Caught My Eye…

You made it to Friday – Congratulations!  I’m here to help you bring it home and help you slide into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here!  Here is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write or comment about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to keep it peppy.

BE ADVISED:  Everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about Barack’s girlfriend, Montana Governor and Senate polls, I-166, Montana Attorney General, unemployment, Al Qaeda and Montana, death row, I peek inside my political mailbox and share, I write about flyers in my mail box, I talk about the Veterans for a Strong America video, and I remember Kent State University.  There’s a lot more so read on…Unemployment:

The April unemployment rate was released this morning and fell from 8.2% to 8.1%.  This report tells us “In April the number of people not in the labor force rose by a whopping 522,000 from 87,897,000 to 88,419,000.  This is the highest on record.”

Lots of people have given up looking for jobs until things get better…

Montana U.S. Senate Polls:

Stop the presses!  Earlier this week a Montana U.S. Senate poll from Public Policy Polling (PPP) had Jon Tester up 5 points on Denny Rehberg.  On Thursday, a Rasmussen Reports poll showed Rehberg up by 10 points on Tester.  Read about it HERE.

The Rasmussen poll was conducted with 450 “likely voters” and PPP was conducted with 934 “registered voters.”

I imagine the actual numbers are somewhere in between – but a lot closer than 10 points – but it is nice that both sides can claim victory…

Keeping Up With The MT Senate Polls:

In case you want to “play along” you can check out Real Clear Politics and see the latest polls on the Montana Senate race HERE.

Here at The Western Word I like to share my vast amount of knowledge…and the campaign workers and elected officials are always nervous when I share this knowledge…

MT Governor’s Poll:  It’s a tie!

Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the Montana Governor’s poll late yesterday showing a tie between Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican Rick Hill.  PPP reports, “Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican Rick Hill are tied with 39% apiece and 21% of voters undecided.  Bullock leads Republican Ken Miller 41% to 35% with 24% undecided.”

In the race for the nomination for Republican Governor, Hill is far ahead with 33% and Miller is at 12% – the only candidates in double digits.

The good news for everyone else is that 35% of those polled are undecided – so get busy!


On Thursday afternoon Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer signed the petition to get I-166 on the ballot in November.  According to the ballot language for I-166, it “establishes a state policy that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not human beings, and charges Montana elected and appointed officials, state and federal, to implement that policy.”

I wonder if the Governor branded something at the news conference just to show his support…

Here’s a reminder of what Mitt Romney said about corporations in August 2011:

Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are.  Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people.  Where do you think it goes?  Whose pockets?  Whose pockets?  People’s pockets.  Human beings, my friend.

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Every day I receive several e-mails from candidates, elected officials, and/or groups promoting a cause,  many just hoping they get mentioned (in a kind way) on The Western Word website!  I pick a few each week that “Caught My Eye” and share them with my readers.  This week I picked six…

Congressman Denny Rehberg sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Rehberg Posts 2012 Congressional Art Competition Entries on Facebook for Public Vote.”  Take a few minutes to head over to Rehberg’s Facebook page and vote for the submissions from Montana high school students.  More information can be found HERE.

There are 48 entries – all very worthy.  Now go vote!

-The Montanans for Tester Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “First class priority – save our post offices.”  If you click on one of the links in the e-mail a petition comes up and asks for your name, e-mail address and zip code.

It’s a handy way to use an issue to gather e-mail addresses and names from across the state to use to solicit campaign donations at a later date…

-The Rick Hill for Montana Governor Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “New approach to the state budget” which contained another video.  This one has Rick Hill talking about budgeting and it is one minute and 38 seconds in length.  Watch it HERE.

I guarantee this will not be one of the Hill Campaign’s most watched videos…it ranks right down there with the Sonju video

-The Obama for America Campaign sent me an e-mail on Monday with the subject, “My last campaign” in which he writes, “In a few days, I’ll be hitting the trail for my last campaign.  Everything we’ve accomplished in the past three years — and our chance to do so much more — is on the line.”

He then writes, “Donate $3 or whatever you can before tonight’s fundraising deadline.”

James Davis, the Communications Director for the 2012 Republican National Convention, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Republican National Convention Launches Blog – Conventional Wisdom” and he writes, “We wanted you to know about the new blog being launched today by the Republican National Convention – Conventional Wisdom – that will tell the story of the 40th Republican presidential nominating convention being held this summer in Tampa.”

Spoiler alert:  Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee and Barack Obama will be the nominee for Democrats…who needs a convention…

-On Thursday, the Montana Republican Party sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Sen. Barrasso to Address MTGOP Convention” and added a quote from Montana Republican Party Chairman Will Deschamps, who said, “It’s exciting to have a leader like Senator Barrasso coming to our convention.”

Barrasso is an orthopedic surgeon and a politician – I don’t know if those attending can take that much excitement…

In The Mail:

I might start a weekly column about the political stuff I get in the U.S. mail.  Here is entry number one –

This week I received an 8.5″ by 11″ glossy flyer in the mail from Montana Secretary of State Candidate Scott Aspenlieder.

Campaign managers and candidates should know that people mostly look at the front of the campaign mailer and that’s as it goes into the trash, so here is the front page – to give Aspenlieder just a little free publicity:

It was nicely done, but it was four freaking pages – way too long – and a waste of money…

MT Attorney General:

Montana State Senator Jim Shockley has posted three campaign videos which you might have seen on your local television station as he attempts to win the GOP primary against Tim Fox.  The ads won’t win any awards.

For some strange reason after watching the Shockley ads, I had the urge to drink beer and tomato juice

Ronald Allen Smith:

Back on March 26, I commented about the May 2 clemency hearing for Ronald Allen Smith, who is on death row for the murders of Thomas Running Rabbit and Harvey Mad Man in the summer of 1982.  At first Smith said he wanted the death sentence, and he was given it.  According to reports, he has been fighting the death sentence for 29 years.

They held the clemency hearingMy opinion has not changed – Governor Schweitzer should uphold the execution sentence.

Al Qaeda and Montana:

According to reports, Montana was mentioned as a possible target for terrorist activity in the Al Qaeda magazine named “Inspire” which said they could ignite firebombs in the forest.

I wonder if the authors realize that Montana is one of the most armed states in the nation…and gun control in Montana means using both hands…

Veterans For a Strong America:

On Monday, I linked to the Obama Campaign’s “One Chance” video.  In case you missed it, you can watch it HERE.

On Tuesday, Veterans for a Strong America posted their response with their own video you can watch HERE.  They also included a message:  “America knows who deserves the credit for killing Osama Bin Laden – United States Navy SEALs and the American intelligence community.  Join with Veterans for a Strong America and let President Obama know who really deserves the credit.”

Obama Dated:

Some folks might enjoy reading the diary of a young lady.  If she dated Barack Obama, it just might be a best seller.  And if Barack wore Brut spray deodorant and ate raisins it just might make it a more tantalizing story…

Interested?  You can read more HERE.

Kent State University:

According to the Associated Press achieves from this date in 1970, “Four students in a crowd pelting National Guardsmen with bricks and rocks were shot to death at Kent State University Monday when the troops opened fire during an antiwar demonstration.  Two of the dead were coeds.”

That was a very sad day in America…


After reading about this guy, who was “arrested after troopers clocked him driving his motorcycle at 170 mph on the Thruway” I don’t feel too bad about my $85 “wide turn” ticket in Great Falls, Montana.

His bail was set at $20,000.

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One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…


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