Welcome to the “Black Friday” edition of Caught My Eye!
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 secret meetings, FCS football, Montana Supreme Court, things are going well, birthday, #ShopSmall, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!
More Secret Meetings:
The Montana Legislature meets in January and it’s already been discovered they held a secret meeting which is in violation of the Montana Constitution.
Now, John S. Adams from “The Lowdown” blog is reporting that Legislative Audit Committee plans on meeting in secret Sunday ahead of their announced meetings of Dec 1-2. They contend their “Legal counsel has determined that these briefings are not considered public/open meetings.”
They should probably find new legal counsel – like someone who sides with the Montana Constitution.
It seems that just about every November Montanans have to worry about seeing the Montana Grizzlies and/or the Montana State Bobcats when the FCS football playoffs start. This is because the games are televised on ESPN3 or through Pay Per View.
There are plenty of Montana businesses who will advertise during these games, so it’s really too bad that ESPN can’t get a local channel to carry the games statewide.
It’s also too bad that both the Grizzlies and the Bobcats play at the same time.
By the way, the Carroll College Fighting Saints (10-1) host Southern Oregon (10-2) in Helena this Saturday. The game starts at 12:00 noon.
Montana Supreme Court:
Thanks to Lee Newspapers we get a look at who spent the money in the Montana Supreme Court race between Justice Mike Wheat and his opponent Lawrence VanDyke.
Lee Newspapers reported that around $1.6 million was spent in the race and that is probably “the most expensive judicial race in state history.” You can read the story HERE.
It would be great to see Montana Supreme Court justices appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state senate instead of going to the highest bidder.
According to a new CNN/ORC International poll, “52 percent of Americans said things are going well, while 48 percent said things are going badly” which is “the most positive appraisal of the state of the nation that the poll has found since January of 2007.”
Is this a great country or what?
Comedian Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” turns 52 years old today.
Making Montana Proud:
This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.
-From the Billings Gazette: The following headline grabbed my attention, “Man charged with putting camera in ex’s shower says he was filming chickens.”
According to the Gazette, Terrill Frank Stoltz “appeared Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a count of surreptitious visual observation or recordation in a residence, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $500 fine.”
One More Thing:
Don’t forget – it’s “Small Business Saturday” tomorrow so #ShopSmall.