Monday Morning Politics

It’s December! Welcome to Monday Morning Politics!

This column is where I take a look at some of the political stories that caught my attention from the past weekend and put them in one place for my readers to see. I also provide some commentary!

Today in Monday Morning Politics I write about Federal Judges, the House Office Lottery, Won’t You Stay, Honesty ratings, and much more!Federal Judges:

Lee Newspapers reported that two of Montana’s three Federal Judges will be going on “senior status” in the next few months. Judge Richard (the jokester) Cebull will take senior status on March 13, and Judge Sam Haddon will take senior status by the end of the year.

This means that since President Barack Obama is in office (a democrat) and Montana’s senior Senator, Max Baucus, is a democrat, Baucus will get to recommend a couple people to the President for lifetime positions as a Federal Judge.

Readers may remember that in the past Baucus encountered some problems with recommendations to the President when he recommended Melodee Hanes, who was his state director (and became his girlfriend) to the President to be Montana’s U.S. Attorney. Hanes withdrew her name. Baucus and Hanes were married in 2011.

House Office Lottery:

The U.S. House of Representatives held the House freshman office lottery last week. This is when the incoming freshmen draw numbers for their offices.

According to this story, there were 70 freshmen participating. Rep.-elect Steve Daines (R-MT) drew number 70. Ouch. That means his office will be located in the Minneapolis Airport (just joking).

It probably means he will be in the Cannon House Office Building on the fifth floor which, according to the story, “The suites are cramped. Annexes across the hall from the offices are tricked out with gigantic storage cages. To maximize space, some offices assign interns and the lowest-level aides to toil in the cages.”

But since one House race is still undecided, it may be a few weeks before Daines finds out exactly where his office will be located.

During my younger years when I attended rock concerts quite frequently, my friends and I had a saying when we had seats located in the nose bleed section and the performers looked like ants. We’d say, “At least we’re in the building.”

Steve Daines is in the building…

Won’t You Stay?

According to an Associated Press story, “A Democratic official says President Barack Obama wants Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stay on as party chairwoman.”

Wasserman Schultz did an exceptionally good job during the 2012 election helping Obama win re-election, gaining seats in the U.S. House and in the U.S. Senate.

In other words, Wasserman Schultz put a whippin’ on GOP Chair Reince Priebus…

Honesty Ratings:

Question – Which profession ranks just above car salespeople on the honesty scale? If you answered members of congress then you are correct.

According to a new poll from Gallup, “As Congress remains involved in protracted negotiations over the pending ‘fiscal cliff’ that could disrupt the nation’s economy if not addressed by Jan. 1, one in 10 Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of its members as very high or high. This puts the lawmaking body second lowest on a list of 22 professions measured — higher only than car salespeople.”

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  1. Funny update to this story- will update my blog after the show today. Daines may actually end up with a better office due to the fact that he gets to pick the office of the loser of the incumbent vs incumbent race in LA coming soon…a funny thing happened on the way to the attic…

    • Oh- and for the record- I did not select that emoticon

    • Daines should have done a cartwheel….

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