Talk:Jon Tester

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Initial comments[edit]

Would someone update Tester's religion? "Church of God" is functionally meaningless.

I took out the word "unpopular" in reference to COnrad Burns, as it would be a POV thing. I replaced it with entrenched, and the phrase about his scandals. Also, removed the example image since it didn't have much point to it.

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Thats one reason I took it out. Do you need the rest? Jasper23 23:18, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

Which Church of God?[edit]

The article says he's Church of God... but which one? When you go to the Church of God entry, you'll find literally DOZENS of bodies that go by that name. — Dale Arnett 15:58, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Controversies section[edit]

I'm moving this section to the talk page for now. The previous version was blatantly anti-Tester biased, and this one skews too far to seeming like a press release from Tester's office, and is not written in a very encyclopedic manner. Needs fixing, or failing that, it's better dropped than what's appeared so far. Mullibok 18:31, 15 May 2007 (UTC)


Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., prides himself on promoting coal usage responsibly. For example, in May, 2007, he voted against a measure pushed by Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., to mandate certain levels of production of liquid fuels from coal, in order to ensure the passage of the full energy bill itself, which included measures on biofuels and carbon sequestration technologies.[1]

The Thomas amendment, on which Republicans forced a vote despite bipartisan agreement to withhold amendments to the energy bill, would have created a mandate for 21 billion gallons annually in liquid coal fuels by 2022 -- such a large amount that keeping the amendment intact was viewed as almost certain to result in legislative death of the energy bill.

Tester's move may have been motivated by the desire to pass an energy bill this year, as well as the need to balance business assistance requests with the need for clean air and water. Tester's spokesperson says the Senator believes "we must first pave the way for a sustainable and responsible future in coal development by ensuring the capture and storage of carbon emissions." Greenhouse gas emissions from coal-based transportation fuels can be much higher than from other fuels. Tester is from a coal state and supports coal initiatives, but he believes in responsible measures to sustain the long-term health of the industry.

One article in one newspaper does not qualify as a controversy. This vote wasn't even mentioned in the Missoulian, for example. Dlabtot 19:17, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

2006 Election Results Conflict[edit]

This page has two seperate sets of results for the 2006 election. The official results are here. Should I change the one set to reflect these numbers? Trvr3307 (talk) 08:49, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

poorly worded[edit]

"Term limits would have prohibited Tester from running for state Senate for a third time. "

What does this mean? Were term limits implemented or not? Did he support their implementation? Or was he actually precluded from a third candidacy because of term limits? Needs to clarified. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Druep (talkcontribs) 04:08, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

7-fingered?[edit]

Polydactyly? --Pawyilee (talk) 13:58, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Both hands combined, he lost several fingers in an accident with meat-cutting equipment. Montanabw(talk) 20:32, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Hill County category[edit]

So just because Tester was only BORN in Hill County hospital, "people from Hill County, Montana" category is not appropriate here? Does the same apply for Americans born overseas in military bases like John McCain? Arbor to SJ (talk) 07:16, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Well, the hospital in Big Sandy (pop. 600, remember) was tiny and probably not set up for OB stuff then (and now it isn't even a hospital, it's a nursing home), so his mom no doubt had to go to the next-closest hospital to deliver, even though it was in the neighboring county (up the road about 35 miles). You have to understand how small and remote Big Sandy is! I don't think the Tester family ever actually lived in Havre, though if you can present a source that says they did, please find it. His bio say nothing about it. I guess the real question is this: does crossing the county line to have a kid and stay at the hospital for a couple days make someone "from" the town where the hospital happened to be? Is there a WP guideline on this at all? Now, in contrast, David Lynch's parents DID live in Missoula, MT when he was born and only moved away when he was two months old, so a "people from" cat there has an argument to stick. And I can see that McCain, born in the Canal Zone, also warrants a "from" cat there, but, again, that's where his parents were living, and he is categorized in "aviators from the Panama Canal Zone" which has got to be a very weird categorization! Now, I'm open for debate on this, and someone could always check with Tester's office directly, but I am pretty sure he nor his parents actually had a residence in Havre. Montanabw(talk) 00:46, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Obamacare[edit]

Why not reference "Obamacare", instead of "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"? The former is much more commonly used and recognized.CFredkin (talk) 23:34, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Because it isn't needed, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the proper and official name of the Act, and it's wikilinked, so if you don't know what it is, you click on the link and the first sentence reads, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),[1] commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare,[2][3] is a United States federal statute ... " Also, using either of the other terms implies a bit of a political bias in each direction, (proponents tend to use ACA, opponents "Obamacare") so really no need to create unneeded drama by using non-neutral language. This is an encyclopedia, we like to keep it a little on the dry side. And we are supposed to be neutral as much as is practical. See WP:NPOV. I hope this helps. Montanabw(talk) 03:34, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

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