Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” Spring begins today – but since the high temperature is only getting up to 38 degrees here in Montana, I will hold off on celebrating.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm).

This week I write about unemployment, the Montana Republican Party, the Montana Democratic Party, Ryan Zinke, cab rides, Corey Stapleton, John Lewis, wolves, Western Art Week, Fairfield girls basketball, Steve Daines’ first attack ad, Kathy Ireland, cell phone citations, mail in the dumpster, Tea Party Republicans, Mega Millions, a quick knockout, and much more!


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, that was an increase from the week before.


As of this morning, the Montana Republican Party has 2,589 followers on Twitter.


That’s how many followers (as of this morning) Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke has on Twitter.


As of this morning, the Montana Democratic Party has 1,222 followers on Twitter.


That was the amount charged for a two mile cab ride in Chicago recently. (Source)

Check the amount before you sign the receipt…


That’s how many followers (as of this morning) Republican U.S. House candidate Corey Stapleton has on Twitter.


That’s how many followers (as of this morning) Democratic U.S. House candidate John Lewis has on Twitter.


That’s how many wolves were killed in Montana by hunters and trappers during the latest wolf season. (Source)


According to the Great Falls Tribune, the great western artist, Charles M. Russell, was born 150 years ago on Wednesday (March 19).

Western Art Week is going on this week in Great Falls, Montana…


The Fairfield girls’ basketball team has won 104 games in a row and four state championships – and I think that is pretty incredible. (Source)


The Steve Daines for Senate campaign gets the distinction of running the “first attack ad against U.S. Sen. John Walsh” with their 56 second web ad that was released Wednesday. You can see the ad HERE.

So Steve Daines goes negative first which is an interesting move…


Supermodel Kathy Ireland turns 51 today, which for some reason makes me feel older. (Source)


According to a story from KRTV, “Great Falls (Montana) police have issued 42 citations so far in March for people using cell phones while driving.” This is an increase from prior months because they have “stepped-up” the enforcement effort.

Maybe they can use the extra money they are making to install stop/yield signs at many of the unmarked intersections in the city, or even plow an extra street or two when it snows. That would make roads safer, too.


A postal worker in New York “admitted he had thrown the mail into dumpsters 15 times between December and March.” (Source)



According to a new poll from Rasmussen in the Montana race for U.S. Senate, Republican Steve Daines leads Democrat John Walsh by 14 points – 51% to 37%. Nine percent were undecided.

I was not that surprised by these results. Back in November Public Policy Polling had Daines beating Walsh 52%-35% with 13% undecided.

This race will be a lot closer than 14 points. It’s a lifetime until November 4. The final outcome depends on how the teams react when it gets closer, when every minute of every day (and every word) counts big time. It should be fun to watch.


On March 18, the Montana Democrats sent an e-mail with the subject, “Misleading Voters: 8 Tea Party Republicans File as Democrats,” They listed the eight as:

– A former Vice-Chair of the Republican Party in Sanders County.
– A member of a Tea-Party bulletin board called the Constitution Club.
– A member of a local militia group called “The Irregulars”
– A self-proclaimed “Tea-Party Extremist”.
– A person calling for Obama’s impeachment.
– A 2008 Republican candidate for the Pondera County Clerk of District Court.
– A housemate of a Gallatin County Republican Precinct Committee Chairman.
– A man who doesn’t support the Democratic Platform or any key Democratic issues.

Of course, they asked for donations to help defeat the Tea Party…


There were two winning tickets for the $400,000,000 Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday. Eight tickets matched five of six numbers and each are entitled to a one million dollar consolation prize.

That’s a pretty nice consolation prize…


It took 1.7 seconds for a knockout in this MMA fight, although the video showing the knockout is 3 minutes and 29 seconds in length.

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