Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Friday and “Caught My Eye!”  Are you ready for this?

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 veterans’ reform bill and what Jon Tester and Steve Daines are doing/not doing about it. Then I take an in-depth look at Walsh and plagiarism, including my thoughts on how the New York Times got the story, Walsh’s foes and friends, Daines’ silence, and Walsh’s future. Plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

I think even Vice President Joe Biden would call today’s Caught My Eye “a big %^&$ deal” so read on…

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of valuable knowledge!

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve tried to find a source for everything used in this column just in case a New York Times reporter reviews it seven years from now…

“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 the New York Times & John Walsh, Social Security Administration, Hot Lotto, unemployment, a big bottle of catsup, executions, a big flagpole, Obama fundraisers, Vietnam memorial, my book, cattle & lightning, football, the drinking age, and National Tequila Day.

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MT Senate 2014: Plus 10

Mondays in the summer are not supposed to be too exciting, but with a new poll showing a dramatic change in Montana’s U.S. Senate race between Sen. John Walsh and Rep. Steve Daines, yesterday had to be pretty exciting for the Walsh campaign. That’s probably not the case in the Daines camp.

Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of a new Montana Senate poll yesterday morning showing Senator John Walsh has gained 10 points on Steve Daines since their last poll in November. Walsh now trails Daines by just seven points 46-39.

Some headlines told it this way:

Poll: Walsh closing on Daines in U.S. Senate raceThe Bozeman Daily Chronicle

New poll shows Montana U.S. Senate race tighteningKBZK Bozeman

Poll shows Montana’s U.S. Senate race is tighteningKXLH Helena

Here are some things that caught my attention in the latest poll.

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MT Senate 2014: The Make-Up Ad

Happy Monday! We’re in the dog days of summer and there’s no sign of letting up in the senate campaign ad wars between U.S. Senator John Walsh (D) and Congressman Steve Daines (R).

Except for a few diehards, most folks are not watching television that much – they are outside enjoying Montana. Most people will start getting interested in politics again after Labor Day.

That has not stopped the Walsh and Daines campaigns from rolling out new ads. Today I take a look a new ad from the Daines campaign called “Injustice.”

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly helping 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 veterans, Lewis & Zinke, Walsh & Daines, unemployment, unaccounted for military personnel, Affordable Care Act & Montana, pingpong balls, gay marriage, Hillary Clinton, cheerleading, Congressional approval ratings, drunk drivers, horse racing, and much more!

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Rep. Steve Daines: Montana’s Skies Are Closed

Since July 2008 I have been writing about the proposed Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) that would extend into southeastern Montana. The expanded training area would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. Of course other planes from other bases could use the area, too. It would expand to about 28,000 square miles from the current 8,300 square miles.

I have supported the expansion from the beginning.

Unfortunately, the Montana congressional delegation has not supported the expansion for trivial reasons. Who knows, maybe some big donors live in the area and this is their ultimate reason for not supporting the expansion.

Since 2008, elected officials in Montana have basically told anyone and everyone that Montana’s skies are closed. Their backward thinking may have even caused the Montana Air National Guard to lose their jet fighter mission – plus hurt the chances of Malmstrom AFB (near Great Falls) from ever getting another flying mission – or getting an aerospace contractor to relocate to Montana to use Malmstrom’s closed runway.

The Associated Press yesterday reported that freshman Congressman Steve Daines has “asked the Air Force to remove from its plans a vast swath of airspace above southeast Montana, northwest South Dakota and southwest North Dakota.”

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to another almost award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!”

NOTICE: 7-Eleven is giving away free Slurpees today so plan your day accordingly – maybe plan for two days if you live in Montana and want to drive to a 7-Eleven.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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 Todd Akin & Steve Daines, Great Falls Airport & Frontier, weeds & grass, help Ralph Spiller, a Gallup poll, Selective Service, birthdays, and there’s a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly serving 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 fundraising, unemployment, Bieber, Rimrock Auto Group, Initiative 174, Andrew Tahmooressi, Mötley Crüe, Arlo Guthrie, Wyoming, Hobby Lobby legislation, Malmstrom AFB nuke officers, drunk driving, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

For some reason, Tuesday was a big day in the Montana political world. Today I write about talking dams to death, Walsh fundraising, Lewis’ C.L.E.A.N. Platform, Zinke is a Young Gun, Wittich loses round one, and a wolf safety zone.

Of course, I provide my independent commentary about each!

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MT Senate 2014: Bring on the Seniors!

These are the lazy days of summer when people are not paying too much attention to politics and politicians, but it’s a good time for politicians to put a lot of miles on their vehicles hitting every little event they can.

It’s not a great time to air campaign ads in Montana because Montanans are outside. We seem to cherish summers more than others, especially since it was not too long ago that we had a few minus 20 and minus 30 temperatures. Brrr.

Although I don’t think it’s a great time to air new campaign ads, U.S. Senator John Walsh recently released a new ad called “Disappointed” that I will analyze today.

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