Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the last Thursday Numbers…for April! By the way, where did April go?

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Montana Legislature, the Chippewa Cree Tribe, unemployment, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, Malmstrom’s RED HORSE squadron & the Montana Congressional delegation, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Truman Dinner, the NFL Draft, judicial candidates & campaign contributions, and the Box Score for the Orioles/White Sox game.


That’s the number of impressions (or number of sides of paper printed) for the Montana legislative session (3.7 million). (Source)

The Montana Legislature kills a lot of trees…


The Great Falls Tribune reported that Federal investigators have ordered Montana’s Chippewa Cree Tribe to pay its chairman, Ken St. Marks, nearly $650,000 in compensation for “prohibited reprisal(s)” taken against him dating back to March 2013. (Source)



That’s the number of new claims for unemployment filed last week. (Source)


According to StubHub (as of this morning) the cheapest ticket to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight this Saturday in Las Vegas is about $3,600. One ticket near the ring can be purchased for $81,119.85. Some are even more expensive. If you plan on watching the fight on pay-per-view, it will cost about $99. (Source)

I’ll be monitoring it on Twitter!


That’s the number of legislative bill drafts requested in this year’s Montana Legislature. (Source)

There are 150 legislators (100 in House, 50 in Senate), so that equals about 16 bill drafts per person…


Malmstrom AFB’s 819th RED HORSE Squadron is in danger of being moved to Guam.(Source)

Keeping the unit at Malmstrom will be a big leadership test for U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines, as well as U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke.  Nobody in the Air Force will ever say this publicly, but the Montana delegation’s non-support of the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex will play a role in this issue and other issues dealing with military missions for Montana. Why keep a squadron in a state where the delegation does not support the total Air Force mission.


As of Wednesday, that is the number of Bills signed into law by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. (Source)


It’s being reported that Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce today that he is running for President of the United States on the Democratic ticket. Sanders is 73 years old. (Source)


The Great Falls Tribune asked readers Wednesday, “Should the (MT) Legislature have adjourned without passing the infrastructure bill?” 72% said “No” and 28% said “Yes.”

Now all that Montanans are left with is the blame game…


Boxer Manny Pacquiao has a record of 57-5-2. He fights Floyd Mayweather, Jr., this Saturday in Las Vegas. (Source)


It will cost you $50 to attend the 29th Annual Truman Dinner on Saturday, May 9, in Billings Montana. (Source)


Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., has a record of 47-0. He fights Manny Pacquiao this Saturday in Las Vegas. (Source)


The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is tonight from Chicago! My Kansas City Chiefs have the 18th pick. (Source)

Who will be the #1 pick? Many folks believe that Tampa Bay will take QB Jameis Winston with the first pick, and QB Marcus Mariota will be taken second by Tennessee.


National Journal reported the Supreme Court’s march toward liberalizing campaign-finance laws slowed Wednesday, with a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts that upholds a Florida ban on judicial candidates soliciting campaign contributions. (Source)

Roberts said it best: “Judges are not politicians, even when they come to the bench by way of the ballot,” Roberts said. “A state may assure its people that judges will apply the law without fear or favor — and without having personally asked anyone for money.” (Source)

IMHO – It would be better if all judicial candidates were appointed instead of running for office and raising campaign funds. As a juror I have wondered if the attorneys have donated to the judge’s campaign – or to his/her opponent.


You probably heard about the baseball game between the White Sox and Orioles being closed to the fans due to security concerns in Baltimore. Some organizations reported that no fans attended the game. According to the *Box Score for the game that posted on ESPN yesterday, the attendance was 1. I snipped that part of the webpage:

White Sox - Oriole Box

It was changed later in the day. The link to the new Box Score can be found HERE.

*Other Box Scores showed the attendance was zero.

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