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  Jon Tester - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jon Tester (born August 21, 1956) is a Democratic politician from Montana and candidate for the United States Senate in 2006.
Jon Tester was born in Havre, Montana and grew up in Chouteau County, near the town of Big Sandy, Montana, on the same family land that his grandfather homesteaded in 1916.
In 2005, Tester was elected President of the Montana Senate, the chief presiding officer of the Montana Legislature’s upper chamber.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jon_Tester   (578 words)

 Jon Tester for U.S. Senate | Montana 2006
Jon Tester was born in Havre, Montana on August 21, 1956, and raised near the town of Big Sandy, Montana, (population: 710) on the same family land that his grandfather homesteaded in 1916.
Tester is a former music teacher in the Big Sandy School District and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in music from the University of Great Falls.
After election as the minority whip for the 2001 session, and minority leader for the 2003 session, Tester was selected in 2005 by his colleagues to lead as President of the Montana Senate, serving as the chief presiding officer of the Montana Legislature’s upper chamber.
www.testerforsenate.com /?page_id=4   (300 words)

 BillingsGazette.com :: Tester says he's best candidate to defeat Burns
By some, Tester is viewed as better suited to defeat Burns because of Morrison's admitted extramarital affair and his handling of a securities fraud case that involved a man whom the woman later married.
Tester has a strong base in Missoula, aided by a Pearl Jam benefit concert last summer, and has been working to build support in the rest of the state, especially in Yellowstone County, the most populated in Montana.
Tester was relaxed and quick to smile during Sunday's gathering, eating snacks and chatting with a lively group of supporters.
www.billingsgazette.net /articles/2006/06/05/news/local/20-tester.txt   (1444 words)

 Jon Tester Wins Big In Montana
Jon Tester, a populist farmer, won a decisive victory over John Morrison in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and will face three-term Republican incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns, who won his primary handily, in November.
Tester, outspent by Morrison by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, led almost from the start of the vote counting Tuesday evening.
Although Tester was considered an underdog in the five-candidate Democratic Senate race, he gained momentum in closing weeks of the campaign through an extensive grass-roots effort.
worshiptheglitch.com /2006/06/jon-tester-wins-big-in-montana.html   (143 words)

 Swing State Project: MT-Sen: Tester Hauls in $324K   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Jon Tester, a Big Sandy farmer and president of the state Senate, had raised $381,788 since he announced his candidacy in May and had $141,811 cash on hand.
Tester's leadership is generally considered to be one of the few bright spots of that ugly episode.
Tester was endorsed by the former chairmen of the party and held the very partisan opposition of President of the Senate.
www.swingstateproject.com /2005/10/mtsen_tester_ha.php   (3586 words)

 Left in the West » Blog Archive » John Melcher on Jon Tester
And stating that Tester has the support of all the MT legislature leaders is false: the Speaker of House is fully behind Morrison.
Jon Tester did what every generation of farmer has had to do since the beginning: take a long, hard look at the family operation, and try to make it a little more viable.
Tester is welcome to come help us move our pairs to summer pastures/allotments, we’ll put him on a good horse and give him a rope.
leftinthewest.com /index.php/2006/05/17/john-melcher-on-jon-tester   (3380 words)

 Jon Tester for US Senate
As an attachment, (see Jon Tester Overview.pdf), I've also included a pdf of Jon's basic positions on a number of issues and on the what he's achieved in the past few years as head of the Montana Senate.
I'd also refer you to http://www.testertime.com, which is Jon's campaign blog, and which gives a more informal view of who Jon is and what the values are that he brings to his campaign.
Contributions to Montanans for Tester are a political contribution and are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.
www.opednews.com /articles/genera_steve_co_060529_jon_tester_for_us_se.htm   (652 words)

 Hotline On Call: Burns Brings It To Tester
Jon Tester (D) is still a blank slate to most voters, and the Burns campaign intends to fill in those blanks before Tester can.
Jon is a good man and I look forward to debating him...
Jon has said he would not support the amendment that protects marriage.
hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com /archives/2006/06/burns_brings_it.html   (316 words)

 MyDD :: MyDD Conversation with MT-Sen Candidate Jon Tester
Tester: My philosophy is represent what's best for the people, and if what's best for the people is in the middle, to the right or to the left, that's fine.
Tester: I think there's some opportunity for coal development in the state, but there are some things that have to be addressed along with that: sulfur, lead, mercury and CO2, and that's why I think we need to do our best.
Tester: Well we have a lot of those containers that are unloaded at those ports go through Montana over the rail lines, in fact a tremendous amount of them.
www.mydd.com /story/2006/2/27/32520/4479   (3018 words)

