Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday – need I say more? Buckle up!

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 Dark Money & Religious Freedom in the Montana Legislature, Bowe Bergdahl, Ted Cruz, Harry Reid, a special obituary, plus I share a couple emails from my political inbox!

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BREAKING: Powder River Training Complex Approved

Despite the whole Montana Congressional Delegation being against it, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the final approval to the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC). (Source)

This will extend into southeastern Montana an air training area that would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. It will expand to about 28,000 square miles from the current 8,300 square miles that is used for training. PRTC will save millions of tax dollars because crews will train closer to home. That means they will also be closer to their families. If the area had been approved for training 2013, the Air Force estimates it would have saved $21 million.

Congratulations go to U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) who worked tirelessly on this plan and his unwavering support for our nation’s military.

On the other hand, U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines, and Representative Ryan Zinke (and before that Senator Max Baucus and Rep. Denny Rehberg) dishonored the military by coming out against the PRTC.

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Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday and the first day of spring – congratulations!

By the way, my NCAA bracket is busted, too.

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 write about the Montana Legislature and their budget, Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Judge Richard Cebull’s emails, CQ Roll Call’s 50 State Project, Chainsaws in Big Sandy, the best Montana Legislature band names, and much more!

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Billings Gazette: Daines’ Rookie Mistake

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Montana’s junior U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, was one of the 47 senators who signed an open letter to Iran informing them that any agreement about nuclear weapons made by President Barack Obama would have to approved by Congress.

The 47 senators were all Republicans, so that basically tells us it was a political move – a “gotcha” move because of their hatred for Obama. On March 10, I wrote about this subject and said sending the letter was not the right thing to do. I also added that it’s important when we (the United States) are in diplomatic negotiations with other countries that we present a united front.

In today’s Billings Gazette, the editorial board has decided that “Daines was wrong on Iran letter” and they were pretty blunt about the reasons why.

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Montana Republicans: Unite to Win

Although I did not attend the Statewide Lincoln Reagan Dinner in Helena this past weekend, I do believe that in the several reports I read about the event, one line from Congressman Ryan Zinke quoted in this Associated Press story should be framed and placed on every Republican’s wall in the state.

It was this line:

“If we continue as a party to be divided, we will not win the next presidency nor will we win the governor’s office.”

Amen to that.

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Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday – are you ready for this?

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 write about the Great Falls Armed Forces Reserve Center, the Montana State Senate & federal gun laws, the Montana Legislature & Chickenpox & Right-to-Die, Franklin Graham, Justin Moed, plus we have #MeanTweets from President Obama! Buckle up…

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Thursday Numbers

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

Here you go – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

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 I write about food stamps, unemployment, the treason petition, Hillary’s deleted emails, tickets for Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, the Montana GOP Statewide Lincoln Reagan Dinner, letter to Iran & Steve Daines, firearm owners, government is the problem, guns on campuses & keggers, preschool programs, and much more!

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