An analysis posted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee shows that Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) won re-election while promising not only to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but to expand the benefits for those programs. Tester won the race by a comfortable 3.9 point margin despite predictions that the seat was a likely Republican pick-up.
Lost in the barrage of news coverage about the Arizona law yesterday was the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to allow Montana or any other state to impose limits on independent election spending because of the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. Montana had a 100-year law on the books that restricted corporate spending on elections.
A New York Times editorial addressed concerns over the Supreme Court’s decision:
AFL-CIO Community Services Director Will Fischer reports on the flood relief efforts unions are mounting in Montana.
Montana has been hit hard by a series of recent severe storms coupled with runoff from mountain snow melt. The combination has caused serious flooding across the state. Forty-eight of the state’s 56 counties have declared flood emergencies and federal disaster declarations have been issued for 31 counties, plus four American Indian reservations.