Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. – Andy Rooney

Welcome to Wednesday! It’s also January 20, so that means that one year from today a new President will be inaugurated!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several major political stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Political Odds & Ends” day!

Here are today’s topics:

  • Gianforte Finishes Exploring
  • Electricity Rate Increase
  • SCOTUS & Immigration
  • Palin Endorses Trump
  • Trump & Liberty University
  • U.S. Senator Charles Grassley

Gianforte Finishes Exploring:

It looks like the exploring is over for Republican Greg Gianforte. He is set to announce his intentions about running for Montana Governor today and Thursday at several stops across Montana.(AP)

In case you have not been following the story of Gianforte, he has been traveling the state exploring a run for governor.

This is just a wild hunch, but I think Gianforte will announce that he is running.

And for another wild hunch, I suspect the Montana Democrats will probably attack him now – they’ve been pretty easy on him so far…

As of this morning, nobody has officially filed to run for governor.

Electricity Rate Increase:

The Republican-controlled Montana Public Service Commission voted 3-1 to approve a $31.6 million rate increase for NorthWestern Energy’s electric customers in Montana.

According to MTN News, this is due to the regulatory structure and approval of the company’s 2014 purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams. The average increase will be about $4 per month.

My commissioner, Travis Kavulla, saw this coming from a mile away and voted against the dam purchase and this increase. He seems to understand these issues better than the other commissioners.

It was reported that Commissioner Roger Koopman, R-Bozeman, abstained. Putting on my Sherlock Holmes hat, I surmise that the three commissioners who voted for the increase are Bob Lake, Brad Johnson, and Kirk Bushman.

Shame on them.

So when you get your electric bill from NorthWestern Energy, thank Commissioners Lake, Johnson, and Bushman for the increase – maybe even send them an email or postcard.

SCOTUS & Immigration:

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will make the final decision about President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

According to Politico, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will take up a case challenging the legality of President Barack Obama’s executive actions aimed at granting quasi-legal status and work permits to up to 5 million people who entered the U.S. illegally as children or who have children who are American citizens.

We should know the decision of SCOTUS sometime in June.

This is the way our government is supposed to work. If there’s a disagreement about the actions of the Legislative and/or the Executive branches, that’s where the Judicial branch can step in and ensure the action was constitutional.


Palin Endorses Trump:

The New York Times reported that former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for President.

Even Vice President Joe Biden would say the endorsement is a “big %^&$% deal!”

While Palin does not have the clout she once had, she still has a lot of conservative followers who believe in her and listen to every word she speaks. I figured she was a Ted Cruz supporter, but I guess not.

The Clinton campaign quickly sent a fundraising email with a photo of Trump watching Palin speak and endorse him. In the email they stated, “This could be our next president listening to his Secretary of Energy” and “Donate to make sure this is nothing more than a bad SNL skit come to life.”

Trump & Liberty University:

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at Liberty University which is a private, non-profit Christian university.

Trump spoke about religion. Then from what I read on Facebook and Twitter, some evangelicals around the country judged Trump on his Christianity. Some poked fun at his speech about religion.

I’m not a Trump supporter, but this is just a small example of why evangelicals turn other Christians and non-Christians off. Evangelicals could do so much good in the world (and even in elections) if they dropped the holier than thou attitude.

These are the same type of Christians who write vicious things about the President in one Facebook or Twitter post and then post something like “Jesus loves you” in the next post.

It’s hypocritical.

U.S. Senator Charles Grassley:

I applaud Republican U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. He takes his job in Washington seriously enough to show up for every vote.

According to Roll Call, after Tuesday evening votes, Grassley had not missed a recorded vote in 22 years, six months and six days – a record.

If only Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz felt the same way about their jobs.

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10 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

  1. Barry, Barry, Barry. You already explained it at the bottom of this column.
    CRS catching up to you in your dotage? I keed, I keed.

  2. Gee Barry, if you’re not so concerned about candidates missing votes then why did you bring it up? And why only about Democrats?

    • Doug – I think Barry was referring to the part in my column about Chuck Grassley not missing a vote for over 22 years. I said it would be nice if Rubio and Cruz felt the same way about their jobs as senators. -JmB

    • doug, I’m not concerned but the liberals in the media are all in a tizzy about Rubio and Cruz missing 30%ish of votes because they are on the campaign trail. With liberals short memory they forgot about Obama and Kerry is the point, and not talking about Mike here!. We have only had one vote in recent history where it came down to a single vote making the difference. And that was by rookie Senator Jon Testor in passing the ACA! I typed this real slow just for you, hope that helps…just kidding as Mike would say!

  3. I guess people forgot that Obama missed 64% of his votes in 2008 and John Kerry missed 90% of his votes in 2004…

    • Barry – Nope. Not me. You forgot Clinton. She missed many votes in 2008. Also, when Bob Dole was running for President in 1996, he resigned from being Senate Majority Leader & Senate to run for President. Here’s an interesting piece of trivia: A day or two before Dole resigned, I was able to meet him in the majority leader’s office in the senate. Great man. Patriot.

      Thanks Barry!


      • I am not so concerned about presidential candidates missing votes, they need to focus on that path. Their missed votes probably won’t change the outcome and if it would come down to it making a difference, they would find a way to show up to cast their vote.

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