Monday Morning Politics

January just seems to go by so slow – and I can honestly say it is one of my least favorite months.  Luckily we have politics and football to keep our minds occupied during these cold and lonely times!

If you are a new visitor to The Western Word, almost every Monday I round-up some of the political stories from the weekend and put them all in one place for all to see – and offer some commentary.

Today I take a look at a big problem, the Chamber, Thursday, a poll, a party, and a lot more – so read on!

Big Problems:

I might as well kick off Monday Morning Politics with bad news – the national debt is equal to the national economy.  The debt is $15.23 trillion and “The government estimated the value of goods and services produced by the U.S. economy in a year at $15.17 trillion.”

Oh my…we need to ensure we elect people in 2012 that will stop excessive spending.

Independent:

A new poll from Gallup tells us that “The percentage of Americans identifying as political independents increased in 2011, as is common in a non-election year, although the 40% who did so is the highest Gallup has measured, by one percentage point.”

In other words, we’re getting a little tired of the party politics…

Chamber of Commerce:

In November I commented about the U.S. Chamber political advertisements running against Montana U.S. Senator Jon Tester saying “I would imagine the local Chambers in Montana are receiving some calls about the ad” and “they probably have talking points next to the telephone to help answer the complaints.”

Since then the Montana media has caught up with me and I’ve seen a couple of stories about local Chamber leaders distancing themselves from the ad and even a letter or two to the editor about it.

The Great Falls Tribune even published a story about it.  The Great Falls (Montana) Chamber President came to Tester’s rescue and called the ads “hit ads” with “half-truths.”  He also said that “Tester is a strong advocate for Montana’s military missions” which has nothing to do with anything because all three members of the delegation are “strong advocates for Montana’s military missions” (although they lack the clout to do anything for the missions).

Thursday:

Candidate filing for the 2012 elections opens January 12, 2012 (this Thursday) and closes March 12, 2012.  The beginning of filing season is neat, but the final few days are always full of surprises!

Information about elections on the Montana Secretary of State’s election page can be found HERE.

You can also check campaign donations and other information from Montana candidates HERE.

Lee Newspapers takes a closer look at campaign donations for Montana Governor candidates HERE.

Debates:

Did you know there were two more Republican Presidential Debates over the weekend?  Yawn.  One was during an NFL playoff game Saturday evening, so I did not watch the debate.  The other one was held early Sunday morning.  I caught some of that one.

Two key words to remember from the debate:  Pious baloney.

Jon Huntsman appeared to do well in the debates – he is one of the few GOP candidates without a lot of baggage.

Alice in Wonderland:

They had an Alice in Wonderland costume party at the White House for Halloween in 2009.  That “shocking” info came from a book that is going on sale Tuesday called, “The Obamas.”

That party sounds like fun…even Johnny Depp and Tim Burton helped!

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