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Tracking Jon Tester and Max Baucus in Media

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus

Gulf spill helps revive left-for-dead energy legislation

Los Angeles Times: “I think the oil spill has generated a lot of discussion, a lot of soul-searching,” said Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the finance committee. “This country has to address climate change. The question is how and when — and when are there 60 votes?” More…

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More than 5,200 turn out for Governor’s Cup in Helena … and not one complains about lack of snow

The Missoulian: Among the participants was Sen. Max Baucus, who has come to the Governor’s Cup for at least 25 years.”Why not?” he said. “It’s so much fun.” More…

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Unions press Senate to change jobs bill

The Hill: Kevin Bogardus: In a letter to the Senate, the AFL-CIO is urging the lawmakers to add an extension of unemployment and healthcare benefits to a new jobs bill. Bill Samuel, director of government affairs for the AFL-CIO, supports a provision authored by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that would provide funding for multi- and single-employer pension plans. More…

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Oil Taxes and Fiscal Honesty

National Review: Duncan Currie: “The next time you hear Max Baucus (Mont.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Lieberman (Conn.), or Mark Warner (Va.) described as a ‘deficit hawk,’ keep in mind that each one rejected transparent accounting for the Government Sponsored Enterprises.” More…

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US Senate Democrats Lack Votes For Tax Package As Vote Looms

NASDAQ: Senate Democrats have no support from Republicans and are losing support from fellow Democrats on a package to extend jobless benefits and expired tax cuts. The tax package would add $85 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. “We do need to act aggressively to reduce our long-term deficits. But first we must pull ourselves out of this ‘great recession,’” Baucus said on the Senate floor Tuesday. More…

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Baucus slams Thune amendment’s impact on healthcare law

The Hill: Julian Pecquet: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) proposed an amendment to the tax extenders bill which would also make changes to the healthcare reform law. “This expansion would eliminate coverage for millions of Americans,” Baucus said on the Senate floor. “This would strike at the heart of healthcare reform. And [the Congressional Budget Office] tells us that it would also increase premiums for everyone else.” More…

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Tax extenders bill fails in the Senate

The Hill: Jay Heflin: On Wednesday, the Senate voted 45-52 in opposition to moving forward on the $140 billion tax extenders bill. Sen. Max Baucus authored the bill which would add approximately $80 billion to the federal deficit. More…

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Advice for Baucus

Great Falls Tribune: Dale Busby: “Let those who are doing a good job keep doing that job. If they’re not doing a good job, vote them out. We’re stuck with Baucus until 2014. Let’s hope that between now and then he remembers he’s there to do what we, the people who sent him there, want — not what he wants. If not, it will be time for us to send him into retirement.” More…

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BAUCUS ANNOUNCES SCALED-DOWN JOBS BILL

Huffington Post: “It still addresses many of the same issues as the last substitute but it is smaller. That is, it’s — there are fewer dollars involved here, and it is more paid for,” Sen. Baucus said. More…

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Baucus, Grassley release ‘doc fix’ agreement

The Hill: Julian Pecquet: The Republican Policy Committee details Thursday night’s agreement between Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for a fully offset Medicare “doc fix.” More…

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Global Leaders Welcome China’s Yuan Plan

Wall Street Journal: June 19: The People’s Bank of China announced today that it will be reforming its exchange rate. “Today’s announcement is a welcome first step to help keep American businesses competitive and create more American jobs,” Sen. Baucus said. More…

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Baucus Statement on Billings Tornado

June 21: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Baucus: “The tornado that struck Billings was a true disaster, and while we are all grateful no one was seriously injured, it devastated many businesses and MetraPark. I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has responded to help with the clean-up effort.” More…

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Baucus Statement on Flooding on Rocky Boy’s Reservation

June 21: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Baucus: “Over the last few days, dozens of Montana families were forced to evacuate their homes on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation when they were overrun by flood waters. Each of these families is in my thoughts and prayers.” More…

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Baucus Named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by Hunting Group

June 23: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Baucus: Safari Club International named Sen. Baucus the legislator of the year in part for his Firearms Fairness and Affordability Act. “The Firearms Fairness Act is just common sense, and I’m going to keep pushing until it becomes law,” Sen. Baucus said. More…

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Baucus Named ‘Highway Hero’

June 23: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Baucus: Sen. Baucus was honored as a Highway Hero for his efforts to improve highway safety in Montana and across the nation. Baucus accepted the award at the American Highway Users Alliance Luncheon where he was the keynote speaker. Highway safety is incredibly important for Montanans and for Americans who rely on their cars to get to work, or school or to go on vacation.  This is about improving our economy and keeping our families safe on the road. This award is an honor, and you can bet I’m going to keep pushing for highway safety.”  More…

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Third time not a charm: Extenders fails

The Hill: Jay Heflin: Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said that budget deficit concerns have made passing legislation, which aim to extended unemployment benefits, much tougher. More…

