Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the Big Show – which is also called “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 wrap-up, media access for bloggers, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2015 & Ryan Zinke, Baucus speaking, thugs, Keeping the Bastards Honest, and much more so buckle up!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers…for April! By the way, where did April go?

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 the Montana Legislature, the Chippewa Cree Tribe, unemployment, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, Malmstrom’s RED HORSE squadron & the Montana Congressional delegation, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Truman Dinner, the NFL Draft, judicial candidates & campaign contributions, and the Box Score for the Orioles/White Sox game.

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MT Legislature: That’s a Wrap

Back in January at the start of the Montana legislature I wrote:

Many people head to Helena with the best intentions, but for some reason they end up drinking out of a “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hall in the capitol. Many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana.

Wait and see…

Yes – it happened!

By now you’ve seen the spin being spewed by both sides and their supporters after the end of the 2015 Montana Legislature. Read on to get an independent view!

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Caught My Eye…

Hello Friday!

Disclaimer: Discontinue reading if nausea or dizziness occurs.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted 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. Sometimes I throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I provide valuable independent commentary about coal & copying, Commissioner of Political Practices, Secure Rural Schools, getting tased, the worst jobs of 2015, Britt McHenry & the tow company, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. – Benjamin Franklin

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 Obama & Bullock’s taxes, unemployment, the Republican National Committee, the Tax Code, the school board election, AmeriCorps, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, The Western Word’s Facebook page, Jon Tester & his sidekick, a talking horse, the Flathead Water Compact & amendments, the United States Air Force, Aaron Hernandez, Atlanta public school educators, a math problem, and much more!

Your weekly dose of knowledge awaits…

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MT Politics 2016: Greg vs. Steve?

That title sounds like two all-American guys battling it out – and it may happen!

The National Journal recently reported that Republican businessman Greg Gianforte is laying the groundwork to challenge Democratic Governor Steve Bullock in 2016. If you follow me on Twitter (@TheWesternWord), you would have been one of the first to see the approximately one-thousand-word story.

If the “Greg vs. Steve” contest happens, National Journal contends that Gianforte may be the “wealthiest candidate in Montana history.”

While I don’t know if the “wealthiest candidate” part is true or not, if the reporting from National Journal is to be believed Gianforte may just be the most conservative candidate Montana has seen in a long time. Gianforte may even be the extreme version of Steve Daines.

With the help of blogs and stories like the one in National Review, Gianforte’s views are getting better known across the state, so he may need to personally spend millions of dollars just to keep the needle off the extreme side of the dial.

What worries the Montana Democrats and Bullock is that Gianforte has the wealth to spend in order to move that dial while relentlessly attacking Bullock.

If this contest happens, it will be fun to watch.

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