American Government: Current Events

I remember back to one of my favorite classes in college, “American Government.” It was a weekly class that met on Wednesday nights for three hours at a time. My political science professor would use the first 15-30 minutes of each class to have a discussion about current events. We were free to discuss all the issues: abortion, religion, war, freedom of the press, etc. The professor would keep the discussion moving by asking questions. He always remained neutral. I never did figure out which way he leaned politically, which I admire about him to this day.

This is a pretty good time for students of all ages to be studying American Government – let’s hope that government teachers/professors take some time to teach about current government events happening in Montana and in Washington, D.C.

It’s also a good time to be a lawyer – especially if you specialize in constitutional law.

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Caught My Eye – buckle up – turbulence ahead!

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 maybe both.

Today I write about immigration, same-sex marriage, Powder River Training Complex, Don Lemon reporting, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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It’s Keystone Tuesday!

Note: This column is not about Keystone beer, but you can drink Keystone beer today if you wish.

Wowser! With the 2014 election just two weeks old, Congress is moving at breakneck speed! Is this great or what? Republicans will probably try to take credit for it, although they don’t actually take over the Senate until January.

Can a bill on immigration be far behind?

OK, that’s a stretch…

The U.S. House voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday by a vote of 252-161. Montana’s lone Congressman, Steve Daines, voted for it.

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word – are you ready for your free dose of knowledge?

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about Fox News & Bin Laden, Taylor Swift, CNN, Keystone XL pipeline, unemployment, Democratic Party, sinkholes, statements from Montana politicians, GOP 2015 Calendar, U.S. Senate, YouTube, President Barack Obama, earthquake, first female president of the Montana Senate, the circus is coming, and a whole lot more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word. Your free dose of knowledge is ready!

“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 spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about votes cast, unemployment, Cascade County attorney, Arkansas congressional delegation, cellphone violation, women in the next congress, repealing Obamacare, voter turnout, U.S. House, Glenn Frey, “compromising and getting things done,” a new digital news channel, close contests, vacancy in office of United States senator, price of gas, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Political Potpourri

We are eight days from Election Day 2014 – is this freaking exciting or what?

Today I write about Mailergate, new ads from John Lewis and Ryan Zinke, VanDyke’s colleague, DSCC chair, and much more!

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Campaign 2014: Fundraising Frenzy

Fundraising is very, very time-consuming. – Arlen Specter

With just about 44 days until Election Day 2014, the political parties are desperately trying to raise money to help their candidates.

The Republicans have a good chance to take control of the senate, but it will be very close and come down to just a few races – so both sides are trying to raise funds to get their message out. Some people predict the senate will fall into Republican hands after this election and then go back to Democrat control after the 2016 election.

Since I subscribe to receive updates via e-mail from different groups within the Democratic and Republican parties, I thought I would share some of the subject lines from their fundraising e-mails. Enjoy.

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