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U.S. Sen. Jon Tester

Tester sponsors bill to help American Indian Veterans

June 10: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: “The benefits a veteran puts his or her life on the line for shouldn’t count against them if they need housing assistance,” Sen. Tester said. More…

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HIGHS & LOWS

Flathead Beacon: “LOW: JON TESTER – Displeased with proposed changes to his Forest Jobs bill, this Democratic senator is also under fire for transparency questions regarding a draft of the legislation.” More…

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Senate Democrats Looking To Cut $25 Per Week From Unemployment Checks

Huffington Post: Senate Democrats are considering eliminating a stimulus bill provision that put an extra $25 per week into every unemployment insurance checks. “We’re trying to save some money,” Tester told HuffPost on Tuesday. “I think we’ve got to look for opportunities to save money.” More…

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Chronicle editorial: Forest bill a fragile compromise worth saving

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: “A deal’s a deal. That’s the message Montana Sen. Jon Tester has for the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. And, in reality, he has little choice.” More…

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Tester outlines education priorities for Indian Country

June 17: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: In a hearing on Capitol Hill, Tester addressed officials from the U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Indian Education on the particular needs of Indian students in Montana. “To produce the best and brightest, we need good schools, good teachers and good homes,” Sen. Tester said. More…

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Advice for Baucus

Great Falls Tribune: Dale Busby: “Yes, the vast majority of us realize health care reform was needed, but poll after poll after poll showed that what we were going to get was not what we wanted or needed. He [Sen. Max Baucus] should have voted accordingly. So should have Sen. Jon Tester, but he’s another story for another time.” More…

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Tester revises Forest Jobs and Recreation Act

Great Falls Tribune: “I have said from the beginning that I will only support a bill that contains the four carefully balanced provisions that have resulted from years of folks working together, those being timber, wilderness, recreation and restoration,” Tester said Thursday in a conference call with reporters outlining his latest draft of the bill. The Senate Office of Legislative Counsel is reviewing the amendment, which should be finalized on Thursday or Friday. More…

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Tester: New USDA rule beefs up fairness for family agriculture

June 18: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: “This new rule is a smart and important step to stop the stranglehold that a few big companies have on family agriculture, so we can finally see some true competition back in the marketplace.” More…

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Is Tester’s bill good for wilderness?

Helena Independent Record: Michael Willing: “If the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act were to pass in its current form it will be a tragic setback to the efforts of all people who have fought for and treasure wilderness. Passage of this bill will set a precedent that wilderness areas are designated only after logging and industry needs have been satisfied.” More…

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Tester statement on Billings’s tornado emergency

June 21: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: “Through it all, my staff and I stand by to offer any support we can to the Billings community, and especially to the folks who have to start from scratch.” More…

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Candidates throw hats in ring for Montana’s 2012 election

The Missoulian: Earlier this month, Sen. Tester officially declared that he will run for a second Senate term. Tester will likely not be unopposed. Steve Daines has not ruled out running for the U.S. Senate seat in 2012. “We had two senators who voted for Obama’s health care plan when the majority of Montanans opposed it. I think Denny Rehberg could use some help back there,” he said. More…

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Tester statement on Rocky Boy’s flooding

June 21: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: “As we work to assess the damage and start rebuilding, my staff and I stand ready to offer any support we can to the Montanans in need.” More…

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Senate Seeks To Punish Gulf Oil Rig Safety Inspectors

Gant Daily: On Wednesday, members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies suggested that the government safety inspectors, who failed to prevent mistakes that led to the BP oil well leak in the Gulf of Mexico, should be criminally prosecuted. Sen. Jon Tester said, “I think the punishment should be severe. More…

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U.S. Sen. Max Baucus

Baucus Salutes Montana Top Cops at White House Ceremony

May 14: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Baucus: “Montana is a safe state to live and raise a family because of the hard work and dedication of our top notch law enforcement,” Baucus said. More…

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Stable, productive ranches helping protect the Front

Great Falls Tribune: Dusty Carry: “Senate Bill 2747 would dedicate permanent funding of $900 million a year to preserve our natural heritage and special places like the Rocky Mountain Front. I commend our own Sen. Max Baucus for introducing this legislation and thank Sen. Jon Tester for co-sponsoring the measure.” More…

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At least three senators who oppose secret holds have holds of their own

The Hill: Taylor Rushing: “Baucus told The Hill that he has no holds in place, only to be corrected later by his office, which stated he is blocking a water compact because he wants to coordinate it with a separate water compact specific to Montana.” More…

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Baucus, Tester bill clarifies definition of biomass

May 18: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: “By agreeing upon one broad definition of renewable biomass, we can put those trees to good use, protect our forests, and boost economic development opportunities across the state,” Tester said. More…

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Baucus expects ‘carried interest’ tax increase in extenders bill

