Afternoon Extra: Montana Governor 2016

If an outsider looked at the Montana gubernatorial race, they would probably think that there’s no way that incumbent Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, can win re-election. But after examining his opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte, they could probably see why this race is competitive.

The Montana Governor’s race somewhat mirrors the presidential race: One side is tarnished in possible scandals and the other side basically turns people off.

It’s hard to get away from Gianforte – he’s on our TVs, radios, and on our computers.

Here are my very independent thoughts about Steve Bullock and Greg Gianforte with two weeks left before Election Day 2016. Enjoy.

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Terrific News Tuesday

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

Welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

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

  • Selfless Gift
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • World Series
  • NBA
  • Two Weeks

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TWW Afternoon Extra: Sticking it to the Man

Some Monday afternoon thoughts from your favorite independent blog…

Returning Ballots:

Some people in Montana have been giving their completed ballots to strangers to turn in for them. That reminded me of the Winston Churchill quote about voting:

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

Tribune’s Cartoon:

I wrote about the Great Falls Tribune printing a cartoon about Donald Trump that contained his quote with the word that begins with a “P.”

The Tribune apologized “to those who were offended.” Ironically the apology was in “The Edge” column…

Bumper Sticker

I saw this bumper sticker on the door of a gas station in a small town in western Montana or northern Idaho where I stopped for fuel this weekend (I was too busy texting and driving to realize where I was) (just kiddin):

“For safety sake remove ski mask and unload all weapons before entering”


Since hunting season is open in Montana, I can’t wait to see new hunting photos from candidates and elected officials…

Jury Questionnaire 1:

The Great Falls Municipal Court tells prospective jurors to “Please Print or Type” when filling out the jury questionnaire form.

What is this, 1980? I don’t have an IBM Selectric typewriter anymore…

Jury Questionnaire 2:

The Great Falls Municipal Court tells prospective jurors on their jury questionnaire, “Please fill out and return the following within seven (7) days…”

I waited 10-12 days – just to stick it to the man…

Campaign Promise:

The Great Falls Tribune reported that Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath told Great Falls-area attorneys that more help may be on the way. McGrath said the 2017 Legislature will be asked to fund another judge in Great Falls 8th Judicial District Court to help with the growing workload.

McGrath’s promise reminds me of the campaign promise from Herbert Hoover, “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

I think the judges in Montana are the best money can buy…

Billings Gazette Endorses:

The Billings Gazette devoted about 600 words just to tell readers why they endorse candidates. I could have done it in just three words:

It sells papers.


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Monday’s Quick Hits

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. – John F. Kennedy

I was traveling this weekend – out on the open road! Is this a great country or what? This week is shaping up to be a good one – World Series, politics, football, and Halloween is one week away! Are you ready for another great week?

Today I take a look at concerns about Zinke’s residency, plus I take a look at the 2016 Campaign Fliers. Enjoy!

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Caught My Eye…

The press is the enemy. – Richard M. Nixon

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)! This is CME edition #320 – is that cool or what?

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics this week include Presidential debate poll results, Judge John McKeon, endorsements & Dirk Sandefur, The Western Word picks the winning candidates (so far), City of Great Falls & cellphones, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this 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 fundraising, unemployment, pumpkins, Planned Parenthood, law enforcement officers, marijuana, Montana state auditor poll, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and much more!

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