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Montana Public Radio's weekly political analysis program is hosted by MTPR's Sally Mauk, with UM Political Science Professor Rob Saldin, and former Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.

Montana Public Radio's weekly political analysis program is hosted by MTPR's Sally Mauk, with UM Political Science Professor Rob Saldin, and former Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.
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Montana Public Radio's weekly political analysis program is hosted by MTPR's Sally Mauk, with UM Political Science Professor Rob Saldin, and former Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.

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'Campaign Beat:' New Ads Target Ethics Pledges, Campaign Finance And Beer Drinkers

9/14/2018
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New ads in the Senate race go after ethics pledges, campaign finance violations — and feature the inevitable cow. The booming economy and the Trump factor are featured in new ads in the House race. And last but not least, a new ad appeals to Montana beer drinkers. We break down the latest ads and issues in the congressional races, right now on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:13:23

Campaign Beat: Trump Targets Tester; Ads Turn Negative; Bullock Shifts On Guns

9/7/2018
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Trump rallies in Montana again hoping to defeat Jon Tester's bid for re-election — and it's personal. New campaign ads in the House and Senate races stretch the truth. And Governor Bullock shifts position on guns as he ponders a run for president. These stories and more tonight on "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

Duration:00:13:09

'Campaign Beat:' Message Over Money, And Trump's Influence In Montana Elections

6/8/2018
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Sally Mauk : Welcome to "Campaign Beat," our weekly political analysis program I'm Sally Mauk and I'm joined by veteran Capitol reporter Chuck Johnson and University of Montana political science professor Rob Saldin. And Rob, political junkies like us are still figuring out what led to Kathleen Williams' victory in the House Democratic primary. She didn't have the money or the name endorsements that John Heenan and Grant Kier had she didn't have as many TV ads. She had pundits like us...

Duration:00:13:51

Campaign Beat: Primaries, Attack Ads, And Bullock's Stand On Gun Control

6/1/2018
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Sally Mauk: Welcome to Campaign Beat, our weekly political analysis program I'm Sally Mauk and I'm joined by University of Montana political science professor Rob Saldin and veteran capitol reporter Chuck Johnson. And Chuck, Tuesday is Election Day and even though many people have already voted absentee many others are still making up their minds. I think especially in the U.S. House Democratic primary race I've talked to several people who say they like Kathleen Williams, they like John...

Duration:00:14:31

'Campaign Beat:' Fundraising, Campaign Finance, And Looking Past The Primaries

5/25/2018
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Democrats ask for an investigation on the one year anniversary of Congressman Gianforte’s assault of a reporter; we look at the latest campaign fundraising numbers; and a candidate’s past litigation may hurt his changes in the general election. Those stories and more right now on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:14:18

'Campaign Beat:' Can Trump Sway Montana Elections; How Absentee Voting Costs Candidates

5/18/2018
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What could a potential presidential visit mean for Montana’s Senate race? Senator Daines’ proposal to work through the August congressional recess could affect the campaigns of Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Greg Gianforte. And a new ad says Tester “stepped in it” when he voted against Trump’s tax reform. Nicky Ouellet (filling in for Sally Mauk), Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss these stories and more, on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:12:01

'Campaign Beat:' Fagg Veers Right; Kier Courts Women; Tester Counts On Vets

5/11/2018
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General Flynn endorses Troy Downing in the Republican Senate primary, but skips his visit to Montana. While Sen. Tester is counting on the vet vote, Republican Russ Fagg veers to the right. Republican Matt Rosendale is all in with Trump, while Democrat Grant Kier courts the women's vote. Join Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin as they analyze these stories and more, on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:12:03

'Campaign Beat:' Trump Targets Tester; Dems Debate; New Campaign Ads

5/4/2018
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Trump's attacks on Jon Tester continue, and spawn new anti-Tester ads. Republican Russ Fagg's new ad plays on fears of illegal immigrants. Two new Democratic ads use humor and personal stories. And House Democratic candidates point out each other's drawbacks in the general election. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin look at these stories and more, on this episode of "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

Duration:00:12:54

'Campaign Beat:' Trump Vs Tester; 'Real Montanans'; New Campaign Ads

4/27/2018
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Tonight on "Campaign Beat:" Trump threatens Tester, Republicans debate who's a "real Montanan," and the new campaign ads range from funny to poignant. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin review this week's Montana campaign news.

