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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Caught My Eye…

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean

Hey it’s Friday, it’s hot outside, and it’s time for another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!” How cool is that?

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. Buckle up…

Today’s topics include Obamacare, Montana GOP Convention, Practicing Law, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

As knowledge increases, wonder deepens. – Charles Morgan

Hey it’s Friday and that means it’s time for another (almost) award-winning edition of “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. Buckle up…

Today’s topics include the South Carolina church massacre, Daines, Rankin & me, Tester & Two Thousand Miles, Humpty Dumpty & Republicans, Southern Baptists, plus we have TWO winners who are Making Montana Proud!

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Freedom Is Not Free

“I think he obviously has a higher priority for his fundraising and political ambitions than for the security of the nation.” -Republican U.S. Senator John McCain talking about Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Source).

McCain is absolutely correct. Last week I pointed out that on Rand Paul’s Presidential website, you can purchase a “Filibuster Starter Pack.”

There are a lot of people, many who are in the U.S. Senate and House, who do not understand national security. That’s been evident the past week or so – especially with the “Stand with Rand” crowd which includes my U.S. Senator, Steve Daines (R-MT).

With Paul and people in the Senate who support him leading the way, the United States is less safe this morning because Paul placed politics over our nation’s security. On an added note, the Republicans who have now been in control of the U.S. Senate for about six months are proving they have problems leading.

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Caught My Eye…

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. ― Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to the Big Show which is 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’s topics include:

  • The Western Word Milestone
  • Montana Democrats & Montana Republicans
  • The Knudsen Tweet
  • Lee Newspapers
  • Fair Cops

The Western Word Milestone:

This is column/post number 2,550 here at The Western Word (TWW). It all started January 10, 2005.

Where it stops nobody knows…

Rest assured there’s still a burning desire each morning between 4:00-6:00 a.m. to write something that’s on my mind. This usually means I am writing about politics, sports, the media, or current events.

Often I am writing about something that has ticked me off, which is somewhat therapeutic.

One negative side to this, besides the pay, is with 2,550 columns under my (rather large) belt, I think I have managed to tick off just about everyone on the right-left-middle at one time or the other. At least readers know they will get an independent view of the issue that is not tainted by my employer (I am self-employed) or with whom I associate (I don’t have many friends) or political party (I don’t belong to any).

I started giving many of my opinions/commentaries on the issues because I was finding that most editorial boards were lacking the courage to call people out or take sides on an issue – at least very often. I remember the days when the Sunday editorial pages were the most talked about part of the paper – and talked about most of the week. That’s not the case today. Many small and medium-sized towns’ editorial boards are so engrained in the community (like many reporters) and are afraid they might tick off an advertiser or run into the subject of their editorial at church or in line at the grocery store. So they squelch their opinions and reporting.

You might not always get the greatest writing sprinkled with flowery $20 words here at TWW, but what you will get is my honest opinion about the issues that I (and hopefully you) care about.

Thanks for reading. Now buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers of May! Are you ready for June?

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 drinking water, the Air Force is hiring, unwanted calls, IRS, unemployment, grizzly bears, Montana GOP convention, grandchildren, assisted suicide, reinventions in pop culture, seersucker suits, live anthrax spores, NHL game seven, a new poll about Republican presidential candidates, chimpanzees and lawyers, and much more!

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