MONTANA | MT-sen

Tester Holds Town Hall

He said the state’s at-large congressional election shouldn’t be viewed as a bellwether for national Dems.

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Kimberly Railey
March 20, 2017, 10:13 a.m.

“Demo­cracy in the United States is be­ing tested right now, … Sen. Jon Test­er (D) said dur­ing a town hall in Helena Fri­day, as he en­cour­aged con­stitu­ents to con­tact elec­ted of­fi­cials on is­sues of im­port­ance in­clud­ing pub­lic lands, health care and the fed­er­al budget. Test­er took ques­tions for more than an hour at a town hall geared to­ward pub­lic land is­sues but in­clud­ing top­ics from the U.S. Su­preme Court to the up­com­ing spe­cial elec­tion for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. In what was a ma­jor­ity pro-Test­er crowd, in­clud­ing mul­tiple com­pli­ments and thanks for his in-per­son ap­pear­ance, the civil ten­or of the dis­cus­sion was a far cry from some of the heated GOP town halls held across the coun­try in re­cent weeks.” (Mis­souli­an)

SPE­CIAL ELEC­TION. “Test­er dis­missed the no­tion that” that the Montana at-large spe­cial elec­tion, in which Demo­crats nom­in­ated mu­si­cian Rob Quist (D) “would be a ref­er­en­dum on na­tion­al Demo­crats.” (AP)

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