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  • McCain scrambles for Montana strategy (former Sen. Conrad Burns with McCain)

    02/04/2008 12:28:01 PM PST · by moderate_conservative · 19 replies · 179+ views ^ | MATT GOURAS
    HELENA - Republicans say John McCain now has a better chance in Montana's unique GOP caucus - open to only about 2,000 party volunteers and officeholders - after getting rid of a state chairman many in that group saw as a traitor. McCain dumped Montana's maverick lieutenant governor recently in favor of former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, much more popular with GOP insiders despite losing his re-election bid in 2006 amid suspicions over connections to a Washington, D.C., lobbying scandal. The move comes as McCain has spent time and money nailing down his conservative credentials in other states. In Montana,...
  • conrad burns no longer under investigation

    01/05/2008 3:15:08 PM PST · by ken21 · 8 replies · 357+ views
    lost angeles times ^ | january 3, 2008 | none cited
    Burns, a Republican, narrowly lost reelection to a fourth term in 2006 after Democrats made his relationship with Abramoff a key issue. Abramoff is at the center of a corruption investigation that has led to convictions of a former congressman, legislative aides, lobbyists and Bush administration officials.
  • Investigation into Sen. Burns complete (Republicans scammed but wouldn't fight back)

    01/03/2008 7:05:33 AM PST · by tobyhill · 1 replies · 235+ views
    Montana News Station ^ | 1/3/2007 | Montana News Staff
    The Department of Justice confirms former Montana Senator Burns is no longer part of an ongoing investigation of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In an exclusive phone call to the News Station's Aaron Flint from his Washington, DC office, Senator Burns is calling it good news and says he feels "so great that it's unbelievable." Burns then released a prepared statement, saying the Department of Justice Public Integrity Section has notified his attorney Ralph Caccia that it (DOJ) has ended its investigation. Burns lost a close race to now Democratic Senator Jon Tester after Democrats questioned Burns about his ties to...
  • (Former Sen. Conrad) Burns no longer part of Abramoff probe

    01/02/2008 8:58:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 204+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/2/08 | Mary Clare Jalonick - ap
    WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Conrad Burns is no longer part of a federal investigation of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Burns, R-Mont., narrowly lost re-election to a fourth term in 2006 after Democrats made his relationship with Abramoff a central issue. Abramoff is the key figure in a corruption investigation that has led to convictions of a former congressman, legislative aides, lobbyists and officials in the Bush administration. Burns said in a statement that he "never doubted that the baseless and politically motivated charges leveled against me would be found to be without merit." "My family...
  • Burns refuses to concede, wants more ballots counted

    11/08/2006 3:01:35 PM PST · by george76 · 165 replies · 5,728+ views
    Missoulian State Bureau ^ | November 08 2006 | CHARLES S. JOHNSON and JENNIFER McKEE,
    Defeated U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., refused to concede Wednesday saying there remain votes yet to be counted in his tight race against the declared winner, Democrat Jon Tester. Burns, who has not commented to reporters on the race since the votes were counted Tuesday night, released a statement at 1:47 p.m. “Jon Tester ran a good race and has the lead right now, but it is extremely close,” Burns said. “The state of Montana has a process in place, and it is our obligation to see it through. There are still votes out there that deserve to be counted....
  • GOP has the edge in state [MONTANA]

    11/05/2006 8:27:33 PM PST · by Alex1977 · 90 replies · 2,732+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | JENNIFER McKEE
    HELENA - Montanans say they are slightly more likely to vote for Republicans than Democrats in the state's legislative races, a new Gazette State Poll shows. By a margin of five points, 47 percent to 42 percent, voters said they were more likely to vote for Republicans. That edge is greater than the poll's margin of error - plus- or minus-4 points - but not so large that Republicans have a clear lead. Only 11 percent of those surveyed said they weren't sure which party they would support. The split reflects the makeup of the Montana Legislature. Currently, the state's...
  • Fear of Taxes Could Save Burns in Montana

