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He's excellent in many ways!

The small-farm exemptions that exempt primarily family, local, direct-retailing agricultural endeavors from having to follow rules designed for Wal Mart scale farms are called the Tester-Hagan Amendment due to MT's Senator Jon Tester and NC's former Senator Kay Hagan. These two Democrats were the leaders in protecting family farms while also ensuring that the Food Safety Modernization Act could advance food safety practices on large scale produce farms in this country.

Unlike Hagan (who unfortunately lost her reelection bid a few years back), Tester also respects the Second Amendment in an entirely fair and consistent manner. And this consistency, while not always popular with some who would redefine the right to keep and bear arms practically out of existence, proved essential to Tester's successful reelection bid in his rural state.

Many Democrats could learn important lessons from Senator Tester: look out for the little guys, stand by your beliefs, embrace Constitutional rights even when doing so can be unpopular. I'm glad to hear that Rachel had him on, and will look for the clip.

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