Brad Johnson

Tonight on "Campaign Beat" we talk about the AG race and the lack of a Democratic challenger;  dueling narratives on the economy between Bullock and Gianforte; Brad Johnson's epiphany that he can't win the governor's race with the time and money required; and the Republican party chairman's anger at the Billings Gazette for running an editorial that blames something besides President Obama for coal's decline.

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

Montana’s Public Service Commission is suing the private company that supplies Missoula’s drinking water. The Commission says utilities can’t be sold without the regulatory authority’s approval.

Brad Johnson, former Montana secretary of state, current chair of the state Public Service Commission.
Josh Burnham

Brad Johnson, the current chairman of the state Public Service Commission, is dropping out of the 2016 race for governor.

Train near Essex, MT.
Flickr User Roy Luck (CC-BY-2.0)

A legislative audit released last year had Montana’s Public Service Commission examining today whether it should be responsible for railroad safety in the state.

Republican candidate for governor, Greg Gianforte.
Jackie Yamanaka - Yellowstone Public Radio

Republican Greg Gianforte officially kicked off his campaign for governor in Lockwood, just east of Billings this morning. It was the start of a two-day fly-around across the state.

Brad Johnson, former Montana secretary of state, current chair of the state Public Service Commission.
Josh Burnham

Last week Brad Johnson formally announced his candidacy for governor. A former Montana secretary of state, he currently serves as chair of the state Public Service Commission. He joined Montana Public Radio's Eric Whitney for an interview.
 

Republican candidate for governor Brad Johnson says his political experience makes him a better choice for his party’s nomination than the other high profile Republican candidate in the race, Bozeman Businessman Greg Gianforte.

Former secretary of state Brad Johnson will formally announce his campaign for governor next week.  Johnson in July announced that he might run.

Steve Jess

Montana Democrats re-elected their party leadership and heard pep talks about the coming election at their party convention over the weekend in Bozeman. 

Bill Gallagher, former Montana Public Service Commission Chairman
Montana Public Service Commission

The chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission remembers his predecessor, Bill Gallagher, as a man of courage and grace.

Gallagher died of pancreatic cancer late last week.

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