Monday’s Odd & Ends

Hello Monday! Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving week already?

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:

  • New MT GOP Executive Director
  • Barry Beach
  • Missoulian Editorial
  • Louisiana Governor’s Race
  • Saturday Night Live

New MT GOP Executive Director:

The Montana Republican Party announced this past week that Timothy Gould has been hired as their new Executive Director. Gould worked on campaigns in Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, and New Jersey. It does not appear he is from Montana, which might anger the right wing “native Montanan” crowd. He’s also a lawyer.

With two strikes against him before he starts on December 1, I do wish Gould the best with his new dysfunctional family.

Barry Beach:

On April 8, 2008, I wrote my first column about Barry Beach. That was long before it became popular to support Beach. After watching the Dateline NBC show “The Killing at Poplar River,” I thought Beach deserved a new trial.

I wrote about Beach 27 more times since that first column. Many columns are near or at the top in number of views.

Beach was released from prison Friday after Montana Governor Steve Bullock granted his clemency request.

Good luck Barry Beach – and happy holidays!

Missoulian Editorial:

The Missoulian newspaper editorial board says the United States should accept more refugees with enhanced security and that the U.S. has a duty and an interest in providing aid to the world’s refugees until the day comes that they can safely return to their home countries.

I applaud the Missoulian for taking this stand. Read the whole editorial HERE.

Louisiana Governor’s Race:

CNN kind of said it all with this opening paragraph:

Sen. David Vitter’s political career is coming to an end, in part because the eight-year-old scandal of allegedly hiring prostitutes is proving, finally, to be too much to overcome.

Republican David Vitter lost the Louisiana governor’s race Saturday to Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards. It was an epic win for Edwards.

This is the race where John Bel Edwards ran the ad that said David Vitter chose prostitutes over patriots. Watch it HERE.

After the loss, Vitter announced that he would not run for reelection to the U.S. Senate.

Saturday Night Live:

In case you missed it, you need to watch the opening sketch from Saturday Night Live in which they parody Fox & Friends talking about the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

I have not watched “Fox and Friends” in several years, but the sketch reminds me of the time when I watched it. The man playing “Ben Carson” was really funny.

Click HERE to watch it.


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