Happy Monday – and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Dr. King:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Great quotes from a great man!
Almost every Monday I take a look at some of the political stories that I happened to catch over the weekend and put them in one place for all to see – I sometimes add a little commentary!
Today I take a look at Obama and Montana, the Montana political practices office, Huntsman, Forest Jobs and Recreation compromise, Bullock on MSNBC, and much more!
Montana: Tough for Obama?
In what can be termed the “understatement of the weekend” the Associated Press (AP) published a story with the headline, “Montana could be tough for Obama in 2012.”
Ya think? It’s fun to watch people report on issues they have no idea about.
It was a stretch, but the AP also believes that the U.S. Senator Jon Tester and the Congressman Denny Rehberg race for the junior U.S. Senate seat will be at the top of the “political stage” in Montana!
The AP also goes way out on a limb and say they doubt President Obama will be campaigning in Montana…
Montana Commissioner of Political Practices:
A story with the headline, “Staff accuses ethics official of violations” was published in the Sunday Great Falls Tribune regarding the Commissioner of Political Practices in Montana. It is well worth the read and it can be found on the MT Lowdown blog HERE (The MT Lowdown is a blog associated with a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune).
The whole story is troubling. I’ve written about this office several times over the years.
It seems the current commissioner, David Gallik, is doing two jobs – the Commissioner of Political Practices one and one as a private attorney. It also seems he does not think the Commissioner’s job pays enough.
Gallik claims he’s done nothing wrong.
After reading the story, here’s my advice to Gallik: Resign. There are many folks out there who can do that job and probably do it better than you. Many would enjoy the paycheck because many of us are unemployed – and we also understand that working for the taxpayer actually means working for the taxpayer.
Here’s some advice for the Montana Legislature: You need to create a political practices commission that has some teeth (and has more funding) and has clearer rules and directions. Appointing people who have been elected to partisan office and/or have donated to candidates within the past five years should be a no-no.
Forest Jobs and Recreation Act:
The Missoulian Editorial Board wrote about the separate meetings they recently had with Congressman Denny Rehberg and U.S. Senator Jon Tester. The Board is concerned “that the next 10 months will be hopelessly politicized, with two of the state’s three congressional delegates tied up in campaign-caused gridlock.”
Uh…it already is.
But the Board said that “Rehberg mapped out a road to compromise with Tester on one of their biggest sticking points: the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.”
The Board said that Rehberg talked about a “phase-in proposal” which requires “logging or thinning triggers to be met before releasing new wilderness…”
Call it a hunch, but I don’t see Tester or Rehberg doing much compromising this year. But now Rehberg can say he tried – and he can use that in his campaign against Tester…
Huntsman Dropping Out:
The rumors started flying late Sunday that GOP Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman would be dropping out of the presidential race on Monday. But it gets worse – there are rumors that he will endorse Mitt Romney.
I liked Huntsman better than the other GOP candidates – I liked that he was a moderate – I liked that he did not flip-flop on the issues. I also enjoyed following the Huntsman daughters on Twitter…
U.S. Senator Jon Tester is doing his best in trying to corner the veterans/military vote in Montana. I received an e-mail from the senator telling me “This week I had the honor of welcoming to Montana Holly Petraeus, the head of servicemember affairs with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Holly and I met with over 450 Montana veterans and servicemembers on Wednesday at forums in Helena and Great Falls.”
He garnered some press coverage out of these meetings – so look for more. There are over 100,000 veterans in Montana…and we vote!
This happened Thursday, but it was funny enough to include it in today’s political happenings…
Montana Attorney General (and candidate for Governor) Steve Bullock “appeared on MSNBC to talk about the Montana Supreme Court’s landmark decision upholding our 100-year-old Corrupt Practices Act.”
Bullock’s campaign made sure everyone knew about the upcoming appearance – I heard they even sent the notice to Montana television stations thinking they might tell their viewers to switch over to MSNBC and watch Bullock on “The Ed Show” around 6:30 p.m. Montana time instead of Wheel of Fortune or a rerun of Two and a Half Men.
Vanna White or Steve Bullock…Hmmmm.
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