Campaign 2016: Fundraising

Welcome to July! While many of us are thinking about the Independence Day holiday this weekend, those in the political world were thinking about the end of the second quarter fundraising.

Last night (June 30) at midnight was the deadline. Some groups and politicians wanted those of us on their email lists to believe it was the end of the world and they needed a few of our dollars to help their campaigns survive.

Here are some of my favorite fundraising emails:

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Monday’s Potpourri

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. – William J. Clinton

Hello Monday! It’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • New MT GOP Chairman
  • Fireworks
  • Presidential Candidates & Gay Marriage

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The Sunday Message

We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are chosen to be a part of His plan.Romans 8:28 (NLV)

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court issued their decision on the OBERGEFELL v. HODGES in which they ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in all states.

It was not long before some Christians and some Christian organizations were basically shouting that the sky was falling on Christianity. For example, the Family Research Council sent this email to their subscribers:

It is part of an unrelenting war on Christianity and the family by the Left, liberal media, ruling elites and especially the Obama administration. And now, because of the Court’s ruling, our religious freedom is more in danger than ever before.

I’m a Christian and I woke up on Saturday morning with the same freedoms I’ve always had. My sky did not fall. I was still able to pray out loud. I checked my church’s website and they are still having church services at the same time on Sunday.

God is still good folks.

Here is exactly what the U.S. Supreme Court said about religion in their OBERGEFELL v. HODGES decision:

Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons.

If you did not like same-sex marriage before the decision on Friday, you can still not like it on Saturday. That’s the First Amendment working for you and me.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.John 13:34 (NIV)

Have a great week!

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Caught My Eye…

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean

Hey it’s Friday, it’s hot outside, and it’s time for another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!” How cool is that?

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted here every Friday morning. This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both. Buckle up…

Today’s topics include Obamacare, Montana GOP Convention, Practicing Law, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Success is finding satisfaction in giving a little more than you take. – Christopher Reeve

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include PILT payments, donuts, unemployment, the audit, Robbie Knievel, “Hold my beer and watch this,” heat wave, the Augusta rodeo, James Taylor, Bobby Jindal, Tom Brady, and the University of Virginia Cavaliers. There’s a lot more so read on…

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