Archive: Congress

The Montana congressional delegation may be small, but it’s always funny.

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When Sec. of State Jim Waltermire sounded out his political ambitions in 1983, his party squelched them.

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Sen. Max Baucus took pride in the criticism by the National Conservative Political Action Committee.

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Chuck Cozzens ran against Max Baucus for the U.S. Senate in 1984.  His firebrand campaign was, at the time, considered out-or-bounds.  By the way, Halprin must have been a nobody – I have no memory of the name.

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A gem from Ron Marlenee.

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Congress leveraged highway funds to force states into setting the drinking age at 21.

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The 1990 census resulted in Montana losing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Attorney General Marc Racicot argued unsuccessfully to have it restored.

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Representatives Williams and Marlenee ran well funded (and nasty) campaigns to win the remaining congressional seat.

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Pretty common campaign rhetoric.

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In 1992, Rep. Williams proposed a convoluted formula to limit campaign spending.

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In 1992, incumbent congressmen Williams and Marlenee had to battle it out for the sole House seat.

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In the 1990s, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) came under fire for extensive travel.

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Sen. Burns amassed quite a war chest of campaign funds.

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Sen. Burns and the GOP managed to bury campaign reform in 1994.