The Hill: Jay Heflin: “‘I do’,” Baucus said, when asked if the tax increase would be included in legislation that ultimately passes the Senate. The levy has drawn considerable resistance from Democratic and Republican senators who feel the tax increase would negatively affect the economy.” More…

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Senate passes ‘Angel Amendment’ to financial reform bill

Local Tech Wire: Senate approved an amendment to the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 that is specifically geared toward angel investors on Tuesday. “We are very pleased that this amendment was adopted,” said Liddy Karter, chairman of the ACA public policy committee and a founder of the Angel Investor Forum of Connecticut. The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond and co-sponsored by a bi-partisan group of 10 additional senators, including Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT). More…

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New Bill Delays Medicare Pay Cut Until 2014, Provides Raises in Interim

Medscape Medical News: Congressional Democrats today unveiled the outline of a bill in which physicians could see their Medicare reimbursement drop by more than 30% when the bill expires in 2012, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Reimbursement rates; however, could increase if the growth of Medicare spending on physician services is “within reasonable limits,” according to a summary of the legislation released by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI). More…

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Gazette opinion: Health law raises questions, hopes for better care

Billings Gazette: “Hospital leaders and other Montanans will need answers to many detail questions as the law is implemented. Federal agencies must make the rules workable for consumers and businesses. Congress, in particular Sen. Max Baucus, who authored much of the new law, must be vigilant in monitoring implementation and prompt in correcting problems that will inevitably appear with a law this far-reaching.” More…

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BCS responds to Hatch/Baucus letter

Bowl Championship Series: In a letter responding to U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Executive Director Bill Hancock today stated his strong belief that decisions about college football should be left to people in higher education. Click here to link directly to the complete Hancock letter. More…

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Oil spill taxes prove handy for funding summer jobs

The Hill: Alexander Bolton & Jay Heflin: “They (Democrats) say all the excise tax proceeds will go to the Oil Spill Liability Trust fund, but they are also using it as a counterweight for unrelated spending, such as on a $1 billion summer jobs program…The Democratic architects of the bill, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Levin, argue it is necessary to raise taxes and spend billions of dollars to help people affected by the recession.” More…

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Baucus Meets with Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

May 21: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Baucus: I’ve always said any Justice must meet three criteria: personal integrity, professional competence, and a view of important issues that is within the mainstream of contemporary judicial thought, and I found it helpful to meet with her to hear her views on issues that are important to Montanans.” More…

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In D.C., Flathead Residents Press Senators on Climate Change Bill

Flathead Beacon: Montana Business Leaders for Clean Energy met with Democratic Sen. Max Baucus and the staff of Jon Tester in Washington D.C. last week to press the Montana lawmakers to take action on legislation to stem global-warming. More…

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Baucus Introduces Bill to Boost Vet Employment

May 24: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Baucus: “As they return home, this bill is just one way to ensure we are doing all we can to help them get back to their lives.”More…

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Bill would ease tax credit for hiring vets

Navy Times: Rick Maze: “What makes this bill important is that the sponsors — Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mt., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa — are the two senators with the most influence over tax-related legislation.” More…

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Farm subsidies paid to congressmen; Is that why Congress shut down the database?

Washington Examiner: Mark Tapscott: Ron Utt of the Heritage Foundation detailed the way subsidies ended up going to members of Congress in a 2007 study. “Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT, and five other members of his family own a large Montana ranch that had received more than $230,000 in subsidy checks over a five-year period.” More…

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Max Baucus congratulates the Class of 2010

Clark Fork Chronicle: Sen. Max Baucus: “You are our future and we celebrate this milestone with you.” More…

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U.S. Sen. Jon Tester

Tester introduces another Wall Street reform amendment for rural banks

May 13: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: Tester’s new amendment would require the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to formally consider the impact on small community banks and rural consumers before creating new rules. More…

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Stable, productive ranches helping protect the Front

Great Falls Tribune: Dusty Carry: “Senate Bill 2747 would dedicate permanent funding of $900 million a year to preserve our natural heritage and special places like the Rocky Mountain Front. I commend our own Sen. Max Baucus for introducing this legislation and thank Sen. Jon Tester for co-sponsoring the measure.” More…

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Eddie Vedder a fan of Sen. Tester, but not Goldman Sachs

The Hill: Bob Cusack: “Toward the end of the two-hour set, Vedder gave a shout out to Tester, the junior senator from Montana, and thanked him for not only showing up, but staying until the end of the show.” More…

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Volunteers turn out to help homeless veterans

Billings Gazette: Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee emphasized veteran’s improvement benefits during an event to provide basic services to homeless veterans. More…

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UM forestry professor aims to put Tester bill into bigger context

The Missoulian: Martin Nie, the University of Montana School of Forestry professor has opened a blog, “A New Century of Forest Planning,” that is putting Sen. Tester’s forest bill in a much bigger context. More…

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Tester leads effort to cut red tape, create jobs, boost energy savings for schools

