Montana Democrats Select Walsh Senate Replacement

first_imgMontana Democrats on Saturday selected a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War College.Curtis, a first-term representative from Butte, now faces the challenge of introducing herself to Montana voters and making her case for them to choose her over well-known and well-funded Republican Rep. Steve Daines with less than three months until the Nov. 4 elections.“If we win here in Montana, outspent and outgunned in a race where we were left for dead, it will send a message to Washington, D.C., that we want change,” she said in a speech before the vote.Republicans need a net gain of six seats in November to take Senate control, and Montana is a prime target to pick up a seat that’s been in Democratic hands for more than a century.The Senate race was seen as a tough one for Democrats to win even with the incumbent Walsh in the running. Now Daines is expected to have a bigger advantage going against a newcomer who doesn’t have his name recognition or $1.7 million campaign bank account.But Democratic Party delegates at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds insisted the race is still winnable.“We need to keep this seat, period,” said Judith Forseth, a delegate from southwestern Montana’s Park County. “I’m not ready to concede.”Montana has never elected a woman to the U.S. Senate. It has sent one woman to the U.S. House, Jeannette Rankin, who was the first woman elected to Congress in 1916. She was elected again in 1940.Curtis, 34, is a high school math teacher. She emerged as the front-runner earlier in the week after she received the endorsement of Montana’s largest unions and high-profile party leaders said they weren’t interested in running.On Saturday, she appealed to working-class voters and portrayed Daines as being in the camp of corporations and the wealthy. She said her Senate campaign would focus on issues that include campaign finance reform, tax reform and funding for schools and infrastructure that would create jobs.“This is the worst job market in a generation, but the stock market is doing just fine. Wall Street is doing great,” Curtis said. “This recovery has not reached the rest of us.”Daines’ campaign released a statement after the selection that did not mention Curtis by name but said voters in November will have a clear choice between the candidates.“I respect Montanans’ judgment to decide the path that is best for our state, and remain focused on fighting for positive solutions that protect Montanans from Washington overreach, grow our economy, and get our country back on track,” Daines said in the statement.The vote was 82 votes for Curtis and 46 votes for Wilsall rancher Dirk Adams, a political newcomer who lost the Democratic primary to Walsh on June 3. There were 129 delegates from across the state who attended, but not all voted, said Democratic Party spokesman Bryan Watt.The convention, organized hastily to beat an Aug. 20 deadline to submit a new candidate to the Montana Secretary of State, was the first of its kind for the party, Watt said.Delegates understand that time is short to salvage a victory after Walsh’s sudden departure from the race.“The ability to brand anything, a candidate, a product, is really tough in three months,” said Ravalli County delegate Lee Tickell. “But it can be done, if we come out of here with enthusiasm.”Montana Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Walsh, who was his lieutenant governor, in February when Max Baucus resigned the Senate after 35 years to become ambassador to China.That gave Walsh the incumbency and a boost in fundraising, but his candidacy faltered when The New York Times published a story in July that showed Walsh used other scholars’ work extensively in a research paper written in 2007.Walsh said he made an unintentional mistake that he partly blamed on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. He withdrew his candidacy last week when the criticism would not die down.Walsh said the allegations were a distraction and that he would focus on serving the rest of his Senate term.The U.S. Army War College began an investigation into the plagiarism allegations on Friday.Walsh was a colonel in the Montana National Guard when he was studying for a master’s degree at the college. He capped his 33-year military career as Montana’s adjutant general before resigning to become Bullock’s running mate in 2012.The convention’s delegates gave Walsh a standing ovation before the results of the vote were announced.In a statement later, Walsh said: “I thank the Montana Democratic Party for putting faith in Amanda, and now all Democrats can stand together to serve our most vulnerable neighbors, to protect our clean air, water and public land, to fight for good education, and to protect Social Security and Medicare.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Want to Join Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe. For A Run in Baltimore?

