Tuesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Tuesday – time for another political potpourri edition! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word about:

  • State Rep. Randy Pinocci
  • Benghazi Hearings
  • Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee
  • NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

State Rep. Randy Pinocci:

The Great Falls Tribune asked local state legislators to submit in writing what they believed were the high and low points of the 2015 Montana Legislature. State Representative Randy Pinocci had a rough time during the session, and here at The Western Word he was listed as one of the two biggest embarrassments of the session.

Pinocci wrote the following about his low point:

I really want my constituents to know accurately what I’m doing for them. I was quite disappointed that the Great Falls Tribune failed to attain journalistic standards of accuracy and objectivity when informing my constituents about my positions and activities. While working hard to represent the will of my constituents in Helena, it was frustrating that the Tribune was printing things about my positions and activities that simply were not true, or that were slanted. If the Tribune expects to be respected as the primary source of accurate public information in the Cascade County area, it needs to do a better job of gathering and printing information that is correct. This would help my constituents understand that I am truly working on their behalf.

I did not see anything wrong with the Tribune’s coverage of the session. In fact, I wrote that Kristen Inbody of the Great Falls Tribune did a superb job covering the state legislature. Pinocci’s big bill was an Agenda 21 (HB 583) bill that failed. His introduction of this bill made him and the 41 state legislators who voted for it look a little like nutjobs. Some on the very far right believe that Agenda 21 is a United Nations plan to take over private property in the United States. Plus, Pinocci’s interview with Inbody showed he’s not very good at getting his message across.

I’m thinking Rep. Pinocci might need some cheese with his whine…

Benghazi Hearings:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify later this month about Benghazi. Before it was even finalized, I received an email from Special Operations Speaks PAC asking that I contact the committee and tell them “to stand firm in their continuing efforts to uncover the TRUTH about the tragedy of Benghazi and bring justice to the families of the fallen, and to the American people.” They also asked that I “support” the Special Operations Speaks PAC.

We really need a dose of realism here. The “special House committee” has one job and that is to hurt Clinton’s presidential run. Everything they need to know about Benghazi they already know. It’s all politics.

Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee:

Tech executive Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson entered the Republican Presidential race yesterday and former Arkansas Governor (and Fox News host) Mike Huckabee will announce that he is running today. (Source)

All three are considered long-shots, but they will make it interesting.

NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are doing pretty well in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll of Republican presidential hopefuls. I am surprised about Rubio, and I still want to shout “Polo” when I hear his name.  I still see him taking a gulp of water.

Then there’s Hillary Clinton. Although her unfavorable rating has increased since she announced, here is how she competes in a head to head General Election matchup:

Clinton leads Bush, the former Florida governor, by six points (49 percent to 43 percent); Rubio, the Florida senator, by another six points (49 percent to 43 percent); and Walker, the Wisconsin governor by 10 (50 percent to 40 percent).

It’s a long time until November 2016.

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