May 17: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: Tester is backing the bipartisan Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act, which would strengthen cooperation across the U.S. Department of Energy to help retrofit schools for energy efficiency. More…

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Baucus, Tester bill clarifies definition of biomass

May 18: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: “Years of debate over the definition of renewable biomass has hurt our ability to create jobs keeping our forests healthy and our forest communities strong,” Tester said. “It’s time to work together and get on the same page so we can move forward in a healthy and productive way.”More…

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Tester pushes next step for earmark transparency

May 18: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: Tester is cosponsoring the bipartisan Earmark Transparency Act. “This bill isn’t just some symbolic move.  It’s real reform that will help shine a little more sunlight on our government,” Tester said. More…

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Senate passes ‘Angel Amendment’ to financial reform bill

Local Tech Wire: Senate approved an amendment to the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 that is specifically geared toward angel investors on Tuesday. “We are very pleased that this amendment was adopted,” said Liddy Karter, chairman of the ACA public policy committee and a founder of the Angel Investor Forum of Connecticut. The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond and co-sponsored by a bi-partisan group of 10 additional senators, including Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). More…

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Senate passes historic Wall Street reform Tester helped shape for rural America

May 20: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: “This is a big win for Main Street,” Tester said. More…

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Congressional efforts to repeal D.C. gun laws imperil homeland security

Washington Post: “What lawmakers might want to think twice about, however, are the homeland security implications of making the nation’s capital wide open to guns…Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced legislation (S. 3265) that would abolish most D.C. gun laws and largely strip local authorities of their ability to regulate firearms.” More…

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Tester says no to D.C. anti-gun activists

Great Falls Tribune: Sen. Tester was challenged by anti-gun activists from Washington, D.C., to withdraw his support of the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, of which Sen. Tester is the lead co-sponsor. “It’s absolutely hypocritical for Senator Tester to say he supports D.C. voting rights and democracy for the district, and then turn around and try to wipe away the city’s local democracy,” said Ilir Zherka, executive director of DC Vote. After the meeting, Tester told the Great Falls Tribune that he “appreciated” the activists’ concerns, but he’s not budging on the issue. More…

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Tester quizzes Forest Service Chief on curbing wildfire

May 26: Newsroom: U.S. Senator Tester: “Each year, fires get more expensive, harder to control and more dangerous to our communities and Montanans,” Tester told National Forest Chief Tom Tidwell.  “We must take proactive steps.  What have you done to lessen the likelihood of catastrophic wildfire before the first fire is spotted?” More…

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In D.C., Flathead Residents Press Senators on Climate Change Bill

Flathead Beacon: Montana Business Leaders for Clean Energy met with Democratic Sen. Max Baucus and the staff of Jon Tester in Washington D.C. last week to press the Montana lawmakers to take action on legislation to stem global-warming. More…

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Tester co-authors measure to promote clean energy

Billings Gazette: Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are set to unveil a plan encouraging green energy development in rural areas such as Montana. “Montana’s got a whole lot of potential to be a world leader in renewable energy, and we will be. But right now there are roadblocks in getting that energy where it needs to go,” Tester said. More…

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Tracking Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper in Media

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet

Sen. Bennet: I knew White House urged Romanoff not to run

The Hill: J. Taylor Rushing: “Yeah, I was aware,” Sen. Bennet told the Hill on Thursday. More…

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Bennet starts door-to-door campaign

AP: Bennet planned a Denver rally Saturday to start a door-to-door campaign for votes. Bennet’s campaign says the senator will have hundreds of volunteers out in Denver. More…

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I’m happy to support Sen. Michael Bennet

Coloradoan: Kathryn Barrett: “I was so inspired by the newness of his [Barack Obama] message. His faith in people, his intelligence and candor and the down-to-earth qualities he exhibited struck me as just what we needed in Washington…I see all of these qualities and more in Sen. Michael Bennet.” More…

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Leading on Education

Huffington Post: Sen. Michael Bennett: “We can’t settle for failure from our schools — if that’s all we expect from them, then that’s exactly what we’ll get. Instead, as communities we must provide more leadership, demand better results, and own the outcomes for our schools. That’s exactly the point of reforms like the Lead Act: our kids deserve the best opportunity to grow up and be leaders and innovators.” More…

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Bennet: BP Should Cover the Costs of Gulf Oil Spill, Not Taxpayers

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 14: today Sen. Bennet joined a group of colleagues in calling on BP to establish a $20 billion escrow to cover the costs necessary to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and compensate Gulf Coast residents and businesses who have suffered economic damages. More…

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Colo. governor says he discussed jobs for Romanoff

AP: Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, who appointed Bennet to his Senate position, said he did urge former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff not to challenge Bennet for the Democratic primary. “I told him I thought that was a bad idea,” Gov. Ritter said. More…

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Bennet Pushes to Keep ‘Pay It Back’ in Final Wall Street Reform Bill

