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  • Senate Democrat: The VA Is Actually Pretty Awesome, Veterans Love it

    05/14/2014 12:08:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | May 14, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    That’s an incredible statement given what we now know. To wit, at least seven Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities have now come under heavy criticism for essentially leaving veterans to die. This is not hyperbole. Wait times for routine procedures have been unconscionably long at some VA hospitals; patients sometimes wait for care that never comes, or if it does, comes much too late. (As many as 40 veterans at one VA hospital alone, in Phoenix, AZ, have died waiting for care). These deaths were preventable. Meanwhile, bureaucrats have invented new ways of meeting basic wait-time standards without actually doing...
  • MT:Tester shows true regard for gun rights in Post Office bill committee meeting

    02/08/2014 4:18:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 February, 2014 | David Codrea
    Crowing about a setback for gun rights advocates, the Michael Bloomberg-backed Moms Demand Action issued a press release Thursday expressing their pleasure that “the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs rejected an NRA-backed measure today that would have allowed concealed, loaded guns to be carried in post offices.” The rejoicing is hardly unexpected, although it is curious for a group spreading the insulting “going postal” myth that they’d be silent on recent news that “The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition.” Still, the “victory” for the Bloomberg Moms (BMs) is only...
  • Why Tester’s Sportsmen’s Act hit a snag in the Senate

    11/29/2012 1:32:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Missoula Independent ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Matthew Frank
    Since U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s election six years ago, arguably his greatest legislative achievement, however controversial, was the precedent-setting removal of gray wolves from the endangered species list. If it wasn’t evident already, the delisting, which Tester attached as a rider to an unrelated budget bill a year and a half ago, cemented the flat-topped organic farmer as a moderate red-state Democrat eager to broker bipartisan solutions. His reelection earlier in the month appeared to validate that approach. All signs indicated that Tester would take a significant step toward scoring his second big, bipartisan legislative accomplishment when the Senate voted...
  • Rand and Ron Paul endorse Rehberg (Montana Senate)

    11/05/2012 12:46:40 PM PST · by fifedom · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/03/2012 | Alexis Levinson
    Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg earned the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday in his race to unseat Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. Rehberg had previously received the endorsement of Paul’s father, Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul. Libertarian candidate Dan Cox, ... might play the role of spoiler. Rehberg and Tester are locked in a virtual tie, and if Cox pulls enough of the vote away from Rehberg, Tester could emerge victorious.
  • Democrats try to tip Montana Senate race by funding third-party candidate

    10/30/2012 12:05:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    PowerLine ^ | October 29, 2012 | Paul Mirengoff
    Sen. Jon Tester, a liberal Democrat, is attempting to hold off Republican challenger Rep. Denny Rehberg in a tight Montana Senate race. Rehberg is a Power Line Pick Six candidate. For Republicans to gain control of the Senate, they almost certainly need to win this race. Tester has been highly unconvincing in his belated attempts to convince Montana voters that he’s not in the pocket of the Obama administration on all the big issues. In a two way race with Rehberg, Tester would likely be toast. However, there’s a third candidate in Montana — Dan Cox of the Libertarian Party....
  • N.J. Gov. Christie calls Tester a 'phony' at Billings fundraiser

    10/08/2012 6:10:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    ap ^ | October 06, 2012
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie derided Montana Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Friday as a “phony” who does not represent the state’s values as he urged Republicans to rally behind the campaign of Tester challenger Denny Rehberg. ... Christie said Tester has turned his back on Montana since his election six years ago by establishing close relationships with lobbyists and lining up behind Democratic leaders like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
  • Lead bullets under fire - Senate bill would protect ammunition from EPA grasp

    09/28/2012 6:33:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 27, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Should President Obama win in November, it’s a certainty he’ll try once again to ban lead ammunition. Just two months after he moved into the White House, the National Park Service suddenly announced it was banning lead bullets from its parks. The blowback from sportsmen was intense, so the agency backed down. Mr. Obama surely will exert “more flexibility” in a second term to accomplish this backdoor assault on the Second Amendment. Sen. Jon Tester, Montana Democrat, introduced a bill to make sure that can’t happen. Just before the Senate adjourned Saturday to go campaigning, the body voted 84-7 to...
  • Which Dems besides Sen. Tester (Mont) are running vs Obama

