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.”