    11/02/2006 7:21:12 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 11 replies · 803+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 02, 2006 | Robert Novak
    Just two weeks ago, Republican Sen. Conrad Burns appeared dead in trying for a fourth term. Polls gave his Democratic opponent, State Sen. Jon Tester, a double-digit lead, and that caused party leaders in Washington to write off Burns. But less than a week before the election, Burns has closed to within a few percentage points of Tester. The reason can be found in this Burns television ad: "Jon Tester...raised taxes on more than 16,000 small businesses....Tester supports a $2,000 tax increase on families. Tester's a politician and a taxer who'll say anything to get elected." ...Burns is pounding Tester...
  • Bush's planned visit excites GOP [Appearing in Billings, MT for Senator Burns on Nov. 2nd]

    11/01/2006 10:41:50 AM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 35 replies · 768+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | November 1, 2006 | JIM GRANSBERY
    President George W. Bush is spending the latter part of this week campaigning in the West for congressional candidates. Thursday, Bush will be at the MetraPark Arena in Billings. Members of the public attending the event will be admitted to the building between 8 and 10:30 a.m., after which the doors will be closed. Bush's touch-and-go on behalf of Sen. Conrad Burns, Rep. Denny Rehberg and local Republican candidates will cost the Montana Republican Party several thousand dollars. "I am not entirely sure" how much, said Chuck Denowh, executive director of the state GOP. "But we will pay for all...
  • "He was for the joke before he was against it." Cheney Speech in MT today!!

    11/01/2006 10:26:25 AM PST · by slowhand520 · 49 replies · 2,779+ views
    NRO ^ | KLO
    "He was for the joke before he was against it." [Kathryn Jean Lopez] VPOTUS Cheney in Montana, as prepared for delivery: Time and time again, we're seeing examples of Democratic Party leaders apparently having lost their perspective concerning the nature of the enemy we face, and the need to wage this fight aggressively. No sharper example can be found than the Democratic Party chairman himself, Howard Dean, who said the capture of Saddam Hussein didn't make America any safer. And maybe it should be no surprise that such a party would turn its back on a man like Senator Joe...
  • Who Jon Tester is and why we must help Conrad Burns defeat him

    10/26/2006 9:39:23 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 4 replies · 523+ views
    Mt-gop ^ | Oct. 26, 2006 | self
    Don't let the flat top haircut fool you. Jon Tester is a much a liberal as Barney Frank. This material is from Read this material and you will see why we must support Senator Burns. Send him a donation today. A tour of liberal locales and encounters with left wing lunatics “Tonight Jon Tester was on the road, rolling into San Francisco to be the guest of honor at a fundraiser hosted by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. While Tester was the toast of the town tonight, he was also joined by a certified sweetheart of the liberals -...
  • Burns on Vonage plane after pushing bill (more bad press for Conrad Burns)

    09/20/2006 6:41:10 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 26 replies · 686+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 18, 2006 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    Montana Sen. Conrad Burns (news, bio, voting record), a Republican in a tight re-election race, flew on a private plane chartered by Vonage Holdings Corp. just days after he pushed legislation that the company has advocated for more than a year. Burns accompanied Vonage lobbyist Frank Cavaliere on the company's chartered plane to and from the "13th Annual Burns Classic Golf Weekend" in Bigfork, Mont., on Saturday. Cavaliere and a Burns spokesman both confirmed the plane trip to The Associated Press on Monday.
  • Letter: {Republican Conrad} Burns greatest senator in Montana's history

    09/05/2006 6:33:24 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 443+ views
    Billings, MT, Gazette ^ | 09-05-06 | Brown, Dave, of Billings
    Letter: Burns greatest senator in Montana's history Montanans have a great opportunity to keep Sen. Conrad Burns. Burns has done more for Montana than any other senator in the history of the state. He has funded veterans' clinics, well staffed with local MDs, and rural medical facilities throughout Montana. Burns is a passionate advocate for the citizens of Montana. He has common sense; is not afraid to say what is on his mind; and when he is wrong, he will admit it. Do Democrats do that? He is a true advocate for agriculture, small and large business, free markets, our...
  • MT: Burns says terrorists drive taxis by day

