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  • Likely Hillary challenger in 2016: I can’t think of a single positive thing Obama’s done

    01/15/2014 8:06:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 15, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Alternate headline: “Man running for nomination of wrong party.” No, seriously — this is noteworthy not for the easy left-wing dig at O but because it proves this guy’s not planning a serious primary challenge to Hillary. The left is looking for someone to make things interesting but their true love, Elizabeth Warren, has showed no interest whereas Schweitzer has. And he’s probably good enough if the goal is simply to hassle Hillary a bit from the left, to make sure she panders appropriately on things like adding a public option to ObamaCare. But an “in it to win it”...
  • This Democrat thinks he can win in 2016 as the anti-Obama

    01/15/2014 8:05:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 01/15/2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    Brian Schweitzer, the former two-term Democratic governor of Montana, is rarely speechless. Once he gets going on a topic, he’s almost impossible to stop. As he builds up steam, he’ll slap his knee to emphasize his points. He’ll slap your knee to emphasize his points. Good luck getting a word in edgewise for that follow-up question. But at the moment, Schweitzer is rubbing his chin, looking up at the ceiling, searching – unsuccessfully – for just the right words. The question was simple enough: Is there a single thing President Obama has done that you consider a positive achievement? Finally,...
  • Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running so Hillary Clinton Will Face No Dem Opposition in ’16

    01/15/2014 5:41:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 15, 2014 | Jason Easley
    With Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) joining Elizabeth Warren and other in deciding not to run in 2016, it looks like Hillary Clinton will have no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination in 2016. According to the LA Times, California Gov. Jerry Brown has ruled out another run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, “No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately.” With his impressive record as governor, Brown would have presenting a serious and interesting challenge to Hillary Clinton. However, it is looking more and more like Democrats have decided to clear the field for Hillary in 2016. Last month, Sen....
  • Democratic candidate John Bohlinger says Harry Reid wants him out

    11/12/2013 1:48:39 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 41 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/12/13 | Emily Schultheis and Elizabeth Titus
    Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger just jumped in the Montana Senate race last week – but he says national Democrats are already trying to push him out. Foremost among them, according to the Democratic candidate? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “[Reid] said, you know, ‘John, you know, you’re a nice guy, but we’ve chosen Walsh. We’d like you to drop out. We don’t want to have a primary,’” Bohlinger said, according to local news reports. Bohlinger was referring to current Lt. Gov. John Walsh, the preferred choice of the party to run for the seat of retiring Democratic...
  • 2016 President: Republican Outsiders Rising (From Sabato's Crystal Ball)

    08/15/2013 8:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Center For Politics ^ | 08/14/2013 | Larry Sabato
    Our most recent rating of Republican presidential contenders features a top tier of three notably different candidates: A Midwestern governor (Scott Walker) who is known best by the activists who will help decide the nomination; a leading national figure (Chris Christie) who has irked conservatives; and a firebrand senator (Rand Paul) with devoted supporters who would shake up the party’s platform and, perhaps, identity.Chart 1: Updated Crystal Ball Republican presidential rankings First Tier Candidate Key Advantages Key Disadvantages Since Last Update Scott WalkerGovernor, WI •Midwest GOP gov. in Obama state •Heroic conservative credentials •Shown political durability •Too bland? Next Pawlenty?...
  • Nate Silver Predicts GOP Holding 50-51 Senate Seats After 2014 Election

    07/15/2013 3:19:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    TPM ^ | July 15, 2013
    Following former Gov. Brian Schweitzer's decision not to run for Montana’s open U.S. Senate seat this weekend, New York Times polling guru Nate Silver predicted Monday that Republicans will hold 50 to 51 seats in the upper chamber after all ballots are counted in the 2014 Congressional mid-term elections.
  • Five states where GOP recruits could make difference in fight for Senate

    06/08/2013 6:20:49 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2013
    The party has an outside chance of winning the five or six seats it needs to retake control, but needs to find top-tier recruits in several states and is running out of time to do so. ....Here are five states where the party needs to land strong candidates to broaden the battleground and have a hope of winning back the Senate. Michigan Iowa Montana Arkansas New Hampshire
  • Republicans' Senate Chances Improve Dramatically (Thanks to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer)

    07/15/2013 1:49:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/15/2013 | Sean Trende
    <p>Most political observers had assumed that former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer would seek the Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus, who is retiring. Had Schweitzer decided to run, the seat would probably lean toward a Democratic hold, and the GOP would have only an outside chance at taking back the upper chamber.</p>
  • Brian Schweitzer gives GOP Senate hopes new life

