Caught My Eye…

Time to cue Crazy Train…All aboard! Hahahahahahaha…

There are only 18 days until Election Day 2014!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about Ryan Zinke/John Lewis fundraising, Amanda Curtis Ad, Yellowstone County Republicans, Florida FanGate, Houston Mayor & FRC, Kansas City Royals play in Missouri, plus there’s a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

Zinke Fundraising:

Tailored suits, chauffeured cars
Fine hotels and big cigars
Up for grabs, up for a price.
-AC/DC – Money Talks

When I first read (and, as normal, was one of the first to Tweet) that U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke (R) raised more money in the last quarter than his opponent John Lewis (D) has in his entire campaign, my first thought was Holy Cow.

Then I thought if he can raise that much moola, then he would be competitive in a race against U.S. Senator Jon Tester. You read it here first, folks!

Besides, Montana GOP House members, like Rehberg and Daines, always seem to have the dream of moving to the adult side of the capitol. Zinke is probably the same.

But back to the money. The Associated Press reported that the Zinke campaign said, “more than three-quarters of those contributions have come from out-of-state donors.”

Pro-Tip: The out-of-state money spends the same as in-state money.

The Montana Democrats sent a press release saying “Zinke Cooks the Books to Raise Fundraising Numbers” and said Zinke was running a “political Ponzi scheme.”

In other words, their guy was outraised…

Amanda Curtis Ad:

The Curtis for U.S. Senate campaign released their first ad on Thursday called “One of Us.” The 30-second ad features Curtis traveling across Montana in an RV talking to voters. According to a press release about the ad, since accepting the nomination two months ago, Curtis has traveled more than 7,800 miles.

This is a pretty good introductory ad and the campaign says the “ad is backed by a significant investment and will air on both network and cable channels, as well as online.”

I liked the part where Curtis says, “The only way to change Washington is to elect folks who know what it’s like when times are tough.” At the end of the ad Curtis looks into the camera and says, “I’m Amanda Curtis and working Montanans deserves one of us in the U.S. Senate.”

I still wish she would say, “If you’re a millionaire vote for Daines, if you’re not a millionaire vote for me.”

I give the Amanda Curtis ad “One of Us” an eight out of 10 (8/10). You can watch it HERE.

Yellowstone County Republicans:

Applause goes to the Yellowstone County Republicans for declining to provide funding for a lawsuit that would require “members-only primary elections” in Montana. Read the story HERE.

Maybe this will help stop the extreme members from taking over the party – just maybe common sense will win here…

Florida FanGate:

There was an interesting debate Wednesday evening between Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

Maybe I should rephrase that to say before the debate started it was interesting. The live televised debate was delayed for several minutes because Scott would not take the stage because Crist had a small fan at his feet. Reportedly, Scott’s campaign said it was a violation of “no electronics on the podium” rule. Read the story and see the video HERE.

That was a pretty goofy crybaby-like move from Scott. The polls show the race very close.

By the way, I own a couple fans like the one Crist had at the debate and they are really nice.

Houston Mayor & FRC:

I receive e-mail alerts from all types of groups, politicians, political parties, and news organizations. I received one Wednesday from the Family Research Council (FRC) which is a group that says their “vision is a culture in which human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives.”

Their alert started with “A church should not be required to have the government sign off on their pastor’s sermons.” I say “Amen” to that, but that was a line just to get my attention and while not an outright false statement, it was overblown.

FRC continues with:

Yet, that’s just what’s happening in Houston, Texas. Mayor Annise Parker has issued an unprecedented legal demand that several key pastors turn over sermons, emails, and text messages, even communications with members of their congregations, under the threat of fines imprisonment or both. The pastors that have been targeted are pastors who have spoken out against Parker’s LGBT special rights ordinance.

New York Magazine sets the record straight IN THIS STORY reporting that “They were looking into what instructions pastors gave out to those collecting signatures for a referendum on the non-discrimination law.” Even the Mayor’s office contends the “wording was overly broad.”

So both sides were a little wrong, and several people/groups have blown this way out of proportion – like FRC. I think if pastors are going to issue instructions during sermons about how to collect signatures for issues to be placed on the ballot, don’t be surprised when the people on the other side of the issue don’t take kindly to your actions – and come after you.

That’s politics – if you turn the other cheek, it will be slapped, too.

Making Montana Proud:

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

From the Missoulian: Patrick Wayne Austin, 24, “allegedly caused an explosion at a university apartment Sunday afternoon in an attempt to extract hash oil from marijuana.”

He injured a resident and her child.

It was also reported, “police found 1.67 pounds of marijuana, 8.3 grams of hash oil, a half-pound of psilocybin mushrooms, $2,200 in cash, a rifle, a respirator and two boxes of butane containers.”

It wasn’t a chemistry experiment, either.

He claims the explosion was caused by a gas leak. He told the judge that he wants to get a job and become a productive member of society.

I’m sure the years he serves in prison will give him time to map out a strategy to accomplish those two goals. Patrick Austin is an embarrassment to Montana.

Tip of the Day:

The Kansas City Royals play in Missouri, not Kansas. Same with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The electronic copy of the Great Falls Tribune had this headline today, “Royals’ run has Kansas abuzz” whereas the web copy and the original Associated Press story had this headline, “Royals’ run to World Series has Kansas City abuzz.”

In Montana terms, it’s like saying the Montana State Bobcats play in Missoula or the Montana Grizzlies play in Bozeman.

One More Thing:

It’s Friday – Time to be a hero and rescue some wine trapped in a bottle…


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3 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Mike,

    I’m sure people in both Missouri and Kansas are abuzz about their Chiefs…oh yeah, and at least one guy in Great Falls! Your analogy might be more accurate if you referenced the Jets and Giants playing in New Jersey and not New York!

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