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July 11, 2014






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REMEMBER Art Linkletter's show, 'Kids Say the Darndest Things"? You could probably do a show on the outrageous things politicians say, too, and some of former Gov. Brian Schweitzer's comments would no doubt qualify for segments.

Take, for example, his latest outburst about how men in the South are "a little effeminate...and have "effeminate mannerisms." The remarks by Schweitzer, who is being mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential contender, are in a fascinating National Journal profile. Schweitzer made them when he was asked about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's recent upset defeat in a Virginia GOP primary, and he said that, when he sees Cantor talking on TV, his "gaydar" goes off.

"I'm fine with gay people," Schweitzer told the National Journal, "that's all right--but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he's (Cantor not (gay) I think, so I don't know. Again I couldn't care less. I'm accepting."

Schweitzer also compared California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to a sex worker for the intelligence community.

On Thursday, the panelists on MSNBC's Morning Joe laughed at Schweitzer's remarks, but also expressed surprise. Pundit Ezra Klein said it shows a "lack of internal discipline" that the former Democratic governor would make comments that could alienate so many. If Schweitzer does indeed plan to run for president, said Klein, this could be a "huge, huge, huge problem."

Aaron Blake of the Washington Post said Schweitzer's gaffes basically ends any presidential aspirations he might have had.

UPDATE: Schweitzer says on his Facebook page that he's "deeply sorry" about his remarks. The former governor has made a lot of eye-opening comments over the years, but this may be the first time he's ever apologized for anything he's said.

NO DOUBT some will argue this is one of the dumbest -- and most questionable -- studies they've seen. But I'll trot it out for those Montanans who need a confidence booster. (We know, we know, there are those who would argue that's the last thing Montanans need.)

This study purports to measure the IQ levels of residents of the states and, lo and behold, Montana emerged with one of the highest average IQ scores: 103.4. That tied it with Maine for 6th in the nation. The only states higher were Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, North Dakota and Minnesota.

A California-based real-estate group, Movoto, did the study analyzing, of all things, tweets from each of the states. Movoto looked at over 500,000 unique tweets from around the country, examining them for grammar, spelling and word choice and then creating a map to display the results.

"While we were doing our research, we noticed a not-entirely unexpected correlation between the estimated average state IQ levels and the respective reading levels of the tweets produced in each state," the authors of the Movoto study said.

Does that make sense? You can use your staggeringly high IQ to figure it out.

NATE Silver, the highly regarded polling expert at FiveThirtyEightPolitics.com,  believes national Democrats "may need to write off" U.S. Sen. John Walsh if he doesn't soon improve his polling numbers against GOP opponent Congressman Steve Daines.

Silver gives Walsh only a 15 percent chance of beating Daines -- down from a 20 percent chance in March. 

Silver notes that political analysts like the Cook Political Report describe Montana's U.S. Senate race as merely leaning Republican, but the polling models show Daines as "almost certain to win."

"The case for the Democrat, the appointed incumbent Sen. John Walsh, would rely on citing Montana's recent political history (Democrats have performed well and closed well in non-presidential races there) and Walsh's political pedigree (he is Montana's former lieutenant governor)," Silver adds. "It seems like a stretch to us (and may result partly from the erroneous assumption that all incumbents are equal, when in fact appointed incumbents like Walsh run far worse than elected ones do.)"

UPDATE: This Bozeman Chronicle story notes that one of the polls done on the Walsh-Daines race was done by the same pollster, Vox Populi, that predicted US House Majority Eric Cantor would win his primary contest. Cantor lost in an upset to an unknown tea party candidate, Dave Brat.

The Chronicle story doesn't say it, but a chart below it shows that five other polling organizations have done polls in Montana showing Daines with leads over Walsh of 7 points or more.

2nd UPDATE: The first poll taken after the primary shows Daines with an 18-point lead over Walsh. It was conducted by Rasmussen Reports.

