Monday Morning Politics

It’s back once again – Monday Morning Politics!

While you were out and about enjoying yourself this weekend, the staffers here at The Western Word were looking for political stories all across the World Wide Web.  We’ve put them in one place so you can be “in the know.”

This week we take a look at politics and Little League Baseball, the Montana U.S. Attorney’s office, Tester and public lands, gadflies and activists, and much much more!

Also, you won’t read anything about Hurricane Irene.  We grew very tired of hearing about it over and over and over.

So grab something to drink and get your Monday started off right by knowing the most important political news from the weekend…

Montana Little League and Rehberg:

Congressman Denny Rehberg scored big political points when he attended the Little League World Series U.S. Championship game in Pennsylvania that featured Montana and California teams.  Senators Max Baucus, Jon Tester along with Rehberg sent out several press releases about the Montana Little League team.

But Rehberg was mentioned as being in attendance with his 14 staffers during the national telecast on ABC.  Rehberg and the staffers rode a chartered bus from Washington, D.C., to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

That’s free publicity for Rehberg that you can’t buy – many Montanans were watching the game.  Sadly, Montana lost the game to California.

Look for a campaign ad next year from Jon Tester or his supporters saying that Denny Rehberg cost Montana the Little League title…

Prosecutors seek money to repay Davison’s debts:

Anyone remember Patrick Davison?  He was a Republican candidate for Montana Governor at one time and in 2007 was sentenced to serve a “decade in prison” for securities fraud.  He is supposed to repay $5.6 million, too.

Have no fear though, Montana’s illustrious U.S. Attorney, Michael Cotter, (a Democrat appointee, who was selected for the job after Max Baucus’ girlfriend withdrew her name) filed writs of garnishment seeking money owed to Davison from two Montana companies. Sadly, Cotter misspelled the name of one company or named the wrong company in the court papers.  You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

Politics are alive and well in the U.S. Attorney’s office.  At least Cotter is not going after someone for being poked in the butt with a needle or lying to Congress, so this is a step up for a U.S. Attorney.  But it is sad for these two Montana businesses to have to spend valuable resources defending this, while the U.S Attorney has almost an unlimited supply of taxpayer cash to use.

Tester talks public lands:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester was in Bozeman on Friday to talk about building a fence around the whole state of Montana and naming it Montana National Park and Wilderness Area (just kiddin).

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Senator Tester said, “Funding to maintain public land and manage federal and state forest properties is facing “extreme cuts” in the next few months as Congress works to tighten the national budget.”

I am all for protecting public lands, but we must do what any family or business does in tough times and that is prioritizing what we will spend money on.  Of course, most families and businesses are not $14 trillion in debt, either…

Tester Shares:

The Great Falls Tribune asked 10 people to “share what they’ve learned from their lives since leaving the classroom” and asked Senator Jon Tester (who is a favorite of the Tribune staff) to tell them something.

Tester said, “My parents reminded me that we have two ears and one mouth, so act accordingly.”

Sounds an awful lot like what the Greek Philosopher Epictetus said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

Nonetheless, Tester sure does not sound like the life-long politician he is…

By the way, my favorite quote from old Epictetus is “If you wish to be a writer, write.”

Gadflies or Activists:

Sometimes a Great Falls City Commission meeting is the best thing on Tuesday night television, and sometimes you will catch me tweeting about it – especially when they are talking about Urban Chickens!

The Great Falls Tribune did a story that was published Sunday titled, “Whether gadflies or activists, meeting speakers get noticed in Great Falls.”

It’s basically about the folks who show up and use their free speech rights during the meetings.  It also lets us know a little bit about these people.  You can read the story HERE.

Some may be gadflies or activists – others may call them goofballs…

A Leader with Guts:

Former Montana Secretary of State Bob Brown writes a guest editorial about the nation’s gridlock. He writes,

Our president blames, dodges and dithers instead of leading. Our Congress finger-points and disappoints with inadequate actions and gimmickry.

We don’t need to remove our social safety net or dismember our Constitution to directly deal with our national debt problem. What we need is leaders with guts.

Montana Sen. Max Baucus is now in a key position to show he has what his Montana predecessor, Sen. Wheeler, apparently had plenty of. Now’s the time to show you’ve got ’em, Max. You could literally save the country.”

Sorry Mr. Brown, Max Baucus is not that leader…

Wants some Credit:

A few Republican Legislators are somewhat unhappy the Governor received credit (even in the New York Times) for Montana’s surplus.

They give us a short lesson they should have been called, “State Budgeting 101” in this guest editorial saying, “Budgeting is a public process which originates in the House of Representatives, then is further debated by the Senate before it ever goes to the governor for approval.”

Yes, but Governor Schweitzer has the louder horn to blow…

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