Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to Friday!  If this is your first time visiting The Western Word and reading “Caught My Eye,” welcome!

Caught My Eye is posted every Friday morning right here!  In this column I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week – often with a touch of sarcasm thrown in.

Be Advised:  Everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about health care, the Rocky Mountain Front, drinking buddies, lending a hand, BRAC, bounty hearing, University of Montana, opposition research, Etch A  Sketch, plus I peek inside my political inbox and share some of the best e-mails from the week!

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Monday Morning Politics

It’s Monday and it’s snowing – but spring is almost here (my glass is half-full)!  Monday Morning Politics was posted just a little late this morning, as I was busy scooping snow.  In case this is your first time stopping by, this is the column where I take a look at some of the political news from the past weekend and put it in one place for all to see.  I also add my personal commentary!

Today I take a look at Libertarians and Montana, a Romney fundraiser, a dream candidate, flunking transparency, candidates and battle lines, Sweet Home Alabama, raising $45 million, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

So long February – hello March!

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” and if you are new around here this is the column where I take a look at some of the numbers in the news and provide commentary with them – with nothing being off limits.

Disclaimer:  When you read this column you will find yourself armed with more knowledge – knowledge that you can use to impress your family, friends and co-workers!  It’s been known to change lives…

Today I look at Yellowstone National Park, wolves, a bad joke, I thank the President, Opie, Rocky, unemployment, Bieber, dry cleaners, Tweeting, more Tweeting, and much more… Continue reading

Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the latest edition of “Thursday Numbers” where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide commentary with them – with nothing being off limits.

By reading this column, you may just find yourself armed with more knowledge that you can use to impress your family, friends and co-workers!  It’s been known to change lives…

Today I look at the numbers dealing with redistricting, balancing a budget, comic books, unemployment, Mount Suribachi, taxes, posing nude, concerts, U.S. House candidates, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, and much much more!

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Presidential Politics

Almost every week someone asks me (or gives me their opinion) about the GOP Presidential race and if they don’t ask about the GOP Presidential race, they will ask my thoughts on the Denny Rehberg and Jon Tester race.

Since I write a lot about Rehberg/Tester, today I will share a few thoughts on the Presidential race and touch a little on Washington politics.

Many folks who lean to the right are not that excited about the candidates left in the GOP Presidential field (Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul).  That lack of excitement is great news for Barack Obama and his campaign team.

Although it’s a long way to November 2012, it seems to me that Barack Obama now has a better than average chance of winning a second term.  Those chances looked pretty slim just a few months ago. Continue reading

Politics 2012: Wednesday Potpourri

The Western Word is a great place to stop by to read independent commentary about politics, sports, the media, and current events – so thanks for visiting!

There have been a lot of political happenings across the country these last few days, so today I picked a few of them to write about.  Read on to hear about Santorum’s big wins, a Veterans’ Job Caucus, the Congressional Gold Medal, running mates, big fines, license plates, letter to the editor rules, some endorsements, and much more!

Oh…and there’s some commentary to go along with it.

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Thursday Numbers

So you made it to Thursday –Congrats! Just one more day and you’ve made it to the weekend!

The “Thursday Numbers” column is where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide some commentary with them.

Pssst…You can also use this information to amaze and dazzle your friends, family, and co-workers.

Today I take a look at counting in Iowa, Keystone and Keith Stone, unemployment, Dolly, Newt and Marianne, Tester and Bain, Biden and the Giants, a contested senate GOP primary, the final four of football, and much more – so read on! Be sure to share with your friends and family!

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Politics 2012: Free Speech and Remotes

There’s too much money in politics, period.  You can ask people in Iowa about that.  New Hampshire – this is your week to feel the wrath of unlimited “Super PAC” spending.  South Carolina – get ready – it’s building up and heading your way like a tsunami.

Even out here in “Big Sky” country, we’re about to see spending on elections go through the ceiling as we get closer to November 2012.  By the way, candidate filing for the 2012 elections in Montana opens next Thursday (January 12).

It’s free speech.  We can’t stop it, but we can mute the TV.  Continue reading

Thursday Numbers

Thanks for dropping by – we just about have another year under our belts – Congratulations!  Did you actually believe you would be around this long?

If you are new to Thursday Numbers, this is where I take a look at the numbers behind the news and provide some commentary with them – sometimes I add a little sarcasm.

Be aware:  This information can be used to amaze your friends, family, and co-workers – and you may even be cooler to them after sharing this information!

Today I add some Iowa Caucus flavor to Thursday Numbers.  I also write about bowl games, the Conservation Reserve Program, vacations, room rates, Jack Abramoff, a recall, an old monkey, a crocodile, and much more!

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CNN Presidential Debate

The GOP Presidential candidates invaded Las Vegas Tuesday to participate in the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate.  Anderson Cooper was the moderator.

Headlines today range from “Candidates come out Swinging” to “Sparks fly at GOP event” to “GOP Front-Runners Catch Heat” to “Republican rivals get rough in Las Vegas debate.”  They are all true.

It was nasty.  It was contentious.  Some observers are wondering if the GOP will be able to unite after the primary is over.  Let’s take a look at it! Continue reading