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 15: In letters to the Conference Committee today, Sen. Bennet urged key Senate and House negotiators of the Wall Street reform bill to retain the bipartisan ‘Pay It Back’ amendment. “This amendment complements Wall Street Reform by sending a strong signal to our financial markets that the bailout is coming to an end,” Bennet said. More…

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Udall wants change in agency that studies drilling

AP: On Monday, Sen. Udall (D-CO) said he will propose a bill this week to shift the focus of a Department of Energy program that currently researches ultra-deepwater drilling from production to safety. Sen. Bennet (D-CO), called Udall’s plan “a good step.”More…

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Bennet Announces $500,000 Grant for Veterans Green Job Training

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 15: “Colorado can lead the country towards a clean energy future, and our veterans can and want to play a role,” said Bennet. More…

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Sen. Michael Bennet Sold Off Millions in Securities upon Taking Office, Owns Stock in Company Backing His Campaign

Center for Responsive Politics: Michael Beckel: According to a recent report from the Center for Responsive Politics, Sen. Bennet sold between $2 million and $5.6 million worth of stocks and other securities in more than 80 companies and investment funds within his first five days as a Senator. More…

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Bennet’s connections

Colorado Springs Independent: Lowell Duncan: “Now, one can hardly help being well-connected. Or born rich. Or being tapped to be Denver’s school superintendent. Or being appointed and anointed by the governor to fill an interim senatorial spot as Bill Ritter did for Bennet even though he didn’t win support when Ritter asked the Colorado people who they wanted. Talk about a bait-and-switch maneuver! So, how’s he looking out for us?” More…

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Bennet Uses First Hearing as Chairman to Push Bipartisan Bill to Promote Energy Efficiency, Create Jobs in Colorado’s Rural Communities

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 17: “Upfront costs of energy efficiency improvements are often prohibitively expensive for many families, and this bill provides a commonsense solution so that rural Americans can benefit from reduced energy bills and enjoy the savings in their family budgets during these tough economic times,” Sen. Bennet said. More…

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Bennet installing solar panels to promote Colorado jobs

AP: As Democrats are preparing to debate the stalled climate-change legislation, they are promoting clean-energy jobs across the nation. Sen. Bennet, for example, is helping a company install solar panels on roofs. More…

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Romanoff: Sen. Bennet “Refuses to Tell Us Where He Stands.” (VIDEO)

Huffington Post: Kelly Maher: “If you’ve ever wondered what U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., stands for, it turns out his Democratic primary opponent, Andrew Romanoff, has the same question.” More…

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Arizona, Colorado primaries are last, best tests of anti-Washington sentiment

Washington Post: The Fix: Chris Cillizza: “If either Bennet or McCain lose, it suggests that good campaign mechanics can’t hold up against the flood of unrest directed at the nation’s capital. If both lose, all-out panic — for both parties’ incumbents — will set in.” More…

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Congressional roadblock could cost Colorado $211 million

Colorado Springs Gazette: If the federal money for states like Colorado to pay for health care is rejected, then Colorado would have to start cutting its budget quickly. Colorado Springs Democratic Sen. John Morse said if the state has to come up with the $211 million, public schools could see more cuts. Colorado Senators Bennet and Udall are trying to get the state money approved.  More…

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Poll: Buck, Bennet lead in U.S. Senate primary races

Denver Post: According to a Denver Post/9News poll, Sen. Bennet is leading Romanoff 53% to 36% among likely Democratic voters. Also, Buck leads GOP primary opponent former Lt. Gov. Norton 53% to 37% among likely Republican voters.  More…

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Bennet to Pelosi: Members of Congress Should Not Get Pay Raises While Americans Struggle to Make Ends Meet

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 21: In a letter to Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bennet joined 19 of his Senate colleagues in calling for a House vote on the legislation to end the current system of automatic, annual pay raises for members of Congress. “If members of Congress think they deserve a pay raise, they should have to justify it to the American people openly and on the record.”More…

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Romanoff champions gay rights, says he’s most progressive candidate

Colorado Independent: “You can call my bluff. If you can find a candidate who is more committed to this cause [gay marriage], let me know, because I don’t think there is one,” Romanoff said. Sen. Bennet’s campaign spokesman Trevor Kincaid said, “Bennet has said that as a private citizen, if a ballot measure were to come up in Colorado [providing for gay marriage], he would support it.” More…

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Bennet Announces $299,691 Grant for Veterans Job Training

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 22: “The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program will ensure local agencies have the resources they need to help Colorado veterans get job training to help them get back on their feet,” Sen. Bennet said. More…

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TRUTH TEST: Did Bennet actually say, ‘No way?’

9News: Jeffrey Wolf and Adam Schrager: “Throughout the 2010 election season, 9NEWS will hold those who run political commercials on our networks accountable for what they say. The following article is a Truth Test about a commercial being run by an organization called Clean Energy Works…

QUOTE: Senator Bennet. Keep standing up to Big Oil and fighting for America’s Clean Energy Future.

