Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. GREAT FALLS – Democrat Dennis McDonald, facing an uphill battle in his bid for Congress, challenged U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg on trade with Cuba and other agriculture issues at what could be his last face-to-face battle with the incumbent with less than three weeks before the election.Rehberg, a Republican seeking a sixth term, has easily outpaced McDonald in fundraising so far this election cycle, and many view Rehberg as a clear favorite in the race.McDonald opened — and closed — the debate at the Montana Farmers Union convention by hammering Rehberg for apparently switching his stance on the embargo with Cuba that many farmers want lifted so they have another market for their product. McDonald said Rehberg started getting campaign money earlier in the decade from anti-Cuba sources.“He voted to enforce the present embargo and limit travel,” said McDonald, a Melville rancher and former chairman of the Montana Democratic Party. “It’s hurt Montanans and farmers significantly across the state.”Rehberg countered he supports lifting the agricultural trade embargo with Cuba but not the travel restriction.He shifted blame for trade issues to Democrats in charge in Washington, D.C., while also arguing much of the problem is urban legislators holding an upper hand over rural legislators of all stripes.“They just view things differently than we do in Montana,” Rehberg said.He closed the debate by saying electing McDonald won’t help.“Nancy Pelosi doesn’t need more help,” Rehberg said, noting Democrats have lowered actual spending on help to farmers and ranchers at a time when they are increasing spending elsewhere.The incumbent hammered Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., for overspending on health care reform, stimulus spending and other issues. He said farmers are now going to be hurt because they will let the estate and other taxes expire to pay the bills.“We cannot continue down this path,” Rehberg said. “The difficulty is they need the money — much of the tax relief is going to expire, and you are going to pay more.”Rehberg said when he was young he had to sell much of the 10,000 acres of his family’s original ranch that he inherited to pay the “death tax.” He said it needs to be abolished.McDonald said the threshold on the estate tax needs to be increased so it doesn’t affect farmers and small businessman, but still taxes the super rich estates.Both candidates said they support creating a national energy policy that includes renewable energy standards and traditional sources. But Rehberg voiced stronger support for fossil fuels, including allowing drilling on the Rocky Mountain Front — while McDonald said that area needs to be protected from such development.Perennial Libertarian candidate Mike Fellows also took part in the debate, again advocating for less government spending and restrictions. Email
The year 2020 was a year straight out of a thriller movie or for some a nightmarish encounter. Civil unrests across the globe to fires engulfing major parts of the world however it took a global pandemic to bring the world to stand still. With the entire country going under lockdown, many found it difficult to make ends meet. The economy which still is walking on broken glass has very little options to truly help truly sustain.Amid the constant approval and discredit of vaccines, the common man’s hope for a vaccine for Covid 19 stands dwindled. In this era of information and misinformation overload, vaccines have been the hot topic for a while. In India with Covishield and Oxford vaccine in the race for getting a green flag there’s another set of individuals who are on a mission to get their way through into your bank accounts which in reality is a Big Red Flag.On numerous accounts, people have reported on receiving a cold call where the caller has requested for vital information such as Aadhar Card Identification Number or else to pay a sum of Rs. 500. In both isolated scenarios people from all across India have reported the case to their respective Cyber Crime Cell of the State Police Department. In the vigil of such cases, the Cyber Crime authorities have issued a warning stating no such procedure has yet been implemented by the Centre or State governments for the issuance of vaccines for citizens.As per the Government Of India, it is currently is going ahead with the dry runs in the big cities. Considering there is no information or formal statement on when it will be available for the common masses it is highly unlikely that any Government body/official would contact individuals without authentic disclosure regarding the same in the public domain. It is advisable to report any such source of communication to your local Police authorities or lodge a complaint online at Cyber Crime cell cybercrime.gov.inDo share it with your family and friends to create awareness against such fraudulent activities which might cost you your life savings or important personal information.