Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

When there are several political stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Are you excited or what?

Today I provide commentary about a blogger’s feud between The Flint Report and Intelligent Discontent, State Rep. Mike Miller & No Wrongdoing, State Sen. Taylor Brown & running for governor, the President’s Job Approval Rating, and much more!

A Feud?

We may have a Montana blogger’s feud starting between the progressive blogger Don Pogreba who runs the Intelligent Discontent blog and conservative blogger Aaron Flint over at The Flint Report blog.

This could end up being Montana’s version of Sean Hannity/Alan Colmes!

Flint did not like the post from Pogreba titled, “The Missoulian Doesn’t Have Time to Cover Zinke Abortion Votes But Does Have Time For SEAL Myth Making.” Read it HERE.

There was an exchange on Twitter about it. Read that HERE.

Late yesterday Flint responded with his own post titled, “Liberal Helena Blogger Mocks Navy SEAL ‘Myth Making.’” Read that HERE.

I do enjoy reading both blogs, and I particularly like the way Pogreba goes after the Montana media for the poor job performance (which could be a daily job) and I like the way Flint stands up for veterans and military personnel.

Both toe the party line quite well – so well that sometimes they cannot see the forest for the trees.

No Wrongdoing:

The Associated Press (AP) reported that Montana State Rep. Mike Miller “has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine and not run for public office for four years to settle a state lawsuit that accuses him of breaking campaign finance laws.”

Miller told the AP, “I maintain now as I have maintained throughout the legal process instigated against me by (Commissioner of Political Practices) Jon Motl that I engaged in no wrongdoing during my 2010 primary election.”

Basically, Miller contends the reason for the settlement is that he didn’t want to continue to rack up attorney’s fees.

I can see Miller’s point, but now he will have this on his record. Maybe he should have asked Rep. Art Wittich who is an attorney and is also facing the same charges to represent him…

Taylor Brown:

Michael Wright from Community News Service at the University of Montana School of Journalism did a story about Montana State Senator Taylor Brown. Read it HERE.

Brown is a moderate Republican which means about 75% of the Republicans in the Montana Legislature don’t believe he is pure enough.

When asked about running for Governor, Brown said, “I wouldn’t say I never will run.”

Here’s some advice: Do it before the wackos on the far right close the primary.

Note: I am not related to Taylor Brown.

Job Approval Rating:

According to a new poll from Gallup, President Barack Obama’s “job approval rating reached 50%” in their latest poll.

Earlier this month, Congress had a job approval rating of 16%.

We’ll probably see Obama become the “good guy” in Washington for the next year or so. Since the Republicans control Congress they will be the “bad guys.”


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