is opposed to Democratic efforts to provide money directly to states.

Watch: MontanaPBS Vote 2020 Candidate Profiles

Oct 9, 2020

Get to know each of the candidates as part of the MT U.S. House, U.S. Senate and Montana Governor's race including Matt Rosendale (R), Kathleen Williams (D), Steve Daines (R), Steve Bullock (D), Mike Cooney (D), Greg Gianforte (R) and Lyman Bishop (L).

U.S. Senator Steve Daines is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate

Montana Public Radio is gathering information on all statewide general election candidates to publish as a resource for our audience. We asked all the statewide candidates to respond to the following questions via email, limiting their answers to 150 words per question. These are their unedited responses.

Steve Daines is the 2020 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

A seniors advocacy group on Oct. 7 sent cease and desist letters regarding two campaign ads for Montana candidates, claiming they imply endorsements that don’t exist.

AARP took issue with a Montana Republican State Central Committee ad about prescription drug prices that supports Republican Sen. Steve Daines and opposes his Democratic challenger, Gov. Steve Bullock.

AARP found similar problems with a Democratic Attorneys General Association ad against Republican Attorney General candidate and Roosevelt County Attorney Austin Knudsen.

Campaign Beat: Mail Voting, Debates And Republicans For Biden

Oct 2, 2020

The Trump campaign attempt to derail all-mail voting in Montana is shut down in court. Montana's U.S. Senate candidate hold a spirited but civil debate. President Trump's widely denounced debate behavior — and his COVID diagnosis — may throw a wrench into down ballot races. AARP wishes candidates would stop using them in their campaign ads. House candidate Kathleen Williams tries to be coy about her pick for president. And former governor and lifelong Republican, Marc Racicot, says Biden is the right pick for president.

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

Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican Steve Daines met in their second debate in their race for the U.S. Senate earlier this week. Students and professors at the university of Montana school of Journalism did some fact checking for the debate, which was hosted by MontanaPBS. Professor Dennis Swibold helped lead that effort. He shares some of the highlights with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.

Candidates for one of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats faced off Monday night in a debate hosted by MontanaPBS. The candidates traded barbs over how to approach a range of timely issues, including the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, health care and coronavirus response.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines and current Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock began the debate sparring over the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Montana's U.S. Senate candidates, Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Steve Bullock will face off in a debate on MontanaPBS.

Watch here or listen live starting at 7 p.m. September 28, 2020.