2012 Elections

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Nutwatch

So far, the right-wing has not disappointed us in the 2011 legislature.  As part of a new feature called Nutwatch (please submit your own suggestions),  here are three amusing and/or frightening bills that have been introduced by Tea Party members in the last few weeks….

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The Rehberg Puzzle

Denny Rehberg’s vote against the tax cut package could be explained by his expected bid for higher office, either Governor or Senator–he’s keeping his options open.  As The Hill reports, A slew of House Republicans thought to be contenders for higher office in 2012 voted…

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Too Much Eggnog

‘Tis the season for Christmas cards, full of seasons greetings, prayers and wishes for Christmas and the coming year, photos of families and paintings of snowy landscapes and holly trees and Santa and….political updates? about a potential campaign that the sender of the card might…

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Helena IR Lets Rehberg Off the Hook Again

An article in this weekend’s Helena Independent Record reports on Denny Rehberg’s urgent call to eliminate and expose all earmarks.  In the article, Rehberg is seen puffing his chest about evils of earmarks, the need to eliminate them, and the need for Tester and Baucus…

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Tester’s Dilemma

With the 2012 General Election less than two years away, the strategies for incumbent Senator Jon Tester are both simple and difficult. Tester must of course deal with the challenges of voter angst toward politicians in general, an unpopular president, an even more unpopular Congress,…

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Bought, but by Whom?

Who are the moneybags that own the new Republican legislature? For starters, at least a half-million dollars was spent by a group called Western Tradition Partnership was directly Republican legislative candidates to help them get elected in 2010. Let’s assume that 20 races were targeted…

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Montana Poll Reveals Undressed Wounds

Time heals all wounds, the saying goes, but perhaps not when it comes to rehabilitating Montana Senator Max Baucus’s poll numbers after public views of the health care bill became what they are. According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, the 70-year-old incumbent’s rating…

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Hill, Daines Announcing

In the next few days, Rick Hill and then Steve Daines will announce that they are running for Governor and US Senator in 2012.  No surprise there. Of the two, Daines has the more serious chance. Politics has passed Hill by, and I don’t expect…

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