6:00 AM, Feb 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political committee for former Montana senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, wrote a large check to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just days before being confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to China. According to the DSCC's public filings, Friends of Max Baucus made a donation of $475,000 to the organization on January 31. Read a copy of the filing here, where Baucus's donation is listed on page 6.
Three days before the donation, Baucus appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations committee for his hearing, where he said he was "not an expert on China" and appeared unfamiliar with aspects of the Obama administration's policy on China.
On February 6, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Baucus as ambassador.
Baucus had announced last year that he would not seek another term in the Senate in 2014. The leading Democratic contender for the open seat was erstwhile lieutenant governor John Walsh, who was actually appointed to the vacated seat by Montana's Democratic governor and sworn in on February 11. The move was designed to give Democrats a small incumbency advantage before the November election. The Cook Political Report says the race still leans Republican, with first-term congressman Steve Daines the most likely GOP nominee for the seat.
12:10 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Brian Schweitzer, the former Democratic governor of Montana who may run for president in 2016, spoke Wednesday night to Progress Iowa, a liberal grassroots organization, in Altoona, Iowa. In his speech, Schweitzer criticized Democrats who voted for the Iraq war, a group that includes a potential rival for the Democratic nomination: Hillary Clinton.
Watch Schweitzer's remarks below:
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:00 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on his recent piece Schweitzer Takes Aim, and how the populist former Democratic governor of Montana might challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A progressive populist has Hillary in his sightsDec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Brian Schweitzer sounds content with being a “former” pol. As we chat on the phone, he is looking out the window of his home on Georgetown Lake in western Montana. By mid-November, the lake is frozen, and the Pintler Mountains to the south are covered with snow. Schweitzer’s home sits at the end of a dirt road more than a mile long. “I’m 25 miles from groceries,” he says.
12:37 PM, Aug 20, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
As Obamacare's launch on October 1 draws closer, the Obama administration is trying to reassure the public that the program is going to deliver on the promises of the last four years. On Tuesday, White House Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications & Strategy David Simas tweeted (and the White House retweeted): “Great ACA news from Montana.
10:10 AM, Apr 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Max Baucus, the senior senator from Montana, will not seek reelection to his seat in 2014. The Washington Post reports:
Meet Corey Stapleton.3:16 PM, Feb 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former state senator and Republican Corey Stapleton of Montana is jumping into the race to challenge a long-serving Senate Democrat, Max Baucus. One Republican strategist says Stapleton, a former state senator and retired officer in the Navy, has a "good story to tell," calling the small business owner a "young, fresh face."
11:20 AM, Sep 21, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senate majority leader Harry Reid is holding up the Senate to allow a vote on a bill introduced by embattled Democrat Jon Tester.
2:04 PM, Jun 22, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from the Montana GOP focuses on Republican Senate candidate Denny Rehberg's record of independence from Washington and his own party, and includes a criticism of Paul Ryan's proposed Medicare reforms, which Rehberg voted against in the House.
3:35 PM, May 30, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Denny Rehberg of Montana has a new television ad knocking his opponent, Democratic senator Jon Tester, for voting for Obamacare and Wall Street bailouts. Watch the ad, a sequel to Rehberg's first "Washington baloney" ad, below:
12:00 PM, May 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Denny Rehberg of Montana has a new television spot out taking on his opponent, first-term Democrat Jon Tester, for bringing back home "Washington bologna."
1:42 PM, May 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Denny Rehberg of Montana has released his first television ad in his race against incumbent Democratic senator Jon Tester. The ad contrasts Tester votes in the Senate for "higher taxes," to "raise his own pay," and for "bonuses for Wall Street executives" with Rehberg's House record.
"Denny Rehberg cut taxes, opposed bailouts, voted against pay raises, because it's your money, not theirs," the voiceover says. Watch the ad below:
But the Montana Democrat receives big bucks from K Street.5:02 PM, May 7, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from Montana senator Jon Tester's reelection campaign features supporters touting his record on ethics. Among the testimonials is one from former congressman Pat Williams. "He's cracked down on lobbyists, refused their trips" Williams says. Watch the ad below:
3:05 PM, May 4, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from Rasmussen shows Republican congressman Denny Rehberg leading his Democratic opponent, Senator Jon Tester, in the race for the U.S. Senate in Montana, 53 percent to 43 percent. This is Rehberg's widest lead yet.