first_imgmoe. will bring their jam prowess to Rams Head Live with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong this Saturday night. Earlier in the day, Baltimore has its Charm City Run, a scenic run around the city. Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico, both avid runners, will be joining in the run, and have invited fans that would like to participate to meet them at the flag in Federal Hill Park at 12:15pm, prior to the begins a solid run of Winter/Spring tour dates in New Brunswick, NJ tomorrow night. The tour will see them head up and down the East Coast, headline the Wetlands Preserves 25th Anniversary shows at The Capitol Theatre, and make their way over to Europe for a string of dates in Germany, the Netherlands, and England, before heading back stateside for shows at the Wanee Festival, JazzFest, and Summer 2014 Tour DatesJanuary 24 New Brunswick, NJ—State TheatreJanuary 25 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head LiveJanuary 26 York, PA—Strand CapitolJanuary 29 Charleston, SC—Music Farm (w/Jimmy Herring and the Ringers)January 30 Charlotte, NC—The Fillmore (w/Jimmy Herring and the Ringers)January 31 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music WorksFebruary 1 Atlanta, GA—The TabernacleFebruary 4 Raleigh, NC—Lincoln TheatreFebruary 5 Wilmington, DE—The Grand Opera HouseFebruary 7 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theatre*February 8 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theatre^February 9 Northampton, MA – Calvin TheatreFebruary 12 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEFebruary 13 Cleveland, OH – House of BluesFebruary 14 Syracuse, NY – F Shed at the MarketFebruary 15 Syracuse, NY – F Shed at the MarketMarch 26 Hamburg, GER—FabrikMarch 27 Amsterdam, NED—MelkwegMarch 28 Berlin, GER—QuasimodoMarch 29 Plauen, GER—MalzhausMarch 30 Munich, GER—Backstage HalleApril 3 Cologne Bresciano, ITA—Cineteatro ParrocchialeApril 4 Winterbach, GER—LehenbachhalleApril 5 Lorsch, GER—Kulturhaus RexApril 6 Bonn, GER—HarmonieApril 8 London, ENG—The GarageApril 10-12 Live Oak, FL—Wanee FestivalApril 25 New Orleans, LA – The Civic TheatreApril 26 New Orleans, LA – The Civic TheatreMay 23-25 Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Festival(*) Wetland’s Preserve 25th Anniversary Show w/ Jimmy Herring and The Ringers, Chris Barron, Scott Murawski, Reid Genauer and more TBA(^) Wetland’s Preserve 25th Anniversary Show John Medeski, Dave Masucci (The Authority), Aaron Maxwell, Fuzz and Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout) and more TBA[via Jambands]last_img read more

Bats come to life as Minn. downs SDSU

first_imgBats come to life as Minn. downs SDSUThe Gophers had a season-high 16 hits — four from Michael Handel — in a 9-3 win. Samuel GordonMarch 29, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIf the Big Ten season started today, the Gophers would rank near the bottom in almost all major offensive categories.You wouldn’t have known that on Wednesday.A season-high 16 hits helped Minnesota defeat South Dakota State 9-3.“We were able to put together more good consecutive at-bats,” Gophers head coach John Anderson said. “It was good to see.”The Gophers (13-13) will ride a four-game winning streak into their conference opener Friday against Michigan.A contingent of Minnesota pitchers kept the Jackrabbits’ offense under wraps for much of the night, and the Gophers roughed up SDSU starter Austin Busse in the game’s middle innings.Freshman shortstop Michael Handel played the best game of his young career. He was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and four stolen bases.No Minnesota player had swiped three bags in a game since Dan Lyons on Apr. 19, 2006.“I’ve never been the fastest guy out there,” Handel said with a smile. “Coach told me to go, so I tried not to let him down and go.”Centerfielder Troy Larson was 2-for-3 with a trio of RBIs. Designated hitter David Bettenburg drove in a pair of runs, too.“We’re playing defense well, we’re pitching well and now we’re starting to swing the bats well,” Larson said. “Hopefully we can carry that into the weekend.”Minnesota scored three times in the fourth inning to nab a 3-0 lead.SDSU responded with two runs of its own in the fourth inning. The Gophers extended their lead by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.Catcher Matt Halloran led off the frame with a double. He was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.Two batters later, Handel plated him with an RBI-single.Handel swiped second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. First baseman Ryan Abrahamson and second baseman Matt Puhl walked, and Larson busted the game wide open with a two-run single.“It’s just important to string a bunch of base hits together,” Larson said. “That’s what we did tonight, and that’s why we were successful.”Minnesota scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and held on for an easy victory.Freshman Ben Meyer threw 3.1 scoreless innings in his second-career start for the Gophers.Jordan Jess, another freshman hurler, earned his first career victory.Jess took over for Meyer in the fourth inning and allowed two runs and two earned runs in 2.1 innings.“Now that we’ve got those bats rolling around,” Handel said, “it gives our pitchers a little breathing room.”Minnesota will open Big Ten play Friday with a three-game set against Michigan.Handel said the team’s morale and confidence are both high going into the weekend.“I think we all knew [our offense] was coming,” he said. “Now that we’re coming around, we’re going to do well in Big Ten [play] coming up.”last_img read more