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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Brian Schweitzer
Montana's largest mining company racked up a $270 million net loss last year after writing down the value of two foreign properties and putting more focus on its precious metal mines in the Beartooth mountains, according to filings with federal regulators.
Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Thursday that he's joined cable news channel MSNBC as a contributor.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday named state Board of Regents chairwoman Angela McLean as his new lieutenant governor, an appointment the first-term Democratic governor said shows that education is the top priority of his administration.
Montana Senate candidates are alarmed that Sen. Max Baucus' sooner-than-expected departure could turn next year's election into a coronation for the Democrat appointed to fill his seat.
Republican hopes for retaking the Senate in 2014 improved substantially this weekend when Democrats' best option declined to run for Montana's open seat.
Popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday morning that he will not run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, an announcement that complicates Democratic efforts to retain their majority in next year's elections.
It's early — 17 months early — but Republicans have reason to be optimistic about the way the 2014 Senate races are shaping up around the county, especially in South Dakota and West Virginia, where Democratic incumbents are retiring.
Montana Sen. Max Baucus said Tuesday he won't seek a seventh term next year, saying he wants to spend the next year and a half on Capitol Hill focused on serving his constituents and chairing the powerful Senate Finance Committee without the distraction of running for re-election.
The United Auto Workers gave $1 million to President Obama's super PAC and another million to super PACs working to elect Congressional Democrats last month, filings showed Monday. And the union received more than $5 million from its Detroit affiliate, meaning it has millions more to spend before Election Day.
A day spent with Montana's Brian Schweitzer riding four-wheelers and talking politics makes it easy to understand why he's one of the most unusual — and most effective — governors in the country.
Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
Sixty-four bison from Yellowstone National Park were due to arrive at northeast Montana's Fort Peck Reservation, under a long-stalled relocation initiative meant to repopulate parts of the West with the iconic, genetically pure animals.
Indiana became the first Rust Belt state to enact the contentious right-to-work labor law prohibiting labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees, when Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill Wednesday afternoon.
Virginia Democrats on Friday made their long-awaited announcement of the keynote speaker for next month's 2012 Jefferson-Jackson dinner, the party's annual Richmond confab that draws everyone from elected officials to the party rank and file.
A Virginia lawmaker is pushing legislation to add the state to an interstate compact that would exempt members from President Obama's health care overhaul — a budding movement that's providing states across the country with another constitutional weapon to combat the landmark law.
For MSNBC, Schweitzer said he will appear once or twice a week from a studio being built at his house on Georgetown Lake, addressing topics ranging from health care and energy policy, to state budgets.
"At Fox News they've got it down that Democrats are always wrong and Republicans are always right. Too much of MSNBC is saying the Democrats are always right and Republicans are always wrong," he said. "When the Democrats have it wrong, I'll say it and when the Republicans have it wrong, I'll say it."