    09/06/2012 5:04:42 PM PDT · by StAntKnee · 6 replies
    Tester campaign ^ | Aug 7, 2012 | Tester campaign ads
    Who else is watching endangered incumbents campaign against Obama? Tester, after voting the Harry Reid/Obama line 90% of the time the last five years is seeking distance. I'm researching for an op-Ed piece about sinking ships, deserting rodents. Names and links to ads, if you please.
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 47%, Tester (D) 43%

    08/23/2012 12:45:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 21, 2012
    Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg continues to hold a modest lead over incumbent Jon Tester in Montana’s U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Montana Voters shows Rehberg with 47% support to Tester’s 43%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
  • NRA draws red line on UN arms treaty

    07/13/2012 12:56:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/11/12 | Julian Pecquet
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) warned the United Nations on Wednesday that the effort to craft international rules for weapons sales will go nowhere in Congress if it includes civilian arms. Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the powerful lobby group, said 58 senators have pledged to oppose the treaty if it covers civilian weapons, fearing an infringement of America’s gun rights. “I am here to announce NRA's strong opposition to anti-freedom policies that disregard American citizens' right to self-defense. No foreign influence has jurisdiction over the freedoms our Founding Fathers guaranteed to us,” LaPierre said at the UN Arms Trade...
  • Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthy (reelection problems)

    06/19/2012 2:52:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/19/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats balk at ending Bush-era tax rates for wealthyBy Alexander Bolton - 06/19/12 05:00 AM ET A growing number of Senate Democrats are signaling they are not prepared to raise taxes on anyone in the weak economy unless Congress approves a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. At least seven Democratic senators have declined to rule out supporting a temporary extension of the Bush-era income tax rates, breaking with party leaders who have called for letting the rates expire for people earning more than $1 million per year. That gives Senate Republicans a chance to push a temporary extension...
  • Which Democrats Will Pay a Price for Siding with the NLRB’s Big Labor Agenda?

    05/23/2012 9:09:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo
    PJ Tatler ^ | May 23, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    The Democrats have picked a curious and potentially very costly fight this election year. President Obama came into office promising Big Labor that its agenda is his agenda, and he wasted little time using the National Labor Relations Board to make good on that promise. That board is supposed to be a fair arbiter of labor disputes, but the president packed the NLRB with Big Labor activists, and the board tried to ram a union-favoring “ambush rule” through to implementation. The rule would slash the amount of time employees and employers have to consider unionization in non-unionized work places from...
  • Montana Senate: Rehberg (R) 53%, Tester (D) 43%

    05/03/2012 4:05:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 3, 2012
    Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg holds his largest lead yet over Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in Montana’s U.S. Senate race. A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Rehberg ahead of Tester 53% to 43%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and another two percent (2%) are undecided.
  • Tester’s Bounty - Montana Dem tops in K Street Cash

    04/13/2012 12:25:11 PM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 13, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    The lobbying industry’s favorite senator has turned Big Bank protections into a flood of campaign cash. Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) received nearly $300,000 from lobbyists in 2012, making him the top recipient of K Street dollars, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Tester has denied the fact on multiple occasions, saying it is “not true.” But a Washington Free Beacon review of campaign contributions reveals that Tester leads all Senators in lobbying cash. He is also flush in contributions from Wall Street firms and big banks, ranking second in the Senate for commercial bank donations, third for credit...
  • Debt ceiling: Tell Tester to stand up for us ("Moderate" Montana Dem Senator supports tax hikes)

    07/19/2011 9:14:33 AM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies
    Missoulian ^ | July 19, 2011 | Lilya McAlister (Letter to editor)
    I find it sad that Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., refuses to stand up against President Barack Obama's new budget. In order for them to raise the debt ceiling, the Democrats need to find the money to do so. It's ironic that the tax hikes Tester wants is about the same amount needed to implement the president's budget. Instead of looking internally, and working hard to make meaningful budget cuts, Tester is saddling the American taxpayer with $2 trillion in new taxes. It is time for the people of Montana to call Tester and ask him to stand up for us,...
  • Poll: Montana Senate Race Remains Tight

    06/21/2011 8:07:03 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 21, 2011 | Kyle Trygstad
    A new poll found Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) running statistically even in his 2012 challenge to Sen. Jon Tester (D). Democratic firm Public Policy Polling reported Rehberg taking 47 percent and Tester 45 percent, further evidence that this is one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.
  • WATCH: Sen. Tester Says Nothing On Budget Plan, Besides People “Willing to Feel Pain”

