Welcome to February and another edition of “Caught My Eye!”
If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.
Today I write about Same-Day voter registration, Stronger Montana Fund, Max Baucus, Hilltop Public Solutions, Chuck Hagel, Jobs, a Pep talk, Conservative states, and much more!
Same-Day Voter Registration:
According to the Associated Press, Montana “House Republicans advanced a plan Thursday to end same-day voter registration that critics blame for long lines on Election Day, but supporters argue improves access to the voting booth.”
I don’t like “same-day” voter registration because it rewards the laziness of the voter for not taking initiative and getting registered. It’s a lesson their parents should have taught them.
This bill (if it makes it to his desk) won’t be signed by the Governor, so they should compromise by providing funding to hire more workers in some of the higher-populated counties across the state to better handle the lines of people wanting to register and vote on Election Day.
Max Baucus/Stronger Montana Fund:
I don’t know if I’ve recovered from the onslaught of 2012 ads just yet…
Max Baucus/Pharmaceutical Companies:
The Associated Press has the story about Baucus “responding to critics who argue that a provision in this month’s fiscal cliff deal favored pharmaceutical companies at the expense of taxpayers.” You can read the story HERE.
The story is about pharmaceutical companies being favored in a bill and that they hired former senate staffers as lobbyists. Imagine that…
Murphy has been working for U.S. Senator Jon Tester for several years and he recently took a new job with Hilltop Public Solutions. A couple headlines about his new job caught my attention: “Fmr. Tester Staffer Heads to Pro-Tester Consultancy” and “Tester Aide Joins Dark Money Group.”
I sense a little ill feeling in those headlines, don’t you? Best of luck to Aaron in his new job…
Chuck Hagel did not come across very well and it seemed he was not that prepared for his Secretary of Defense (SecDef) Nomination hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee. It was ugly and bitter. The former Republican senator took a lot of crap from former Republican colleagues John McCain and Lindsey Graham. McCain and Graham were pretty hypocritical.
Ironically, McCain thought Hagel would make a good Secretary of Defense back in 2000. Ron Fournier of the National Journal says it best in his article, “If You Want a Friend in Washington…Don’t Call John McCain.”
During the Hagel hearing, besides finding out what we already knew (John McCain and Lindsey Graham can be jerks and that’s putting it nicely), we found out that the new Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, is even a bigger jerk and his questioning was pretty phony. Cruz has never served a day in the military and, although he received an Ivy League education, he apparently failed to learn how to show respect for veterans.
January Jobs Report:
The January Jobs report came out this morning and it showed “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.9 percent.”
This is not as good as I had hoped it would be…
In Honor of the Big Game:
If you’ve played the game of football, this speech hits home…
According to a new poll from Gallup, “Alabama, North Dakota, and Wyoming were the most conservative states in the union in 2012, with between 49% and 50% of residents in each identifying their ideology as conservative.”
Check out where your state ranks HERE and plan your relocation accordingly…
One More Thing:
Don’t forget to stretch…