    08/31/2006 11:46:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,326+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/06 | Matt Gouras - ap
    BELGRADE, Mont. - Republican Sen. Conrad Burns (news, bio, voting record), whose recent comments have stirred controversy, says the United States is up against a faceless enemy of terrorists who "drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night." During a fundraiser Wednesday with first lady Laura Bush, the three-term Montana senator talked about terrorism, tax cuts and the money he has brought to his state. Burns is one of the more vulnerable Senate incumbents, facing a tough challenge from Democrat Jon Tester. He has drawn criticism in recent weeks for calling his house painter a "nice little Guatemalan...
  • Campaigning for Burns, Frist outlines agenda

    08/29/2006 10:03:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 357+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | 8/29/06 | Jim Gransbery and Diane Cochran
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., seemed to enjoy usurping courtesies by stepping forward to introduce Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., at a press conference Monday. "I'm the leader," Frist said to Burns as Burns was about to introduce the GOP's point man in the Senate. Frist's leadership skills will be tested during September as he has an ambitious agenda for legislation before Congress goes home at the beginning of October to campaign for the midterm elections Nov. 7. Frist said he hopes to get through conference committees and on to President Bush bills dealing with port security, the congressional response...
  • Senator Jokes About House Painter

    08/22/2006 4:03:04 PM PDT · by Dane · 35 replies · 1,537+ views
    AP, CBS ^ | August 22, 2006 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    Senator Jokes About House Painter Montana Republican calls his house painter 'nice little Guatemalan man' WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2006 By By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WriterAssociated Press Writer Associated Press Writer (AP) Republican Sen. Conrad Burns, whose re-election campaign is pressing for tighter immigration controls, referred to his house painter as "a nice little Guatemalan man" and suggested that worker as well as employees of a roofing company he hired might be in the country illegally. "The other day, the little fella who does our maintenance work around the house, he's from Guatemala, and I said, 'Could I see...
  • Montana Senate: Burns Bouncing Back: Candidates Tied at 47%

    08/11/2006 9:53:37 AM PDT · by demlosers · 71 replies · 1,296+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 10, 2006
    The most recent Rasmussen Reports election poll in Montana shows incumbent Republican Senator Conrad Burns and Democrat Jon Tester tied at 47% (see crosstabs). This month’s results mark an improvement for Burns, who trailed Tester by seven points in last month’s poll and by four points in May. Tester's support among fellow Democrats has slipped from 90% to 84%. Burns now gets 14% of the vote from Democrats, up from 7% a month ago. The race had been leaning towards the Democrats, but Rasmussen Reports now rates it as a toss up. Last fall, Burns had a double digit lead...
  • Conrad Burns Issues Apology for Altercation with Firefighters

    07/30/2006 3:18:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies · 1,106+ views
    The New West Network ^ | July 28, 2006 | Courtney Lowery
    Sen. Conrad Burns has issued a written apology for having an "altercation" at a Billings airport last weekend with members of a hot shot firefighting crew about the management of a 92,000-acre blaze in eastern Montana. Jennifer McKee of the Lee State Bureau broke the story on Thursday, reporting on an account from state firefighting operations that Burns criticized a member of the Augusta Hot Shots from Virginia for doing a "poor job" and not listening to ranchers. Today, Lee's Chuck Johnson reports on the Burns apology and includes this little nugget of a quote from Burns in the original...
  • Montana Trending to Jon Tester (U.S. Senate race)

    07/11/2006 9:21:24 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies · 1,160+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 11, 2006
    Democrat Jon Tester leads Republican Senator Conrad Burns 50% to 43% making Burns the second most vulnerable Senator this year (Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum is still the most vulnerable). This is the first Rasmussen Reports election poll in Montana since since Tester won his party's primary victory to become the Democrat's nominee.
  • Senate Picture Changes A Bit (2006 elections)