Tester, 48, said in a cell phone interview from his truck that he is seeking the U.S. Senate seat because he believes many Montanans have been overlooked by the federal government.
Tester said he will try to raise the $600,000 to $800,000 that people have told him he will need for the primary election.
Tester said he decided to jump into the Senate race because of the strong support he received from fellow Democratic legislators, constituents and folks around the state.
www.billingsgazette.com /index.php?display=rednews/2005/05/25/build/state/30-tester.inc   (838 words)

 Swing State Project: MT-Sen: Jon Tester to Beat Burns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Jon Tester is the real deal and as the best Democrat pick-up opportunity, this is a race Swing State Project will follow closely.
Tester said he thinks one of his biggest assets as a candidate besides his experience in legislative leadership is his background.
Montana Senate President Jon Tester, a third-generation family farmer from Big Sandy, is announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate Wednesday in Bozeman, Butte and Missoula.
www.swingstateproject.com /2005/05/mt-sen_jon_test.php   (990 words)

 TIME.com -- Joe Klein: The Democrats' New Populism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
When Jon Tester was 9 years old, he lost the middle three fingers of his left hand in a meat grinder.
Indeed, Tester's physical presence—he's a big old farm boy with a flattop crew cut—is a political statement that stands close to the heart of the national Democratic congressional campaign of 2006.
Tester is not your average farmer, of course.
www.time.com /time/columnist/klein/article/0,9565,1209919,00.html   (915 words)

 IR // News // Tester, Morrison deadlocked
HELENA — John Morrison and Jon Tester are running neck-and-neck in their race for the June 7 Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Conrad Burns, a Lee Newspapers poll taken last week shows.
Morrison received 42 percent to Tester’s 41 percent of the likely Democratic primary voters, with 14 percent undecided, according to the poll that was taken May 22-24.
Tester and Keenan are within the margin of error, with Tester at 40 percent, Keenan at 37 percent and 23 percent undecided.
www.helenair.com /articles/2006/05/28/montana_top/a01052806_01.txt   (1250 words)

 David Sirota
Populist Jon Tester Scores Huge Win Against D.C. Dems & For the Rest of Us The winds of change - they are a-blowin’ hard out here in the heartland, no matter how much Washington, D.C. pretends they aren’t.
Tonight, in a major upset, populist Democratic State Senate President Jon Tester crushed his primary opponents, becoming the Democratic nominee against vulnerable incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT).
Early on in this primary, I praised Tester in the American Prospect for seriously embracing the netroots and painting a contrast between himself, the outsider, and his opponent, more of an insider.
davidsirota.com /index.php/2006/06/06/populist-john-tester-scores-huge-win-against-dc-dems-for-the-rest-of-us   (1304 words)

 Democrats of Oklahoma Community Forum - Jon Tester Scores Huge Win Against D.C. Democrats
Tester, a farmer from Big Sandy, ran against the Washington Establishment, ignoring those who said he couldn’t beat State Auditor John Morrison (D) - the candidate that Democratic Party powerbrokers in Washington tried to anoint.
Tonight is a terrible night for Conrad Burns, not only because one of his primary challengers got almost a quarter of GOP votes, but because Democrats now have Jon Tester carrying the flag against him.
Tester's made of the same cloth as Schweitzer, the gov up there, who's excellent.
www.demookie.com /forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=26134   (960 words)

 BillingsGazette.com :: Tester routs Morrison, will challenge Burns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Tester had argued that he was the only Democrat who could go "belly to belly and toe to toe" with Burns on the issue of ethics.
Shortly after Tester was declared the winner, Burns fired off a statement calling on Tester to say how he would vote on some hot-button issues coming before the U.S. Senate such as the proposed constitutional bans on gay marriage and flag burning and the repeal of the estate tax.
Jon Tester voted yes in 2005 on SB 520 that would had raised Montana's top income tax rate from 6.9% to 7.8% in a time of large budget surpluses.
www.billingsgazette.net /articles/2006/06/07/news/state/20-tester-burns.txt   (5135 words)

 HongPong.com: Big Sky Montana primary victory for Jon Tester's US Senate Campaign & our man Andy H. Tweeten!
Tester just trounced his primary opponent, a rather scuzzy lawyer/state auditor named Morrison, by a resounding 61% or so.
Tester, a Big Sandy farmer and Montana Senate president, grabbed 76 percent of the vote in Missoula County, 72 percent in Lewis and Clark County and 66 percent in Cascade County.
Tester won 60.8 percent of the total Democratic vote to defeat chief rival and State Auditor John Morrison, who had 35.5 percent.
www.hongpong.com /hp-archives/2006/06/08/big_sky_montana_prim.html   (806 words)

