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Candidates Barred From Targeting Public Workers' Emails

Feb 10, 2016
The sign outside the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices Office.
Steve Jess

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana candidates for political office are barred from distributing unsolicited campaign material to public employees' email addresses, the state commissioner of political practices said Wednesday.

Today Montana’s AFI-CIO unions threw their support behind five candidates running for statewide office in 2016. Most notably the only Republican to get the labor unions’ support is incumbent Attorney General Tim Fox.

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

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte launches a month-long statewide tour Thursday focusing on what he calls over-regulation of small business. The Bozeman entrepreneur says he’ll host 60 roundtable meetings to talk to business owners and ranchers to, "round up regulations" and "put the worst ones out to pasture."

Governor's Race Expected To Be The Most Expensive In Montana History

Feb 2, 2016
U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte at January 2016 campaign rally in Helena during his run for governor.
Corin Cates-Carney

Montana's copper barons bought and sold public office like any commodity a century ago, and that legacy looms large in what could become the most expensive governor's race in state history.

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.

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