Jon Tester Wins The Montana Senate Race

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 10:10 am

Sen. Jon Tester (D) has won re-election in Montana. The election was called by the AP this morning. With 84 percent of precincts report Tester is at 48.8 percent, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) is at 44.7 percent and Libertarian Dan Cox is at 6.5 percent.


Montana Senate is the Race Most Likely to Keep Reporters Up Late Tomorrow

By: Monday November 5, 2012 12:15 pm

One of the important federal races that looks like a true toss-up tomorrow is the Montana senate race. Incumbent Democrat Jon Tester is effectively tied with Republican challenger Rep. Dennis Rehberg. Tester is technically the incumbent but since Rehberg is the state’s only at-large member of the House, this is more like an incumbent vs. incumbent fight.

What David Freedlander’s Report on Blogs Left Out — Google

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 7:34 am

Pam has already touched on David Freedlander’s piece about the decline of independent blogs 10 years down the road. There are many things that are true in his long piece, but he somehow doesn’t manage to ask the rather obvious question — where’s the money?

When Gridlock Works: Cybersecurity Bill Stuffed, for Now

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 1:00 pm

The Senate, unable to come up with a schedule for amendments, blocked the cybersecurity bill today in an outcome that, despite being a result of Republican obstruction, satisfied Internet activists who had been urging a no vote.

As Poll Shows Public Wants Higher Taxes on the Rich, Conservative Dems Waver

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 12:10 pm

A new poll from the National Journal shows that the principle of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans by letting the Bush tax cuts expire remains extremely popular, even as some Democrats show trepidation about the idea.

Senate Democrats’ Prospects Appear to Be Modestly Improving

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 10:15 am

Things appear to be looking up for Senate Democrats. While this year will be inherently very tough for Senate Democrats — they have 23 seats to defend compared to the Republicans who have only 10 seats up this year — the Democrats recently received several pieces of good news. Earlier this year there seemed to be a very good chance Republicans could take over the chamber, but recently that has begun to seem a more remote possibility.

Dayen’s Roundup from October 18, 2011

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 6:15 am

David Dayen’s New Roundup from Tuesday night, October 18, 2011. Stories on Israel/Palestine prisoner exchange, record deportations, Snowe, Tester, Liz Warren, James Kwak, Corray, and many more.

American Jobs Act Fails First Senate Cloture Vote

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 8:15 am

As expected, the American Jobs Act failed to pass a cloture vote last night. The vote was 50-49. Democrats held the vote open so “New Englander of the Year” Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) could return from Boston and cast the final vote in favor, giving them the talking point that a majority supported the bill. Tom Coburn, under treatment for prostate cancer, missed the vote.

Jon Tester: Get Out of My Trash

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 4:48 pm

Jon Tester is, to the best of my knowledge, the first member of Congress to complain about FBI’s new investigative guidelines allowing agents to–among other thing–search potential informants’ trash.

Swipe Fee Battle Comes to a Vote Today

By: Wednesday June 8, 2011 11:34 am

We have all kinds of problems (unemployment, foreclosure, not to mention two wars) that we seem unable to do anything about. What we can do in the United States Congress is engage in a months-long lobby bonanza between the largest retailers in the country and the largest banks in the country over how they will split up the fee for when you purchase products via debit card. And finally, that battle over swipe fees gets a vote today.

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