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From left: Kalispell Mayor Mark Johnson, state auditor Matt Rosendale and Dr. Albert Olszewski participate in the Flathead County Republican Senate forum in Kalispell on April 15.
Nicky Ouellet

Flathead County Republicans hosted their annual Lincoln Reagan Brunch at the county fairgrounds on Sunday.

Amid old-timey camp songs, against a backdrop of a swimming pool-sized American flag, half of the men hoping to win the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Jon Tester in the upcoming midterm primaries sat down for a candidate forum.

Chinese Ambassador Chui Tian Kai (left) and Republican Senator Steve Daines spoke to the press after a meeting at a ranch near Belgrade, Montana in Sept., 2017
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines says he’s encouraged that President Trump appears interested in the US returning to negotiations to become part of Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. And Daines said he told the President farmers and ranchers prefer access to international markets to subsidies that would protect them from tariffs.

There are two forums for the candidates in Montana’s primary races coming up. 

On Wednesday night, the Democrats running for their party’s nomination in Montana’s U.S. House race meet in Seeley Lake. The Democrats will be joined at the forum by the Libertarian and Green Party candidates for the House seat. 

In just over two months, Montana voters will select challengers for U.S. Democratic Senator Jon Tester and Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte. Between now and the June 5 primary, Montana Public Radio is talking with voters about political issues important to them.

Dozens of employers and hundreds of students and prospective employees attended the 29th Annual Big Sky Career Fair held recently at the University of Montana. MTPR's Edward O'Brien spoke with some of them.

Before it passed, all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation praised at least some aspects of the federal omnibus spending bill. But in the end, only Democrat Jon Tester voted for the bill, which President Trump signed into law earlier today.

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