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Bennet Resolution Designating June 23 as ‘Olympic Day’ Passes in Senate

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 23: Today the Senate unanimously passed a resolution authored by Sen. Bennet designating June 23 as Olympic Day. “I am proud to join thousands of current and former Olympians to recognize the Olympic movement, mark the birthday of the modern day Olympics, and honor their commitment to excellence, sportsmanship and international friendship.” June 23 marks the anniversary of the founding of the modern Olympic movement in Paris in 1894. More…

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Bennet: Priority in Afghanistan Must Remain Our Commitment to Troops, National Security

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 23: “President Obama has made the decision that he believes puts our troops, our mission in Afghanistan and our national security first,” Sen. Bennet said about President Obama’s decision to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal from command in Afghanistan with Gen. David Petraeus.  More…

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Different priorities

Colorado Springs Independent: Cara Koch: “Sen. Michael Bennet voted against the Brown-Kaufman amendment that would bust up the mega “too-big-to-fail” banks. During the health care battle he voted to keep the antitrust exemption in place. He didn’t support a public option until his constituents conveyed “fish or cut bait.” Now, tell me again who he’s really supporting?” More…

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Bennet Applauds Senate Passage of New Sanctions Against Iran

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Pressroom: June 24: “These sanctions will supplement the recently-passed United Nations sanctions against Iran, and I am pleased that the Senate came together to pass this bill with bipartisan support.” More…

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Mayor John Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper speaks from business perspective in Steamboat

Steamboat Today: On Saturday, gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper spoke to about 60 people in Steamboat Springs. Hick­enlooper spoke about bringing issues from an entrepreneurial and business perspective to Colorado politics. More…

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James Mejia becomes first to jump in the pool for mayoral race

Westword: Jef Otte: June 17: Today, James Mejia filed his formal candidacy for mayor of Denver, making him the first official candidate in the race. Last year, Mejia told the Denver Post he would not run against Hickenlooper who is currently in the gubernatorial race. “If he doesn’t win, I think everyone reevaluates,” Mejia said. More…

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Election 2010: Colorado Governor

Rasmussen Reports: A recent survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis is once again leading the race. McInnis leads with a modest margain–46%-41%–over Democratic challenger, John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper’s support remains at 41% in a match-up with business Dan Maes who is challenging McInnis for the GOP Senate nomination. More…

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Denver mayor campaigns in Durango

Durango Herald: Hickenlooper was in Durango on Thursday as part of a 12-day campaign swing. Hickenlooper said the state must “rebrand” itself as “pro-business and innovation” to attract businesses and jobs to the state. He said Colorado should look to expand the consumption of natural gas, perhaps using it to power government vehicle fleets. More…

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Mayor Signs New Zoning Code Into Law

Cbs4denver: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper signed the controversial new zoning code into law Tuesday morning. It will go into effect on Friday. More…

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Hickenlooper sides with ranchers

Pueblo Chieftain: On Sunday, Hickenlooper spoke with landowners and ranchers in the path of the Army’s proposed expansion of its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.  Hickenlooper said he is against the Army’s plan to expand training in Pinon Canyon.”In the end, it’s your property. So as far as I am concerned, I will come down every time on the side of the ranchers,” Hickenlooper said. More…

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Would ‘crash tax’ be fair

Denver Daily News: “It’s going to be hard for Hickenlooper to run outside of Denver knowing that if any future state constituents get into an accident in Denver that they’re going to have to pay,” said Jon Caldara, president of the libertarian Independence Institute and a critic of the proposed ordinance.  “We support it. This ordinance follows through on part of the 2010 budget presented to and approved by City Council last year,” said Hickenlooper’s spokesman, Eric Brown. More…

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VIDEO: RecycOil – Colorado Innovation and Jobs Tour – Webisode 1

Hickenlooper for Colorado: News: June 21: “Seems to us that if we want to attract new companies and good-paying jobs, we need to aggressively market our state as the nation’s center of innovation.” More…

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John Hickenlooper’s Statement on the Wildfire Near Canon City

Hickenlooper for Colorado: News: June 22: “We want to send our sympathies to the residents in and around Canon City who were forced to evacuate their homes today because of a wildfire. We also want to thank the firefighters, law enforcement officials and emergency responders working to keep everyone safe. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and we hope all of you will be safely home soon.” More…

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Hickenlooper Announces Job Creation Road Map

Hickenlooper for Colorado: News: June 22: “Any business knows you have to have a well-researched business model to reach prosperity. We’re implementing a plan to involve the entire state in job creation that starts with concerns of businesses local level,” Hickenlooper said. More…

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VIDEO: RecycOil – Colorado Innovation and Jobs Tour – Webisode 1

Hickenlooper for Colorado: News: June 21: “Seems to us that if we want to attract new companies and good-paying jobs, we need to aggressively market our state as the nation’s center of innovation.” More…

