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  • From the Courts: Threats to murder U.S. Sen. Jon Tester send Billings man to prison for 30 months

    Updated May 9, 2024

    U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana BILLINGS - A Billings man who admitted to threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in voicemail messages was sentenced May 1 to 30 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The defendant, Anthony James Cross, 30, pleaded guilty in January to threats to injure and murder a United States Senator. U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided. The court accepted a...

  • Threats to murder U.S. Sen. Jon Tester send Billings man to prison for 30 months

    Updated May 8, 2024

    U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana BILLINGS - A Billings man who admitted to threatening to kill U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in voicemail messages was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The defendant, Anthony James Cross, 30, pleaded guilty in January to threats to injure and murder a United States Senator. U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided. The court...

  • Tackling the rising cost of housing in Montana together

    Updated Apr 26, 2024

    More than 100 years ago, my grandparents made a life for our family on a homesteaded plot of land outside of Big Sandy that we still farm to this day. I’ve been blessed to call Montana home my entire life and to always have a place to rest my head after a hard day’s work. Unfortunately, finding an affordable place to live has become a challenge for far too many Montanans. As I travel across Montana, I hear about how housing challenges are hurting working families. From Missoula to Kalispell to Bozeman, all the way to sma... Full story

  • Tester says Thursday he wants changes in FISA before renewal

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Apr 19, 2024

    Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., held a press call with rural media outlets Thursday morning, where he discussed a number of ongoing issues in Congress including the upcoming renewal of surveillance legislation and the situation at the U.S. southern border. Tester is running for reelection and faces Michael Hummert of Helena in the Democratic primary. Tester said Thursday that the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, allows intelligence agencies to access American citizens’ data without a warrant i...

  • Hill County Commisssion discusses better outreach

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    The Hill County Commission had a long discussion in a working meeting Monday about how to better engage with the public and keep them informed of the county’s dealings, as well as the possible implications of a road name change. The conversation about public relations was prompted by a letter from Montana Department of Transportation Havre Area Senior Engineer Project Manager Mike Moore, which said he was doing a survey in preparation for a presentation he will soon make. Among the survey questions was one about how the c...

  • Tester talks appropriations, drug crisis, Medicaid

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., held a press call Thursday to discuss a number of legislative issues, including the looming deadline for a government shutdown, which will occur at midnight tonight if lawmakers cannot pass a series of long-debated spending bills. Tester is running for re-election and faces Michael Hummers of Helena in the Democratic primary. Tester said Thursday he thinks the final appropriations bills will be passed before the deadline, but he remains frustrated that partisan politics have held up the process for...

  • Dennis Rehberg reenters politics in House race

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Watch for profiles of other candidates in this and other races in upcoming editions of Havre Daily News. Former Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., is returning to politics, running again for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives against a crowded primary field that doesn't include the seat's current occupant Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont. Rehberg said his campaign is an effort to curb the effects of the Joe Biden Administration's leadership of the country, which he said have bee...

  • Montana Rep. Rosendale drops US House reelection bid, citing rumors and death threat

    Updated Mar 8, 2024

    AMY BETH HANSON and MATTHEW BROWN The Associated Press HELENA - Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana abruptly dropped his reelection bid today, the second time in the past month that the hardline conservative lawmaker has entered and then quickly dropped out of a congressional race. Rosendale cited defamatory rumors and a death threat against him that prompted the lawmaker to call law enforcement to check on his children as reasons for retiring at the end of his... Full story

  • Tester talks government shutdown, beef imports, foreign aid

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Mar 1, 2024

    Sen. Jon Tester discussed a number of ongoing issues in the Senate during a rural press call Thursday, including beef imports, fentanyl, foreign aid and the possibility of a government shutdown on the horizon. Thursday afternoon the Senate passed a short-term bill to prevent the shutdown but conflicts over funding persist between Democrats and Republicans as the fight continues to prevent a long-term funding bill for the government. Thursday morning Tester said a shutdown would hurt everyone, lower national security and...

  • Rosendale running for reelection

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    AMY BETH HANSON and MATTHEW BROWN The Associated Press HELENA - Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale announced Wednesday that he will seek reelection to his U.S. House seat representing eastern Montana, after he abandoned a short-lived Senate campaign under pressure from party leaders. Rosendale, a hardline conservative, bucked Republican Senate leaders earlier this month by briefly seeking the GOP nomination to run for the Senate seat held by three-term incumbent Democrat Jon...

  • Holden seeks seat in U.S. House of Representatives

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 28, 2024

    Former state senator and current Dawson farmer and rancher Ric Holden is among the increasingly crowded field of Republicans running for the Eastern District of Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Tuesday did an interview with the Havre Daily News in which he laid out his legislative priorities. The seat is held by Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., who had a short-lived campaign to challenge Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., for his seat in the body. Rosendale...

  • Rosendale takes step toward possible reelection run

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    by Havre Daily News Staff Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., filed an amended statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Saturday, which may indicate he is seeking reelection, though his press spokesperson had yet to respond to a request for comment by printing deadline this morning. Rosendale's potential reelection bid comes after a fleeting campaign for U.S. Senate which was shuttered after less than a week when Republican kingmaker former President Donald Trump...