 Great Falls Tribune - www.greatfallstribune.com - Great Falls, MT
Tester called Morrison a "class guy," and told Morrison's supporters that "I welcome them on board and I will do my best to consider every one of their interests as we move forward with this campaign."
After that, Tester mentioned "integrity" at every opportunity, and recent polls showed the two were closely matched.
Although Tester never attacked Morrison directly on the issue, he began touting himself as the only candidate who could hold his own with Burns when it came to ethical questions.
www.greatfallstribune.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060607/NEWS01/606070302/1002   (1192 words)

 MyDD :: Jon Tester: An Historic Win For the Netroots
Tester's victory isn't a gate-crashing victory for anyone but himself; and let's not lose sight of the fact that as President of the State Senate he's not exactly an outsider/insurgent candidate.
Tester had a reputation, prior to this race, of not being a good candidate.
I share some of darren's views: Jon's victory shouldn't be couched as a victory for the netroots.
www.mydd.com /story/2006/6/7/05317/88865   (1134 words)

 Jon Tester « WordPress.com
Tester's rave reviews among the punditry — 1 comments
The GOP is now attacking Tester for his association with the Daily Kos.
Klein on Tester: The Democrats' new populism — 2 comments
wordpress.com /tag/jon-tester   (615 words)

 Populist Jon Tester Scores Huge Win Against D.C. Dems.....
Tester won 72.03 percent in Lewis and Clark to Morrison's 26.3 percent.
In addition to Tester's effective mobilization strategy, the numbers in these two counties also likely reflect the Morrison affair debacle: Missoula is where most of the news buzzed around the Missoula Independent story that challenged Morrison's handling of a securities fraud case involving the husband of his one-time mistress.
In Cascade County, Tester got 65.83 percent of the vote, which was a given, considering that's where his camp's HQ and his barber are.
www.democraticunderground.com /discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=103x215801   (1161 words)

 Discourse.net: Jon Tester and the New Democratic Party
From longshot to upstart to competitor to steamroller, Jon Tester has, without a doubt, scored an absolutely stunning victory in Montana tonight.
Jon Tester accomplished what he did today by getting people to genuinely like him, which is a damn rare thing in politics these days.
Meanwhile, Tester faces incumbent Conrad Burns in the general election.
www.discourse.net /archives/2006/06/jon_tester_and_the_new_democratic_party.html   (351 words)

 Firedoglake - Firedoglake weblog » Jon Tester: Report From the Front
Jon Tester had twice as many lawn signs as John Morrison.
A retired woman from Havre expressed faith in Jon Tester, saying that she could trust any man from north central Montana.
I seem to remember that Tester is all in favor of making the drug companies that have developed meds on the taxpayers dime sell those same drugs at a fair and reasonable price to the american public.
www.firedoglake.com /2006/05/30/john-tester-report-from-the-front   (3975 words)

 Missoulian - Farmer from Big Sandy a big hit in Missoula
Jon's older brother Dave, a veterinarian from Coeur d'Alene, said grandma was a Swedish immigrant who drilled into her family the importance of public service.
Jon Tester got an early start, running for local offices not long after he returned to Big Sandy from college.
The campaign, Jon Tester said, has been a little hard on his farming, but Sharla said things have held up just fine on the family ranch, where the Testers grow wheat, barley, lentils, peas, millet, buckwheat, alfalfa and hay.
www.missoulian.com /articles/2006/06/08/news/local/znews02.txt   (918 words)

 Jon Tester for U.S. Senate | Montana 2006
When it comes to their own campaigns, Burns also is getting money from elsewhere: 78 percent of his contributions come from out of state, compared to 47 percent of Tester’s, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign spending.
Jon Tester asks the most important question in the middle of his piece, calling the energy problem “a crisis of leadership”.
Tester’s vision for energy independence seeks to end the GOP profit before people plan in favor of solutions we’ve put in place here in Montana.
www.testertime.com   (680 words)

 Populist Jon Tester Scores Huge Win Against D.C. Dems & For the Rest of Us
As the Billings Gazette reported here in Montana just minutes ago, populist Democrat Jon Tester crushed his primary opponents in a major upset, becoming the Democratic nominee against vulnerable incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT).
Tester, a farmer from Big Sandy, ran against the Washington Establishment, ignoring those who said he couldn't beat the State Auditor John Morrison - the candidate that Democratic Party powerbrokers in Washington tried to anoint.
David Sirota is the co-chairperson of the Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN) - a position he took after finishing a stint as a fellow at the Center for American Progress.
opednews.com /articles/genera_david_si_060607_populist_john_tester.htm   (809 words)

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