Duration:00:12:36

'Campaign Beat:' Downing Embraces Michael Flynn; Fundraising Updates; New Ads

4/20/2018
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Campaign war chests are growing, some more than others. One Senate candidate looks for help from disgraced General Michael Flynn, and Governor Bullock gets a warm reception in Iowa. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin look at these stories and the latest ads right now on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:12:44

'Campaign Beat:' Dems Divided On Health Care; Changing Gun Control Positions; Why Money Matters

4/13/2018
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Democratic candidates are divided on health care; a new no-frills campaign ad; some candidates soften their stance on gun control; money can buy political happiness; and remembering former Montana Senator and U.S. Rep. "Doc" Melcher. Learn more on this episode of "Campaign Beat," with Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin.

Duration:00:12:22

'Campaign Beat:' Dems Vs. Greens; Tester's Tough Side; Zinke For Prez?

4/6/2018
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Montana Democrats want the Green Party off the ballot; Sen. Tester shows his tough side in a new campaign ad; Zinke for president?; Denise Juneau is moving to Seattle; And Governor Bullock says the whims of "the president's morning Twitter habit," aren't enough reason to deploy the National Guard. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss these stories and more on this episode of "Campaign Beat." Catch up with the latest Montana election news now.

Duration:00:11:43

'Campaign Beat:' Macho Ads, 'Cultural Condescension' And Signature-Gathering Shenanigans

3/30/2018
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This text in this post was corrected on April 3, 2018, see * below. A macho military man taunts a music teacher; and a lesson in "cultural condescension" from Hillary Clinton. Yep, new campaign ads are out. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin examine those, and explain the signature-gathering shenanigans surrounding the Green Party, and similar efforts in past elections. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:10:34

'Campaign Beat:' Who's Montanan Enough? Violence In Politics; Green Party Primary

3/23/2018
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Who stood out — and why — in the first Republican Senate candidate debate; the disturbing increase in violent political rhetoric and actions; Green Party ballot costs; and will national Democratic momentum carry over to Montana? Join Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin now for their weekly political analysis, on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:11:42

'Campaign Beat:' Third Party Spoiler? Republican Call To Anger; New Ads Begin

3/16/2018
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Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss The Green Party's possible role as election spoiler; dissect the new campaign ads; and weigh in on press censorship in the Flathead, Sheriff Clarke's urgent call to anger, and Joe Biden's lament of the degradation of the Oval office. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:11:09

'Campaign Beat:' Wilderness, Banking, Health Care And The 2018 Elections

3/9/2018
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Controversial wilderness and banking bills rile Montana's House and Senate elections; support — or lack of — for single payer health care could play a central role in the House Democratic primary; a new online poll shows President Trump remains much more popular in Montana than in the rest of the country; and pleas for campaign donations are ratcheting up as the June primary gets closer. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss these stories and more, on this episode of "Campaign...

Duration:00:10:03

'Campaign Beat:' Guns In Schools; Bullock Lays Groundwork For Presidential Campaign

3/2/2018
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Tonight on "Campaign Beat," Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin talk about guns, and what Montana political candidates are and are not saying about them. That includes Governor Steve Bullock, who’s giving new signals that he might be a candidate for President in the future. Hear analysis of all that and more right here.

Duration:00:13:55

'Campaign Beat:' Guns, Attack Ads And The Root Of All Evil

2/23/2018
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This week on "Campaign Beat;" Guns, and why Montana politicians don't want to talk about them. attack ads start rolling in the Senate race, Senator Daines on why he avoids town hall meetings, and the media as the root of all evil. Listen in now with Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin.

Duration:00:13:41

'Campaign Beat:' Gun Control, Free Speech And One Candidate's Court Date

2/16/2018
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This week on "Campaign Beat," gun control: Montana's trickiest political issue? How lack of money is forcing some candidates out in both the House and Senate races, Senator Daines' criticism of UM over the Mike Adams controversy, and the Billings Gazette tete-a-tete with former Wisconsin sheriff David Clark. Listen in now.

Duration:00:12:56

'Campaign Beat:' House Candidates Show Their Colors; Dark Money Hair Attack; Bullock For Pres?

2/9/2018
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This week on "Campaign Beat" we cover candidate hairdos via a new Republican anti-Tester ad; talk about the moderate/progressive split on display at the Missoula Democratic House candidates forum; look at Governor Bullock's ongoing flirtation with running for POTUS; and discus Senate candidates James and Sarah Dean's odd disappearing act.

Duration:00:11:50