    04/12/2011 11:33:41 AM PDT · by · 7 replies
    Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) appeared on MSNBC and could not name ‘one tought choice’ he was willing to support as the whole budget process goes along. Instead, Tester claimed that people contact his office every day and say they are “willing to feel pain”, be it rich, middle-class, or poor- just not all of the pain. Montana’s come to my office every day, and every one of them will say, ‘hey, we’re willing to feel some pain- middle class, rich, poor, everybody- we’re willing to feel some pain. We just don’t want to feel all the pain.
  • Tester in Trouble in 2012 Senate Race

    03/22/2011 8:31:15 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 2 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/22/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Despite the next election being over a year away, new polling has come out that should give Tester some pause. Coming off of last year's wave, the Democratic Party has seen its luck go south in the state. Against current Congressman Denny Rehberg, Tester is in trouble. Tester (D): 46% Rehberg (R): 45% Other/und: 9% Tester comes below the important 50% threshold for incumbents. Rehberg is the state's only representative and is relatively popular. Add to that the fact that Montanans don't like government interference or profligate spending, and we're likely to have an interesting 2012.
  • Tester introduces legislation to prevent ‘emergency’ gun regulations

    03/15/2011 11:53:53 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Senate ^ | March 14, 2011 | NA
    Senator’s bipartisan bill would prevent tracking of multiple rifle, shotgun purchases by law-abiding Americans (U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today introduced legislation to prevent any new “emergency” gun regulations by the Obama Administration. Tester’s bipartisan legislation follows his call for the Administration to formally reject a request by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) to use emergency rulemaking authority to track the purchases of multiple rifles and shotguns by law-abiding Americans.   ATF requested the new rules to help combat violence on the U.S.-Mexico border. Tester rejected that reasoning, pointing to a need to “enforce the laws already...
  • The Democrats' Left Turn

    02/26/2011 12:15:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | February 2011 | W. James Antle, III
    DID THE DEMOCRATS LEARN ANYTHING from the midterm elections? It didn't take long for the party's congressional wing, at least, to reveal that the answer is "no." House Democrats didn't just retain ousted Speaker Nancy Pelosi... --snip-- Yet liberals are not in the mood to let these Democratic senators do what it takes to win re-election. Politico reported on the rebellion on the left against Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), a darling of the netroots during the 2006 campaign, for his vote against the DREAM Act. "Not only will I do absolutely nothing to help his reelection bid, but I will...
  • Day 2 Polling: Rehberg-Tester, Gov's Race (good news)

    02/24/2011 5:22:55 PM PST · by bilhosty · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Flint Report ^ | 2/23/2011 | some guy named Flint
    -Survey conducted by NSON Opinion Strategy, 400 likely voters, Margin of Error= +/- 4.65% -Statewide survey conducted Feb 16-17, 2011. Yesterday: A Look at Montana's 2011 Legislative Issues Today: A Look at Montana's 2012 Political Landscape, including the Montana Governor's race, US Senate, and US House. jon Tester-44% Denny Rehberg 47% undecided 7%
  • 11 Pro-ObamaCare Senators Face Red State Voters In 2012

    02/03/2011 7:21:30 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 29 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/3/2011 | Ed Carson
    Not a single Senate Democrat on Wednesday voted to repeal ObamaCare. That was expected. But with the health law as unpopular as ever, the vote could come back to haunt vulnerable Democrats in 2012. Eleven Democrats up for re-election next year represent states in which Republicans won a majority of the 2010 popular vote for House seats: Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Especially vulnerable: * Montana’s Jon Tester and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill won in 2006 with less than 50% of the vote.
  • Denny Rehberg to Announce Senate Bid Saturday

    02/01/2011 11:41:14 AM PST · by Harley · 25 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Feb 1, 2011 | Kyle Trygstad
    Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) will announce Saturday he is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). “It’s happening Saturday,” said a knowledgeable Montana GOP political operative. “He’s running. There is a lot of support and enthusiasm back home, and Denny knows he can win.”
  • Rehberg Leads Bipartisan Letter to ATF Questioning New Firearm Dealer Regulations

    12/24/2010 10:38:40 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies ^ | 12/23/10 | NA
    WASHIGNTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg today sent a bipartisan letter along with 33 co-signers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) questioning an “emergency” information request that will require federally licensed firearms retailers to report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles. The proposal was included in the Federal Register and specifically calls for firearm retailers to report multiple sales, or other dispositions, of two or more .22 caliber or larger semi-automatic rifles that are capable of accepting a detachable magazine and are purchased by the same individual within five consecutive business days. “It’s not just...
  • Tester's top 10 betrayals of Montana (Phony "Centrist" Democrat Senator Jon Tester)

