Caught My Eye…

It’s Friday and time to celebrate! Congratulations for making it through another week.

By the way I hope your March Madness brackets are doing well (unlike mine).

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is 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 some sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about grilled deer, unanimous vote, the beat down, Bachmann is back, Dylan, older than dirt, plus I pry open my Political Inbox and share!

Grilled Deer:

Montanans may start seeing residents refer to mile markers across the state as the best places to get something good to eat if the Montana Legislature passes House Bill 247. HB 247 would create a permit for the salvage of game killed by vehicles.

If you are interested, there’s a pretty good place on highway 12/3 between Harlowton and Ryegate to “pick up” a meal…


The Montana House (controlled by the GOP) approved their budget by a vote of 100-0 this week (snort). Most times you can’t get the Montana House to agree unanimously on much of anything (except maybe to adjourn).

It now heads to the Montana Senate (also controlled by the GOP). Unless there are some GOP defectors (and there may be as I have heard it’s kind of icy in the halls of the capitol between some GOPers), I figure the House and Senate Democrats are going to let the Governor do their fighting. I doubt he uses a branding iron to veto the bill, but a pen will do the trick and bring the fake bipartisanship back down to earth.

There’s still a three-ring circus in Helena…

Jack’s Political Inbox:

Regular readers may remember that I subscribe to receive updates from candidates, elected officials, and/or groups (from all political parties). Several other candidates and groups send me their info without my asking just hoping they get mentioned (in a kind and gentle way) here at The Western Word! I’ve selected a few to share with my readers from this week that “Caught My Eye!”

-The Corey Stapleton for U.S. Senate campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Should We Repeal Obamacare?” He continues with, “Politicians in Washington are trying to advance their liberal agenda using Obamacare and are adding trillions of dollars to the deficit as a result. Our leaders should be working to balance the federal budget, not saddling our nation with more debt.”

I would be very surprised if Obamacare is ever repealed, but it is a good fundraising tool for the righties…

Former Republican Candidate for Montana Governor Ken Miller sent me an e-mail with the subject, “Elections Need Level Playing Field” where he writes about his support of Montana Senate Bill 387 which changes the way the commissioner of political practices office operates.

Miller is right; something needs to be done with that office…

-The Friends of Max Baucus campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject “House goes after Medicare…again” writing, “Last week extremists in the House once again introduced their failed plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program.”

The unemployment rate in Montana should drop a couple points as Baucus ramps up his 2014 campaign team…

-The Montanans for Tester Campaign sent me an e-mail saying Dennis Rehberg… Wait, I wrote that line so much during the Campaign of 2012 that it became kind of natural. Let’s try it again: The Tester campaign sent me an e-mail with the subject “Rove’s at it again” in which they write, “Karl Rove and his special interest pals are at it again — and this time, they’re going after my friend, Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas.” They then ask for a donation.

Campaigning never ends…


The #13 Montana Grizzlies received a beat-down from #4 Syracuse last night that had me throwing in my towel at halftime. Sadly a beating like that happens a lot in March Madness, but once in a while a team like #14 Harvard beats #3 New Mexico which makes a beating like the Griz took all right to the NCAA.

At least some of the Montana sports reporters can now say they know the way to San Jose (that’s where the game was played for those wondering why I wrote that).

What’s for Dinner?

According to the Great Falls Tribune, “A dinner including the school board and the candidates will follow at 6 p.m. at the Montana Club, 907 Smelter Ave.”


Michele Bachmann:

Although she survived a very close reelection, Bachmann is back to her old ways! This time she is throwing out statements that lacked facts. At the CPAC convention she made misstatements about Obama’s perks, and during a recent speech about Obamacare, she said it “literally kills” people.

At least she makes it interesting…

Bringing It All Back Home:

That’s the name of the album by Bob Dylan (his first featuring electric guitar). It was released on this day in 1965. It contained the single, “Subterranean Homesick Blues” which you can watch HERE. (It’s Friday, so go ahead).

Happy Birthday:

Bob Costas is 61. Wolf Blitzer is 65. Orrin Hatch is 79. William Shatner turns older than dirt today (82 years old).


Did you know that on this date in 1882 Congress outlawed polygamy?

As for congressional mistresses, that’s another thing…

The “I” Word:

Remember when we never saw television commercials asking, “Why would you let something like erectile dysfunction get in the way?” and “ Isn’t it time to talk to your doctor about Viagra?”

That path started on this date in 1998 when “the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves use of the drug Viagra, an oral medication that treats impotence.”

I don’t even like typing the “I” word…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…

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