State of Montana Archives: on Principles & Values


John Walsh: OpEd: 2007 Master's thesis plagiarized from online sources

One of the highest-profile credentials of Walsh's 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Walsh's master's degree from the US Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least 1/4 of his thesis on Mideast policy from other authors' works, with no attribution.

Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a "strategy research project," to earn his degree in 2007, when he was 46. The sources of the material he presents as his own include academic papers and books that are almost all available online.

A line-by-line analysis of Walsh's thesis shows that he took much of it from other sources without giving them credit. Most strikingly, the six recommendations Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled "The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy," are taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Montana Senate race Jul 23, 2014

Steve Daines: AdWatch: Walsh appointment was "Big Sky buy-off" D.C. deal

Republican Steve Daines' campaign unleashed its first attack ad against Sen. John Walsh Wednesday, ripping Walsh's appointment to his post as a "backroom deal" arranged by the president and "D.C. insiders." The broadcast web ad, which targets various audiences on certain video websites across the state, calls Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock's Feb. 7 appointment of Walsh "the Big Sky buy-off."

"John Walsh can continue to deny the truth, but Montanans know that his appointment was a politically motivated, backroom deal that put Washington interests first," said Daines' campaign spokesman.

The ad says that President Barack Obama and "the D.C. insiders hand-picked John Walsh." Bullock said he chose Walsh because he was the best one for the job, and told reporters last month that he had told US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to "butt out" when Reid called and suggested Bullock appoint Walsh as Baucus' successor.

Source: The Missoulian: AdWatch on 2014 Montana Senate race Mar 19, 2014

John Walsh: AdWatch: "Where's Walsh-o" website: "Walsh is hard to find"

John Walsh is coming under attack by national Republican groups. The National Republican Senatorial Committee went up with a website titled "Where's Walsh-o" that's critical of the new senator. And American Crossroads, the pro-GOP independent super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, plans to welcome Walsh into the Senate with an attack ad that's set to run back in Montana.

"John Walsh is Hard to Find These Days..." says the NRSC's website, which goes onto claim "That's because he doesn't like to answer questions about his disastrous record, his ability to lead, and a management record dominated by a culture of poor morale, inappropriate relationships and horrific personnel problems."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was quick to defend Walsh and criticize the NRSC. "Only a Washington insider like Steve Daines would call on his NRSC handlers to smear John Walsh's distinguished 33-year record of service leading the Montana National Guard," said the DSCC press secretary.

Source: CNN AdWatch on 2014 Montana Senate race Feb 11, 2014

John Walsh: Appointed to Senate while running in Senate primary

Win or lose in November, Democratic Lt. Gov. John Walsh will be the next senator from Montana. Gov. Steve Bullock appointed his former running mate to fill the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who is leaving the Senate early after being confirmed as ambassador to China.

Walsh was already running for the seat, but he'll now run as the incumbent senator. That change could provide some inherent advantages in his quest to hold one of the party's most vulnerable seats. "I wanted to appoint someone who I truly believed would wake up each and every day wanting to put Montana and Montanans first," Bullock said in a news conference to announce the appointment.

National Democrats recruited Walsh to run after former Gov. Brian Schweitzer took a pass on the race. The open seat is a top target of national Republicans, who landed a top-tier candidate in Rep. Steve Daines. Two other Democrats, former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger and rancher Dirk Adams, are also seeking the nomination.

Source: Rollcall.com on 2014 Montana Senate race Feb 7, 2014

John Walsh: AdWatch: "Big Sky buyoff" to appoint Walsh to Senate early

The expectation that outgoing Sen. Max Baucus will be named ambassador to China has raised the likelihood that the leading Democratic candidate for his Montana Senate seat will be appointed to the post nearly a year before the election.

Under Montana law, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock can appoint whomever he wants to fill the Senate seat until the next election. National Democratic sources expect that appointment to be Walsh, who polls show has been trailing Republican candidate Steve Daines.

Democrats argue that appointing Walsh to the Senate seat nearly a year before the election would give him a leg up against Daines. Republicans, meanwhile, have begun painting Walsh as a D.C. insider, calling him Senate Majority Leader "Harry Reid and Barack Obama's handpicked US senator." They also have blasted the news of his potential appointment as Washington backroom dealing, dubbing it the "big sky buyoff"--an approach that could ultimately hurt Walsh, who's been running as a Beltway outsider.

Source: Politico.com AdWatch on 2014 Montana Senate race Dec 19, 2013

Brian Schweitzer: Considered Senate run; now supports both Dem. candidates

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who plucked Bohlinger from the ranks of moderate Republican state senators to be his running mate in 2004, may be Bohlinger's closest ally after eight years as a team.