    12/10/2010 9:44:56 AM PST · by Qbert · 16 replies
    Montana Standard ^ | 12/2/2010 | Will Deschamps
    Montana's junior Sen. Jon Tester has led a double life which is why political experts list him among the most at-risk Democrats in 2012 Senate races - often as the most endangered senator in the country. Here's a handy refresher of the top 10 things Sen. Tester hopes you'll forget when he's asking you for another term: 10) Steadily Increasing unemployment: When Sen. Tester took office, Montana's unemployment rate was stable at a 10-year low of 3. percent. Since taking his oath of office, handing Democrats a one-seat majority in the Senate, Montana's unemployment has gone steadily up and now...
  • Food Safety Bill Will Not Make Food Safer, Will Increase Food Costs and Budget Deficit

    11/29/2010 12:32:13 PM PST · by JimPrevor · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 29, 2010 | Jim Prevor
    Today, the Senate is likely to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (S510). But the bill is little more than an enormous grant of money and power to the Food and Drug Administration and a lot of reporting burdens imposed on the private sector. Those who favor a smaller, leaner government should oppose it. Advocates for the bill point out that we need “change” as the food safety system is built mostly on laws passed over seventy years ago. They would like to transform the FDA from what they perceive as a mostly reactive agency – dealing...
  • USDA lists 'concerns' about Tester wilderness bill (MT)

    12/18/2009 12:54:16 AM PST · by This_far · 179+ views
    Montana Standard ^ | 12/17/2009 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says its has several concerns about Sen. Jon Tester's plan to create more wilderness and mandate more logging in Montana's national forests. Speaking at a hearing Thursday, a top Agriculture Department official says Tester's bill would require logging levels in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest that are ``not reasonable'' and may be unachievable. Harris Sherman, an Agriculture undersecretary who oversees the Forest Service, also said he was concerned at the bill's cost and mandates that he said could create a harmful precedent for other national forests. Tester's bill would add 600,000 acres of Montana wilderness,...
  • U.S. Will Donate Part of H1N1 Vaccine Supply to Foreign Nations Before Meeting This Nation’s Demand

    10/24/2009 8:22:56 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 100 replies · 5,214+ views
    CNSNEWS.COM ^ | Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Chris Neefus
    Sebelius Says U.S. Will Donate Part of H1N1 Vaccine Supply to Foreign Nations Before Meeting This Nation’s DemandThursday, October 22, 2009 By Chris Neefus      ....... Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) asked Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebilius why the United States should get vaccinations ahead of people in other countries, including those in countries that are producing the vaccine for the United States. ( Starr)When Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) had his turn to question Sebelus, he raised the issue of whether the United States was "entitled" to the vaccine more than other nations. "Why should we be more entitled, the U.S. be more   entitled to...
  • Dems could be best allies for gun advocates

    03/29/2009 2:18:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 1,096+ views
    CBS 4 Denver ^ | 29 Mar 2009
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) Two Montana Democrats are leading the charge against gun control even helping force the military to continue selling surplus brass to gun aficionados who want cheaper ammunition. U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester are not simply placating gun advocates with a vague promise to vote against gun control in Congress. They are forcing former political foes to recognize that Democrats could be their strongest allies while the party controls Washington D.C. It's creating uncertain bedfellows on an issue that wins or loses races in places like Montana. The pair have been taking the lead on issues...
  • Senators to Attorney General Holder: Stay away from our guns

    03/04/2009 8:46:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies · 3,347+ views ^ | March 3, 2009 | NA
    Baucus And Tester Send Warning Shot To Protect 2nd Amendment Tuesday, March 3, 2009 (Washington D.C.)- Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester sent a simple and clear message to Attorney General Eric Holder today: any new gun restrictions are a non-starter. In a letter to Holder, Baucus and Tester emphasized the need to enforce current laws on the books instead of passing additional laws which could infringe on Montanans’ 2nd Amendment rights. “We oppose reinstating the ban on the sale of assault weapons, and we call on the Department of Justice to enforce existing laws before it considers...
  • Democrat voter fraud in Montana?

