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Montana Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion.
Courtesy Bennion campaign

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s chief deputy has announced he plans to run for Fox’s seat in next year’s election.

Republican Jon Bennion has worked at the Montana Department of Justice for the past six years.
The 40-year-old Billings native says his tenure there gives him a distinct advantage in Montana’s 2020 Attorney General race.

Hans McPherson at his ranch in the Bitterroot Valley.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

A new federal rule that would roll back Clean Water Act protections across the country opened for public comment last week. If finalized, the rule would abandon enhanced protections the Obama administration proposed for a large portion of Montana’s stream mileage and wetlands.

Another Republican joins the 2020 race for governor. Republicans may be open to borrowing money for infrastructure projects — with a catch. A proposal for the state to buy a coal-fired power plant gets a rocky reception. Why passing new taxes could get harder. And a new poll shows the power of independent voters in Montana. Learn more now on "Capitol Talk" with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Corin Cates-Carney.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox speaks during a Trump campaign rally in Great Falls, Montana, July 5, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

It’s official, Tim Fox has announced that he’s running for governor.

"I feel I have a calling to public service," Fox says. "I’ve been Montana’s attorney general for the last six years, I have actually a dozen years in public service all told. I think I’ve been an effective and responsible leader, with a lot of results."

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
Courtesy Montana Secretary of State.

Current Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton plans to run for governor in 2020.

Stapleton says he’s the right person for the job once Governor Steve Bullock terms out of the office in 2020.

Rep. Kim Dudik, D - Missoula
Mike Albans

Missoula attorney and Democratic State Representative Kimberly Dudik says she’s running to be Montana’s attorney general in 2020.

Current Republican Attorney General Tim Fox can’t run again because of term limits. Dudik is the first candidate to announce a bid to replace him.

Montana Court Overrules Attorney General On Easements

Dec 11, 2018
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox.
Montana DOJ

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled Attorney General Tim Fox's legal opinion that the governor can't unilaterally approve large conservation easements and they must instead be authorized by the state Land Board.

Six of the seven justices on the state's high court signed the order siding with Gov. Steve Bullock, who argued that he doesn't need the Land Board's approval because conservation easements aren't land acquisitions. Justice Laurie McKinnon is the only justice who didn't sign.

Zinke Says He Won't Run For Montana Governor In 2020

Nov 9, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he won't run for Montana governor in 2020.

Zinke told KBUL-AM Friday that he's not going to enter the race. He says there are exciting candidates who will be running and that he plans to continue his job at the Interior Department. 

Locked-out Imerys America employees at the talc mill in Three Forks, MT. August 24, 2018.
Montana AFL-CIO

A nearly three-month-long lockout involving 35 workers at a Three Forks-area talc milling plant is over. The union employees of the French-owned Imerys Talc America will be back on the job Monday.

The talc-mill lockout may be over, but according to Randy Tocci, divisions in Three Forks continue and run deep. 

Montana Secretary Of State Fires Back At AG

Oct 26, 2018
Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
Courtesy Montana Secretary of State.

HELENA, Mont. (AP)

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is firing back at Attorney General Tim Fox for saying Stapleton needlessly hired a Republican political consultant's wife to represent him instead of using lawyers from the attorney general's office.

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