MT Legislature: Sore Losers

It’s almost over. The 64th session of the Montana Legislature may end today. I’m going to miss it! Now seems to be the perfect time for the Republicans to start complaining about being on the losing side of some important bills in the Montana Legislature.

On Saturday the Great Falls Tribune published part of one of my columns, giving it the title of “Quote of the Week.” In the column I wrote, “The circus in Helena is coming to an end, and by most accounts the majority party has not done too well.”

Now some of those from the majority party are writing guest opinion pieces and complaining. I happened to catch a guest opinion in the Billings Gazette from State Rep. Sarah Laszloffy which was written in collaboration with Rep. Seth Berglee, R-Joliet, Rep. Forrest Mandeville, R-Columbus; Rep. Nick Schwaderer, R-Superior; and Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, R-Billings. The column has been making its way around the state this past week.

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The Sunday Message

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28 (NIV)

“I would sit in church and always wonder, ‘In God’s eyes, how does he see me?’”

“Maybe this is my cause in life.” “This is why God put me on this earth…to deal with this issue.” -Bruce Jenner

There were around 17 million people watching Diane Sawyer interview Bruce Jenner about coming out as transgender. (Source)

I actually applaud Jenner for telling his story – people need to understand this issue better (I know I do). Jenner said, “We’re going to make a difference in the world with what we’re doing…” That is a good thing because it may make someone understand transgender people better. Maybe it will keep the haters from hating so much.

One of the more interesting things to come out of the interview was Jenner basically saying he was a Republican and a Christian. (Source) I’m not sure how Republicans will feel about Jenner identifying with them, but I’m sure there will be those who say that Jenner can never be a Christian because of what he’s doing.

I know it’s hard, but we need to try not to judge those who are different from us.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 (NIV)

Pray and read your Bible – it will help you have a better week!

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Caught My Eye…

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.   – Winston Churchill

Welcome to the Big Show – “Caught My Eye!”

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.

Today I provide independent commentary about the Montana Legislature, Loretta Lynch & the Montana delegation, Adam Sanchez, Jr., & Cascade County, former Judge G. Todd Baugh, former General David Petraeus, and Barry Bonds. Plus, we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. – Albert Einstein

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 heroin use, country music, unemployment, eating steaks, Willie’s Reserve, Total Clout Index, Cascade County & Gonorrhea, Krakauer’s new book, MSNBC & taxes, utility bill increases, and the NFL’s first regular season game is scheduled!

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Great Falls: School Trustee Election

Happy Earth Day – take care of it!

I vote in every election. I don’t remember the last time I did not vote – it was probably when I was in the military and my ballot did not make it to me in time. I believe that the voting process for military members and their dependents has improved some since then.

I received my “Official School Election Ballot” in the mail yesterday. I must admit, I am always a little excited when my ballot arrives. That’s my chance to have my say, and my vote counts the same as every other voter.

It’s been reported that only one name will appear on the ballot for School Trustee. The reports are correct – in the 2015 School Trustee Election the only name that appears on the ballot is Bob Moretti.

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Politics 2016: “Also, the family respectfully asks…”

I don’t personally know him, but from reading his obituary it seems that Larry Upright lived a pretty wonderful life in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He had a “beloved” wife, children, and grandchildren. He had a career in the Building Automation Industry. He was retired and an “avid golfer.” He was a member of The Club at Irish Creek. He was a Freemason and a Shriner.

Upright died last week at the age of 81.

After the normal stuff we often read in obituary like the date and time for the service, where to make donations in lieu of flowers, the family added this sentence:

Also, the family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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