Monday’s Odds & Ends

Hello Monday! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Cascade County Commission
  • Great Falls Commission Recount
  • Rubio & Credit Cards
  • Ben Carson & the Truth
  • The Western Word Presidential Poll

Cascade County Commission:

According to the Great Falls Tribune, there may be an interesting race for Cascade County Commission shaping up. On the Democratic side, State Rep. Mitch Tropila recently announced his plans to run for office. The incumbent, Republican Joe Briggs, is planning on running for a third term.

It may not get much attention because of all the national and state races in 2016, but it’s an important position. The county commissioners do really important things like approving the country music acts that perform at the Montana State Fair. I think they sample fair food, too.

I don’t make endorsements these days, but I do believe that it’s time for a change on the Cascade County commission.

Great Falls Commission Recount:

After the initial count, Great Falls City Commission candidate Tracy Houck was beating Rick Tryon by seven votes. After the canvass, the margin of victory grew to 10 votes. Tryon filed the paperwork for a recount, which will be this week.

Everyone then lived happily ever after.

Not really. According to a story from KRTV, Tryon “voiced concerns” about a ruling against Houck for campaign violations and the candidates had a “heated exchange” when Tryon questioned Houck’s integrity because of the violation.

I think it’s a little late for Tryon to be raising the campaign violation issue since voting is over. It also shows some desperation on his part. Shame on him.

Rubio & Credit Cards:

GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio was given a Florida Republican Party credit card to use back in 2005 and 2006. He did not seem to use it very well.

According to the Washington Post:

The records, which cover a 22-month period in 2005 and 2006, combined with previously disclosed credit card statements, show that Rubio charged more than $22,000 in personal expenses to the card while the account incurred more than $1,700 in delinquency and late fees over a four-year period while he was in the Florida legislature.

The key line (to me) in the Washington Post story was this one:

Rubio has had long-standing struggles with money.

Rubio’s spending habits may fit well with how those in Washington rack up debt on our “national credit card” in the trillions. When he was given a credit card, it seemed he went wild. That’s something that should concern voters.

Ben Carson & the Truth:

The campaign of GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson may be crumbling. He is now blaming the media for the scrutiny about his past.

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles M. Blow had this to say:

Ben Carson appears to have a somewhat complicated relationship with the truth, or at least that is the picture emerging of him as new challenges to the truthfulness of his biography surface.

Carson should probably read John 8:32: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

I think Carson has been hanging out with Brian Williams too much…

The Western Word Poll:

Since we are a little less than a year out from electing a President, who do you think will be the next President of the United States?

Remember, who you think will be President and who you want to be President may or may not be the same person. If your candidate is not listed, then select “Other.”


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10 thoughts on “Monday’s Odds & Ends

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  2. Rick, by your own admission, you were allowed to use the corporate/government card, as long as it was paid back, there is no impropriety and the appearance is unfounded then…

  3. Neither credit cards are Carson’s past are issues the American people care about. It’s filler for the 24-hour news cycle and the overpaid talking heads that work there.

    I’d like to read what some of those talking heads are paid each year. Perhaps you could include that in your weekly numbers post.

    The GOP is 100% right that we need to start looking askance at the media.

    • Barry – Thanks for your comments. I did not say he didn’t repay what he charged that was personal. It seems ironic that Rubio went kind of wild when he was using the Florida GOP’s credit card. The part in his book where it said he failed to notice when he was using it for some of his personal transactions is very odd. His actions with his personal finances bothers many folks, including me.

      As for your comment, “This sounds like this was written by MSNBC…” I think I will take that as a compliment. You could have compared my writing to Fox News…

      As always Barry, Thanks!


      • There are people out there who do not see a difference in using a corporate card versus their own. I don’t imagine you ever had a corporate card in your name before. Corporate cards always carry a larger credit line. What is a bit odd is that you left out an important fact in that he paid for those transactions that were his…very leftish there!

        I can’t think of a single instance where I would think you wrote something for Fox!

      • Barry, Barry, Barry – “I don’t imagine you ever had a corporate card in your name before.” Yes, I have and, unlike Rubio, I always knew when I was using it. “I can’t think of a single instance where I would think you wrote something for Fox!” – Dang it Barry – I will try to write at least an eighth-grade level for you Fox fans…

        Thanks again – JmB

      • I’ve had plenty of corporate and government credit cards through the years. Not once have I ever charged something personal on them even when allowed to. The appearance of impropriety and actual impropriety are both to be avoided.

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