Jon Tester http://mtpr.org en Montana Politics Week In Review http://mtpr.org/post/montana-politics-week-review <p></p><p><strong>NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback</strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:16:02 +0000 Josh Burnham 22176 at http://mtpr.org Montana Politics Week In Review Wind, Wildlife and Weeds http://mtpr.org/post/wind-wildlife-and-weeds <p>Montanans have tremendous, untapped opportunity to produce clean and valuable wind energy from the windswept, wide-open spaces of eastern Montana. At the same time, growing concern about the long-term survival of sage grouse in Montana and across the West raises the potential for conflict between energy development and habitat protection.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:10:32 +0000 Hayley Newman 21816 at http://mtpr.org Tester Blames Child Immigrant Crisis On U.S. House http://mtpr.org/post/tester-blames-child-immigrant-crisis-us-house <p>Senator Jon Tester says if the U.S. House would have passed comprehensive immigration reform, the United States would not be dealing with the humanitarian crisis unfolding along the nation's southern border.</p><p>Outlines of a possible compromise over President Obama's $3.7-billion-dollar emergency border spending request are emerging on Capitol Hill.</p><p><br />They involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:52:55 +0000 Edward O'Brien 21770 at http://mtpr.org Tester Blames Child Immigrant Crisis On U.S. House Contraceptives, Campaign Finance And Citizen Initiatives http://mtpr.org/post/contraceptives-campaign-finance-and-citizen-initiatives <p></p><p>Montana politicians and interest groups were divided along party lines over this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate. In the <a href="http://www.vox.com/cards/obamacare-and-contraceptives/what-is-obamacare">Hobby Lobby case</a>, the Supreme Court ruled that closely-held private corporations do not have to provide birth control as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, if the corporations have religious objections to birth control.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:24:27 +0000 Josh Burnham 21456 at http://mtpr.org Contraceptives, Campaign Finance And Citizen Initiatives Closed primaries, V.A. craziness and campaign chicanery http://mtpr.org/post/closed-primaries-va-craziness-and-campaign-chicanery <p>Over the weekend, Montana Republicans held their platform convention in Billings.&nbsp; <a href="http://missoulian.com/news/local/montana-republican-delegates-support-closed-primaries-runoff-elections/article_405cacda-f99d-11e3-80eb-001a4bcf887a.html">Chuck Johnson of Lee Newspapers reports</a> that Republicans, "Irked at what they believe is Democrats interfering in their primary elections. . . called for closing their primaries and allowing only registered Republicans to vote in them."&nbsp; Delegates also supported a resolution to turn over federal public lands to the state.<br /> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:53:44 +0000 Josh Burnham 21175 at http://mtpr.org Senator Jon Tester on the VA, Iraq and Brian Schweitzer http://mtpr.org/post/senator-jon-tester-va-iraq-and-brian-schweitzer <p>Senator Jon Tester continues his statewide listening tour to hear from Montana veterans about how to improve care at the Veterans Administration.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:15:03 +0000 Edward O'Brien 20816 at http://mtpr.org Senator Jon Tester on the VA, Iraq and Brian Schweitzer Tester: Malmstrom operations not significantly impacted by missile cuts http://mtpr.org/post/tester-malmstrom-operations-not-significantly-impacted-missile-cuts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator Jon Tester says he is happy with how the U.S. Defense Department is complying with a nuclear reduction treaty signed with Russia in 2011.</span></p><p>A plan to remove 50 missiles from America’s land-based nuclear arsenal should not significantly affect operations at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base.</p><p>Tester says reducing those missiles won’t reduce personnel.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:58:41 +0000 Dan Boyce 17430 at http://mtpr.org Tester: Malmstrom operations not significantly impacted by missile cuts Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates http://mtpr.org/post/daines-introduces-bill-repeal-federal-id-mandates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana Congressman Steve </span>Daines<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> announced plans Thursday to introduce a bill repealing portions of the 2005 REAL ID Act related to federally-mandated security protocols for driver’s licenses and other state-issued ID cards.</span></p><p>“In recent months, Montanans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government’s access to Montana’s personal information,” Daines said during a press conference in the state capitol building’s old Supreme Court chambers.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:35:17 +0000 Dan Boyce 14973 at http://mtpr.org Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates MTPR News in Washington D.C.-- in pictures http://mtpr.org/post/mtpr-news-washington-dc-pictures <p>MTPR News Director Sally Mauk and Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce spent much of last week in Washington D.C. covering Sen. Max Baucus's&nbsp;confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. Sally and Dan spoke with all three members of the state's congressional delegation about the Baucus legacy.</p><p>Click on the links below to hear the rest of our coverage.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:53:41 +0000 MTPR News 14501 at http://mtpr.org MTPR News in Washington D.C.-- in pictures A peek inside the Washington life of Steve Daines http://mtpr.org/post/peek-inside-washington-life-steve-daines <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Life for Bozeman-native Steve Daines has changed a lot in the last couple of years--f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom more than a quarter century in the private sector to Montana’s sole Congressional Seat.</span></p><p>Now, the Republican Representative has his sights set on another office, that of exiting Montana Senator Max Baucus.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:27:24 +0000 Dan Boyce 14499 at http://mtpr.org A peek inside the Washington life of Steve Daines