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Jon Tester

Montana officials have kicked their work into high gear now that federal funding is finally available to help build the long-delayed southwest Montana Veterans Home and deadlines are looming. About two-thirds of the cost comes from the federal government and nearly remaining third from the state of Montana. Butte-Silver Bow and a private donation make up the rest.

Corin Cates-Carny

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican Matt Rosendale won't participate in a debate against Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester because it was scheduled on Father's Day.

Sunday's debate in Whitefish was to be hosted by the Montana Broadcasters' Association.

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 she was a longshot at best. And here she is the nominee. How'd she do it?

US Capitol, May, 2018
Eric Whitney

Senator Jon Tester today slammed a decision by the U.S. Justice Department to not defend the provision of the Affordable Care Act that guarantees health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Democrat called it a, “reckless decision,” and said President Trump’s administration "should be working to lower the price of insurance instead of playing political games."

Corin Cates-Carny

State Auditor Matthew Rosendale is the Republican nominee to take on two-term Democratic Senator Jon Tester this November.

Shortly before midnight Rosendale walked onto a stage in the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, accepting victory and promising to fight for and work alongside President Trump.

Rosendale says it’s time to send President Trump conservative reinforcement in the nation's capital.

“What’s good for our nation is great for Montana,” Rosendale said, to cheers from supporters.

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