    07/13/2013 8:56:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | By MANU RAJU | 7/13/13 11:12 AM EDT
    Former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday he won’t run for the Senate in Montana — a surprise development that imperils Democrats’ chances of holding the seat in 2014.
  • Dems push gun control agenda in DC, but not in battleground states

    04/29/2013 5:02:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/29/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Democratic leaders are wooing staunchly pro-gun candidates to run in pivotal Senate races at the same time they are discussing a strategy for bringing gun control legislation back up for debate. The two-pronged effort has prompted Republicans to accuse the Senate Democratic leadership of hypocrisy, but Democrats say it is simply smart politics. The question is whether two of the Democrats’ most promising potential candidates in Montana and South Dakota will pay a price for the leadership’s political maneuverings in Washington. Or will recruiting candidates who do not support President Obama’s gun control agenda have any effect on Democratic fundraising...
  • 2014 retirements: Dems heading for the hills

    04/23/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    2014 retirements: Dems heading for the hills By: Alexander Burns April 23, 2013 04:49 PM EDT Doesn’t anyone want to run for Senate in 2014? Midway through candidate recruitment season, the bad news for Democrats is this: They are watching a generation of talent leave the Senate and head for retirement. The less-bad news: So far, few marquee-name Republicans are interested in these seats either. When Montana Sen. Max Baucus called it quits on Tuesday, he became the latest in a long series of senior legislators to announce that they’ve had quite enough of life on the Hill. National Democrats...
  • Gov. Schweitzer Accuses Montanans of Racism: Expects to Hear Outrageously Racist Comments in Public

    09/05/2012 10:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Montana Pioneer ^ | September 5, 2012 | Dustin Hurst
    Politico recently wrote that Montana Governor. Brian Schweitzer’s rhetorical prowess is a valuable asset and a dangerous liability for his future political ambitions. Case in point: On July 28, Schweitzer delivered the keynote address at the Ohio Democratic Party’s annual dinner. In the speech, he told a gripping tale of his grandmother immi-grating to the United States to start a new life. Riveting. In the same address, Schweitzer dipped into darker rhetoric, casting white Montanans as racist toward American Indians. Through his 30-minute speech to Ohio Democrats, Schweitzer repeatedly boasted of his gubernatorial achievements, putting special emphasis on the Indian...
  • Morning Joe Lets Schweitzer Skate on Polygamy Swipe At Romney

    04/26/2012 6:35:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There could be only one good reason to have Dem Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on Morning Joe: to grill him on his ugly anti-Mormon swipe at Mitt Romney. Schweitzer recently said that Romney would have trouble attracting women voters because "his family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico." So naturally I waited for Mika Brzezinksi, Mark Halperin, Cokie Roberts--anyone!--to raise the question of Schweitzer's slur. And waited. It never came. View the video here.
  • Commerce official says Schweitzer administration forced him out ( Montana )

    03/10/2010 10:14:20 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies · 235+ views
    Missoulian ^ | March 10, 2010 | CHARLES S. JOHNSON
    A longtime state Commerce Department official says the Schweitzer administration forced him to quit Friday because he responded to a Republican senator's inquiry about why $3.5 million in local government grants were being stalled. David Cole, administrator of the department's Community Development Division until Friday, said Wednesday he had planned to retire March 31 to end a 37-year state government career. Last Friday was going to be his last day in the office anyway, because he planned to use his remaining vacation and compensatory time before month's end. Instead, Cole said, he was ordered to pen a hasty, handwritten resignation...
  • Horse sense: Schweitzer speech bizarrely hands issue to Brown, GOP

    09/15/2008 9:01:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 393+ views
    Gazette State Bureau ^ | September 15, 2008 | CHARLES S. JOHNSON
    After his strange speech in Philadelphia, Gov. Brian Schweitzer may have just hand-delivered an issue, wrapped in red ribbon on a silver platter, to his Republican opponent and his critics. The Democratic governor has seemingly been coasting to an easy re-election victory over Republican Roy Brown ... Schweitzer's meteoric rise may have been slowed down a tad last week. That's when reports surfaced of his odd speech July 14 to a national trial lawyers' convention in Philadelphia in July. "And the advantage is, you know, when you've got a governor on your side, whoa!" Schweitzer says in the speech. "You...
  • Montana Democrat Governor Schweitzer Claims To Have Rigged 2006 Election

    09/11/2008 7:20:53 AM PDT · by Quaker · 31 replies · 206+ views
    Stuck On Stupid ^ | Sept. 11, 2001 | Quaker
    Culture Of Corruption Firebrand Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer bragged to a convention of trial lawyers to have rigged the 2006 Montana’s elections in favor of the Democrat Party.
  • In Denver, the end of capitalism

