Steve Bullock

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This year’s gubernatorial race is expected to draw record-breaking amounts of money for the two leading candidates. Recently, the opposing campaigns are disputing where that money is coming from.

Eric Whitney

Montana Democrats rallied in Helena Saturday night around their candidates for six statewide offices. Party Executive Director Nancy Keenan fired up the crowd and set the tone for this year's election.

"We have to make those phone calls, and we have to get out the vote," Keenan said. "Let's go! Let's go win! On to victory!"

On this edition of “Campaign Beat”, we talk about the viability – and sincerity - of the campaigns of the two new candidates in the governor’s race; the last minute entry into the race for attorney general; Montana’s two senators’ views of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee; and who’s speaking at this weekend’s annual democratic Mansfield/Metcalf dinner.

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Montana got an “A” rating today in a scorecard measuring disclosure and transparency requirements for contributions to state campaigns.

Montana fared better than most states in the scorecard released by the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

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.

Otter Creek Coal Mine Plans Suspended

Mar 10, 2016
Feds Dismiss Tongue River Railroad Permit
(PD)

Arch Coal company is suspending plans to develop a major coal mine in southeast Montana.

Gianforte Selects Phillips County Commissioner And Rancher As Running Mate

Mar 7, 2016
Phillips County Commissioner and rancher Lesley Robinson with her husband Jim. The couple ranches near Portman on a ranch that's been in the family since the 1950s.
Courtesy Dave Skinner/Range Magazine

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte announced Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson as his choice for lieutenant governor.

The Bozeman businessman says Robinson has the qualities he’s looking for in a running mate.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte announced Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson as his choice for lieutenant governor.

The Bozeman businessman says Robinson has the qualities he’s looking for in a running mate.

Gianforte says Robinson has a strong Montana work ethic. He adds as a rancher in northeastern Montana, Robinson is a fierce advocate for rural Montana and Montana’s number one industry.

“Agriculture needs a voice in Helena which it has sorely lacked,” Gianforte says.

On this episode of "Campaign Beat" we talk about the Bullock and Juneau filings and likely campaign themes in their races; the many Republican legislative primary challenges (moderates v. conservatives within the party); and the anti-hate rallies held this week.

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