A daily digest of Montana news


Oct. 23, 2014

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DAILY NEWSPAPERS

Billings Gazette

Bozeman Chronicle

(Butte)
Montana Standard

Flathead Beacon

Havre Daily News

(Kalispell)
Daily Interlake

Livingston Enterprise

Great Falls
 Tribune


Helena IR

Miles City Star

Missoulian

OTHER SOURCES

Bozeman Magpie

The Flint Report

Last Best News

The Lowdown
Great Falls Tribune (blog)

Make  It Missoula

Mountain  West News

mtbusiness.com



WEEKLIES

Belgrade News

Bigfork Eagle

(Big Sky) Lone
 Peak Lookout


Billings Outpost

(Browning)
Glacier-Reporter


Cascade Courier

(Chester) Liberty
 County Times


Choteau Acantha

(Columbia Falls)
Hungry Horse News


(Columbus) Stillwater
 County News


(Conrad)
Independent-Observer


Cut Bank
Pioneer Press


Dillon Tribune

(Eureka) Tobacco
 Valley News

Glasgow Courier

Glendive
 Ranger-Review


(Hamilton)
 Ravalli Republic


(Hardin) Big Horn
 County News


(Huson) Clark
 Fork Chronicle


Laurel Outlook

Lewistown
News-Argus


(Libby)
 Western News


Missoula Independent

(Pablo)
Char-Koostra News

 (Polson) Lake
 County Leader

 (Red Lodge)
Carbon County News


Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Shelby Promoter

Sidney Herald-Leader

(Sidney) The Roundup

(Stevensville)
 Bitterroot Star


(Thompson Falls)
Sanders Co. Ledger

Townsend Star

Valierian

West Yellowstone
News


Whitefish Pilot

Government News for MT

THE BUZZ


CAN YOU imagine former Gov. Brian Schweitzer as a Playboy centerfold? Well, neither can Buzz. And that's something you won't have to see. But you can get the next best thing: A Playboy interview with Schweitzer in the newest issue of the magazine.

Playboy noted that Schweitzer was one of the nation's more polarizing, albeit popular, governors, and his tendency to make off-the-cuff remarks sometimes lands him in hot water. Such as his recent comments about former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor setting off his "gaydar."

Playboy interviewer Jeff Greenfield told Schweitzer that Bill Clinton didn't inhale, Barack Obama did, and George Bush was somewhere between them. Where were you? Greenfield asked Schweitzer.

"I'm right there with the three of them," the former Montana governor replied with a laugh.

Schweitzer told Playboy that the image he projects -- wearing bolo ties and jeans and bringing his dog Jag to the office -- isn't an act he dreamed up to help him politically. "You know, I don't have an image creator around me," he says. I am who I am."

But for most of the interview, Greenfield pressed Schweitzer on what he thought about issues such as foreign policy and government spending, how he rated the performance of President Obama (not too highly), and where he saw himself fitting into the presidential race in 2016.

Schweitzer made it clear it is a horse race he's thought a lot about entering. "You know, I'm just a guy who knows a thing or two about horses," he concluded.



IN A column written for the Last Best News web site, former Billings Gazette newsman David Crisp expressed surprise that the Gazette endorsed Democrat John Lewis in the US House race. "I just about dropped my teeth....," he said.

The Bozeman Chronicle also recently endorsed Lewis, who is trailing Republican Ryan Zinke in the polls.

While some may be surprised that Lewis got the endorsement of the Gazette and the Chronicle, Buzz would be surprised if Zinke got the endorsement of any of the major Montana dailies this year. Why's that, you ask?

A few years back, Buzz went back and counted all the endorsements in Montana's dailies for statewide races over the course of a decade. Sorry, can't remember the exact count, but the dailies endorsed Democrats by more than a two-to-one margin over that period. So all the papers, except for the Kalispell Interlake, generally prefer Democrats.

But there are two caveats to this trend. In every election cycle, papers like to endorse at least one Republican -- usually the most moderate one running -- to show readers they try to be fair and balanced. Second, they don't like to waste endorsements on candidates who seemingly have no chance of winning.

This year, there are only two statewide partisan contests: Senate and House.

In starting at the top of the ballot, the Senate race, the Gazette and Chronicle both endorsed Republican Steve Daines. Bottom line, Buzz believes it was due to the second rule mentioned above: Don't waste your endorsement on candidates with no chance of winning. Polls show latecomer Amanda Curtis far behind Daines.

So what are the Gazette and Chronicle to do to restore their karma? Go with Lewis in the House race, of course.

UPDATE: Since this piece first appeared, the Helena Independent Record made its endorsements in these races. No surprise, at least to Buzz: Daines and Lewis got the paper's blessing.

(Interesting side note: The Great Falls Tribune says it won't be endorsing candidates this year -- the first time Buzz ever remembers that happening.) 