    08/28/2008 11:04:09 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 47 replies · 224+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 8-28-08 | David Harsanyi
    Well, it's no wonder Democrats didn't want former President Bill Clinton to speak on the economy. Some delegates might have had the temerity to wonder: Hey, why did we experience all that prosperity in the '90s? It certainly wasn't due to populism, or isolationism, or more government dependency, or any of the hard-left economic policies being preached nightly by speakers at the Democratic National Convention. No, it was capitalism — more of it, not less of it. Naturally, every political convention features its share of demagoguery. But buried beneath all the idealistic talk in Denver are some ugly details. Those...
  • (State Sen. Roy) Brown to seek Republican nomination for (Montana) governor

    10/30/2007 5:43:24 PM PDT · by Montana Headlines · 25 replies · 291+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | October 30, 2007 | Jim Gransbery
    State Sen. Roy Brown, R-Billings, said Monday he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2008. He is the first GOP candidate to announce a challenge to Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who has announced a re-election bid next year. Brown will formally announce his candidacy on Thursday with a six-city fly-about and a 50-towns-in-10-days ground tour beginning Monday. Elected to the Montana Senate in 2006 after serving four, two-year terms in the Montana House, Brown has held several GOP legislative leadership posts. He said he was "compelled to run because state spending is completely out of control."...
  • Big-name Dem gets unadvertised job ( Culture of Corruption )

    06/27/2006 5:59:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 192+ views
    Lee State Bureau ^ | Jun 22, 2006 | JENNIFER McKEE
    State Sen. Mike Cooney, a well-known name in Montana Democratic politics, recently accepted an unadvertised $72,000-a-year job in state government. Cooney said the job had nothing to do with political patronage and ... Kelly also brushed aside the suggestion that Cooney got the job because he's a prominent Democrat. Cooney, who served as secretary of state for 12 years ending in 2000, will begin work as head of the Department of Labor's Business Standards Division on July 10, said Keith Kelly, the state labor commissioner who heads the department. Kelly, a Democrat appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer, said he approached...
  • Guard pilots to begin training to fight wildfires in Montana (my title: Schweitzer bashes Bush)

    08/07/2005 9:41:25 PM PDT · by balch3 · 7 replies · 397+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | August 5, 2005 | Associated Press
    HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday declared an emergency for wildfire danger because of current bone-dry conditions and forecasts for continued hot, dry weather, authorizing National Guard pilots to begin training to fight wildfires (Snip) Schweitzer warned of the possibility for a wildfire “blowup” earlier this year and in March asked the National Guard to return some of Montana’s 1,500 Guard troops and aircraft in Iraq and elsewhere for the wildfire season. He claims the Defense Department has turned a deaf ear to his request, although military officials say no state has been left with less than half of...
  • Mont. Governor Wants to Cancel Bison Hunt

    01/05/2005 6:46:37 PM PST · by nypokerface · 42 replies · 923+ views
    AP ^ | 01/05/05 | BOB ANEZ
    HELENA, Mont. - Gov. Brian Schweitzer, fearing a "public relations nightmare" for Montana, said Wednesday he wants to cancel a hunt for bison that wander outside Yellowstone National Park. The newly inaugurated Democrat said he hopes to find a way to postpone the season for a year — it's set to start Jan. 15 — by either ordering the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks not to issue licenses, or by filling the Fish and Game Commission with new members who would reverse the decision to approve the hunt. Schweitzer said he is not sure he can legally do the...
  • South Carolina's GOP Senate Primary Forces David Beasley Into Runoff with Jim DeMint

    06/09/2004 5:33:55 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 87 replies · 409+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 06-09-04 | Newsmax.com
    South Carolina's GOP Senate Primary Forces Beasley Into Runoff NewsMax.com Wires Wednesday, June 9, 2004 Hoping for a political comeback, former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley found himself unable to clinch a primary victory and was forced into a runoff in his bid to win the Republican nomination for one of the nation's most closely watched Senate seats. Tuesday's primary put Beasley up against three-term Rep. Jim DeMint in the GOP's effort to grab the longtime Democrat seat held by retiring Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings. Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum won the Democrats' nomination. Beasley got 37 percent of the vote,...
  • Schweitzer (D) continues fund-raising blitz for governor's race (Montana)

    07/08/2003 9:41:05 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 4 replies · 1,069+ views
    Great Falls Tribune ^ | 7/8/03 | Mike Dennison
    <p>HELENA -- Democrat Brian Schweitzer Monday reported raising another $106,000 the past three months for his 2004 gubernatorial campaign, continuing his record-setting pace for rolling up early cash in a Montana governor's race.</p> <p>This year, the Whitefish farmer/rancher has raised a total of $361,000 -- far more than a Montana gubernatorial candidate has ever raised at this point in the campaign.</p>