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As COVID-19 Fuels Uncertainty, Political Ads Hit Familiar Themes

Apr 3, 2020

Tonight on Campaign Beat: Montana leaders have different takes on the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. New campaign ads emphasize jobs and values. And political newcomers are likely the most challenged by the shortened campaign season.

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

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Pressure is mounting on Montana’s food pantries. The demand for their food assistance is spiking as more people find themselves out of work due to the spread of COVID-19. Food banks need help and need it now.

Gubernatorial Campaigns Go Digital In Response To Public Health Concerns

Mar 20, 2020

Less than a week after Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency in Montana in preparation for a coronavirus pandemic, response to the disease is having an impact on the campaigns of Bullock’s would-be successors. Most of those campaigns have now gone digital, with Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates using social media to interact with voters and spread word of the public health emergency.

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Montana driver’s licenses expiring in March, April and May of this year will have an extended 90-day renewal deadline. Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday he would sign an executive order allowing for the extension.

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Montana’s Attorney General Office is joining a multi-state investigation into the vaping product manufacturer JUUL Labs.

Attorney General Tim Fox said in a press release that e-cigarette use among young people in the state has reached epidemic levels.

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Montana’s Attorney General is suing two of the largest opioid distributors in the state for allegedly fueling prescription drug overdoses. The state’s lawsuit filed Monday says McKesson Corporation and Cardinal Health Inc. together shipped more than 60 percent of the opioids coming into the state from 2006-2014.

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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.

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