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The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office.
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The Montana GOP has lodged an ethics complaint against Gov. Steve Bullock alleging he used state resources during his run for president last year. The Montana Republican Party alleges Bullock used a Twitter and Facebook account for both official and campaign purposes in violation of state law. 


Full funding for a federal purse that supports local conservation projects seems a step closer to reality. A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators Mar. 4 announced presidential support for a bill to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the maintenance backlog for the country’s National Parks.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Steve Bullock is poised to run for the U.S. Senate in Montana.

Montana Public Radio has not independently confirmed the details. The Times reports that three Democratic officials say Bullock could reverse himself and run for the office in a challenge to incumbent Republican Steve Daines.

Gov. Steve Bullock annonces his Coronavirus Task Force on March 3, 2020 in response to the growing number of cases reported in the United States. Bullock says the task force is a multi-agency group that will coordinate public health response.
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Gov. Steve Bullock has created a state task force to prepare for the possible spread of the novel coronavirus in Montana. Montana's efforts now include testing for the coronavirus at the state health department.

Currently, no cases of the COVID-19 illness are reported in Montana.

 

Another Montana Republican running for governor has named his running mate. At a rally in Billings Sunday, Gianforte said he’s choosing Great Falls-based attorney Kristen Juras, who he said has helped farmers, ranchers and small businesses navigate red tape in Montana.

Missoula Businesswomen Whitney Williams announces her 2020 run for governor as a Democrat, Oct. 3, 2019. Williams is the daughter of Pat Williams, who represented Montana in U.S. Congress for nine terms.
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Montana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Whitney Williams is turning to a northeastern Montana farmer as her lieutenant governor running mate. Williams chose Buzz Mattelin, president of the National Barley Growers Association.

March 1 kicks off the new license year for Montana hunters, many of whom will rely on public land to punch their tags. Some of them say large, out-of-state ranch owners are making it harder to get to their favorite hunting grounds. A hunter in Park County is pushing the courts to decide the limits of public access against private property rights.

Campaign Beat: Dem Debates And Running Mates

Feb 28, 2020

Who stood out, and who didn't in the Democratic senate and governor primary debates. Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer reveals his pick for governor. And Mike Cooney picks a familiar name to be his running mate.

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

Democratic House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner.
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The Montana Democratic Party primary race for governor has its first ticket pairing. Mike Cooney named House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner his running mate.

Schreiner joins the Cooney ticket just over a week before the candidate filing deadline for the 2020 elections.

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

Montana Democraic Attorney General Candidate Raph Graybill will stay on the 2020 ballot following an attempt to remove him by a fellow member of the Democratic Party who alleged Graybill wasn't qualifed to run for the office.  The state’s political practices enforcer handed down the ruling Friday.

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