Fern Hamlin

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Schweitzer rekindles GOP hopes

Former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s surprise announcement Saturday that he won’t run for Senate in Montana imperils Democrats’ chances of holding the seat and could further narrow an ever-shrinking 2014 Senate map.<p>Already, Republicans are favored to win two seats left vacant by Democratic …

Obama makes economic case for US immigration reform

Barack Obama touted the economic case for immigration reform on Saturday, suggesting that it would help trim the deficit and boost job creation. In …

Zimmerman saga was all about race

Let’s get real<p>Because it happened in America, the trial of George Zimmerman for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin was all about race. And because it happened in America, the people who benefit politically from the same invidious forces that led both to Trayvon Martin’s killing, and the acquittal …

A Bipartisan Duo Takes Tax Pitch On The Road

Congress is setting up for a showdown this fall on the budget, the debt ceiling and possibly immigration.<p>But another item on the agenda hasn't been getting as much attention: changing tax policy. The chairmen of the two tax-writing committees have been working for years, holding hearings, releasing …