Brad Johnson

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Bold Republican Decisiveness in 2014

It probably makes the most sense to blame Steve Daines. After all,  in 2012, he boldly fled the Senate field to clear the deck for Dennis Rehberg to be defeated by Jon Tester.Perhaps noticing that Daines was almost the only Republican to win a statewide race that year, the rest of his party seems to be following his bold, decisive leadership when it comes to choosing races. Consider Rehberg himself, who said after his defeat in 2012 that he was out of politics and returning to Montana to ranch. Now, he’s opening up Burger Kings and floating trial balloons for another House race. It would appear he’s also changed his mind about Montana voters, who he said “bitch and whine and moan” all the time. Continue Reading →

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Election 2012: A Post Mortem and a Preview

THANK YOU
I intended to post a thank you to the campaign staffers, party workers and countless volunteers who harassed Democratic voters with phone calls, door hangers, and visits before the election, but didn’t want to forget tonight. Their enthusiasm and energy absolutely paid off in all of the statewide races, one of which could end up being decided by just a handful of votes. Gaining seats back in the House absolutely matters, too. Whether your candidate(s) won or lost, your efforts were herculean—and appreciated. TESTER-REHBERG
I think a number of lessons were learned in the Tester-Rehberg race, perhaps none more important than the fact that a candidate can’t win a statewide race in Montana by running a relentlessly, exclusively negative campaign. Continue Reading →

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Lindeen for Auditor, McCulloch for Secretary of State

While we’ll be breaking the other statewide races into individual posts, the similarity in the Auditor and Secretary of State races makes the combining them a natural fit. In each race, the incumbent is a professional who has done excellent work in her first term and the challenger is someone who seems not to understand the duties of the office he is seeking, one because of his positions on the issues and the other because of his demonstrated lack of competence. The choice is so clear that even the Montana Chamber of Commerce, which endorses Republican candidates as reliably as snow falls in October, endorsed Linda McCulloch and Monica Lindeen over their challengers. Secretary of State In this rematch between Linda McCulloch and Brad Johnson, retaining the incumbent is the obvious choice. Since taking over the Secretary’s office, McCulloch has streamlined operations, saved taxpayer money, and implemented federal voting guidelines that Mr. Johnson seemed incapable of getting a handle on.  She’s established an excellent set of online resources for voters and businesses, including a voter page to check registration. Continue Reading →

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On the Death of Political Media

We’re living in a sad time for political reporting here in Montana. It’s not that newspapers like the Great Falls Tribune and Helena Independent Record are abandoning their role to endorse candidates for political office, or that partisan tripe like this is passed off as “news” or even that their aren’t enough reporters to adequately cover political contests and candidates. While all of those certainly matter, it’s more troubling that real political reporters are so afraid of being accused of bias that they don’t even report the news in their stories. Witness Chuck Johnson’s recent story about the race between Linda McCulloch and Brad Johnson for Secretary of State. In an effort to appear balanced, Chuck Johnson turned a series of factual disputes into a “she said, he said” issues, leaving potential voters no more informed than before they read the story. Continue Reading →

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Montana Politics Winners and Losers of the Week 24 June 2012

Losers

Denny Rehberg is unquestionably the big loser this week. It was so bad he gets sub-bullets. On Monday, the state GOP embarrassed showed its colors with a bullet-ridden outhouse display at the state convention. Afraid that Jon Tester might show up for a debate, Rehberg was forced to hide in it most of the day. On Tuesday, the very day his federal land grab bill passed, he had to retract his laughable claim that the EPA was using drones to spy on farmers and ranchers. Continue Reading →

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