Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to Monday and Monday Morning Politics! There are just a few more days until Thanksgiving, and if you are traveling, please be safe and wear your seatbelts!

Today in Monday Morning Politics I write about being an “Early Sustainer” for Max, Bullock’s preparation, Reince Priebus times two, raising taxes, and much more!

Become an “Early Sustainer” for Max:

On Friday U.S. Senator Max Baucus sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Every step of the way” in which he said, “I’m asking you to make an early investment in our campaign by becoming an Early Sustainer.” He also wrote, “We have a big job ahead of us in this campaign. Over the next two years, special interests from outside Montana will do whatever they can to stand in our way of our progress.” He then closed his request for cash by saying, “I’m looking forward to continuing my work for Montana, and for middle class families everywhere. Thank you for standing with me.”

According to his campaign website, Baucus also held a fundraiser in Missoula on Friday at the Brooks & Brown Bar. He also presented the “Great Divide” trophy at the Bobcats/Grizzlies game on Saturday in Missoula. It’s campaign time for Baucus!

Right now Baucus’ biggest challenge might come from within his own party. If he beats back a challenge from within, he should be able to cruise to another victory in 2014.

Bullock Preps:

The Great Falls Tribune published a story on Sunday about Montana Governor-elect Steve Bullock making preparations to take over as Governor in January. They even asked him questions!

It will be interesting to see how many of Schweitzer’s people he keeps…

Reince Priebus Times 2:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced that he wants to keep his job for another two-year term.

In regards to “job performance” in the last election (which was ripe for Republican gains), Republicans lost seats in the U.S House, the U.S. Senate, and they lost the big one – the White House. In Wisconsin (where Priebus is from, and the home of the Republican Vice President nominee Paul Ryan), President Obama won the state by almost seven points.

I’m thinking Democrats are welcoming the Priebus announcement…

Taxes:

According to Rasmussen Reports, “Most voters favor raising taxes on those who earn more than $250,000 a year but recognize that that won’t be enough to balance the federal budget.” The poll showed, “57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor raising taxes on people who earn more than $250,000 a year. Thirty-five percent (35%) are opposed.”

Maybe folks are starting to realize that the party’s over and it’s time to pay the bill…

Happy Birthday:

Allison Janney, who played C.J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing, turns 53 today!

I miss that show…

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