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Land and Water Conservation Fund.
LWCF.org

A U.S. Senate committee Tuesday approved a trio of bills supporters say will fund conservation projects and streamline dispute resolution on public lands.

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale poses with Vice President Mike Pence at a rally in Bozeman.
Matt Rosendale Campaign Twitter Feed

In his visit to Bozeman today, Vice President Mike Pence criticized Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester for announcing his opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before an FBI investigation into the judge is completed.

State Auditor Matt Rosendale, Republican, left, and Senator Jon Tester, Democrat, right.
Montana PBS

In the first of two televised debates Saturday night, Democratic Senator Jon Tester and his Republican challenger, State Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale clashed over campaign contributions, health care and Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme court nomination.

The event was broadcast live by Montana PBS from a closed set in Missoula.

Sally Mauk: Welcome to Campaign Beat, our weekly political analysis program. I'm Sally Mauk and I'm joined by University of Montana Political Science Professor Rob Saldin and Veteran Capitol Reporter Chuck Johnson.

Late Friday morning Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester announced his decision to oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here's the press release in its entirety:

"(Big Sandy, Mont.)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he will vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee to serve a lifetime appointment on the United States Supreme Court.

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