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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:' Trump Vs. Tester, Split Tickets And Record Turnout

11/9/2018
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Tester picks up votes in Trump country, and Montanans continue a long tradition of ticket-splitting. Governor Bullock has his hands full with another Republican-led Legislature, and this election stands out in many ways from previous Montana mid-terms. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break it all down in this season's final installment of "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:13:27

'Campaign Beat:' Trump, Immigration And Health Care The Focus As Election Day Nears

11/2/2018
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A fourth presidential visit to Montana continues a grudge President Trump has with Jon Tester. Libertarians have sometimes influenced the outcome of a Montana Senate race, but will they this year? Republican ads focus on immigration, while Democratic ads want to highlight health care. And the infamous body-slam keeps coming up in the House race. Sally, Chuck and Rob talk about what it all means for Tuesday's election, right now on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:13:40

'Campaign Beat:' Undecided Voters; Ballot Initiatives; Erroneous Voter Information

10/26/2018
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Polls show undecided voters may tip the balance in Montana's House and Senate races; how two ballot issues are attracting a lot of outside money and attention; new ads range from ominous to humorous; and a national Republican group sends out a mailer with erroneous voter information. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

Duration:00:11:33

'Campaign Beat:' Trump In Missoula; Senate Race Spending; Tightening House Race

10/19/2018
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Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin talk about President Trump's rally in Missoula and his contradictions and vendettas; the Senate race spending spree; the latest nasty ads; and the tightening House race between Greg Gianforte and Kathleen Williams. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat," MTPR's weekly political analysis program.

Duration:00:13:34

'Campaign Beat:' Questionable Polls; Trump In Missoula? Montana Ballot Initiatives

10/12/2018
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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.

Duration:00:13:53

'Campaign Beat:' Senate Race Heats Up, Candidates Debate And Third-Party Impact

10/5/2018
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The Kavanaugh effect is tightening the Senate race; new ads are getting nastier; debates are sharpening candidates’ profiles and messages; and Libertarian candidates could impact the outcome of close races. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin analyze this week's campaign news now, on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:12:58

'Campaign Beat:' Kavanaugh Confirmation, Questionable Campaign Donations And Trump's Popularity

9/28/2018
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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. Chuck, the news of the week, of course, is the Senate vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee hearing this week was astonishingly partisan and dramatic. And for red-state-Democrats like Jon Tester, this is a tough vote politically....

Duration:00:12:18

'Campaign Beat:' Congressional Races Tighten; Kavanaugh Confirmation Wild Card?

9/21/2018
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Montana's House and Senate races are tightening, giving hope to the challengers; new ads trumpet Trump support and guns; and the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination process could be a wild-card in the congressional contests. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin analyse this week's campaign news now, on "Campaign Beat."

Duration:00:14:03

'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 saying...

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