    09/15/2008 1:04:09 AM PDT · by BigSkyDream · 30 replies · 1,066+ views
    The Billings Gazzette ^ | Sept. 13, 2008 | By JENNIFER McKEE
    Schweitzer 'joke' may have grain of truth By JENNIFER McKEE Gazette State Bureau UPDATE 3:30 p.m. : HELENA - Gov. Brian Schweitzer said this week he was "just joking" this summer when he suggested he tampered with the hotly-contested 2006 Senate election. However, at least one Big Horn County observer was escorted out of a Crow Indian polling place that election night, (snip) Schweitzer has been criticized this week for remarks he made to a lawyer’s group in Philadelphia this July. In the remarks, Schweitzer insinuates that he tampered with election to secure a victory for Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon...
  • Minister In Skirt Charged With Indecent Exposure

    08/01/2007 8:24:12 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 128 replies · 3,050+ views
    WGAL-TV ^ | 2007.08.01 | WGAL-TV
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- A Baptist minister has been charged in Tennessee with indecent exposure and driving under the influence. Police said 58-year-old Tommy Tester of Bristol, Va., was wearing a skirt when he was arrested last week after allegedly relieving himself in front of children at a car wash. A report also accuses Tester of offering police officers oral sex and says an open bottle of vodka and empty oxycodone prescription bottle was found in his car when Tester was arrested Friday. Authorities identified Tester as the minister of Gospel Baptist Church in Bristol and an employee of Christian...
  • ( Democrat ) Tester awaits ruling on donation ( Hsu )

    09/09/2007 10:15:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 648+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | September 08, 2007 | JENNIFER McKEE
    Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said Friday that he won't keep campaign donations he received last year that have now been tied to a disgraced Democratic fundraiser if the donations are found to be improper. "If a donation to Senator Tester is shown to have been made illegally, he would obviously return it or donate it to charity," said Matt McKenna, a Tester spokesman. Tester received $3,750 last year from people linked to Norman Hsu, a New York clothing executive who helped raise more than $1 million for Democratic candidates in the past four years. Tester received no money from Hsu...
  • New Senators Resist Overhaul of Immigration

    06/28/2007 4:55:12 AM PDT · by indcons · 17 replies · 892+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 28, 2007 | CARL HULSE
    In narrowly winning her seat last year, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri ran hard against what she saw as a flawed approach in Congress to dealing with illegal immigration. Ms. McCaskill, a Democratic newcomer, says she is not about to change her view now. “I hope this never wears off, but I like to keep my word,” said Ms. McCaskill, part of a triad of moderate Democratic freshmen balking at the proposed immigration overhaul and complicating efforts by President Bush and Senate leaders to pass it this week. Her compatriots in opposition are Senators Jim Webb of Virginia and Jon...
  • Musical Offices on Capitol Hill(Tester whining about office space)

    11/25/2006 5:53:23 PM PST · by Dane · 28 replies · 1,174+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 24, 2006 | Brit Hume
    Office Space Much of the intrigue in Congress these days is found off the House and Senate floor... in the scramble for the best congressional offices. With some top members on the way out, junior members stuck with low-status offices grab prized spots with monument views, passing the leftovers down to the freshmen. Among the changes? Vice President Dick Cheney loses his unofficial office on the House side of the capitol, while Nancy Pelosi will abandon her current office — occupied by former Democratic speaker Tip O'Neill — to take up residence in current speaker Dennis Hastert's digs. Meanwhile, new...
  • WEAK-ly Standard Props Up Democrats Senatorial Candidates

    11/10/2006 5:18:29 AM PST · by colonel mosby · 79 replies · 1,453+ views
    The Weak-ly Standard | November 10,2006 | me
    Congratulations to The Weak-ly Standard. The "conservative" magazine did a wonderful job promoting Democrat senatorial candidates Jim Webb, Harold Ford Jr., and Jon Tester in it's last two issues immediately preceding Tuesday's election. The Standard wrote a long tribute to Webb, calling him a "blood and soil conservative". Despite Harold Ford Jr.'s very low ACU lifetime congressional voting record of 19, the Standard tried to portray him as being similar to his conservative opponent Bob Corker on the issues. Apparently, the magazine was enamored of the notion of having little Harold in the U.S. Senate. But, most outrageously, the last...
  • MT Senate Race seems to be still in play

