Cascade County Attorney John Parker: Step Aside

Robynn Dunn is the widow of Cascade County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn, who was killed in the line of duty in August. According to a story in the Great Falls Tribune, she wants someone other than Cascade County Attorney John Parker to prosecute the case.

Parker should honor Robynn Dunn’s request, immediately.

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Campaign 2014: Wheat & VanDyke

If you have not received a glossy mailer from groups promoting Mike Wheat and/or Lawrence VanDyke for Montana Supreme Court, you’re lucky.

Along with the Montana’s U.S. House race, the race for Supreme Court Justice #2 may be one of the more interesting races in 2014.

The “Non-Partisan” Montana Supreme Court justices are elected for eight-year terms, so whoever wins the race will be there almost until the cows come home.

Here at The Western Word, I like to make things pretty easy for the voters, and deciding for whom to vote in this race is really pretty easy – so read on…

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of September.

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

Today I write about the dam sale, Bullock, Beach & clemency, Bob & Maureen McDonnell, Congress returns, Joan Rivers, TWW on Facebook, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Why? (Part II)

One week ago after Cascade County (MT) Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn was killed in the line of duty during a high-speed chase, we found out that the suspect, Adam Sanchez Jr., had a very long criminal history.

Last Monday, I asked this question:

After reading about Sanchez’s long criminal history from several different sources, I was left wondering why Sanchez was even free to roam our streets. After reading some on-line comments, it appears I am not the only one wondering.

On Saturday and Sunday the Great Falls Tribune did follow-up stories asking basically the same question. You should read these stories HERE and HERE.

What I discovered from the Tribune’s reporting through these Saturday and Sunday stories is that the Cascade County Attorney’s office and a State District Court Judge basically dropped the ball by allowing Sanchez to be freed.

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Ferguson

I was born in northern Missouri (a few hundred miles from Ferguson) and although I have not lived in Missouri for over 25 years, it troubles me to see what has been happening in Ferguson since the fatal police shooting of 18 year-old Michael Brown.

I have learned a few things since the shooting. Overall the aftermath has been a mess on many fronts, although last night it seemed to get a little better.

Here are some observations.

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Why?

Last Thursday, Cascade County (MT) Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Dunn was killed in the line of duty during a high-speed chase.

Adam Sanchez Jr. is accused of killing Deputy Dunn. He is in custody, and his bond is set at $2 million dollars according to an article in today’s (Monday) Great Falls Tribune.

After reading about Sanchez’s long criminal history from several different sources, I was left wondering why Sanchez was even free to roam our streets. After reading some on-line comments, it appears I am not the only one wondering.

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Montana Politics 2014: Judges

Be advised that today (July 23, 2014) is National Hot Dog Day – so throw down a couple dogs today in celebration!

In my mind judges and the term “hot dog” seem to go together. That is a good thing because judges are in the spotlight today at The Western Word. Today I write about Lawrence VanDyke who wants to be a judge and current judge G. Todd Baugh who, in my opinion, should not be a judge any longer.

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