  • Rehberg declares new run for Congress

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Former long-time Congressman and lobbyist Denny Reberg is looking to get back into the U.S. House of Representatives, declaring his candidacy for Montana’s eastern district seat, joining a crowded field of primary opponents, one that does not yet include the seat’s current occupant Matt Rosendale. Rehberg announced his candidacy Wednesday, touting his years of experience in public service and painting a dire picture of the country under Democratic leadership which he cited as his primary reason for his run. “Joe Biden is ma...

  • Elsie Arntzen attends Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 19, 2024

    Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen was among the many Republicans to attend this year's Blaine and Hill County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Sunday, where she talked about her candidacy for the eastern district of Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The seat is currently held by Rep. Matt Rosendale who was originally going to be the keynote speaker at the dinner but canceled along with Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte. Rosendale filed to run for...

  • Cascade County names new election administrator

    Updated Feb 19, 2024

    by Alex Sakariassen Montana Free Press Commissioners in Cascade County Thursday named Terry Thompson as the county’s new election administrator, settling a key question raised after the commission relieved Clerk and Recorder Sandra Merchant of her electoral duties in December. Thompson, former CEO of the Great Falls Association of Realtors, was one of four applicants interviewed last week by the county’s three Republican commissioners, Joe Briggs, Rae Grulkowski and James Larson. After rating each of the candidates based on...

  • Rosendale quits Senate race after less than a week

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Less than a week after he announced his candidacy Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., suspended his controversial race for U.S. Senate against primary opponent Tim Sheehy and general election opponent incumbent Jon Tester. The suspension of his campaign came after a week of criticism by fellow Republicans who have broadly made the case that Sheehy, a wealthy businessman and veteran, is in a better position to take on Montana's long-time Democratic senator. Sheehy has been endorsed b...

  • Montana Rep. Rosendale drops US Senate bid after 6 days, citing Trump endorsement of opponent

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    MATTHEW BROWN and AMY BETH HANSON The Associated Press BILLINGS - Montana Republican Congressman Matt Rosendale dropped his U.S. Senate bid Thursday, less than a week after he got into the race only to see former President Donald Trump quickly endorse his opponent. Rosendale, a hard-line conservative, said in a statement that with Trump's backing of fellow Republican Tim Sheehy and a lack of resources, "the hill was just too steep." Trump's endorsement came just hours after... Full story

  • Rosendale says Senate bid is not just about beating Tester

    Updated Feb 14, 2024

    Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale's gleeful Maryland twang cut through a Helena ballroom Friday evening, bringing a speech by fellow Congressman Ryan Zinke to a momentary, laughing halt. Zinke was taking his turn at the podium during the state GOP's winter kickoff event, addressing the party faithful gathered to gear up for an election season that could see Republicans win the only statewide office not currently under their control: Democrat Jon...

  • Grant funding available for local veteran mental health organizations

    Updated Feb 14, 2024

    Havre Daily News Staff The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting application for the Staff Sgt. Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program, which can provide health care organizations with increased mental health care funding from the federal government for suicide prevention programs. The program was created under the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, introduced by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, who said he was proud to h...

  • Letter to the Editor - Daines all hat and no cattle on the border

    Updated Feb 13, 2024

    We’ve all seen individuals that talk a big game, get themselves into a pickle at a bar, and then look to their friends to “hold them back” because they don’t have the guts to take care of business on their own. These folks always talk tough but never have the intestinal fortitude to back it up. That sure sounds a lot like how politician Steve Daines acted this month with his “fake” outrage about the southern border of the USA. We’ve all heard Daines moan, groan and whine about the border for years, bringing it up any time h...

  • Rosendale Senate bid draws mixed reaction from conservatives

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 13, 2024

    Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., announced his long-expected run for Senate Friday, paving the way for what may be a divisive primary that has drawn a mixed reaction from Republican colleagues. While he only officially announced it last week Rosendale has been hinting for months that he wanted a rematch against long-time Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, whom he lost to in 2018, and many prominent Republicans have been publicly urging him against it, and supporting Republican...

  • Rosendale declares run for U.S. Senate

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    After months of hinting at it, U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., has announced his long-predicted run for Senate, challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, assuming he can beat his primary opponent Montana veteran and businessman Tim Sheehy. In his announcement, Rosendale criticized conservative voices that have urged him not to run or are supporting his opponent, seemingly equating them to liberal and left-wing forces in Congress. "For decades, (Senate Minority... Full story

  • Rosendale off-base in ad about Fauci, COVID

    Updated Feb 6, 2024

    By Katheryn Houghton KFF Health News and Politifact A fundraising ad for U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., shows a photo of Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, behind bars, swarmed by flying bats. Rosendale, who is eyeing a challenge to incumbent Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, maintains that a Montana biomedical research facility, Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, has a dangerous link to the pandemic. This claim... Full story

  • Tester talks southern border deal in press call

    Patrick Johnston|Updated Feb 6, 2024

    Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., held a statewide press call Monday where he discussed ongoing efforts by Congress to make a deal on an immigration bill that he said will help solve the immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border. Tester said the deal is imperfect but it does include common-sense provisions that will improve the situation, contrary to the misinformation that the deal's opponents have been pushing. The bill would, among other things, give the president... Full story

  • Tester again pushes to keep paperwork for Montana farmers out of SEC rule

    Updated Jan 31, 2024

    This is a press release from the office of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler reiterating his concerns that the agency’s proposed “climate disclosure rule” could lead to burdensome paperwork and bureaucracy for Montana family farmers and ranchers. Tester, who is running for re-election, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., emphasized in their letter that American farmers feed the world and should not have to waste thei...

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