Thursday Numbers

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. – Walt Whitman

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” 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 Great Falls & the power business, Glacier National Park & fire, Tom Brady, a path to citizenship, Boehner & McConnell, Sanders/Clinton & New Hampshire, Trump/Carson & Iowa, powerful women staffers, approval ratings, Kansas City Royals, Downpour Music Festival, and much more!

15,000,000

The Great Falls Tribune editorial board lists “eight hard lessons” learned after the City of Great Falls lost about $15 million due to their “venture” into the power business.

It was a mess and we’re still paying for it.

274,000

That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (Source)

14,900

Glacier National Park officials estimate the Thompson fire has burned 14,900 acres. (Source)

The park is open and the Going-to-the-Sun Road is open!

80

Quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is too long, according to nearly 80 percent of the players polled by ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters and ESPN The Magazine contributors. (Source)

I think a fine for not fully cooperating with the investigation would be enough.

68

According to 100 players polled by ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters and ESPN The Magazine contributors, 68% believe other teams deflate footballs. (Source)

65

A new Gallup poll out this week found that in the United States, 65% favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The poll also found that 50% of Republicans and 80% of Democrats favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. (Source)

54

According to Gallup, that’s the unfavorable rating of House Speaker John Boehner. (Source)

It’s hard to find anyone who likes Boehner.

44

In a recent New Hampshire poll, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton 44%-37%. (Source)

Hello Bernie!

41

According to Gallup, that’s the unfavorable rating of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Only 22% view him favorably and 37% have no opinion. (Source)

In my humble opinion, McConnell is one of the worst majority leaders in the history of the U.S. Senate. John Thune would make a great majority leader.

22

A new CNN/ORC Poll released yesterday shows Donald Trump leading the Republicans with 22% support from the likely Iowa caucus goers, but more interesting is that Ben Carson came in second with 14% of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was at 9 percent. (Source)

I think Walker will fade away.

20

Courtesy of National Journal, here are the 20 most powerful women staffers on Capitol Hill. (Source)

14

In a Gallup poll conducted Aug. 5-9, the approval rating for members of Congress dropped from 17% to 14%. (Source)

There’s not a lot of love for members of Congress…

11

The Kansas City Royals have an 11 game lead in the American League Central. They also have the best record in the American League (68-45), but the second best record in Missouri. The St. Louis Cardinals are 73-40 and have the best record in baseball. (Source)

Another I-70 World Series would be great!

10

This Saturday at the Montana Expo Park in Great Falls is the 10th Annual Downpour Music Festival with Brightwork, Shonlock, Group 1 Crew, Plumb, 10th AVE N, and Skillet performing.

It’s free!

The gates open at noon. For more information visit their website HERE.

 

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