Caught My Eye…

It is FRIDAY!  Once again we’ve made it to another glorious weekend.  Congratulations!  With the temperatures hitting about 33 degrees last night here at my place in Montana, it’s time to get the yards and the gardens ready for that long winter’s nap.  Yuck.

If this is your first time visiting, this Friday column called “Caught My Eye” is designed to help you make it through another Friday – and let you hit the weekend with a smile on your face and armed with knowledge!  This is the 65th straight week of Caught My Eye!

In this week’s edition of Caught My Eye, I write about fundraising, new candidates, the right stuff, a cartoon, I let you see inside my political inbox, I write about a bartender, and much more!

Money…It’s a gas

If you are a supporter or member of the Rehberg team, you can’t be too happy with the Associated Press headline, “Tester again raises more than Rehberg.”

Tester was so happy that he sent an e-mail Thursday afternoon touting his over one million dollar haul during the third quarter of this year.

Soon we should see e-mails or hear accusations about accepting lobbyist cash.  Maybe we’ll hear of someone hiring a new finance director, too.

Go Chuck:

On this date in 1947 (according to the Associated Press), “Air Force test pilot Charles E. Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier when he flew the experimental Bell X-1 rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base in California.”

One of my favorite movies is “The Right Stuff.”

Johnson is running:

Former Secretary of State Brad Johnson announced he was running for that office.  I received an e-mail from him on Thursday morning.   I could not find his campaign website, but when I do I will pass it on.

In 2008, Johnson lost to Linda McCulloch by 5,305 votes.  A Constitution Party candidate received 11,722 votes in the race.

Johnson does have name recognition in the Republican Party. 

Lynch is running:

Thursday evening KRTV posted a story reporting that “Former Montana Department of Transportation Director Jim Lynch is running for Governor in 2012.”

He worked for Democrat Governor Brian Schweitzer, but he’s running for Governor as a Republican.  Here’s his website.

This is intriguing…

Cartoon of the week:

John Darkow is the editorial cartoonist for the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune.  Here is one of my favorites so far in the 2012 election season – CLICK HERE to smile.

Hunt You Down:

According to this story from NPR, “…bartender Victoria Liss really didn’t like it when a customer named Andrew Meyer left no tip and wrote on the credit card receipt that “P.S. You culd [sic] stand to looze [sic] a few pounds.”

So she decided to find him.  “So Liss went on her Facebook page and posted not only a photo of the offensive receipt, but also a photo of a guy who she thought was the Andrew Meyer who insulted her.  Her account went viral.  But she had the wrong guy.”

Free drinks?

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My Political Inbox:

Just about every week I share some of the political e-mails I receive and sometimes poke a little fun at them.  This week is no different.  Enjoy!

- Brock Lowrance, from the Rick Hill for Governor Campaign, sent an e-mail with the subject “Release: Rick Hill Pens Letter of Support for Keystone XL Project.”

There actually was a letter attached to the e-mail from Rick Hill supporting the Keystone XL Project – but it was typed…

-The Jeff Essmann for Governor Campaign, with the contact being Dustin Frost, sent an e-mail with the (very long) subject, “Majority Leader Essmann asks MDT to postpone Lincoln recreational vehicle & parade decisions.”

Essmann received some coverage for his letter from the Helena newspaper so it was well-worth his time and effort – you never know how those votes will help you down the road in the 15-person GOP primary. Also, in my humble opinion the Montana DOT should not screw with Lincoln, Montana…

Jim Messina, who is the Campaign Manager of Obama for America, sent an e-mail with the subject, “Each senator has a choice” writing, “The U.S. Senate is supposed to vote on the American Jobs Act as early as tonight.  It’s a bill that will put people to work immediately, and it contains proposals that members of both parties have said in the past that they’d support.”

I guess Democratic Senator Jon Tester did not receive this e-mail (Tester voted against the President’s bill). 

Crystal King, who is the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Political Director, sent an e-mail with the subject “scary” writing “We told you last week about Republican efforts to suppress the vote nationwide that could prevent 5 MILLION Americans from voting. According to the New York Times, the voter fraud Republicans say they’re preventing simply isn’t an issue.”

According to the New York Times…well then it must be true…

MLK:

On this date in 1964 (according to the Associated Press), “Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.”

A great man – I love reading his speeches.

Good Penmanship:

Remember when your mother told you to write neatly?  Yeah, I wish I would have listened, too.  In this story, a man was arrested after the bank teller could not read his robbery note.  The bank teller told him to rewrite it.

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