Tester calls out Rehberg

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Senator Tester’s office just sent out a blast email with “An update on the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.” I’m sure many readers just received the same email. The email kicks off with the following:

Negotiators are discussing the possibility of including the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act in one of the last bills Congress will consider this year.

As you may know, the bill was included as part of a Senate proposal going into these final negotiations. But it needs support from the House of Representatives to cross the finish line.

My message to the them: Don’t let politics drag down this important, made-in-Montana jobs plan.

Sen. Tester is clearly calling out Developer Denny and his opposition to FJRA. And he’s backing Rehberg into a corner. Either Rehberg supports FJRA and helps deliver a major legislative victory for Tester or he opposes FJRA and further solidifies his reputation as someone who always puts politics first.

Developer Denny is one slippery politician. It will be interesting to see how he spins this one.

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Craig Moore

That’s a hoot. Before you or Tester call anyone out, there is a lot to answer for as to how Tester conducted himself in the whole process. See my first comment @ https://themontanapost.com/2011/12/13/why-rehberg-is-so-afraid-of-fjra/#comments Trying to put a Christmas bow around this stinking pile will take more than just rhetorical hubris.

Pogie
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Your concern for the perspective of Montana environmentalists/greens is no doubt quite sincere, Craig, but I think this “issue” has gotten enough play.

No doubt Paul Richards and his supporters still believe they won the election for Tester in 2006, but the truth is that Senator Tester has to represent the broad interests of the state.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Don, when it comes to the FJRA, Tester should man up and answer for his apparent duplicitous conduct as recorded by Paul Richards and others.

Rob Kailey
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Why? Because you say so? Because Richards says so? Why should Tester “man up”. What hasn’t he done to your and Richards’ satisfaction in answering your demands?

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Rob, just my opinion. Tester can do or not do whatever his handlers advise. As to the FJRA, it appears that it has been eliminated from the omnibus bill as has the pipeline provision. Funny though that Tester spoke against attaching the pipeline provision, eventhough he said it should be expedited, because it would clutter up the bill while at the same time pushing for FJRA’s attachment. Political hypocrisy on full display on both accountants. Calling for pipeline approval now but standing against the very legislation to do that, and working to attach FJRA to the omnibus bill while criticizing… Read more »

Kaeden
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Until I found this I thought I’d have to spend the day inisde.

Yamary
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I suppose that sounds and selmls just about right.

Judy
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Slam dunkin like Shaquille O’Neal, if he wrote informative artciles.

Mccade
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Learning a ton from these neat artclies.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

… and as to Tester’s obligation “to represent the broad interest of the state,” I hope he is listening to Governor Schweitzer. See: http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/schweitzer_announces_keystone_xls_mfsa_approval/25808/ …TransCanada, Keystone XL’s owner, has fulfilled its obligations under Montana’s Major Facility Siting Act (MFSA). Within the next several weeks, according to a release from the governor’s office, the state Department of Environmental Quality will issue TransCanada its MFSA permit. The release states that the $7 billion proposed project would include more than $1 billion in construction in Montana and help create 1,200 “high-paying construction jobs…” “Now that Montana has done its part in ensuring this… Read more »

Pogie
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As fun as it is to argue with shadow, Craig, this is why I just start ignoring your comments after awhile.

You also probably need to work on your reading skills. Schweitzer said, ““it is essential that the state of Nebraska and its representatives in Washington DC get things moving.”

I’d say he’s calling out representatives from Nebraska. That’s what “its” means.

Good Lord.

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Don, I knew you would seize upon the superficial and purposefully miss the target. Several days ago the Nebraska gov said the alternate route was fine and the project should go forward. Schweitzer’s message was meant for Tester, et al., to fish or cut bait and show their cards on the pipeline and stop demagoguing the issue. The billion dollars to be spent in Montana for construction is real money!!!!

Pogie
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You’re right. I certainly am wrong. Schweitzer cleverly called out Jon Tester, who has publicly supported the Keystone project, by attacking government officials from Nebraska.

It’s reassuring that you’re here to explain things like that for us. I’ll admit I never would have imagined using “its” that way.

Thanks.

Time to switch issues again?

Craig Moore
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Craig Moore

Don, again you appear to purposely misdirect. Tester’s support for the pipeline came with a catch. You know that. Schweitzer’s statement makes clear that the environmental hurdles have been met. Tester’s “yeah but” support no longer holds any sway after Schweitzer’s approval and the Nebraska’s gov call that the project move forward quickly. The pressure now is squarely on Tester to declare once and for all his support and throw his “Yea” behind legislation to do just that.

Jayce
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I told my grandmother how you heelpd. She said, “bake them a cake!”

Giggles
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Unbelveiable how well-written and informative this was.

