Caught My Eye…

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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 long weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about John Lewis and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael W. Cotter, Max Baucus and Zeno Baucus, Judge G. Todd Baugh, naming storms after politicians, a new Monopoly token, plus I have three winners who are Making Montana Proud! There’s a lot more you don’t want to miss, so read on…

Lesson #1:

It’s always an exciting time seeing a candidate launch a campaign. Normally details are worked out well in advance – things like where to speak, whom to invite, and (maybe) most importantly making sure that social media sites are ready to launch as soon as the candidate says publicly that he/she is in.

The John Lewis for Congress (Montana At-Large) campaign must be different. Lewis, a democrat, is the former state director for Max Baucus. I wrote about his announcement on Wednesday.

The Lewis team did not launch a campaign website, so the boys and girls at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) created one for him, One can also send a donation from the website, not to Lewis, but to the NRCC to “Help Us Stop John Lewis in His Tracks.”

NRCC one. Lewis campaign, zero.

Speaking of Baucus:

Aaron Flint, from the Voices of Montana radio show, had the U.S. Attorney for Montana, Michael W. Cotter, on his show Thursday. Cotter was recommended for the position by Max Baucus. This is the same position that Baucus had recommended his state director, Melodee Hanes, for in 2009, so I guess Cotter was the number two pick. It was an embarrassing mess for Baucus – even more than mulch-gate or no-home-in-Montana-gate. He married Hanes in July 2011. She reportedly works for (drum roll please) the Department of Justice.

As I was checking out the U.S. Attorney for Montana’s website while listening to the show, I happened to find a press release from April 2013 showing that an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Montana named Zeno Baucus was working on some of the cases.

OMG – Max Baucus has a son named Zeno.

Ironic, huh?

Making Montana Proud:

This is the section where I mention people whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Billings Gazette and Associated Press: Former Billings Senior High teacher Stacey Rambold was sentenced by District Judge G. Todd Baugh “to 15 years in prison with all but 31 days suspended and one day credited for time served for three counts of sexual intercourse without consent starting in 2007.”

The sexual intercourse was with a 14-year-old girl, who later killed herself. During sentencing Baugh said the girl was “as much in control of the situation” and she was “older than her chronological age.” On Wednesday morning Baugh apologized for his remarks.

By the way, I applaud those who showed up Thursday at the Yellowstone County Courthouse to protest.

The Great Falls Tribune polled readers asking “Should the judge resign for saying a teen rape victim was ‘older than her chronological age’ and had as much control as the man who raped her?”

78% said Yes, 22% said No. There were 368 votes.

Baugh should step down. He is an embarrassment to Montana. This is 2013, not 1940.

-From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Forty-five-year-old Lenna Dianne Hamell-Coates wanted her keys, so much so that she is “charged with felony assault with a weapon and was ordered held on $125,000 bail.”

Reports say she was sitting outside with her gun “hoping to ambush a raccoon that had been raiding her garden.” She came inside and started arguing with her boyfriend about the location of her keys and supposedly hit him with the gun and pointed it at him.

But where were those car keys? The Chronicle reports, “the car keys were found in the garden, next to the chair she had been sitting in.”

I bet the raccoon took the keys and then put them back…just to mess with her.

-From KRTV (CBS) in Great Falls (MT): “Belinda Jean Hext has been charged with her seventh DUI, one count of disorderly conduct, and an open container violation.”

Additionally, “The trooper said that Hext appeared very disoriented, and when he asked for her driver’s license, she handed over a $10 bill.”

Hopefully it will cost her more than $10 when she goes to court…

Hurricane Michele Bachmann?

According to National Journal, “A new petition, proposed by Project Name Change and 350+ Action Fund, seeks to name storms after politicians who the groups say deny climate change.”

They even have a video that’s pretty funny to prove their point – watch it HERE.


The Monopoly game has a new token and it is a cat. A CAT.

Cat lovers do have some clout…

One More Thing:

Don’t forget to stretch…




  1. Turns out Lewis does have a website, montanansforlewis-dot-com, but as I observed at Flathead Memo yesterday, it’s more a holding page than a website.

    • Thanks James – Good to know. When it is launched, I’ll mention it. -JmB

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