By Amy R. Sisk
Community News Service
University of Montana School of Journalism
The halls of Montana’s statehouse filled with chatter Tuesday morning about U.S. Sen. Max Baucus’ announcement that he will not seek re-election. Charles S. Johnson of Lee Newspapers spoke to the six-term Democratic senator, who said the decision wasn’t easy and that he is looking forward to moving to a new home in Bozeman.
Johnson’s colleague, Mike Dennison, wrote about the candidates likely to vie for Baucus’ seat. At the top of the list: former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and former Montana Congressman Rick Hill. In addition,two other Republicans have already announced their candidacies: state Rep. Champ Edmunds of Missoula and former state Sen. Corey Stapleton of Billings.
The Lee State Bureau also compiled comments about Baucus from people across the nation, including President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and U.S. Rep. Steve Daines.
Yellowstone Public Radio’s Jackie Yamanaka also spoke to Baucus, who said he still has plenty of work left to do before his term ends in 2015.
In legislative news, Dennison reported that lawmakers worked late into the night Tuesday to work out what may be session-ending deals on state spending.
The Associated Press also reported on six vetoes issued by Gov. Steve Bullock.