Monday Morning Politics

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 the missing fingers meeting, a recount, DUI, Montana Judges and matters, Marijuana laws, Fox’s first appointments, and much more so read on!

Overcoming Challenges:

Ethan MacPherson and Senator Jon Tester have something in common – they are both missing a few fingers.

Tester visited the seven year old and his class in Hamilton last week. You can read the whole story HERE. It’s worth the time to read it.

Whether or not you agree with Tester’s politics, this was a very nice thing for him to do…

We Have a Recount:

The Associated Press reported, “A Flathead County judge on Friday approved a statewide manual recount in the election for the superintendent of public instruction and told the Republican challenger to put up a $115,000 bond by Tuesday evening to pay for it.”

Is this exciting or what? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6…

Billings Gazette and DUI:

It was nice to read the Billings Gazette editorial on Sunday that shed some light on the weakness of the Montana laws dealing with repeat DUI offenders. They used the example of a 55-year-old man who is “being held in the Yellowstone County jail after being convicted of his 12th DUI offense. His sentence is 13 months, because that’s the maximum time Montana law allows in his case.”

Let’s hope the Montana Legislature, which meets in January 2013, enacts tougher laws. If they do, let’s also hope that judges and county prosecutors fully enforce them instead of settling for a plea deals.

Montana Judges:

The Associated Press reports, “An annual study again shows Montana judges are overburdened by a workload that sees them handling as many as 85 matters a day and more.”

“…handling as many as 85 matters a day and more.” Great googly moogly!

I just conducted a “study” here at The Western Word World Headquarters (it’s 7:32 a.m.) and I’ve already handled 23 matters…it’s also a Monday…

Fox Announces First Appointments:

Montana Attorney General-elect Tim Fox sent a press release to The Western Word and others on Friday afternoon announcing his first round of appointments to his upcoming administration.

Fox named Scott Darkenwald his Chief of Staff, Mark Mattioli as his Chief Deputy Attorney General, Lawrence VanDyke as his Solicitor General, Jon Bennion as his Deputy Attorney General, and Julie James as his Executive Assistant.

He should probably hire a blogger, too….

Marijuana Laws:

A new poll from Gallup tells us “Sixty-four percent of Americans are against the federal government’s taking steps to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states where marijuana is legal.”

If polled, I would have sided with the 64%. It’s a waste of valuable resources to go after pot users. Besides, the Feds need more time to prosecute athletes for shooting themselves in the butt with performance enhancing drugs…

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