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Some politicians like to talk about improving forest management, but few actually try to do anything about it. Frankly, it appears that some want gridlock to continue so they can keep scoring political points. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is different and so is his bill, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. This bill would support forest […]

Montana Sen. Jon Tester is commended for proposing a permanent ban on new mining claims on public land near Yellowstone National Park. If passed, the measure would prohibit claims on two pieces of Forest Service land in Paradise Valley south of Livingston. This proposed ban recognizes the special nature of Yellowstone Park and the surrounding […]

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate’s only active farmer today joined Republicans and Democrats to confirm President Trump’s Agriculture Secretary nominee, Gov. Sonny Perdue. Sen. Jon Tester endorsed Perdue on the Senate floor prior to the vote. Tester told his colleagues he will hold the former governor of Georgia accountable to rural Montana families and encourage […]

Back in 2012, Montanans voted overwhelmingly (75%) that corporations should not be able to spend hand-over-fist to tip elections in their favor. It was a continuation of a Montana tradition that began a hundred years ago, when the Copper Kings tried to buy elections for their friends and allies. But ever since Citizens United said […]