    07/08/2006 6:23:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 42 replies · 1,808+ views
    The Cook Political Report ^ | July 1, 2006 | Charlie Cook
    The fight for control of the House is getting more ink than the battle for control of the Senate, but several recent shifts in individual Senate races merit attention. All year, talk about the Democrats' chances of taking the Senate has focused on the five most endangered Republican incumbents. They are, roughly in order of vulnerability, Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Conrad Burns of Montana, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Mike DeWine of Ohio, and Jim Talent of Missouri. The discussions then turn to the second tier of vulnerable Republicans, speculating whether Democrats can perhaps pick up a sixth seat (the...
  • Montana Senate: Is Conrad Burns Headed for Defeat This Fall?

    06/25/2006 8:03:00 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 266+ views
    The Rothenberg Political Report ^ | June 26, 2006 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Once burned, twice shy: That’s simply another way of saying that I’m more cautious about handicapping the Montana Senate race than I am other Senate contests. Just days before the 2000 elections, my newsletter moved GOP Sen. Conrad Burns from “Toss-up” to “Lean Takeover.” That rating change was based on information I had gathered about late polling data showing Burns well under 50 percent in his bid for a third term and Democratic challenger Brian Schweitzer pulling even with Burns. From that evidence, I concluded that the Senator was likely to lose to Schweitzer, a likable, energetic Democrat who had...
  • Lawmakers' finances come under scrutiny (A veritable smorgasbord of 'targets')

    06/14/2006 9:39:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 745+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/06 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, under federal investigation for possible insider trading, will have a nice nest egg to fall back on when he retires from Congress in January, recording income last year of more than $5 million from his largest blind trust. Frist, R-Tenn., is hardly the richest member of the millionaires' club of Congress, but he and numerous other lawmakers whose financial dealings have been questioned were under scrutiny as House and Senate lawmakers disclosed their finances Wednesday. Rep. Alan Mollohan (news, bio, voting record), D-W.Va., steered millions in federal money to nonprofit groups in his...
  • U.S. Senate candidate Bob Keenan (R-MT) proposes end to ‘birth tax’

    05/21/2006 9:32:10 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 463+ views
    The Helena Independent Record ^ | May 19, 2006 | Jim Gransberry
    Republican senatorial candidate Bob Keenan said Thursday there should be an end to the “birth tax’’ and accused Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., of increasing taxes on college students and their parents. Keenan, on a road-trip campaign around Montana in an RV, said all the talk about ending the death tax is really meaningless when compared to the “birth tax,’’ the name he has given to the national debt that now stands at more than $8 trillion dollars. Keenan said every child born now inherits its individual birth tax of $30,000 — his or her portion of the national debt.
  • Montana Senate: Burns Trails Both Democrats

    05/16/2006 9:47:41 AM PDT · by MassachusettsGOP · 17 replies · 668+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 16, 2006 | Rasmussen Reports
    Montana Senate Jon Tester(D) 48% Conrad Burns (R) 44% John Morrison (D) 49% Conrad Burns (R) 45% Jon Tester (D) 42% Bob Keenan (R) 43% John Morrison (D) 43% Bob Keenan (R) 41% Republican Senator Conrad Burns once again trails both Democrats vying for his job. Perhaps even more stunning is that a relatively unknown GOP candidate now polls better than Burns when matched against the Democrats. Burns has been hampered by his relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Bob Keenan (R), the minority leader in the state Senate, is challenging Burns for the Republican nomination. While he is considered...
  • Burns: Census should exclude illegal immigrants

    05/03/2006 10:14:08 AM PDT · by george wythe · 49 replies · 978+ views
    AP ^ | May 3 2006
    Montana Senator Conrad Burns has proposed excluding illegal immigrants from the congressional apportionment process, a move that could shift House seats from growing border states to smaller states with lower immigrant populations. Burns, R-Montana, introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the Secretary of Commerce, who oversees the Census Bureau, to adjust the population numbers used to apportion congressional seats to exclude illegal immigrants. The Census Bureau does not currently distinguish illegal immigrants in its population estimates gathered every 10 years. Montana has one House seat for about 920,000 people, while the average member represents about 650,000. Burns says that the...
  • Keenan pollster: Conrad Burns (R-MT) in deep trouble

