Greg Gianforte

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox at a podium.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

A Montana Republican running for governor in 2020 is calling for 10 debates ahead of the June 2nd primary.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Montana’s current Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter Tuesday to fellow candidates U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte and state Senator Al Olszewski proposing 10 live debates with media coverage to ensure a broad audience.

Headshot of William Perry Pendley
Bureau of Land Management

When Interior Secretary David Bernhardt assigned William Pendley as acting head of the Bureau of Land Management on July 29, conservation groups ranging from Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to the Montana Wildlife Federation joined together to stand against the conservative lawyer.

Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has reported raising more than $1 million over the last three months for his reelection bid in 2020.

All candidates in Montana races for the U.S. House and Senate were required to disclose their quarterly fundraising and spending Monday.

Headshots of Matt Rains and Tim Johnson
Courtesy Rains for Montana Campaign and Corvallis School District

The total number of candidates running for Montana’s open U.S. House seat jumped to seven today. That’s after Simms Democrat Matt Rains and Corvallis Republican Tim Johnson announced their candidacies.

Candidates for statewide office in Montana’s 2020 election raised more than $1.4 million since the start of the year, most of that coming over the last three months. Candidates were required to file campaign finance reports by Friday.

Most of the early money coming in is taking sides in the contested Republican primary for governor.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribal Shield
Little Shell Tribe / http://www.montanalittleshelltribe.org/


Montana’s Little Shell Tribe is closer than it’s ever been to becoming recognized by the federal government following a vote in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

A third Republican has joined the race for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.

Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Jon Tester met with constituents at a town hall event Friday in Missoula. About 150 people packed into one of the meeting rooms in Missoula’s Holiday Inn Parkside Friday to interact with Tester.

The town hall was an open door event with no invite needed. It was his second in person town hall of the year and his ninth since President Trump took office.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribal Shield
Little Shell Tribe / http://www.montanalittleshelltribe.org/

Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester found a new place for a bill that federally recognizes the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Last night, they placed it within the National Defense Authorization Act.

Matt Rosendale is sworn in January 2, 2017 as Montana State Auditor at the state Capitol. He was joined by his wife Jean. Rosendale served as Senate Majority Leader in the 2015 Montana Legislature.
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana Republicans' 2020 election lineup shuffled again Monday after U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte decided to run for governor instead of re-election, with State Auditor Matt Rosendale jumping into the now-open House race seven months after failing to unseat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.

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