Thursday Numbers

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe. – John Henry Newman

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Wildcard 2, unemployment, felony theft, Golden State Warriors, Ryan Zinke, Disclose Act violations, delegates, Sherry Devlin, Super Tuesday, candidate filing, another debate, plus much more!


That was the jackpot for Wednesday night’s Wildcard 2 lottery game. The game is played in just four states: Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The game ended Wednesday night and it does not appear anyone won the jackpot, so the jackpot will be divided among the four states. (GF Tribune)

They should have continued drawing until there was a jackpot winner.


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (


Tiffany David pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony theft for taking nearly $18,000 in items the state claims it did not receive, including trips to conferences and gift certificates. David is the former head of the Montana’s Job Service Operations Bureau. (GF Tribune)


The NBA’s Golden State Warriors are 51-5 so far this season and their winning percentage is .911. (ESPN)

The best regular season winning percentage in the NBA belongs to the 1996 Chicago Bulls who finished their regular season with a record of 72-10 and a winning percentage of .878. (Source)


That’s how many pages there are in the book “American Commander: Serving a Country Worth Fighting For and Training the Brave Soldiers Who Lead the Way” by Ryan Zinke.(Amazon)

Zinke is Montana’s U.S. Representative. I believe I heard somewhere that Zinke is a former Navy SEAL…

The book is due to be released in September just in time for the final push toward the General Election.


GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump leads in the delegate count with 81. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have 17 each. A candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win. (Real Clear Politics)

I must admit that it is fun to watch the Republican Party try to deal with Trump. They may implode…


As of Wednesday, 79 of the 122 organizations registered as independent political committees had filed reports under Montana’s new Disclose Act detailing their spending and contributions from 2015. (AP)

Maybe a severe fine will help them comply?


Sherry Devlin worked for the Missoulian for almost 30 years. She filed a lawsuit that says she was demoted in April 2015, her pay was cut in half, and her work conditions were made so intolerable that she was forced to resign in November 2015. (AP)

Devlin is one of the good ones. Good luck to her – and shame on the Missoulian.


As of today (Feb. 25), that’s how many days are left for candidates to file for office in Montana. Candidate filing opened January 14, 2016, and closes March 14, 2016. (MT SoS)

This was a public service message brought to you by The Western Word – Montana’s premier independent blog!


Super Tuesday is March 1, 2016 – next Tuesday! Twelve states and one territory will caucus or cast primary votes. More delegates will be up for grabs at one time than any other point in the election cycle. (

More information can be found HERE.


The five remaining GOP Presidential candidates will meet for their 10th debate tonight (Thursday) in Houston, Texas. CNN is airing the debate and it starts at 6:30 here in Montana.(USA Today)

No, this is not the final debate…


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. Did hinky Zinke ever release his complete, unredacted and unexpurgated service record as he promised he would? I would rather wade thru that than his self-agrandizing paean.

    • Doug – Zinke did release his records. I think several people reviewed them. I took a look at them and found nothing out of the ordinary. I hope his book is better. -JmB

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