Montana Politics

BREAKING: Billings Gazette Endorses Jon Tester

Written by Nathan Kosted
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In a move that will play a major factor in the 2018 Senate race between Jon Tester and Matt Rosendale, the Billings Gazette has endorsed Jon Tester for United States Senate.

I find this to be a very common sense move. Senator Tester delivers for Montanans, cares about Montanans and is an amazing representative for ALL of Montana.

I could not foresee any legitimate entity finding a valid reason to endorse Matt Rosendale. I find his campaign to be vacuous, venal, banal, rude, abusive, lying and having no ideas and no platform whatsoever.

Here’s what the Gazette had to say:

Billings Gazette: Keep Tester working for Montana in U.S. Senate:

A champion for U.S. veterans, agriculture producers, affordable health care, accessible public lands and the First Amendment, Jon Tester will continue to serve Montana well if voters re-elect him on Nov. 6.

Tester’s roots are deep in his Big Sandy farm, and he takes pride in meeting regularly with Montanans in unscripted forums. He held 20 listening sessions in one year to get Montana veterans’ ideas on fixing VA health system problems, and then worked with Republicans on the Senate veterans committee to enact laws to start making those improvements.

After learning from Billings addiction treatment professionals that a federal regulation contributed to a long wait list for Medicaid inpatient treatment, Tester worked to change the rule, which will be waived next year as part of the new opioid epidemic law.

Our senior senator takes the pulse of Montana and fights for what we need when he is in Washington, D.C.

That sums it up pretty well. The piece continues later:

Tester’s opponent, Matt Rosendale, opposes the Affordable Care Act and, as state auditor, has permitted sale of insurance plans that don’t cover mental health care, substance abuse treatment, prescription medicine, maternity care or pre-existing conditions. Rosendale told us that Montanans deserve choices with lower premiums. But these “short-term” policies are a bad deal for anyone who ends up needing care in the huge coverage gaps.

Rosendale supports repealing the ACA which means he supports taking coverage from 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions. Junk insurance plans are bad for Montana, the market and no legitimate candidate would support them.

The endorsement concludes:

Sunshine champion

When first elected, Tester made U.S. Senate history by posting his daily work schedule online. Since then he has sponsored public information legislation and continues to advocate for transparency in government and election campaigns.

Last year, the American Library Association honored Tester for his commitment to public information with the 2017 James Madison Award. Tester pledged to “keep fighting for more sunshine so we can ensure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly, and hold elected leaders accountable to make sure they are working for the people of Montana and all Americans.”

That’s what Tester has delivered for Montana. We encourage voters to keep him working for our great state in the U.S. Senate.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we\'d certainly appreciate it.