    05/02/2006 4:26:00 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies · 816+ views
    The Missoulian ^ | May 2, 2006 | Charles S. Johnson
    The telephone poll of 600 Montana voters taken April 25-27 showed Democrat John Morrison topping Burns, 50 percent to 40 percent, with 11 percent undecided. (Numbers may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.) It found Democrat Jon Tester slightly ahead of Burns, 48 percent to 42 percent. The full poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
  • Conrad Burns may use campaign funds to pay for lawyer

    04/29/2006 5:27:43 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies · 432+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | April 27, 2006 | Jennifer McKee
    Sen. Conrad Burns said Wednesday he hasn't decided how he will pay for a white-collar criminal defense lawyer he has hired. Burns told the Gazette State Bureau on Wednesday he's unsure what fund sources would be used to pay Ralph Caccia, a Washington, D.C., lawyer specializing in white-collar criminal defense and congressional investigations, among other things, according to Caccia's Web site.
  • Arnold, Sen. Burns (R-MT) Bouncing Back, Bush Approval Reaches All-Time Low (Rasmussen)

    04/17/2006 9:54:44 AM PDT · by dangus · 29 replies · 1,091+ views
    From Rasmussen Reports ^ | 4.17.06 | From Rasmussen Reports (compiled by Dangus)
    Many Republicans doing better as Bush plummets in Rasmussen poll. Arnold Schwartzenegger has now opened up a huge (13%)lead over his most likely opponent, Democrat Phil Angelides, 49-36. He also has an 8-point lead over Democrat Steve Westley. In Montana, Republican Senator Conrad Burns now leads his most likely opponent, John Tester, by three points, 47-44. While both of these Republicans are still endangered, scoring less than 50%, they both show remarkable improvement. Meanwhile, President Bush's approval ratings have now fallen to a new all-time low. More Americans now strongly disapprove of President Bush (44%) than approve of him at...
  • Time: America's 10 Best Senators (and 5 worst) BARF alert!

    04/16/2006 11:41:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 57 replies · 5,562+ views
    Time ^ | April 16, 2006 | Massimo Calabresi and Perry Bacon Jr.
    ...Time spoke to dozens of academics, political scientists and current and former Senators...
  • Montana Senate: Burns Burnt?

    03/21/2006 3:45:43 PM PST · by Aetius · 27 replies · 814+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 3-21-06 | Rasmussen
    Montana Senate: Burns Burnt? March 21, 2006--Senator Conrad Burns is now lagging behind both potential Democratic opponents in the race for his Senate seat. In the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, Burns trails State Senate President Jon Tester 46% to 43%. In our last poll he was neck and neck with Tester. Burns trails State Auditor John Morrison 48% to 43%. In the rolling average of our last three polls, Tester leads Burns 46% to 45% and Morrison leads Burns 47% to 44%. Rumors abound that Senator Conrad will bow out and be replaced by either Congressman Denny Rehberg (thought to...
  • Keenan may oppose Burns

    03/19/2006 9:42:57 AM PST · by MassachusettsGOP · 24 replies · 488+ views
    Helena Independent Record ^ | March 17, 2006 | JENNIFER McKEE
    HELENA — Bob Keenan, the top Republican leader in the Montana Senate, said Thursday he is considering challenging Sen. Conrad Burns in the primary election because he is “concerned’’ about Burns’ re-election chances because of a lobbying scandal. “First, Republican voters need to make a decision about their gut-level support for Conrad,’’ Keenan wrote in an e-mail from Costa Rica, where he is visiting his oldest daughter who is on a college exchange there. “If they are for Conrad, then vote for him in June and fight for him to win the November election. If they want an alternate, viable...
  • Montana Senate Race: Conrad Burns (R) Trailing

    02/13/2006 5:20:04 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies · 834+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 13, 2006
    When likely Montana voters are asked about a match-up between Burns and State Auditor John Morrison, we find Morrison leading by seven percentage points, 50% to 43%. That's a reversal since January, when Burns was leading Morrison—though only narrowly, 46% to 43%, a toss-up. The senator is still neck and neck with State Senate President John Tester, 46% to 46%. In January, they were tied at 45%.
  • U.S. to use air patrols along Montana border with Alta., Sask.