But the ex-governor--whose shadow has hung over the Senate race since Baucus announced his retirement, and who nearly pulled the trigger on a bid himself before declining this summer--is adamant that he's staying not picking sides, despite professed admiration for Bohlinger.

Walsh was also a member of Schweitzer's government, though not in an elected role: Schweitzer picked Walsh to head the state's National Guard. "I want to make sure it's known: I think the world of both, I selected them both" for their old jobs, Schweitzer said. "I'll probably be a large donor to both of them," he added.

Schweitzer said, "If the primary were held today, Bohlinger would win 2-to-1 over Walsh. But the election isn't right now, and the Democratic Senate machine in Washington has their sights set on John Walsh."

Source: National Journal on 2014 Montana Senate debate Nov 12, 2013

John Bohlinger: An outsider supported by the people & not the establishment

Bohlinger is spending his early days as a candidate advancing an outsider case against Walsh, criticizing the DSCC and other forces for meddling in local politics by anointing his replacement. "I think it's inappropriate for the DSCC or the paid staff of the Montana Democratic Party to involve themselves in primaries," Bohlinger said. "I think the people of Montana should make the choice, not political operatives."

But outsiders still need supporters. Walsh has put together a team of campaign staffers and supporters that include both sitting Montana senators. Asked specifically who is supporting him, Bohlinger replied: "It's the people of Montana."

There is one answer to that question that some deem obvious. Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer may be Bohlinger's closest ally in state politics after eight years as a team. Bohlinger says that Schweitzer gave him their old campaign donor lists and "pledged me a nice contribution" for his Senate run [but Schweitzer will not publicly endorse].

Source: National Journal on 2014 Montana Senate debate Nov 12, 2013

John Bohlinger: Elected as Republican; then ran on Democrat governor ticket

Bohlinger, a former Republican state representative from Billings, ran twice on the Democratic ticket with gubernatorial candidate and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, in 2004 and 2008. The duo twice won election, with Bohlinger serving as lieutenant governor under Schweitzer from 2005-2012.

Bohlinger has said for several months he was considering entering the US Senate race as a Democrat, and that he felt he would be the best candidate to defeat Daines, the likely Republican nominee.

"I believe it's important not only for Montana but for our country that we maintain a Democratic majority in the US Senate," he told the Gazette State Bureau earlier this fall. "Because of my statewide name recognition, I think I can win in November 2014. We need to nominate someone who can win in November."

Source: Billings Gazette coverage of 2014 Montana Senate debates Nov 5, 2013

Steve Bullock: I teach my kids the same Montana values I was taught

Born in Missoula and raised in Helena, Steve Bullock believes that the leaders we elect and the decisions we make today will define the Montana that we live in now, and the Montana we pass on to our kids and grandkids.

Steve and his wife Lisa are raising their three kids in the same community they grew up in and teaching them the same values they were taught: to work hard, play by the rules and get the kind of education and job that will allow them to raise their families here, too.

Source: Montana Governor campaign 2012 website, www.stevebullock.com Nov 6, 2012

Jon Tester: Premature to call for impeachment proceedings against Bush

Q: Do you believe that Pres. Bush has committed impeachable offenses?

TESTER: I think itís a bit premature to say that there should be impeachment proceedings against Pres. Bush. I do think there will be public hearings, and I think thatís critically important. If impeachable offenses are found, then so be it. I think we need to focus on the issues I hear about from the people of this great state. Weíve got a system thatís broken right now, and needs to be fixed, and it needs some leadership back in Washington DC. The current cast isnít getting it done.

JONES: Yes, Pres. Bush has committed many impeachable offenses. He has issued executive orders that have the force and effect of law, when he has no constitutional authority to issue laws. Pres. Bush pushed the Patriot Act and other bills that have been just as threatening to our freedom. This man has to be impeached in order to preserve our freedoms. We have to impeach this man to let these people know they cannot do that to our freedoms.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

Stan Jones: Bush has committed many impeachable offenses

Q: Do you believe that Pres. Bush has committed impeachable offenses?

TESTER: I think itís a bit premature to say that there should be impeachment proceedings against Pres. Bush. I do think there will be public hearings, and I think thatís critically important. If impeachable offenses are found, then so be it. I think we need to focus on the issues I hear about from the people of this great state. Weíve got a system thatís broken right now, and needs to be fixed, and it needs some leadership back in Washington DC. The current cast isnít getting it done.

JONES: Yes, Pres. Bush has committed many impeachable offenses. He has issued executive orders that have the force and effect of law, when he has no constitutional authority to issue laws. Pres. Bush pushed the Patriot Act and other bills that have been just as threatening to our freedom. This man has to be impeached in order to preserve our freedoms. We have to impeach this man to let these people know they cannot do that to our freedoms.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU (x-ref Tester) Oct 9, 2006

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