    11/08/2006 1:55:38 PM PST · by duckhunter1999 · 37 replies · 3,369+ views
    MT Senate Race seems to be still in play
  • Yellowstone County is in, Tester is still 3000 votes ahead [Mod note: Incorrect]

    11/08/2006 4:01:12 AM PST · by Redmen4ever · 43 replies · 2,988+ views
    MT Secretary of State ^ | 11/8/06 | MT Secretary of State
    Yellowstone provided 1100 votes for Burns, leaving Tester 3100 votes ahead. Two counties are still out ... Maegher which gave Bush a 500 vote margin in 2004, and Beaverhead which gave Bush a 1900 vote margin. I don't think Burns will catch up when these two counties are added in. Funny isn't it, how one or the other party seems to win all the close ones in Senate races.
  • Montana is NOT over!

    11/07/2006 11:37:52 PM PST · by balch3 · 155 replies · 8,206+ views
    vanity | 11 08, 2006 | vanity
    Burns's campaign is saying the uncounted votes are from their strenth areas. This could still go either way!
  • Republican leaders believe their legendary ‘secret weapon' will turn the tide for Burns

    11/06/2006 8:36:22 AM PST · by Coop · 6 replies · 960+ views
    Conrad Burns for Senate/Missoulian ^ | 11/5/06 | Charles S. Johnson
    HELENA - Republican Sen. Conrad Burns may be facing the political fight of his life, but calm GOP operatives believe they have a secret weapon that will push him over the top in Tuesday's vote. For the first time, Republicans in Montana are putting into place the national party's vaunted 72-Hour Task Force for the final three days of the campaign, state GOP executive director Chuck Denowh said. It may be the party's ace in the hole. The highly sophisticated targeting, voter identification and get-out-the-vote program, or GOTV, was developed in the wake of the extremely tight 2000 presidential race....
  • GOP has the edge in state [MONTANA]

    11/05/2006 8:27:33 PM PST · by Alex1977 · 90 replies · 2,732+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | JENNIFER McKEE
    HELENA - Montanans say they are slightly more likely to vote for Republicans than Democrats in the state's legislative races, a new Gazette State Poll shows. By a margin of five points, 47 percent to 42 percent, voters said they were more likely to vote for Republicans. That edge is greater than the poll's margin of error - plus- or minus-4 points - but not so large that Republicans have a clear lead. Only 11 percent of those surveyed said they weren't sure which party they would support. The split reflects the makeup of the Montana Legislature. Currently, the state's...
  • Poll: Burns, Tester in dead heat

    11/04/2006 3:14:36 AM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 82 replies · 1,764+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | November 4, 2006 | Charles Johnson
    HELENA - After months of campaigning and millions of dollars of advertising, it all comes down to this: Republican Sen. Conrad Burns and Democratic challenger Jon Tester are running dead even, a new Gazette State Poll shows. A telephone poll of 625 registered and likely Montana voters shows each man favored by 47 percent of respondents. Five percent of the voters are undecided, while Libertar-ian Stan Jones was the pick of 1 percent. The poll was taken from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Washington, D.C, for the Gazette State Bureau. It has a...
  • Montana Senate: Tester Holds Slim Lead Over Burns [Nothing is lost: vote!]

    10/29/2006 11:49:36 AM PST · by Alex1977 · 17 replies · 1,056+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 29, 2006
    Democrat John Tester The campaign of Republican Senator Conrad Burns has inched forward in recent few weeks. But the third Rasmussen Reports poll this month of Montana's closely watched U.S. Senate race shows that Democrat Jon Tester is still slightly ahead, 51% to 47% (see crosstabs). When leaners are included, it’s Tester by three, 51% to 48%. Montana remains in the Toss-Up category for our Senate Balance of Power summary. Tester led by seven points on October 11, and by just two on October 18. We have polled this race more than a dozen times in 2006 and Senator Burns...
  • UNREPORTED IN HOT SENATE RACES: Democrats broke while Republicans' powder is dry

    10/25/2006 8:38:08 AM PDT · by dangus · 65 replies · 3,842+ views
    Analysis of FEC reports ^ | 10/25/06 | Dangus
    One must be careful to make too much of a given Senate candidate appearing broke at the 3rd-quarter FEC filing time. After all, the national parties and major donors can rescue a strong candidate’s foundering finances. And certain costs, such as advertising, may even still have been paid up front. But when so many candidates from one party, who have been very strong, are suddenly out of cash, while the other party is cash-rich, something may be afoot. In this case, the Republicans continue to use their strategy which produced surprise wins in 2002 and 2004: They are keeping their...
  • Montana Senate Race: Conrad Burns (R-Incumbent) Within 3 Points of John Tester (D)!

