I am still glowing about the election results, and certainly we have much to celebrate, but as we dig through races that aren’t on CNN, there is some interesting developments that aren’t as positive for progressives.
Good news: Ken Toole appears to be heading towards the PSC over Mike Taylor. The margin was really thin (around 50 votes) but it is impressive win for Ken considering the makeup of that PSC district. I know Ken and he is a passionate advocate for energy reform. Plus, we can avoid Mike Taylor in public office which is an incredible plus.
Bad news: Democrats lost the Montana senate to a tie and lost the house but a vote or two. From the National Council of State Legislatures:
Senate: 25 Democrats, 25 Republicans
House: 49 Democrats, 50 Republicans, 1 Constitution Party
I heard some rumbling today that politics might make some changes in the Senate, but nothing firm enough to report.
I am interested to watch the Legislature this year as I wonder how the slightly-more-powerful Republicans will handle Governor Schweitzer and how Governor Schweitzer will handle the less-than-mature Legislative Republicans.
One really sad note: House District 77 featured Sheila Hogan vs. right winger Scott Mendenhall. Sheila ran a positive campaign although she had plenty of fodder to go after Mendenhall. When the counts were complete, she was down just a handful of votes.