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Campaign Beat: Dems Debate; Dating Apps; Double The House Seats?

Feb 14, 2020

The two Democratic candidates for governor use their first debate to attack their potential Republican opponent. President Trump says who he wants to be Montana's next congressman. An effort to get a third party on the Montana ballot has some suspicious origins. The Montana census could lead to the state reclaiming a second seat in the House. And a Democratic congressional candidate shows up shirtless on a dating app ... to woo your vote.

Listen now on Campaign Beat.

The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office.
Steve Jess / Montana Public Radio

The top enforcer for state political campaign regulations says a complaint filed by Montana Democrats is frivolous.

Political Practices Commissioner Jeff Mangan wrote in his decision Friday that Republican Secretary of State candidate Christi Jacobsen did not use public time or resources in support of her campaign, as alleged by the Democratic party.

The two Democratic candidates for the 2020 governor’s race participated in the first forum of their campaign last night in Billings on Feb. 12.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

The two Democratic primary candidates for the 2020 governor’s race each argue they’re the best candidate to defend the party’s decade-and-a -half hold of the office from Republicans. Current Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney and businesswoman Whitney Willams faced off in their first forum Wednesday night. Candidates fielded questions on topics including public safety, women’s health care and access to public land.

Listen now on Campaign Beat: A state legislator stands by his calls for violence against 'socialists.' Montana's two senators split their votes on impeachment. Democrats running for governor are down to two candidates. The AG race has a new twist. And did Barack Obama urge Gov. Bullock to change his mind about a Senate run?

More than 85 percent of the money fueling primary campaigns for Montana’s U.S. House race this year is held by two candidates; Republican Matt Rosendale and Democrat Kathleen Williams. Rosendale and Williams each have more than $800,000 in the bank to start the 2020 election year.

Raph Graybill is one of two candidates in the Democratic primary for the office of Montana attorney general.
Courtesy Raph Graybill

A former Montana legislator has accused a fellow Democrat of being ineligible for the office he’s campaigning for, alleging he hasn’t practiced law in the state for long enough to run for state attorney general. A two-way Democratic primary is underway for the job, pitting Missoula state Representative Kimberly Dudik against Raph Graybill, chief legal counsel to the Governor’s Office.

Montana’s U.S. Senators split their votes along party lines, as expected, on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Montana’s two U.S. Senators indicated they’ll split their votes along party lines on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. President Trump faces two impeachment articles for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 


Montana Republican leaders are asking their colleague to step down from his state House seat after he made “inflammatory and deeply disturbing comments” at a party event last weekend. But the Billings lawmaker says he won’t resign.

Live Annotation: State Of The Union Address

Feb 4, 2020
Chelsea Beck

President Trump is delivering the 2020 State of the Union address, which comes under the shadow of his impeachment trial. Watch his remarks live and follow a live annotation of his remarks, including fact checks and analysis from NPR reporters.

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