Grant Kier

Today was the first day Montana’s political candidates could begin filing for state and national legislative primaries in June. 

In all, 145 candidates filed; that’s a record number of candidates to file on the first day of a non-presidential election year, according to the Secretary of State’s office, beating the number in 2014 by seven.

"Campaign Beat" is back with political analysis for the 2018 Montana elections. In the first edition for 2018, Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin look at the crowded fields in Montana’s primary election races, and the impact of the rift between President Trump and Steve Bannon.

Montana Politicians Divided On Tax Reform Bill

Nov 30, 2017

Democratic governor Steve Bullock released a statement today criticizing the tax reform bill moving through Congress for increasing the national debt without reducing taxes on the middle class. Democratic Senator Jon Tester has already criticized the bill because of cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

L to R, Candidates Tom Woods, Jared Pettinato, Kathleen Williams and Grant Kier. Not pictured is John Heenan, who appeared via Skype
Eric Whitney

Democrats in Butte last night got a chance to try to find differences between five candidates running for their party's nomination to challenge Congressman Greg Gianforte next year.

Surprise: The candidates agreed on a lot. But over two hours and more than a dozen questions, some differences did emerge.

Jared Pettinato is running for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.

Another Democrat has jumped into the growing field of candidates vying to challenge Republican Representative Greg Gianforte for Montana’s at-large U.S. House seat.