Mark Tokarski
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“broad interests of state” is code for the interests of the business community. Right wing Democrats always fall back on that phrase when they are sticking it to us. Baucus has been doing it for decades.

I’ll translate: “I’m only a progressive when I’m up for election. Other than that, I’m bought.”

Ingemar Johansson
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Ingemar Johansson

Tester is just paying the piper.

Would Denny and the Reps control the House if Jon and his comrades supported the stimulus bill, HC or ultra lib judges?

His bill was doomed once he put the politics of his party over the wishes of his constituents.

Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler

The following guest column was written by the USFS Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest. While some people like to give the public the false impression that politicians stepping in to mandate more industrial logging of national forests is the key to economic development, the Supervisor of the Bitterroot National Forest offers her perspective based on economic reality. http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/timber-harvests-just-one-piece-of-forest-management/article_04e78d00-27f9-11e1-8fb2-001871e3ce6c.html SNIPS: “Some of you may be wondering why timber is not being sold as it was in previous decades when the Bitterroot routinely produced 20 million board feet or more. One of the main reasons is that no one is buying… Read more »

Mark Tokarski
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I think it is very important, markets aside, to establish the precedent, the rule of law, that industrial logging companies cannot be kept off public lands. This is likely why Tester is pushing this bill, just as Burns before him. In terms of policy objectives once in office, Tester=Burns=Baucus=Rehberg.

Rob Kailey
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Yes, Mark, that is of course the intent of Jon Tester. Just as it was always the intent of Obama to keep 50,000 troops in Iraq and maintain control of our rather expensive military bases there …

Whoops.

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

You don’t pay close attention. The Bush people set the December 2011 deadline. the Obama people tried their damnedest to extend it. But the US essentially “lost” that war, though like Vietnam, critical victories exist inside the defeat. As a result, the US was forced to withdraw troops (many of whom have been sent to the Syrian border). But there is a critical victory not talked about: Iraqis no longer control their oil. The international oil companies do, and that is an imperialist victory, though some US companies have been snubbed (defeat inside victory). iraqis do not like Americans. There… Read more »

Rob Kailey
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Yes, Mark, I know you ‘want to believe’. The Bush people did not set the deadline. You are lying. Obama did not try his best to extend it. The military tried but Obama is CIC, and he overruled them. You are lying. Exxon/Mobile does not control Iraqi governance except in your head. You are lying. The US government has turned its bases completely over to the Iraqi people. You are lying. Mark, every single prediction you’ve made has been wrong. Like, really WRONG. Iraq has two assets, history and oil. I haven’t a doubt that they will play those for… Read more »

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

See 2008 Status of Forces Agreement, blockhead. Obama is CIC as much as your waitress at Burger King. Blow me one more diamond, genius.

Rob Kailey
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Good god, you are so nasty.

I notice that you don’t link to anything. You remain WRONG about pretty much everything.

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

Can’t link on IPad, Einstein. Don’t understand why, but it does not remember the copy when I paste. Someday you’ll have an IPad kitten. Maybe even a laptop.

Anyway, Status of Forces Agreement, 2008, Perfesser. Geez what a numbskull!

Rob Kailey
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Hmm, can’t post links and it’s the cause of all your spelling errors. Yeah, Mark, you’re just a walking advertisement for the technology.

The Status of forces agreement called for a drawdown of troops to about 50,000, and did not call for the turnover of bases. This was great betrayal, and proof of empire. You made certain that we all heard about it, Mark

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Lyza
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I really wish there were more artlices like this on the web.

Matthew Koehler
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Matthew Koehler
Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

It works fine at times, to wit: “[SOF 12/2008] established that U.S. combat forces would withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and all U.S. forces will be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011.” The Obama people did not want this to happen, and negotiated to keep the, there beyond the deadline. Your biggest comprehension problem is this childish notion that the president takes the helm and makes decisions. He may be involved in these matters, but generally presidents become captives of the office and the executive runs itself. The Preisdent is a show piece. Anyway your… Read more »

Rob Kailey
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Now I really am laughing at you, Mark. Just as you’re trying to shame me for not having an iPad while telling me how poorly they work, now you’re arguing that I should have known what would happen because of a document that *you* told everyone under the sun would never be followed. With every comment you make, you are proving me more correct in claiming that you remain so very very wrong. Are you getting the picture yet, Einstein? The only thing being “made up”, Mark, is your consistently wrong wailing about the intent of others, just as I… Read more »

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

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Rob Kailey
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Whatever you gotta tell yourself …

Mark Tokarski
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Mark Tokarski

Honest, if you could just jettison the ego you might be ale to understand a thing or two. As it is you are arrogant and bloviating and stupid, an undesirable person to be around.

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