Monday’s Political Odds & Ends

Welcome to February! Today in Iowa our country begins voting for President! Is this a great country or what?

Please take the polls at the end of this column about the Iowa caucus!

Today’s topics include:

  • 55 Montana Lawmakers
  • Clinton Emails
  • David Petraeus
  • Iowa Caucus

55 Montana Lawmakers:

The Helena Independent Record (IR) reported over the weekend that 55 Montana lawmakers do not reside in the district they represent.

It’s not against the law, but in my opinion, it should be. Montanans should be represented by someone who lives in their neighborhood, not across town or across the county.

This should be changed in the next legislative session.

Read the Helena IR story HERE.

Clinton Emails:

The Clinton email drip, drip, drip continues. The Associated Press reported Saturday that the Obama administration has confirmed for the first time that Hillary Clinton’s home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails that contained material requiring one of the highest levels of classification.

As for Clinton, she contends she never sent or received information on her personal email account that was classified at the time. The big question that only Clinton knows (and will never tell) is did she see any emails in her personal account that she felt were supposed to be classified. In the real world of classified information, it does happen that information sent unclassified one month may end up being classified at a later date.

We do know that the email issue is being politicized for all it’s worth by her opponents. It’s easy for her opponents to talk about an “investigation” or an “indictment” or “felony” to keep the issue in the news in the hopes it will hurt Clinton with the voters.

Both sides like to use those words to score political points when they can.

Listening to the Republicans, they appear to be “all in” on the Clinton email fiasco. So far it’s like a mosquito buzzing around the Clinton campaign – it’s just annoying.

David Petraeus:

Remember him? Petraeus is the former U.S. military commander and CIA director who admitted sharing classified information with his mistress.

Reuters reported recently that the Department of Defense won’t be taking one of his four stars as punishment. He was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $100,000 but was spared prison time after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.

If someone further down the chain of command would have committed the same crime, I could almost bet that the punishment would have been dealt with in a different manner.

Petraeus got off pretty easy. The main punishment was the embarrassment.

Petraeus was a weak leader who does not deserve 4-star retirement pay. Shame on the Obama Administration.

Iowa Caucus:

Finally, we get to see the first voting in the 2016 Presidential election season! If the polls are correct, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the winners in the Iowa caucuses tonight. Since it is a caucus, things can change. If you don’t know how the Iowa Caucus works, watch this short video.

After tonight, Iowa will fade into the background and become an insignificant state once again.

Who do you think will win tonight?

Who will win the 2016 Iowa Republican Caucus?

Who will win the 2016 Iowa Democratic Caucus?

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