Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to Friday! I started my morning here in Big Sky Country by scooping about 11” of snow – and it’s still snowing!  Here’s a pic (there’s a 12″ ruler sticking up in the middle of the table):

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! It’s where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile. So, get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Many websites, blogs, and Twitter accounts will go dark now since the election is over, but not The Western Word. We’ve been in business since January 2005 and our journey will continue! So to those of you who are leaving, we’ll see you in 2014 or 2016…

Today I write about Yellowstone County, Indian Voters, Political Action Committees winners and losers, The Daily Show & Fox News, Dark Money Group, Racist Tweets, Team Romney is shellshocked, Who won, and whom they owe, plus I open up my political inbox one more time and share! There’s more so read on…

Precincts Fully Reported: 0/51

Those of us who follow politics have been checking the Montana Secretary of State’s website several times since Tuesday night to see if Yellowstone County (Billings) had counted their votes. As of this morning (8:00 a.m.) we see the same results, “Precincts Fully Reported: 0/51.”

This is very poor performance from the election officials at Yellowstone County, very poor.

Group says Indian voters were turned away:

The Great Falls Tribune is reporting “A Native American voter advocacy group says scores of potential voters were turned away from polling stations in Browning on election night because of a shortage of ballots.”

If that is the case, then someone should lose their job.

Return on Investment:

The Sunlight Foundation reports, “Outside groups spent more than $1.3 billion” in this past election. They show how well these outside groups performed.

Planned Parenthood did very well with their money, and Karl Rove’s groups? Not so much…

The Daily Show & Fox News:

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart talks about Fox News and “The Math You Do as a Republican to Make Yourself Feel Better.”

For a laugh, watch HERE.

Donations to Dark Money Group Revealed:

Frontline has posted the donations to Western Tradition Partnership on-line. Read the story and see the donations HERE.

Vice President Joe Biden would probably say that having all the donors made public is a “Big F#$%@ deal.”

Who won & whom they owe:

The Sunlight Foundation has posted a story titled, “Senate scorecard: Who won, and whom they owe” which mentions Montana’s Senator, Jon Tester.

Jack’s Political Inbox:

As you know if you read this blog very often, I subscribe to receive updates from candidates, elected officials, and/or groups (from all political parties). Several others just send me their info without me asking just hoping they get mentioned (in a kind and gentle way) here at The Western Word! So each week during Campaign 2012, I selected a few that “Caught My Eye” and shared them with my readers – and sometimes poke fun at them.

It’s interesting to see which candidates in a time of victory sends e-mails to say thank you. But, it is even more telling to see which candidates, in the time of defeat, fail to say thank you.

This week will probably be the last “Political Inbox” for a while, so enjoy!

-The Kim Gillan for Congress campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Still need you” in which she writes, “This campaign was never about me. It’s always been about the people of Montana. To my family, my staff, and supporters like you all across our state — THANK YOU. Now I have to be bold — I still need your help to pay the young people on my staff that worked so hard. $5, $10, $15 or whatever you can afford, will help.”

You can donate by heading to the Gillan for Congress website HERE. Click on the “Contribute” button.

-The Jon Tester for Senate campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Because of you” in which he writes, “We surprised the pundits, ruined Karl Rove’s night, and, most importantly, won a huge victory for Montana families. And it’s all because of you. Friend, I want to thank you for all the hard work you’ve done.”

Compromise is the key word, Senator, compromise.  Keep up the great work for Veterans…

-The Pam Bucy for Montana Attorney General Campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Thank you” and she said, “Sixteen months ago, we embarked on an incredible journey that has come to a bittersweet conclusion, but I know that I’m standing at the finish line with thousands of incredible supporters standing with me.”

Classy – best of luck to Pam Bucy. Stay involved.

Jim Messina, who is the Campaign Manager for Barack Obama, sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Thank you” and he shares a video of the President thanking the campaign team in Chicago. You can watch it HERE.

Messina and his team did an incredible job.  Will Messina come to Montana to help his former boss, Max Baucus, in the 2014 election?

It Sucks to Lose an Election:

As one who has been on the winning and losing side of an election, I can tell you it’s a lot more fun to be on the winning team. The great CBS reporter Jan Crawford, who followed the Romney campaign throughout the last year, has a story posted about the “shellshocked” Romney campaign. You can read it HERE.

Racist Tweets:

The website “Floating Sheep” has a map that shows the racist tweets in response to Obama winning re-election. Hint: The south was well represented.

You can see the map and read the story HERE.

One Vote Does Count:

In Kentucky, two candidates running for city council ended up being tied, but one candidate’s wife forgot to vote. Ouch.

You can read the whole story HERE.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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