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Senator Jon Tester speaking at a Missoula County Democratic Party Event Saturday
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

After a ten day Congressional break, Senator Jon Tester returns to Washington today. He spent the break mostly on his farm, doing few public appearances or media interviews.

Tester left Washington to a barrage of angry criticism from President Trump, after the Senator released a list of anonymous allegations against Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Admiral Ronny Jackson. Jackson subsequently withdrew his nomination.

I was granted an interview with Senator Tester Saturday evening.

Army veterans Andrew Person and Cliff Larsen give a press conference outside Senator Jon Tester's Missoula office Thursday, April 26, 2018.
Eric Whitney

President Donald Trump called out Montana Senator Jon Tester today on national television in the wake of the President’s pick for VA Secretary withdrawing his nomination.

On Wednesday Tester, a Democrat running for a third term in November, released a two-page list of allegations against Admiral Ronny Jackson. Tester said they came from 23 active duty military personnel and veterans who served with Jackson, none of whom were identified, because, Tester said, they feared retribution.

  EDITOR'S NOTE: This text in this post was corrected on April 3, 2018, see * below. 

A macho military man taunts a music teacher; and a lesson in "cultural condescension" from Hillary Clinton. Yep, new campaign ads are out. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin examine those, and explain the signature-gathering  shenanigans surrounding the Green Party, and similar efforts in past elections. Listen in now on "Campaign Beat."

Senator Jon Tester, Helena Veteran Center staff, and local veterans, pose for ribbon cutting at the center's opening ceremony, Friday March 9, 2018 in Helena.
Corin Cates-Carney

A new veterans services and counseling center celebrated its grand opening in Helena today.

Eric Kettenring, the vet center director, says Helena has never had a place where veterans can go that is dedicated to giving them mental health services.

We talked to Great Falls voters at venues including the Lido Bar
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The primary race that will select political challengers for U.S. Democratic Senator Jon Tester and Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte is less than four months away. Between now and then Montana Public Radio is talking with voters about political issues that are important to them.

On Valentine's Day last week, I drove around Great Falls to the bars where the town’s billiards league was racking up their weekly matches so I could find out what Great Falls voters were thinking about.

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