August 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Want to see Pearl Jam's only non-festival show this year? Montana Sen. Jon Tester has you covered. The Democrat, who is in a tough reelection battle against Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg this fall, is offering 100 tickets to the sold-out Sept. 30 show in Missoula. Tickets were $250 a pop on the senator's campaign website, www.jontester.com , Thursday. Turns out Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is a fellow native of Big Sandy, where Tester has his family farm, and is a longtime friend of the senator's family, the campaign said.
June 8, 2011 |
The Senate rejected legislation Wednesday that would have halted pending federal regulations to limit the debit card swipe fees that financial institutions charge retailers, in a narrow vote that rekindled populist fervor against Wall Street. The 54-45 vote did not split along typical partisan lines. Instead it pit one populist Democrat, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, against another, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, as both claimed to be fighting to protect consumers and small banks from fees that totaled $16 billion in 2009.
February 27, 2011 |
The Rocky Mountain West, which helped give Democrats the White House and control of the U.S. Senate, has emerged as a key 2012 battleground as President Obama works to win back independents and others disaffected by the last two years of high unemployment, soaring deficits and expansive government growth. Obama achieved a breakthrough in 2008, carrying Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico and coming close to winning Montana, a state Democrats lost overwhelmingly in the two previous presidential campaigns.
January 26, 2011 |
Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson had a Ronald Reagan moment Wednesday in the afterglow of the State of the Union address. Inspired by the sight, he said, of seeing his Democratic and Republican congressional colleagues sitting together in the House chamber during Tuesday night's address, the two-term senator suggested that the two parties sit scattered on the Senate floor from this point forward. "So, to paraphrase former President Reagan, whose declaration about the need for unity rings true today in a different context," Nelson, a Democrat, told reporters Wednesday, "I hope colleagues will join me and say, 'Get rid of this aisle!
November 13, 2006
Jon Tester: A photo caption in Section A on Friday misspelled incoming Montana Sen. Jon Tester's first name as John.
November 11, 2006 |
Big Sandy has had its moments in the sun. Local boy Jeff Ament made good a few years ago as the bassist for Pearl Jam. The town's "chief claim to worldwide fame," as resident historian Keith Edwards puts it, is the Big Bud 16V-747, a custom-made behemoth that the Guinness Book of World Records lists as the largest tractor on Earth. But in recent years, the story in Big Sandy, as in countless other farm towns across the Great Plains, has been one of loss.