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Matt Rosendale

Rosie Costain

Senator Jon Tester held an ice cream social Friday at the University of Montana to encourage students to vote. He also fielded questions about issues surrounding November’s election.

The event was billed as a chance for Senator Tester to hear from students about issues they care about and talk about the upcoming election. That’s exactly what happened when Tester stepped to the front of the room of about 60 people in the University Center on the University of Montana campus.

Tester also tried to appeal to students by talking about the rising cost of college.

Some Montana farmers are hoping to hear some good news on trade as President Donald Trump brings his campaign to Billings tonight.

U.S. Supreme Court
Flickr user: Marty Stone (CC-BY-NC-2)


Senator Jon Tester says he hasn’t yet decided on whether he’ll vote to confirm U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Before I make a final decision on Judge Kavanaugh, however, I’ll need to look at him face to face, read his body language, ask him tough questions on behalf of Montana," Tester says.

Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Senate

Senator Jon Tester today had three Montana men who say they’ve long supported the Republican Party on a conference call with journalists, to say that this year, they’re supporting the Democratic senator in his re-election campaign.

“He’s looking out for the little person, and the Republican Party’s stopped doing that,” Mick Ringsak said.

Senator Jon Tester received the endorsement of the Nation Border Patrol Council Union Friday in Billings
Jackie Yamanaka, YPR News

The major party candidates in the race for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat are campaigning this weekend. Today Senator Jon Tester will attend a Labor Day picnic hosted by the state public employees union, and then this evening he’ll join union workers locked out of the Imerys Talc Mill on the picket line in Three Forks.

On Saturday Republican Candidate Matt Rosendale hosted day of action events in Helena and Kalispell. 

Editor’s note: Senator Jon Tester was asked during the press conference if he had met with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Tester had said he meeting was cancelled by the White House. A Tester spokeswoman called YPR Saturday to clarify that no meeting was actually scheduled and the schedulers were working on setting a date. “Jon misspoke. Our office and the White House were working on scheduling a meeting for the week of August 20, but the White House pushed that back.”

President Donald Trump and Montana Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at a July 5 campaign rally in Great Falls, MT.
Sally Mauk / MTPR


President Donald Trump is coming back to Montana.

Trump's campaign announced Wednesday the president will hold a rally in Billings on Sept. 6.

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (R) - Montana
U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives is on recess, and that means Montana’s lone Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte is back home campaigning. I caught him on the phone between events in Kalispell and Havre Wednesday.

Locked-out Imerys America employees at the talc mill in Three Forks, MT. August 24, 2018.
Montana AFL-CIO


A labor dispute continues at a Montana talc-milling company.

The state’s top elected officials are rallying behind the 35 unionized workers now locked out of their Three Forks plant.

Montana Senate President Scott Sales.
Mike Albans

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The president of the Montana Senate is asking the attorney general for an opinion on whether Gov. Steve Bullock illegally allowed the state to purchase a $6.1 million conservation easement on an eastern Montana ranch without approval from the state Land Board.

State law requires the Land Board to approve "land acquisitions" worth more than $100,000.

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