Jon Tester

Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act
5:59 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Supporters Of The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act Celebrate

From left to right: Danelle Crary, Gene Sentz, Bonnie Crary, Connor Crary, Senator Jon Tester & Dusty Crary celebrate the inclusion of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act in the must-pass Defense spending bill at the Crary's ranch outside Choteau.
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People who worked to pass the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act celebrated on a ranch outside of Choteau today.

The Heritage Act was first introduced in Congress in 2011. Speaking to people celebrating on Dusty Crary’s ranch Thursday, Senator Jon Tester praised the hard work over many years before and since then that it took to put it together. It passed as part of a package of bills that were attached to a Defense spending bill.

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New Wilderness And Energy Development
6:02 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Senate Passes Montana Public Lands Package Attached To Defense Bill

Bob Marshall Wilderness trail sign.
Credit U.S. Forest Service Northern Region (CC-BY-2.0)

The U.S. Senate has approved an expansive bill that adds new wilderness lands in Montana and blocks mining and drilling near Glacier National Park.

The measures were in a defense bill that passed 89 to 11 today.

The bill adds 67,000 acres to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. It also allows for a complex coal swap involving the Northern Cheyenne Indians. The tribe will get back 5,000 acres of coal deposits it was wrongly stripped of more than a century ago.

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Rider To Defense Funding Measure
5:37 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Bill Proposes Protection, Development Of Montana Public Lands

Montana's Rocky Mountain Front
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Montana's Senators and Senator-elect today announced what they're calling a “landmark” package of public lands legislation. It's being tacked on to a Defense authorization bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on this week and next.

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Eight Bills In One
2:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Walsh, Tester, Daines Announce 'Landmark' Public Lands Legislation

Ranch along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front
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BREAKING NEWS: We're following up on this story and will have more on the air starting at 5 p.m. Below is the press release announcing the legislation issued this morning.

In a joint press conference today, Senators Jon Tester, John Walsh and Senator-elect Steve Daines announced a landmark legislative package that includes eight Montana-based lands and resources bills.

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Prof. David Parker
6:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Incumbency Matters: Prof. David Parker Talks Montana Politics

Political science professor David Parker, at Montana State University has a new book out. It’s called Battle for the Big Sky. In it, he says, “Much of the existing scholarship suggests that campaigns don’t matter much at all.”

Interviewed at his office recently, Parker acknowledged, “It does seem kind of weird, right? You look at the cost of presidential campaigns, and, wait a minute, political scientists say they don’t matter. They basically take the view of MacBeth, right? It’s all ‘full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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Tracy Stone-Manning
4:40 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Gov. Names Tracy Stone-Manning Chief Of Staff

Governor Steve Bullock's longtime Chief of Staff is leaving and is being replaced by Tracy Stone-Manning, the current Director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

Bullock's outgoing chief of staff, Tim Burton, is leaving to lead the Montana League of Cities and Towns; a nonprofit association of 129 Montana municipalities. Burton says Stone-Manning is an excellent choice.

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Gay Marriage
2:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Montana Same Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge today struck down Montana’s ban on gay marriage. Attorney General Tim Fox says he’ll appeal.

Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls ruled that Montana’s law violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

The law was challenged by four couples represented by the ACLU of Montana.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Montana, in September ruled similar gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada unconstitutional. But conflicting decisions remain in other federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme court has not issued a final word.

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Indian Health Service
6:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Native Americans May Benefit From Obamacare

Crow/Northern Cheyenne Hospital.
Credit Courtesy Indian Health Service

Starting on Saturday, Montanans can begin buying health insurance for next year on the healthcare.gov website. One group in the state that’s been slow to do so are Native Americans.

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Montana Politics
3:48 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Tester Named Chair Of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Credit Jon Tester

Montana Senator Jon Tester was named chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today.

On his Twitter feed Tester said, “I’m accepting this position with the DSCC to recruit and support candidates who understand the issues facing regular, working Americans.”

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Interview
5:41 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Tester Considers Leading Dems' 2016 Senate Campaign

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Senator  Jon Tester talks about election losses and leading the Democratic party’s senate campaign in 2016 in this interview with Montana Public Radio News Director Eric Whitney.

Interview Highlights:

Election Results

"Folks weren't happy with Democrats and they made some changes," said Tester. "That's certainly what elections should be about. If things aren't going the way folks think they should be, there's accountability and we move forward and try to adjust."

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