Tom Lopach

Senator Jon Tester.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's chief of staff says the Senator ‘misheard’ a question Tuesday night that led to his comment that Montana Gov. Steve Bullock would run for the U.S. Senate in 2020.

Tester’s comment about Gov. Bullock’s future plans came at an event of American University College Democrats, in Washington D.C.

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.

Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s office is laying off about half a dozen staff positions and moving two to part time as a result of state budget cuts.

The layoffs include policy advisors, economic policy specialists, a front desk intern, and a citizens advocate. An analysts with the Governor's Budget and Program Planning office was laid off last month.