Jon Tester

Crews work the July Fire in Phillips County, Montana July 5, 2017.

The federal government has denied Montana’s request for $44 million dollars in disaster funding following the historic 2017 fire season that burned over a million acres across the state.

"Campaign Beat" is back with political analysis for the 2018 Montana elections. In the first edition for 2018, Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin look at the crowded fields in Montana’s primary election races, and the impact of the rift between President Trump and Steve Bannon.

Senator Jon Tester fielded questions from Flathead Valley students at a town hall event January 5.
Nicky Ouellet

The sun isn’t even fully up halfway through first period at Glacier High School in Kalispell, but students keep filing into the performance hall, a note card with a question in each of their hands.

Sen. Jon Tester at a meeting of the Missoula Kiwanis club, Jan 02, 2018.
Eric Whitney

At an appearance in Missoula Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester said he’s recently changed his mind about a contentious political issue in Montana.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's congressional delegation may benefit financially under the new federal tax overhaul, but caps on deductions from state and local taxes may largely undo those benefits.

Under the measure Congress approved Wednesday, Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines would likely save a few thousand dollars, while Rep. Greg Gianforte would likely pay more.