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Campaign Beat
Campaign Beat
Sally Mauk

Campaign Beat is Montana Public Radio's weekly political analysis program. It's hosted by Sally Mauk and features Lee Newspapers State News Bureau... more

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Why did Pence meet with the governor? Where exactly does Zinke live? Will local control mean fewer school counselors?

Former vice president Mike Pence makes an unannounced visit to the Capitol. New restrictive voting laws are back in effect.... more

21 May 2022 · 13 minutes
Zinke ad omits important context; Daines plays to his base; Dems take the gloves off

Sen. Steve Daines wants to protect kids from gay TV characters, and compares women to sea turtles and eagles. Ryan... more

14 May 2022 · 14 minutes
Will overturning Roe change MT's political landscape? Who's a real Montanan?

A Supreme Court leak adds more drama to the 2022 midterm election in Montana and elsewhere. Overturning Roe will also... more

06 May 2022 · 14 minutes
Campaign Beat: Property taxes, contrasting ads and the Gianforte name

CI-121 draws bipartisan opposition. Matt Rosendale worries an independent candidate in his race could help Democrats. New campaign ads take... more

30 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
Democrats vie for working class votes; Ahead in fundraising, Zinke skips a Republican debate

Democrats compete over the working class vote. Ryan Zinke opts out of a Republican debate. Not every Republican congressional candidate... more

22 Apr 2022 · 13 minutes
Gianforte's 'light touch'; Montana credibility; Daines visits Ukraine

Gov. Gianforte touts his success working with political opponents. Two Democratic congressional candidates debut their first TV ads. The Board... more

16 Apr 2022 · 13 minutes
Voting restrictions; transgender athletes; the GOP's 'Putin wing'; Bob Campbell's proud legacy

New voting restrictions aren't likely to go into effect prior to the June primary. A.G. Knudsen threatens another lawsuit, this... more

08 Apr 2022 · 14 minutes
Daines does the expected; Educators argue over 'equity'; Family planning funds get a new home

Federal family planning funding takes a detour in Montana. Abortion is a campaign issue — again. Educators argue over 'equity.'... more

02 Apr 2022 · 13 minutes
'Little communists'; The Legislature takes a loss; Elections are nearing, so where are the ads?

Two legal decisions go against actions by the last Legislature. Republicans want a more conservative state Supreme Court. Congressional candidate... more

26 Mar 2022 · 13 minutes
3 Republicans challenge Rosendale; Democrats concede legislative seats; Knudsen goes to bat for OAN

Montana's latest congressional candidate calls the incumbent an "embarrassment." Democrats concede several legislative seats. A handful of Republicans continue to... more

19 Mar 2022 · 14 minutes
Campaign Beat
Why did Pence meet with the governor? Where exactly does Zinke live? Will local control mean fewer school counselors?
Campaign Beat