A barge on which fireworks were shot off on the 4th on Whitefish Lake caught fire and and to be extinguished by emergency crews. Apparently no one was injured. (Don Maschmedt / NBC Montana)

3 arrested in kidnap attempt of half-marathon runner at Lincoln

Great Falls scouts help save leader injured on float trip

Train derails, plane fuselages plunge into Clark Fork River

Missoula woman steals taxi after calling for ride

Steve Browning honored for his many contributions to Montana

Crowds flock to Glacier's sunny, snowy Sun Road, Logan Pass

Almost 100 cats rescued from Butte apartment

Whitehall's Golden Sunlight Mine put up for sale

Lawsuit questions Motl's hiring of colleague as expert witness

State settles tax dispute with Verizon, to refund $11 million

Bozeman family mourns girl, 10, killed in tragic accident

Columbia Falls runner, dogs attacked by black bear

OSHA proposes $14K in fines after Missoula roofer dies

Glacier Park's Sun Road opens to Logan Pass in time for holiday

Butte leader warns building's collapse a wake-up call for city

Blackfeet man convicted of fraud appeals sentence

State asked to help find missing Butte mother, baby

Grizzlies kill cattle at Carter -- 100 miles from mountains

Name of Bridger drowning victim released

Jury clears Darby man of making serious threats against Obama

Billings man sentenced to 60 years for trailer fire that killed 4

Circle residents hoping Keystone pipeline rescues ailing economy

Polson man accepts plea deal in assault case against ex-girlfriend

Native American group wants emails of reprimanded MT judge

Mining firm gets go-ahead to do test drilling near Smith River

MSU researchers: Horn of Triceratops took million years to develop

Lakeside investor creates $1M scholarship fund for FVCC students

Democrats hope to pick up seats in state House and Senate


Kalispell airport sees MT's largest percentage hike in passengers

MT manufacturer makes a name producing most repellent product

Firm buys up claims near its proposed Smith River-area mine

Creston man is Montana's last mint farmer

Glacier Park Inc. buys family business in West Glacier, Apgar

For Montana retailers, malls haven't gone out of style

Bozeman flight adds direct flight to Houston

Montana finishes in middle of pack in CNBC business ranking


Former UM player Qvale hoping for another shot at NBA

2 Grizzlies, 1 Bobcat earn preseason All-American honors

Idaho Vandals join Big Sky Conference for all sports but football

One golfer ranks the toughest holes in Montana

CMR star Josh Huestis hopes to go in tonight's NBA draft 

Big Sky's 'Greatest Moment' of last 50 years? UM's football dynasty


Corruption of few Rocky Boy leaders doesn't mean everyone's bad

With ballot measure dead, lawmaker must expand Medicaid

Makes sense for Republicans to seek a closed primary

Political practices offices needs more muscle to be effective

Gazette: 'We were wrong' about Obama. He's incompetent

'Crackpot' Schweitzer should shut up and go home


GTF native, major Hollywood producer looks back on MT years

Bighorn Canyon one of the state's natural wonders

Researchers keep close eye on Glacier's harlequin ducks

Grasslands & river breaks, UL Bend Wilderness has a quiet feel to it

Being in the wrong place on the Little Bighorn Battlefield

Technology helps MT brand inspectors, but job remains the same

Discovery Channel records hardships of MT loggers in Siberia


Rendezvous gatherings give look back at MT's mountain man era

Lots of festivals, shows on tap for MT music fans this summer

Lineup for Butte's July 11-13 folk festival announced

Country star Tim McGraw plans Billings concert in July

Trace Adkins coming to Helena's Last Chance Stampede

Charley Pride headlines Red Ants Festival

State Fair lineup: Tesla, Everclear, Jake Owen & more

Chris Young, Train, Evil Pop among MontanaFair acts

Air Force's Thunderbirds plan air show Aug. 30-31 in Flathead

Comedian Bob Newhart to visit Great Falls Nov. 13

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