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THE BIG QUESTION OF 2010

Town Hall: John Andrews: “If Denver’s Democratic mayor, John Hickenlooper, wins his bid for governor, the New Energy Economy – code for the notion that politicians know better about how to keep the lights on and the wheels turning than all of us choosing freely in the marketplace – would continue its coercive makeover of our lifestyles and its gradual brownout of our living standards.” More…

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Dedication For New Denver Courthouse Recognizes Diversity

Law Week Colorado: The new Denver Justice Center, “illustrates how we, as a community, can get work done collaboratively and efficiently,” Mayor John Hickenlooper said at Monday’s dedication. The city puts the cost to bondholders at $378 million, but $444 million was spent, according to the web site FaceTheState.com. More…

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Hick presents jobs plan

Denver Daily News: “Obviously, government isn’t going to create the jobs, they’re not going to solve all of our problems, but it can be a catalyst,” Hickenlooper said. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said that he and his administration have met with more than 25 businesses, 20 local economic organizations and 500 citizens in small-group discussions throughout the state. “The real experts are the local businesses and leaders dealing with economic realities.” More…

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Q&A with Gov. Ritter as he signs final bills

Grand Junction Free Press: Q: “Democrat John Hickenlooper criticized you on the campaign trail for how your administration handled controversial new oil-and-gas rules. You weren’t happy.”

A: “This is politics. I think people would be disappointed if John Hickenlooper somehow turned out to be a cookie cutout of me.” More…

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Tracking Kent Conrad and Earl Pomeroy in Media

Sen. Kent Conrad

Senate rejects extension of jobless benefits

Washington Post: Lori Montgomery: On Thursday, the Senate voted-57 to 41-against extending unemployment benefits. Senate Democrats are planning to resume the jobless benefits debate after July 4. “People are in the mood of letting the dust settle before finding the next step,” said Budget Committee Chairman Conrad. More…

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Conrad Marks the Passing of Senate Legend, Robert Byrd

June 28: Kent Conrad–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “Lucy and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd. For more than five decades, Senator Byrd fought tirelessly for the people of West Virginia,” Sen. Conrad said. More…

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Environmentalists target centrists on climate bill

The Hill: Darren Goode: Sen. Conrad and twenty other Senators are the targets of ads launched by the Environmental Defense Action Fund. More… ………………………………………………………………….

Conrad Fights to Keep DHS Predators in Grand Forks

June 28: Kent Conrad–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: A group of Senators including Sen. Conrad wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging DHS to implement a Customs and Border Protection strategy that does not involve reducing security in the northern border to increase security in the southern border.  “We support strong CBP operations along the southern border to combat illegal immigration and secure the border. However, we strongly oppose boosting southern operations by taking critical Border Patrol agents, CBP funding, and in particular limited assets, like Predator B and other aircraft, away from the northern border,” the letter states. More…

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Pomeroy not first member of delegation to deal with investigation

Bismarck Tribune: Rebecca Beitsch: The Office of Congressional Ethics panel is currently conducting an investigation into Rep. Pomeroy’s campaign contributions. Similarly, Sens. Dorgan and Conrad have also been investigated. More…

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Statement from Senator Kent Conrad on the Senate’s Confirmation of General David Petraeus

June 30: Kent Conrad–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: “The Senate’s swift confirmation of Gen. Petraeus is an acknowledgement of the importance of the situation in Afghanistan and the need to act with urgency and resolve. I am confident that Gen. Petraeus will lead our troops with great skill and a renewed focus on this critical mission.” More…

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National debt soars to highest level since WWII

USA Today: According to the CBO report released today, the federal deficit will reach 62% of the economy by the end of the year. “We simply cannot allow the federal debt to explode as envisioned under CBO’s projections. The economic security of the country and the quality of life for our children and grandchildren are at stake,” Sen. Conrad said. More…

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Delegation Warns Devils Lake Working Group of Looming Flood

July 1: Kent Conrad–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: North Dakota’s Congressional delegation met with members of the White House Administration about the threat of flooding from Devil’s Lake. “We need this working group to come together and work with the local communities to develop a comprehensive, coordinated strategy for moving water off Devils Lake,” the delegation said in a joint statement. More…

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Guest Column: Health reform needs immigration reform

The Commercial Appeal: Greg Siskind and Elissa Taub:  “A bill (S. 682) sponsored by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., would dramatically improve physician immigration. It creates H-1B cap exemption opportunities for doctors going to the most severe shortage areas, and creates the incentive of a green card cap exemption to reward the commitment.” More… ………………………………………………………………….