    02/05/2006 4:06:49 AM PST · by Tyche · 14 replies · 559+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | February 3, 2006 | Julia Necheff
    Will watch for terrorists, drug-runners and illegal immigrants EDMONTON --The United States will be using Blackhawk helicopters and planes along the Montana border with Alberta and Saskatchewan to watch for terrorists, drug-runners and illegal immigrants. The aircraft will be equipped with cutting-edge photographic surveillance and monitoring equipment to watch for any suspicious activity, a spokesman for Montana Republican Senator Conrad Burns said Friday. Matt Mackowiak said the beefed-up border security comes in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. "(Sept. 11) taught us a lot, and the northern border requires greater security and greater surveillance,''...
  • Survey USA Releases 50-State Poll Of U.S. Senators' Approval Ratings

    01/28/2006 7:36:20 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies · 1,915+ views
    Survey USA ^ | January 26, 2006
  • Top 10 Senate Races of 2006

    01/23/2006 8:03:28 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 37 replies · 1,423+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 24 January 2006 | John Gizzi
    10. Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee, easily one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, faces a determined primary challenge from Cranston Mayor Steven Laffey, who is more conservative. The Democratic nominee is likely to be former State Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse. 9. Michigan Arch-liberal Debbie Stabenow was the closest winner among new Democratic senators elected in 2000. At a time when Michigan GOPers are on a political roll under State Chairman Saul Anuzis, she will face a strong challenge from either of the potential Republican candidates—Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard or former Detroit City Councilman Keith Butler, an articulate...
  • Tribal Council Rejects Sen. Burns' Money

    01/18/2006 10:43:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 359+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/06 | Mary Clare Jalonick - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council has rejected a $111,000 donation from the campaign of Montana Sen. Conrad Burns (news, bio, voting record), with some saying the money is tainted because it originally came from lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients. James Steele Jr., also chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, said Tuesday evening that the council voted not to accept the donation, which was made up of contributions from Abramoff, his associates and his tribal clients. Julia doney, president of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council, a member of the tribal leaders council, said that some...
  • HORSE SENSE: Burns fights back against reports of ties to Abramoff

    01/15/2006 8:06:12 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 13 replies · 579+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | January 15, 2006 | Charles Johnson
    HELENA - A confident and combative Sen. Conrad Burns spent much of the last week in newsrooms proclaiming his innocence in the influence-peddling scandal that's ensnaring Washington. "I have done nothing wrong," he said at each news organization he visited. Burns also put the kibosh on the rumors that he'll bow out of the Senate race because of looming legal and political problems from the scandal. "Write it down, real quick: I've never had more enthusiasm or higher energy for a campaign in my life than I got right now, OK. End of story," he told the Gazette State Bureau...
  • State Democratic chairman sees Montana as player in '08

    01/15/2006 7:59:36 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 19 replies · 702+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | January 15, 2006 | Ginny Merriam
    MISSOULA - The national popularity of Gov. Brian Schweitzer and the upsurge of Democrats in office in Montana may give the state a serious political role in the next presidential election, Montana Democratic Party Chairman Dennis McDonald said Thursday in Missoula. "The whole country is watching what's going on here in Montana," he told an audience brought together by the Missoula Organization of Realtors. "We've become a blue state." People watched with "fascination and wonderment" as Democrats won back the governor's office - for the first time since 1988 - and control of the state Senate last fall. "Brian's obviously...
  • Former Burns staffer is lobbyist for group that received returned Abramoff cash (MSM smear alert)