 

THE MOST popular brand names in Montana? Dodge, Amazon, and Prilosec, according to research based on Google searches done by Montanans.

Really? Sounds odd, doesn't it?

You'd think that NorthWestern Energy might have been one of the top three, as it has been in the news a lot lately due to its purchase of PPL's dams. Or maybe a company like Budweiser, since Montanans not only like their beer, but they grow much of the barley used to produce it.



WHEN IT comes to taxes, which state is the fairest of them all? Montana is, according to a survey done by WalletHut, a personal-finance site. Really?

Even a lot of Montanans will be surprised by that finding, thinking they pay an awful lot in taxes. But they actually tend to pay less than taxpayers in other states. Why?

Because Montana is one of only five states with no general sales tax. And to make up for that lack of revenue, the state takes a bigger chunk of change from energy producers and big property holders.

Interestingly, both liberals and conservatives who were surveyed ranked Montana as the fairest state in terms of taxation. Now, how often do you see folks on either side of the political spectrum agree on something, especially an important issue like taxes?

Makes you wonder why Montana's tax system isn't more of a model for other states.





Michael Keith Spell of Colorado pleaded guilty in district court Wednesday to killing Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold in exchange for a sentence of 100 years in prison. 





Colorado man pleads guilty to murdering Sidney teacher

Defendant admits trying to kill Billings police officer

Consultant for Blackfeet tribe sentenced to prison

Havre Walmart evacuated after bomb threat, but no bomb found

Man suspected of killing Missoula transient returned to state

Jury awards BNSF worker $4.3M for injuries from accident

State Supreme Court race takes on partisan overtones

Former Navy officer continues attack on House hopeful Zinke

Great Falls police dog put down after biting 2 officers

Movie planned about daughter of Montana copper king

Townsend-area ranch becomes part of national forest

Missoula man gets deferred sentence in domestic assault case

In 2nd debate, Daines takes turn going on attack against Curtis

Zinke defends military record in debate; Lewis talks entitlements

Former Rocky Boys health official sentenced to year in prison

MSU student denies trying to enter dorm shower with co-ed

In 1st US Senate debate, Daines mostly ignores Curtis attacks

Missoula shipping firm: Someone stole $30K in tobacco products

Friend of Montana-born actress believes she was murdered

Lawmaker requests equal time on radio

ZooMontana quarantines wolves after report that child is bitten

Judge will hear same-sex marriage case Nov. 20

Judge closes loophole in state water-right permit rules

Motl rules questioned donkey drawing is Dems' party symbol

Former Helenan among Nazis who got Social Security payments

Ebola scare raises questions among MT health-care workers

Libertarian Senate candidate, former racist, says he's pro-choice

Another family of bears visits Livingston

2 suspects arrested, 1 still at large after shooting, stabbing

Deputy's widow wants Cascade Co attorney off homicide case

Judge dismisses woman's suit against Livingston, police officer

Over 500 attend services for Butte historian Pat Kearney

Officials: Man arrested on Amtrak train w/ 31 lbs of pot products

Activists demand federal protections for wolves be reinstated

Curtis 'amused' by GOP interest in her ties to radical union

Daines, Curtis meet tonight in Billings for only televised debate

US House candidates spar over Ebola, energy, gun control

Gun incidents in Glacier Park are rare, officials say

Suspect arrested for attack on MSU student in shower

Walsh looks back, and to future -- says he has 'no regrets'


BUSINESS

Missoula brewery plans major expansion at Bonner

UPS hiring 40 new workers in Helena

Kmart closing its Bozeman store in January

First Interstate Bank's purchase of Mountain West closes Friday

Oil price slump worries Bakken producers

State should end its ban on gay marriage


SPORTS

After bad car accident, Simms player happy to be back on field

Grizzlies still trying to get offense running on all gears

UM and MSU still ranked in top 11 of FCS polls

Bobcat defense is struggling, but still hopes to get back on track

...While the Cat offense seems to be hitting on all gears

Montana families ask: Are rewards of football worth the risks?

Griz rally in 2nd half to defeat UC Davis, 42-28

Special teams lead Bobcats past Weber, 23-13


OPINION

Bullock's $37 million preschool plan is a good investment

Montana voters should go with the liberal long shot: Curtis

Lewis is best choice for the US House

Let's end voter-registration on election day

Kavulla: Why I opposed NorthWestern's dam purchase

With his experience, Daines is best choice for MT in US Senate


FEATURES

Artist gets new lease on life after man who tried to kill him died

What do you think? Website lists best books written about MT

MT scores another 1st: Leads nation in mountain monograms

A portrait of Montana a century and a half ago

Darby woman, 86, has been riding motorcycles for 7 decades

With new funding and donations, Lewis & Clark Library rebounds


CALENDAR

Comedian Bob Newhart to visit Great Falls Nov. 13

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