Terrific News Tuesday

Welcome to September – it’s a new month and we get to start over!

There’s no better way to start off a new month than with another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

There’s no complaining or criticizing today – just some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Ballots in the Mail
  • Montana’s Labor Day Report
  • Air Quality
  • 50 is the new 42
  • A Lucky Man

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MT Gov 2016: Attack…Attack…

Just as most people believed, Republican Greg Gianforte is inching closer to running for Montana Governor.

Gianforte has not officially announced anything, but the Associated Press reported that he filed a candidate statement on Monday with the Commissioner of Political Practices for an exploratory campaign. It is not a declaration of candidacy, but the filing will allow Gianforte to start raising money.

Gianforte filing paperwork made me wonder about two things. First, I wonder if his children will donate to his campaign. Second, for someone as rich as Gianforte, I wonder if being the Governor of Montana would be a lot like having a minimum wage job.

Overall I did not see that much excitement about this step for Gianforte, but the Montana Democrats seem to be very worried about him becoming a candidate. Very worried.

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Caught My Eye…

We do not remember days, we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese

Welcome to Friday and the big show I like to call “Caught My Eye!” Can you believe this is the last day of July? Many of us are running out of Julys…

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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include the Federal Highway bill, the Montana GOP and Dark Money, Veterans, Senate Appropriations Committee and the OPM data breach, the Cincinnati Shooting and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 Donald Trump, Kansas City Chiefs, unemployment, Montana No Kid Hungry campaign, Hillary Clinton, Blue Angels, RED HORSE, cellphone ban, Montana disaster areas, worst states to make a living, U.S. Supreme Court approval rating, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 campaign fundraising, George W. Bush & veterans, U.S. Army cuts, 40th Helicopter Squadron, unemployment, fundraiser for Bullock, music, U.S. Marines, electricity rate increase, fatal automotive accidents & Montana, and much more…

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Caught My Eye…

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. – Herbert Hoover

It’s Friday and the day before Independence Day – so there’s probably not much of an appetite for blog reading – but here I am cranking out another edition of “Caught My Eye” so thanks for stopping by!

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 snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today’s topics include Montana autopsies, 125 errors, Americans for Prosperity – Montana, U.S. Air Force and volunteering, Donald Trump, and much more!

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Campaign 2016: Fundraising

Welcome to July! While many of us are thinking about the Independence Day holiday this weekend, those in the political world were thinking about the end of the second quarter fundraising.

Last night (June 30) at midnight was the deadline. Some groups and politicians wanted those of us on their email lists to believe it was the end of the world and they needed a few of our dollars to help their campaigns survive.

Here are some of my favorite fundraising emails:

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