    01/14/2006 1:09:19 PM PST · by balch3 · 14 replies · 642+ views
    Helena Independent Record ^ | January 14, 2006 | Noelle Straub
    WASHINGTON D.C. (LEE) — Sen. Conrad Burns vowed last month to return most of $146,700 in campaign contributions connected with confessed felon Jack Abramoff to its original donors, but most of the money went to the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, whose lobbyist is a former Burns staffer. A Burns campaign official said legal questions kept Burns from using his re-election funds to return to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Michigan Indian tribes, all former clients of Abramoff, the money they originally contributed to a different Burns account, which no longer exists. But at least one tribe originally wrote its check...
  • Franken on Montana Going Blue, Burns & the Correct Pronunciation of "Creek"

    01/13/2006 11:32:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 27 replies · 1,462+ views
    New West ^ | 1-13-06 | Courtney Lowery
    Radio talk show host and author Al Franken said Friday, "Montana is a great story." During the live broadcast of his show from the Missoula Childrens' Theatre with Missoula's KNS 105.9, he told his listeners and a crowded auditorium, "What we have here is a red state turning blue." And that shift, he said, is very much because of his first guest on the show, Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who Franken introduced as "an inspiration to Democrats all across the country." With national eyes on Schweitzer and his policies, Franken said Montana is poised to teach national politics a thing or...

    01/11/2006 9:59:12 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 930+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 11, 2006
    Republican Senator Conrad Burns has lost a double-digit lead held against two Democrats most prominently vying for the right to square against him in November. Senator Burns now wins 46% of the vote when pitted against State Auditor John Morrison; Morrison wins 43%. Against State Senate President Jon Tester, Burns gets 45%, Tester 45%.
  • [Senator] Burns [R-MT] criticizes Abramoff reports

    01/10/2006 5:56:26 PM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 20 replies · 903+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | January 10, 2006 | JENNIFER McKEE - Gazette State Bureau
    HELENA - Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., said Monday his political enemies are behind newspaper reports linking him to confessed felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Burns, who is on a media tour of Montana this week, also said he has no intentions of dropping out of the 2006 U.S. Senate race, quashing a rumor that has floated around both Helena and Washington, D.C. "Write it down, real quick: I've never had more enthusiasm or higher energy for a campaign in my life than I got right now, OK? End of story," Burns told the Gazette State Bureau. "I never had...
  • Burns says Democrats behind Abramoff scandal

    01/10/2006 11:48:16 AM PST · by balch3 · 32 replies · 1,923+ views
    Missoulian ^ | Jan 10, 2006 | Jennifer McKee
    HELENA - Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., said Monday his political enemies are behind newspaper reports linking him to confessed felon and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Burns, who is on a media tour of Montana this week, also said he has no intentions of dropping out of the 2006 U.S. Senate race, quashing a rumor that has floated around both Helena and Washington, D.C. “Write it down, real quick: I've never had more enthusiasm or higher energy for a campaign in my life than I got right now, OK? End of story,” Burns told the Lee Newspapers State Bureau reporters in...
  • Burns Or Rehberg (For Senate In 2006)?

    01/09/2006 5:42:03 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies · 426+ views
    Roll Call ^ | January 9, 2006 | Nicole Duran
    Montana Democrats Prepare for a Senate Race Against Both
  • Burns Out/Rehberg In? (potentially vulnerable GOP Senator may retire)

    01/10/2006 7:03:58 AM PST · by AuH2ORepublican · 42 replies · 8,873+ views
    Ankle Biting Pundits ^ | January 9, 2006 | H-Bomb
    Burns Out/Rehberg In? Considering the fact that Sen. Conrad Burns from Montana was below 50% in the pre-Abramoff "I'm guilty" ballot question, word is now spreading like wildfire inside Washington, DC that Burns will soon announce his retirement. A source on Capitol Hill tells me that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is polling feverishly to see if the Senate seat is salvagable should Burns seek re-election. The prognosis, I am told, is not good. Enter Congressman Denny Rehberg, Montana's wildly popular At-Large member of Congress. Rehberg briefly flirted with the idea of running against Max Baucus in 2002, but decided...
  • (Conrad) Burns Gives Up Ground In Poll