    10/20/2006 7:53:30 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 55 replies · 1,249+ views
    Rasmussen Reports via Real Clear Politics | 10-19-06 | Rasmussen Reports
    Rasmussen Reports now has Burns within 3 points of Tester - basically margin-of-error. Although a tie may be too good to be true at this time, this seems to coincide with the slow and slight tweak in Burns' direction seen in recent MT polls. In other words - striking distance. GOTV will have to be perfect, as the Democrats have a pretty damn good GOTV machine in Montana. Also updated - Fleming now has Chafee down just 4 points in RI. This is again a sign of a very small and overcomable deficit. GOTV in RI could also be key....
  • Senate candidates debate in Montana (Media Bias Alert!)

    10/13/2006 2:20:26 AM PDT · by Alex1977 · 12 replies · 537+ views
    HELENA, Mont. - Democratic Senate candidate Jon Tester said the U.S. needs stronger diplomatic efforts to deal with North Korea and Iran, while incumbent Conrad Burns argued in Thursday's debate that Cold War methods of deterrence work best. Tester, who has a slight edge in the race four weeks before the election, differed sharply with Burns on issues ranging from the federal deficit and the war in Iraq to tax cuts and ethics. Burns, who is seeking a fourth term, said the U.S. can handle the threat of terrorists coming out of Iran and North Korea's apparent development of a...
  • Polls find Democrats ahead in 3 vital states (Mason-Dixon, DeWine -2, Burns -7, Corker -1)

    09/30/2006 10:13:58 PM PDT · by okstate · 132 replies · 2,407+ views
    The State ^ | 1 October 2006 | Steven Thomma
    WASHINGTON — Democrats are slightly ahead of Republican incumbents in three election battleground states that will help determine control of the Senate, a series of polls released Sunday showed. In Montana, Democrat Jon Tester had the support of 47 percent of registered voters, while incumbent Republican Sen. Conrad Burns had the support of 40 percent. In Ohio, Democrat Rep. Sherrod Brown had 45 percent of registered voters, while incumbent Republican Sen. Mike DeWine had 43 percent. In Tennessee, Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. had 43 percent, and former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, the Republican Senate nominee, had 42 percent. Democrats...
  • Ex-security chief [Tom Ridge] criticizes Tester [who vows to repeal 'Patriot Act' if elected]

    09/28/2006 3:49:57 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 21 replies · 958+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | September 28, 2006 | JENNIFER McKEE
    HELENA - Tom Ridge, the former and first head of the federal Department of Homeland Security, took after Democratic Senate candidate Jon Tester on Wednesday, saying his call to repeal the federal Patriot Act is "ludicrous." Ridge, who said he was asked by former Republican Montana Gov. Marc Racicot to share his views with Montana reporters, said Tester's recent call to repeal the Patriot Act is "unfathomable, almost inexplicable." Tester, a Big Sandy farmer and current president of the Montana Senate, is challenging U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont. In a debate with Burns in Butte on Saturday, Tester said he...
  • Tester files debate complaint [Tester cries to his lawyer after losing his debate]

    09/28/2006 3:33:57 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 6 replies · 887+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | Wednesday, September 27, 2006 | CHARLES S. JOHNSON
    HELENA - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Tester's campaign filed a complaint Tuesday charging that a corporate sponsor with close ties to Republican Sen. Conrad Burns received premium reserved seats at a Butte debate in violation of federal election law. Montanans for Tester filed the six-page complaint with the Federal Election Commission over what happened in a debate between Tester and Burns Saturday night in Butte. The Montana Standard, Resodyn Corp. and Rhodia Chemical Co., sponsored the debate, with Resodyn and Rhodia each paying $200 to help rent the theater, while the Standard kicked in the other $100, plus some...
  • Montana Senate Poll: Tester Leads Burns by 9 Points (Rasmussen)

    09/14/2006 1:20:36 PM PDT · by okstate · 66 replies · 1,863+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 14 September 2006 | Scott Rasmussen
    This poll is still on Rasmussen premium, but RCP leaked the numbers. Tester (D) .... 52 percent Burns (R) ..... 43 percent Undecided ..... 5 percent 500 Likely Voters, finished on September 12th, 2006.