Caught My Eye…

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln

Welcome to the first “Caught My Eye” of December!

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or maybe both.

Today I write about Lt. Governor McLean, KBZK & Judy Slate, ObamaCare Repeal Bill, and Gun Control Measures. There’s a lot more so read on!

Lt. Governor McLean:

After my Wednesday column about the resignation of Lt. Governor Angela McLean, a faithful reader sent an e-mail pointing out an article from August 2014 about McLean’s father-in-law. In the article, Lee Newspapers reported:

The father-in-law of Montana’s lieutenant governor has turned himself in to state regulators after he was caught misappropriating funds from his Anaconda law firm.

It’s also reported in the story that Angela McLean’s husband is a partner in the law office.

The reader also pointed out that sentencing was scheduled for Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 1:30, in Missoula.

The Missoulian newspaper reported Thursday afternoon that David Michael McLean, 75, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison. The restitution amount was yet to be determined.

Maybe that was part of the reason for her resignation.

The Montana Television Network (MTN) reported earlier this week that a source said that McLean, appointed lieutenant governor just 22 months ago, had had a falling out with the governor and seen a diminished role on the job in recent months.

Drip, drip, drip…

KBZK & Judy Slate:

I happened to catch a Tweet from @derekwbrouwer about Jim Romenesko posting a story on his website with the headline, “Montana TV anchor/reporter covers the county sheriff – while dating him.”


The story is about Bozeman television station KBZK and their anchor/reporter Judy Slate.

Romenesko writes:

No Bozeman (MT) TV news outlet covers the sheriff’s office as thoroughly, and fluffily, as KBZK and anchor/reporter Judy Slate.

Her reports have included Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin participating in a “cold water challenge”; attending a Washington D.C. conference (apparently with Slate); and giving a tour of a local high school.

What she’s never disclosed in her TV reports is that she’s dating the sheriff. On her Facebook page, though, Slate doesn’t bother trying to keep their relationship a secret. (I’m told that rival news outlets have known about it for at least 14 months.)

KBZK is part of the Montana Television Network (MTN).

Romenesko also reported that he contacted News director John Sherer and Sherer refused to answer questions about the relationship. He also said that Sherer hung up on him.

I guess when the tables are turned and you are being questioned, it’s time to hang up and run.

For the past several years, I have become more and more disappointed in the quality of the local news. While nobody is perfect, reading from a teleprompter and spelling seems to be very difficult for many in the local news business.

ObamaCare Repeal Bill:

The Hill reported late last night that the Senate passed legislation repealing the core pillars of ObamaCare, taking a major step toward sending such a bill to the president’s desk for the first time. The bill passed the senate 52-47.

It will be dead on arrival – the President will veto it – and rightly so.

The House has voted 56 times to repeal all or part of ObamaCare.

It only took Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus about an hour after the senate vote to send out a fundraising email asking for donations to fight off the President’s veto. About an hour after that, the Democratic National Committee was asking for money to help fight the Republicans.

I guess everybody is trying to raise a pot of gold off of ObamaCare.

I’ve said several times that it would be great if both sides worked to make Obamacare better for everyone. I still believe that.

Working together to make Obamacare better would really put Americans first.

Gun Control Measures:

The U.S. Senate attempted to pass some gun control measures this week. Two ideas seemed to be no-brainers, but the Republicans blocked them.

Politico reported that one proposal would deny people on a federal terrorism watch list the ability to purchase guns. That seems like a good idea. The official words used in the amendment language:

To increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists.

That amendment failed 54-45. Montana’s senators split their votes. Democrat Jon Tester voted for the amendment and Republican Steve Daines voted against it.

The Republicans put forth their own ideas. They failed, too.

It’s pretty sad when our elected officials cannot come together to protect us.

One More Thing:

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. – William Arthur Ward


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  1. Watch list – you might find this interesting:

    • James: Thanks for the info although I would expect an article from to be kind to the NRA. I believe as well as others that cross-referencing the terrorist watch list with gun purchases is a just a little something we can do to maybe make us safer. We will never completely keep guns from bad people. Here is a poll about the issue:…/quinni…/national/release-detail…
      Question 82: Do you support or oppose changing current gun laws to ban those on the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list from purchasing guns?
      Overall 77% support and 18% oppose. That includes 76% Republican and 83% Democrat.

      Thanks for stopping by The Western Word. -JmB

  2. Gun Control Measures…and it was the Democrats that killed Kate’s law, so let’s just agree that Congress is not interested in protecting the American People, just those who they get paid from…you can file this in the Tit for Tat file.

    • Barry – They are interested in raising money on the issue from groups that support them, too. Thanks. -JmB

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