USDA Touts Conrad ‘Open Fields’ Program

June 8: Kent Conrad–U.S. Senator: Pressroom: Following today’s passage of the Farm Bill, Sen. Conrad’s Open Fields program was implemented by the White House. “As a boy I loved to go fishing. But too often today our hunters, fishermen, and hikers find it difficult to access nature because it is on private land. Open Fields will help change that and offer another generation of America’s youth the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors just like I did.” More…

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Congressman Earl Pomeroy

The most important number in the midterms

Washington Post: Chris Cillizza: Out of “the 30 races most likely to change party control in the fall”, North Dakota’s at-large (D) race is ranked 23rd. “Every two years, national Republicans insist that this is the election cycle that Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D) loses. And yet, since 1992, Pomeroy had held the state’s at-large district. The tough environment nationally for Democrats coupled with Gov. John Hoeven’s(R) expected margin in the state’s Senate race and the candidacy of former state Rep. Rick Berg (R) make a compelling case that this will be Pomeroy’s toughest race to date.” More…

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President Signs Bipartisan Pomeroy Legislation to Strengthen Pensions and Save Jobs

June 25: Earl Pomeroy–U.S. Rep.: Newsroom: Today, Pres. Obama signed legislation authored by Pomeroy-Tiberi into law.  The legislation was included in the bill that bolsters the Medicare system. “This new law is a win-win-win situation. We’ll help create jobs, keep pensions and reduce the deficit at the same time,” Pomeroy said. More…

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Aviation Soldiers Honored for Service in Africa

War on Terror News: Members of the North Dakota Army National Guard were addressed and congratulated by several distinguished speakers, including Rep. Pomeroy. “After seeing them in action, it was exceedingly clear to me that our North Dakota Guardsmen were performing their jobs with remarkable skill and professionalism, extremely eager to perform their missions safely and on time,” Rep. Pomeroy said. More…

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House ethics office investigation advances

The Hill: Susan Crabtree: The OCE investigation, which is probing into the fundraising activity of eight lawmakers, will extend the audit beyond the preliminary 30-day review. “A Democratic aide requesting anonymity also acknowledged that the office had received the latest OCE notification and said other offices [which include Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.)] also received the same letter.” More…

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Pomeroy fundraising investigation extended

Bismarck Tribune: “Our understanding is that the panel wanted more time to look through the information,” Pomeroy spokesman Brenden Timpe said.

“Pomeroy needs to be completely forthright with North Dakotans and explain to them why their congressman is under an ethics investigation,” Republican Party director Adam Jones said. More…

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Pomeroy speaks out on ethics investigation

Bismarck Tribune: Rebecca Beitsch: “They’re looking at whether or not an event close to the (vote on the financial reform) bill influenced my vote,” Pomeroy said Tuesday. “I voted for the reform; I voted against Wall Street, so I don’t see how there’s any connection at all.”More…

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Congressman Pomeroy questions the integrity of ethics investigators

San Francisco Examiner: Rob Port: “The problem with ethics in Congress isn’t that politicians like Pomeroy are being victimized.  It’s that politicians like Pomeroy get away with far too much.” More…

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Midterm Races Spur Feverish Drive for Donations

New York Times: Jeff Zeleny and Robert Pear: “Breakfast is not typically on the menu at Charlie Palmer Steak, a short walk from the Capitol, but exceptions are made. And on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Representative Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota, who is among the endangered Democrats, held consecutive events for lobbyists and other supporters.” More…

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House Agriculture Committee Approves Bill Opening Cuba Market to U.S. Ag Sales

July 1: Earl Pomeroy–U.S. Rep.: Newsroom: Rep. Pomeroy co-sponsored the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act; legislation which relaxes the market restrictions between Cuba and the agricultural industry.  “This bill will give our producers a valuable new export market,” Pomeroy said. More…

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ND GOP House hopeful Berg says he’s raised $1M

AP: GOP U.S. House candidate Rick Berg says his campaign against incumbent Rep. Pomeroy has already raised more money than the previous challengers had in the fight to unseat Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy. More…

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Early campaign ads: Sign of preparedness or weakness? Or both.

Washington Post: Chris Cillizza: “Pomeroy, facing his first real electoral challenge since early last decade, went up with his first general election ad in April (!). He tapped his war chest early and sought to frame the debate with state Rep. Rick Berg (R) before Berg was even his party’s nominee. But Berg will be financially competitive. He announced Thursday that he raised more than half a million dollars in the second quarter — a strong sum for a challenger.” More…

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Pomeroy not one of us

Bismarck Tribune: James Kerian Grafton: “This year, no amount of TV advertisements will enable Pomeroy to keep up this charade of being one of us. We’re taking back our congressional seat from the out-of-state lobbyists. This year, we’re sending Earl Pomeroy home.” More…

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Pomeroy and Peterson Gather Farm Bill Input from North Dakota, Minnesota Producers

July 7: Earl Pomeroy–U.S. Rep.: Newsroom: “The discussion today will give us a valuable jump-start so that we can identify ways our farm programs are working, as well as any shortcomings, and put together the strongest Farm Bill we can,” Pomeroy said. More…

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