Whitney Williams

Gubernatorial Campaigns Go Digital In Response To Public Health Concerns

Mar 20, 2020

Less than a week after Gov. Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency in Montana in preparation for a coronavirus pandemic, response to the disease is having an impact on the campaigns of Bullock’s would-be successors. Most of those campaigns have now gone digital, with Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates using social media to interact with voters and spread word of the public health emergency.

Spire Climbing and Fitness in Bozeman announced March 15, 2020 it would only allow members to use the facility, would no longer allow equipment rentals and limit yoga classes to eight people.
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From postponed concerts to virtual campaign events, businesses and politicians across Montana are changing plans after detections of multiple in-state cases of the novel coronavirus.

Gov. Steve Bullock's anticipated about-face on a U.S. Senate run has upended the outlook for that race. The latest picks for lieutenant governor bring both balance and contrast. And we honor the outstanding legacy left by the late journalist John Kuglin.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, MTPR's weekly political analysis program, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Kristen Juras stands at a podium in front of the Montana flag
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Another Montana Republican running for governor has named his running mate. At a rally in Billings Sunday, Gianforte said he’s choosing Great Falls-based attorney Kristen Juras, who he said has helped farmers, ranchers and small businesses navigate red tape in Montana.

Campaign Beat: Dem Debates And Running Mates

Feb 28, 2020

Who stood out, and who didn't in the Democratic senate and governor primary debates. Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer reveals his pick for governor. And Mike Cooney picks a familiar name to be his running mate.

Listen now on Campaign Beat, with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

One man speaks into a microphone on stage while three people are seated behind him.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana’s Democratic primary candidates for U.S. Senate faced off for the first time in Bozeman Feb. 21. Health care, energy and liveable incomes were discussed during the debate. 

The two Democratic candidates for governor use their first debate to attack their potential Republican opponent. President Trump says who he wants to be Montana's next congressman. An effort to get a third party on the Montana ballot has some suspicious origins. The Montana census could lead to the state reclaiming a second seat in the House. And a Democratic congressional candidate shows up shirtless on a dating app ... to woo your vote.

Listen now on Campaign Beat.

Mike Cooney and Whitney Williams fielding questions at Montana State University.
Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio

The two Democratic primary candidates for the 2020 governor’s race each argue they’re the best candidate to defend the party’s decade-and-a -half hold of the office from Republicans. Current Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney and businesswoman Whitney Willams faced off in their first forum Wednesday night.

Yellowstone Public Radio News reports candidates fielded questions on topics including public safety, women’s health care and access to public land.

Listen now on Campaign Beat: A state legislator stands by his calls for violence against 'socialists.' Montana's two senators split their votes on impeachment. Democrats running for governor are down to two candidates. The AG race has a new twist. And did Barack Obama urge Gov. Bullock to change his mind about a Senate run?

House Minority Leader Casey Schreiner dropped out of the gubernatorial race Monday, leaving just two candidates running in the Montana Democratic primary race for governor.

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