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Rob Saldin

Gov. Bullock's campaign has portrayed Greg Gianforte as a rich out-of-stater. Gianforte has been painting Bullock as weak on jobs. Are these arguments effective? We also look at how the issue of gun control always comes up in major Montana races, and why that is such an effective campaign tactic in Montana. Lastly, we discuss whether or not ties to the presidential candidates will hurt or help the Montana candidates this year.

For the past two months the candidates for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House have attacked each other on the issue of public lands.

At times, the maneuvering in this political joust has missed striking a mark of complete truth as Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke attempt to gain an edge before the November election.

McChesney, left, and Nelson file for office.
left, courtesy of mt.gov and right courtesy of Terry Nelson

Both Democratic Governor Steve Bullock and his Republican challenger, Greg Gianforte, now
have competition – and a lot more political money at their disposal – for their June 7th primary races.

On this episode of “Campaign Beat” we talk about Greg Gianforte’s pick for a running mate, the role of ambition in the U.S. House race, how a coal company’s decision not to mine Otter Creek affects the governor’s race, and whether the governor is using his plane too much for campaign fundraising events.

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.

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

Feb 2, 2016
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte at January 2016 rally in Helena.
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.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
Courtesy Montana DOJ

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox officially filed for re-election today. One Montana political scientist thinks Fox is well-positioned for the 2016 election.

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.

Plagiarism, Citizen Initiatives, REAL ID And Logging

Jul 25, 2014

This Week in Montana politics.

UM Political Science Professor Robert Saldin
Courtesy Rob Saldin

The Walsh campaign began yesterday by touting a new poll showing Walsh gaining ground against his Republican opponent, Steve Daines in the U.S. Senate race. By the afternoon, Walsh was facing serious allegations of plagiarism that University of Montana Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Saldin says "totally undermines his credibility."

Professor Saldin, has been following the Walsh plagiarism story and visited with Edward O'Brien today about the latest developments.