Caught My Eye…

Here we go – it’s Friday and time for another (almost) award-winning edition of “Caught My Eye!”

So you may be asking, “What is ‘Caught My Eye?’” Well, it’s the weekly column where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Often I throw in some sarcasm and poke fun at people just to make you smile.

Today I write about MT Senate 2014, Responsible Republicans, Political Practices, Road Kill Bill, Internet Taxes, Obamacare Exemption, Twinkies, Birthdays, and much more!Who’s Not Running?

There are several people now thinking about running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Montana in 2014 (currently occupied by Max Baucus). There may be so many people looking at it, that we may have to start asking who is not considering it.

Former Congressman Denny Rehberg (R), who is fresh off a loss in November, is considering a third attempt at a U.S. Senate seat. He told the Associated Press, that his phone “has been ringing off the hook,” which also tells us he has a land-line. He also said he would “keep listening and see how things develop.”

MSNBC reported that former Governor Marc Racicot (R) might be looking at it. Brian Schweitzer (D) may consider it and probably other Democrats will wait on his decision. Then there’s Steve Daines (R), who was running for the U.S. Senate before he changed and ran for the U.S. House. Daines is starting to look like a child in a candy store running from one container of candy to another unable to make up his mind. In other words, he’s looking silly.

Republicans Cory Stapleton and Champ Edmunds have already announced.

I suggest the Republicans go away together (maybe on a retreat) and make a decision among themselves about who will run.

This should be fun to watch!

Responsible Republicans:

The Associated Press (AP) reported “Republican legislators left the legislative session that ended this week even more divided than when they arrived.” The AP also reported there are “About 20 Republicans who joined Democrats to advance key legislation are billing themselves as the ‘responsible Republicans’ who were willing to solve problems.”

So here at The Western Word, I am saluting the “Responsible Republicans!”

Although the Republican leadership during this legislative session gave us the best circus atmosphere yet, they are way too far to the right for me.

Sesso Has a Rolling Stones Moment:

Montana State Senator Jon Sesso (D-Butte) must have been listening to the Rolling Stones recently when he was asked to assess the 63rd Legislative session. Sesso said, “You have to find the common ground. That means nobody gets everything they want. But we hopefully leave with everything we need.”

Amen! “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.” Now that you have the song stuck in you head, here’s the video!

The Joke Continues:

It does not appear the Montana Legislature did anything to change the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices office, so the joke on Montanans continues.

They did advertise for candidates to fill the position of Commissioner because the current commissioner resigned. Eleven candidates stepped forward to be considered for the position. The leadership of the Montana Legislature will select at least two and no more than five candidates to forward to the Governor. The Governor can select one of those people or pick his own person.

If history is any indication, the Governor will pick someone who has ties to his political party and the other side will complain. Yawn…

Grilled Deer:

The Great Falls Tribune is reporting this morning that salvaging road kill will be legal in Montana on October 1. I mentioned in this column a few weeks ago that if the bill passed Montanans may start seeing residents refer to mile markers across the state as the best places to get something good to eat.

I also want to say, once again, that if you are interested, there’s a pretty good place on Highway 12/3 between Harlowton and Ryegate to “pick up” a meal…

Tax-Free Internet?

The Associated Press is reporting this morning “The Senate voted 63-30 Thursday to advance a bill that would impose state and local sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet.”

This is just wrong. It’s a freaking tax increase.

Thanks to Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester for voting no. If the bill advances to the House, Representative Steve Daines should vote no, also.

Exemption from Obamacare?

Politico is reporting, “Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.”

Isn’t that just wonderful…

Breaking News:

Twinkies will be back on store shelves by late July!  So those 50 boxes you were saving are worth only what you paid for them. You might as well start eating them.

Happy Birthdays:

-Roger Taylor of “Duran Duran” turns 53. It’s Friday so take a moment to listen/watch “Hungry Like The Wolf.”

-Jay DeMarcus of “Rascal Flats” turns 42. Go ahead and listen/watch “Life is a Highway.

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…