Actually Daines voted with Nancy Pelosi to end the shutdown, increasing spending, and increasing government. That vote also increased our national debt. Daines wants to increase government like most folks who serve in Washington.
The Republicans just want to eliminate the competition. And had Rick Hill become governor you can be assured that SB 408 (LR 127) wouldn't have been pushed to the ballot for the voters to decide. SB 408 and SB 405 (ending same day registration) would have been sign into law. That's where the Republicans are upset with Libertarians because they held the balance of power in the governor's race. Of course Rick Hill had to run on his record which was brought out during the primary.
Daines would have voted for the budget bill but he's looking out for his Senate bid and making sure his votes will hold up next year when he has to explain them to the voters. Voters aren't looking for another big government conservative in Washington DC.
There are three states that have used a top-two primary, California (starting in 2011), Washington (starting in 2008), and Louisiana (starting in 1975 for state office and 1978 for congress, although it wasn't used in 2008 and 2010 for congress). There have been 85 instances in which a minor party member ran for federal or state office in a top-two election, and in which there were at least two major party candidates running. In all 85 cases, the minor party candidate did not place first or second and could not run in the general election. Mike Fellows is right; top-two is a method to smother minor parties.
Mr Daines has self-identified and acts as a member of the so-called "tea party caucus." As such, he voted nearly four dozen times to deny health insurance coverage to thousands of Montana citizens. He voted to shut down the government, thus costing taxpayers an unnecessary 24 BILLION dollars. Montana taxpayers are on the hook for a share of that. Then he voted against re-opening government operations so that wasted expenditure would keep piling up.
Mr Daines keeps mouthing platitudes about listening and serving Montana citizens, but I haven't seen even one instance of that. Instead, he has voted consistently in the House to serve the interests of far-right extremists at the expense of the people who elected him.
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