    12/27/2005 9:34:32 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 815+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | December 25, 2005 | Charles S. Johnson
    One Democratic challenger, state Auditor John Morrison, is within striking distance of Burns. If the election were held today, Montana voters favored Burns over Morrison by a 46 to 40 percent margin, with 14 percent undecided, the poll showed. In a Gazette State Poll conducted in May, Burns enjoyed a 49 to 34 percent lead over Morrison, with 17 percent undecided.
  • Time to pass the baton, Sen. Burns

    12/19/2005 8:08:19 AM PST · by billorites · 5 replies · 636+ views
    Missoulian ^ | December 16, 2005 | Editorial
    Montana Democrats have got the perfect candidate to help them take the U.S. Senate seat up for election next year away from the Republicans. His name is Conrad Burns. Burns, of course, is the three-term Republican incumbent. As a candidate for re-election, however, he may prove more valuable to the Democrats than to his own political party. Of greater concern is the likelihood that a race involving Burns next year is most unlikely to involve much serious discussion of government policy and almost certainly will be dominated by matters of ethics. With the election less than a year away, Burns...
  • Sen. Burns to Return Abramoff-Linked Money

    12/16/2005 10:31:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 434+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/05 | Mary Clare Jalonick - ap
    WASHINGTON - Retreating under fire, Republican Sen. Conrad Burns (news, bio, voting record) of Montana said he will return about $150,000 in donations that he received from indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his clients and associates. Democrats have criticized Burns, who is up for re-election next year, for his connection to the lobbyist at the center of a federal probe that has entangled at least a half dozen lawmakers and Bush administration officials. Earlier this week, a spokesman for Burns said the senator would not return the money because it had already been spent. "The contributions given to my political committees...
  • [Jack] Abramoff 'is a bad guy,' says [Senator] Burns [R-Montana]

    12/09/2005 3:15:23 AM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 12 replies · 641+ views
    The Billings Gazette ^ | December 9, 2005 | Jennifer McKee
    HELENA - Under scrutiny for his dealings with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., lashed out this week at Abramoff and suggestions that the senator did favors for Abramoff clients. Burns, 70, who is up for re-election in 2006, told a Kalispell television station Wednesday that he wished Abramoff had never been born. "This Abramoff guy is a bad guy," Burns told KAJ television in Kalispell. "And he's indicted, and I hope he goes to jail and we never see him again. I wish he'd never been born to be right honest with you. Because he's done...
  • Abramoff Tied to Dorgan Donation, Tribe Says

    11/29/2005 8:48:33 AM PST · by The_Victor · 26 replies · 1,597+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 11/29/2005 | JOHN SOLOMON
    WASHINGTON - New evidence is emerging that the top Democrat on the Senate committee currently investigating Jack Abramoff got political money arranged by the lobbyist back in 2002 shortly after the lawmaker took action favorable to Abramoff's tribal clients. A lawyer for the Louisiana Coushatta Indians told The Associated Press that Abramoff instructed the tribe to send $5,000 to Sen. Byron Dorgan (news, bio, voting record)'s political group just three weeks after the North Dakota Democrat urged fellow senators to fund a tribal school program Abramoff's clients wanted to use.The check was one of about five dozen the Coushattas listed...
  • Montana Senate 2006: Burns at 51% (12 point lead on closest opponent)

    09/13/2005 5:15:42 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 737+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | September 13, 2005
    In his bid for re-election, Republican Senator Conrad Burns currently attracts 51% of the vote and holds a double digit lead against two potential challengers--State Senate President John Tester and State Auditor John Morrison.The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2006 survey in the state finds Tester earning 38% of the vote and Morrison 39%.Against both Democrats, Burns leads by more among men than he does among women.Burns attracts more than 80% of conservative votes against both Democrats while losing more than 70% of liberal votes. Moderate voters are evenly divided. Burns is viewed favorably by 55% of Montana voters and unfavorably by...