Caught My Eye…

No matter what name we give it or how we judge it, a candidate’s character is central to political reporting because it is central to a citizen’s decision in voting. – Roger Mudd

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics this week include the Zinke commercial, Montana Secretary of State, Confidential Settlements, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), ballots, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Final Days

It’s the final six days of campaign 2014 in Montana!

We’ve got a Freedom Rally, a Get Out The Vote tour, a new campaign ad, an apology, and info about the Great Seal!

Can you handle all that?

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Campaign 2014: LR-126 & Supreme Court Mailers

Today I take a look at the debate between Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (D) and state Rep. Champ Edmunds (R) about Legislative Referendum 126 (LR-126), and the mailer I received about the Montana Supreme Court race. I also comment about a new Gallup Poll that asked about members of Congress.

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MT Senate 2014: Oh Schriock!

It’s the last day of July and the Montana Democrats have failed so far to attract the biggest names to run for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2014. That’s the seat currently occupied by Senator Max Baucus, who is retiring.

Former Governor Brian Schweitzer is taking a pass, State Auditor Monica Lindeen said nope, and now Stephanie Schriock, who is the President of Emily’s list, yesterday announced that she is not running.

Since everyone has probably played Monopoly, let me compare the game of Monopoly to the Montana Senate race. These three people deciding against running are like the Democrats just missed landing on Boardwalk, Park Place, and Pennsylvania Avenue. Realistically, they only have a couple people remaining who can be their North Carolina and Pacific Avenue – and maybe win the seat.

By the way, there are several Baltic and Mediterranean Avenue candidates – many of them serve in the state legislature.  Continue reading

Baucus: I Think I Will Go Home Now

The Washington Post citing Democratic sources reported yesterday morning that six-term United States Senator Max Baucus of Montana was retiring. A little later Baucus released a statement affirming that he was, in fact, retiring.

Then the speculation began about who would replace Baucus. Today, among that speculation is a love feast in Montana newspapers for Baucus.

Baucus had been raising money for his reelection, but he had also started building a home near Bozeman, which raised some doubts about his running again. Baucus will be 72 in 2014 which means he may have channeled Forrest Gump after that long run when he said, “I’m pretty tired…I think I will go home now.”

So far, Baucus raised almost $5 million for his race. That money will come in handy for Montana Democrats in 2014.

Last election (2008), Baucus disposed of his competition by a 73% to 27% margin. In 2002, he beat his opponent by 31%. Baucus was a great campaigner. He and his staff would go for the jugular on his opponents. They did not lose.

This year there was a lot of talk about former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer taking on Baucus in a primary. A recent Public Policy Poll showed Schweitzer beating Baucus “54% to 35% with Democratic primary voters.” As for running for the U.S. House or U.S. Senate, Schweitzer told the Associated Press last year “I am not goofy enough to be in the House, and I’m not senile enough to be in the Senate.”  Continue reading

TWW Poll: Who Should Replace Max Baucus?

Who Should Replace U.S. Senator Max Baucus?  (Pick One)

Brian Schweitzer (D), Denny Rehberg (R), Steve Bullock (D), Steve Daines (R), Denise Juneau (D), Rick Hill (R),  Linda McCulloch (D), Tim Fox (R), Kim Gillan (D), Cory Stapleton (R), Monica Lindeen (D), Champ Edmunds (R), Other (You May Leave the Name Comments).

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