Caught My Eye…

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry S Truman

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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 Motl v. Wittich, Roasting Bullock, Adam Sanchez Jr, Gazette & Daines/Zinke, the Iowa Caucus, alcohol deliveries, plus much more!

Motl v. Wittich:

The duel between State Rep. Art Wittich, R-Bozeman, and Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl just got a little more interesting. It’s popcorn time!

Motl is going after Wittich for alleged campaign violations during 2010 elections. Yep, the 2010 elections (we don’t move too fast out here in the Big Sky Country).

Motl wrote in one of the documents filed for the case that Wittich’s removal from office would be an appropriate remedy.

While he’s at it, I can think of several other legislators who should be removed from office.

Wittich responded by saying Motl is a horrible looking fellow who dresses in funny looking suits; then he said something nasty about a horse Motl rode in on.

I’m just kiddin – the last sentence did not happen.

The Helena Independent Record reported that Wittich did say that this latest attempt by Motl was a “Hail Mary.”

We do need to have fair elections. Every dollar for and against a candidate needs to be reported. When it is proven that the rules have severely been broken, throwing a person out of office is fine by me.

Roasting Bullock:

It was kind of interesting that the Helena Independent Record and the Billings Gazette finally got around to writing editorials this week about Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) and his problems keeping someone employed as Lt. Governor. You can read the editorials HERE and HERE.

In case you are not from around these parts, Bullock is in his first four-year term as Governor, and he is already looking for Lt. Governor number three.

The Helena and Billings newspapers are a little behind. Here at The Western Word, I addressed Bullock’s problem on December 2. You can read that column HERE.

The Montana GOP jumped on the bandwagon sending a press release with the best parts (for them) mentioned. You can read it HERE.

I still like Bullock’s chances for reelection, but like I wrote in my column:

Team Bullock needs to go the extra mile when vetting McLean’s replacement. Maybe they need to ask, “If selected for this position, how long might we expect you to stay?”

I also wrote that Bullock is down in the count 0-2. This isn’t softball.

Adam Sanchez Jr:

Adam Sanchez Jr. was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole in Cascade County Montana for killing Cascade County Deputy Joseph Dunn, 33, in August of 2014.

I agree with the sentence handed down by State District Court Judge Dirk Sandefur.

The Great Falls Tribune’s Andrea Fisher did a very good job live-tweeting the events from the courthouse. Read her report HERE.

Here at The Western Word, I have written extensively about Sanchez and Cascade County Attorney John Parker. Many believe the Cascade County Attorney’s office dropped the ball in regard to other cases against Sanchez, and that he should not have been free at the time when he killed Deputy Dunn.

Back in August of 2014, I wrote that Parker should resign. Although the case is now closed and Sanchez won’t ever be free (Parker did an adequate job on that) there is still a lot of anger in the community over this case and other cases. Friends and family of Deputy Joe Dunn will never get over his death. We won’t forget Joe Dunn and his family.

Therefore it’s more important than ever for Cascade County Attorney John Parker to resign. It’s what’s best for Cascade County. It’s time to clean out the Cascade County Attorney’s office and start fresh.

Gazette Editorial on Health Care:

This morning the Billings Gazette editorial team is telling U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke to “Stop playing politics with Montana health care.

Amen to that. The opening paragraph sets the tone of the editorial:

In supporting repeal of the Affordable Care Act last week, Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines effectively voted to take away health insurance from thousands of low- and middle-income Montanans.

Preach it. The Gazette continues with:

In promising to repeal Obamacare, Daines would deny health coverage to 70,000 impoverished Montanans who will be eligible for Medicaid on Jan. 1.

The Gazette also ensures Zinke gets some of their wrath:

Earlier in the House, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke also voted for the bill to repeal Obamacare and bar the federal government from paying Planned Parenthood for any health care.

I think the Republicans in the U.S. House have voted between 50-60 times to repeal Obamacare. They do this to appease far-right constituents and raise campaign money.

I know people who have their healthcare because of Obamacare. Like I have said over and over in this blog, both sides need to come together to make it better because it can be made better. Daines and Zinke need to be part of that solution.

Iowa Caucus:

If you’ve read The Western Word very much then you know I don’t care too much for Iowa. I lived there for about a year when I was younger. By the way, that is a year of my life I will never get back.

About the only thing Iowa has going for it is every four years they have the Iowa Caucuses. It’s great for their economy. Realistically, they probably make more money raising corn and pigs. I don’t think the Iowa Caucus really matters – it’s just a date on the calendar.

If you really want to understand what the Iowa Caucus is, click HERE.

Iowans don’t appear to be very good at selecting the President on the GOP side, at least. In 2012, Rick Santorum beat Mitt Romney. In 2008, Mike Huckabee won it. In 1996, Bob Dole won it. Dole won it in 1988, too. George H.W. Bush won it in 1980, but Ronald Reagan was the nominee. George H.W. Bush was elected President in 1988, but Bob Dole won the Iowa Caucus.George W. Bush won it in 2000 and was elected President.(Source)

The spotlight will grow dim for another four years after the Iowa Caucuses on February 1. That is fine with me.

One-Hour Alcohol Delivery:

Just in time for the holidays, Amazon.com has brought the gift of booze at the click of a button to New York City! According to CBS in New York, the online shopping service has added booze to its one-hour delivery service, allowing New Yorkers to imbibe within 60 minutes via Amazon. (Source)

Is this a great country or what? 

One More Thing:

The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine. – Abraham Lincoln

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