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Baucus, Powerhouse Senate Democrat, Will Not Run Again


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Kit
- 605 days ago - nytimes.com
Senator Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, will retire from the Senate after 36 years, the sixth Senate Democrat to head to the exits in 2014, according to Democratic officials close to the senator.



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Kit B. (276)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 7:50 am
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Baucus Won’t Seek Re-election to Senate


Senator Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the Finance Committee, will retire from the Senate after 36 years, becoming the sixth Senate Democrat to leave the chamber in 2014, according to Democratic officials close to the senator.

A Democratic official said former Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, a Democrat and still one of the most popular political figures in the state, is leaning toward running for the seat, giving the party a strong chance at retaining it. But Mr. Baucus’s departure means the Democrats will now be defending open seats in Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota and West Virginia.

As recently as Friday, aides to Mr. Baucus indicated that he had no intention of retiring. He had amassed a $5 million campaign treasury and was in New York last week meeting with donors. His votes against gun legislation promoted by President Obama and against the Democratic leadership’s budget plan seemed calculated to appeal to conservative voters in his state.

But those votes isolated Mr. Baucus from other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus in ways reminiscent of 2001, when he infuriated Democrats by working with President George W. Bush to pass a 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut.

This week, over Mr. Baucus’s fierce opposition and without the Finance Committee’s imprimatur, Democratic leaders forced Internet sales tax legislation to the Senate floor. Montana is one of four states without a sales tax, and Mr. Baucus has tried to rally opposition to the Internet bill, which is championed by Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat.

“Baucus versus the Caucus” has become a catchphrase in the halls of the Capitol.
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By: JONATHAN WEISMAN| The New York Times |

 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 7:52 am

I would not worry much about losing a seat, Brian Schweitzer the past Governor and the most popular political figure in Montana will be running to take the seat vacated by Baucus. Watch those votes Congress people in the House and Senate, we are watching you.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 10:00 am
Aw, gee, Senator Baucus, we will miss you - NOT.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 10:07 am

Exactly Arielle he will not be missed. This guy is a poser.
 

Yvonne White (233)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 12:54 pm
With Democrats like him, we don't need RepubliCONs..but I'm not in love with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL.) either. Durbin has done plenty of cro$$-dressing in his many years in CONgre$$ as well. The ONLY dude who voted like a Liberal (my way!;) Every time was Roland Burris, from Centralia, IL. - who was Gov. Rod's appointment & was doomed to a one term because everyone was out to lynch Rod...
 

lee e. (114)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 5:44 pm
He voted against the gun background check bill as well! Hey fella don't let the door .....
Good riddance!
 

Raul M. (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 10:13 am
Have a good retirement, alone with your consciousness... in case you have one.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 10:53 am
Thank you Kit.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 12:08 pm
Thank you! We need to eliminate blue dogs. However, this article is confusing because it says he is going to retire, but his aides deny it.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 12:47 pm
Good. We need new people that have not been bought by Big OIL.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 1:23 pm
Noted
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 2:20 pm
Here is a link to draft Brian Schweitzer to run for the senate:

http://act.boldprogressives.org/survey/Draft_Schweitzer/?akid=13077.179263.14uFb2&rd=1&source=e1-don-fin&t=2
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 2:22 pm
I would love to see a real progressive take his spot.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 3:22 pm
Please sign the petition Robert posted above. Democracy for America also has one:

http://democracyforamerica.com/pages/760?akid=3117.999976.Ie7Sec&rd=1&t=1

Feel free to sign and pass along both.
 

Sherri G. (117)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 7:28 pm
Don't let the door knob hit ya on the way out. We need more Progressives but either way we are better off without this jerk. Thanks Kit good to know!
 

Helen Porter (40)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 1:08 am
I wish the whole lot of them would impeach Obummer and then resign immediately.

The vice president would make a better president.

The states could seek out the heros, pull them out from under their beds and demand that only the heros take office.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 10:51 am
Zee, are you speaking of Dick Cheney who got 5 deferments so that he would not serve in the military? When asked Cheney said he more important things to do.
OH! You must be speaking of Ted Cruz who criticizes people who have served, BUT WAS TOO AFRAID TO SERVE!
OR you may be referring to Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, Kenneth Starr....the list goes on and on.
So, these are your heroes?
Please! It is better for people to think you are a fool than adding your two cents in a conversation and proving them correct.
 

Diane O. (167)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 3:04 am
Not everyone is suited for our military and that is why we have a volunteer military today. Barack Obama had no intention of joining the military either. You didn't list is excuse for not doing so. And, at the end of the day who really cares? I certainly do not care As far as Joe Biden being president all I can add is "look at him and listen to him" and you will see and hear the biggest buffoon in the White House. The fact that he is one heartbeat away from the presidency is scary.

IMO, the best presidential choices are republican governors who by and large have their states in excellent financial shape. They cut spending across the board and achieved balanced budgets. Many of them have a surplus to show. This is why they are opposed to the insurance exchanges under Obamacare in their states because they have done the math and they know being a part of this failed healthcare plan will throw their states into bankruptcy.

As far as comparing republicans COI's with democratic COI's the playing field is even. There's plenty of criticism to go around on both sides of the political aisle.

President Obama has never had the talent or the inclination to bring the two parties together. Some of the democrats are trying to save their seats at the moment and it appears they'll do whatever they can to stay in office. I'm not surprised at Baucus in any way. There are republicans who are doing the same thing.

As the liberals are happy to see Baucus go the republicans are happy to see a few of their congressmen go as well.

We have the power of our vote. We all remember what happened in November 2010. Our votes are powerful.
 

Robert K. (31)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 8:06 am
Joe Biden is recognized as the best informed expert on Iraq and has been for some time. When speaking of buffoons, remember thaT 100% of the buffoons are Republicans, like Dubya, the dumbest president in history and considered by experts to have a below 100 IQ, or the members of his administration who didn't even know that Shi'ites and Sunnis were different sects and not very friendly to each other.

Joe Biden is a damn sight smarter than you for certain. The fact that he acts like a regular guy instead of an oily twit should be something to be admired. Having the common touch isn't a bad thing. But ignorant folks think the airs you put on are more important than substance.

I get it that you probably think that way because your husband is a retired naval officer and in the military rigid conformity is essential, but it destroys humanity. And there are very few people who can't function perfectly well in the military. As long as you do as you're told and don't talk back you can excel.

When I was in the Army and there was a draft, the average IQ of the Army was about 15 points higher than the second place Air Force and the Navy was at the bottom. Of course that was because we had so many college graduates and our average age was in the 20s while the Navy was barely 18 and inexperienced.

Not dissing the Navy which my grandson joined. He finished up in December and is slated to begin school on the GI bill, so thanks, Navy!
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 8:15 am

This article for those who actually read the articles presented and not just the headline, is about the decision to by Senator Bucus to retire.

Therefore, opinions about Obama, his presidency or military service are irrelevant to the topic.
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 11:29 am
Baucus was one more often involved in efforts requiring bipartisanship than most on either side of the aisle. His retirement announcement could be viewed as an indictment of current dysfunction when the promises he was given (e.g., ACA) were not honored by his GOP colleagues.

Thanks Kit for the reminder of the topic--sad that some are so disrespectful of the community to require you to post such a reminder.
 
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