The Lee Enterprises newspapers in Montana follows up on our Sunday report about Gov. Brian Schweitzer reprising a 2008 controversy by speaking to the American Association for Justice, "Schweitzer scheduled to address national trial lawyers' group in Hawaii." The governor's spokewoman, Sarah Elliot, says the AAJ will pay Schweitzer's air fare and he plans to talk about "Montana's energy development and our fiscal accountability and remind them that we were one of two states still in the black."
One wonders if the legal crowd is that interested in the Bakken Formation, the source of tremendous oil revenues for the state, but it's a good topic.
The other speaker at the AAJ PAC's Town Hall is Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), who plans to resign from the House on Feb. 28 to run for governor. Using key votes as measured by the National Association of Manufacturers -- my employer -- we find Abercrombie going zero for 22 on legal reform measures, voting every time between 1998 and 2009 against class action reform, constraints on punitive damages, statutes of repose and medical liability limits.