Monday Morning Politics

Here we go – it’s another Monday (I know, I know, Mondays suck) and the last few days the super staffers here at The Western Word have been looking around the internet searching for political stories and bringing them to you in one neat little spot – this website!

Before we move on, I sure hope you thanked a Veteran on Friday.  Since Veterans Day is over, the politicians will, once again, forget about Veterans – but you shouldn’t.

Today we take a look at a cable company and politics, dropping a lawsuit, drill baby drill, security and much more – enjoy!

No Dust:

Besides offering what they call “free HD” and flooding subscribers with ads at every commercial break, Optimum Cable has now decided they will referee the U.S. Senate race in Montana.

Shame on them.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Optimum decided they would pull an ad by from Crossroads GPS that claimed Sen. Jon Tester “voted against preventing Obama’s EPA from being able to regulate Montana farmers’ dust.”

Here at The Western Word, we are showing the ad (as most networks are), which has over 15,000 views so far.  Enjoy:

Politics can become nasty.  Once a cable company decides to head down the slippery slope of policing political ads, that action automatically aligns them with one candidate.  Sure they can take sides – at the ballot box and by donating money to the candidate of their choice – but not by pulling ads.  Leave that to the big boys and girls to handle.

No Mas:

On Thursday we found out that Congressman Denny Rehberg had dropped his lawsuit against the City of Billings. The AP has the story HERE.

Most political insiders I talked with said it was the right thing to do (dropping the lawsuit), but probably too late as damage has been done.

This lawsuit has been a mess from the beginning, and one must wonder what the Rehberg family was thinking when they filed it.  Although Rehberg dropped the lawsuit, you can bet we’ll be hearing more about it during the next year.

On the other hand, readers may remember that the Montana Democrats attempted to beat Rehberg with this issue in his last election (2010) against former Montana Democratic Party Chairman Dennis McDonald.  Rehberg beat McDonald 60% to 34%.

Of course, more money will be thrown into the senate race.

Drill Baby Drill:

Looking like the GOP Presidential race, nine candidates for Montana governor held a forum in Billings on Saturday and according to the Billings Gazette, “generally agree that Montana isn’t doing enough to develop its share of the Bakken oil play.”

As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise.”

Life in a Northern Town:

The AP did some investigative reporting and figured out that “border threats” in the northern states (like Montana) “…are far more infrequent than in the deserts of Texas or Arizona…”

Great googly moogly…

The Bill is H.R. 1505 (which the AP failed to identify in their story) and Rep. Denny Rehberg is a co-sponsor.  Sen. Jon Tester does not support the bill and therein lies the reason for the story – Rehberg and Tester will probably be opponents in the 2012 election for Montana’s junior senate seat, currently occupied by Tester.

As far as I am concerned the folks who are protecting me can go anywhere they need to in order to keep our country (and me) safe.  You can call me naïve, but I don’t worry about things like this bill (or even the Patriot Act).  Freedom is not free – those of us who actually served understand this.

Tick, tick, tick…

The Super Committee has until November 23 to reach an agreement on at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade.  That’s just 10 days from now.  If they do reach an agreement, they have until December 23 to vote on it (no amendments allowed).

I would suggest that the U.S. Senate and House food services personnel prepare to serve some holiday meals this year…

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