Caught My Eye…

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. – David Frost

Welcome to the big show to end the week – “Caught My Eye” (CME).

If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.

Topics this week include Zinke/Juneau poll, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Bullock’s plane trips & Montana GOP’s Tweet, Wounded Warriors, Bumper Stickers, GOP Presidential Debate wrap, Pro Tips for Campaigns, Missouri Politics, plus a free public service announcement from TWW!

Zinke/Juneau Poll:

You knew it was coming – a poll for the Montana At-Large U.S. House race!

Tell one and all to drop by and participate! Share the poll via Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks for participating!

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee:

According to the press office of Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, Governor Steve Bullock will be hosting a Democratic Governors Association fundraiser in Big Sky this weekend. In attendance will be Washington Governor Jay Inslee who supports efforts in his home state to stop buying power from the Colstrip Power Plant in Montana.

Son of a…

Here’s the “money” quote from Gianforte, “To have our own Governor hobnobbing in Big Sky with Governor Inslee, the man who wants to shut down Colstrip and kill coal jobs, is a slap in the face.”

The boys and girls at the Montana GOP had this to say in their press release:

Governor Bullock will host a dark money fundraiser in Big Sky this weekend with special guest Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a man hell-bent on phasing out his state’s access to Montana’s affordable coal-generated electricity and who is actively working to shut down Colstrip.

“Dark money” and “coal” and “hell-bent” – it’s not often you see those words in one sentence…

If Inslee does end up attending the fundraiser in Big Sky, a point goes to the Montana Republicans and Gianforte for pointing it out.

Tweet of the Week:

The Montana GOP folks are still trying to get some mileage out of an issue with the governor’s plane. They contend that Governor Steve Bullock used the state’s plane for a fundraiser. I addressed the probable myth in an earlier column. Read it HERE.

On Thursday, they tried again. This time tweeting “.@GovernorBullock blasted for using State plane– taxpayer funded– for campaign events (cost: $1,000/hr).”

Then they linked to a column from the opinion page in the Missoulian. Many naive folks would probably think “Oh My” but politically-experienced folks (like me) first look at who wrote the column. The column that “blasted” Bullock was written by a Republican state legislator, Rep. Brad Tschida. Tschida will probably be rewarded for writing the column with his choice of committees in the next legislative session.

With the election season approaching, Tschida should have probably waited and used the 360 words wasted on this issue for something that really matters.

Besides suckering Tschida into writing about it, the Montana GOP was able to convince the highly gullible Tom Lutey of the Billings Gazette to devote 950 words to a story that basically said the Governor held official events and then campaign events – which is the same thing I said in about 100 words a week ago.

Wounded Warrior:

A few weeks ago CBS News reported that the Wounded Warrior Project spends 40 to 50 percent on overhead, including extravagant parties. Other charities for veterans have overhead costs of 10 to 15 percent.

The good news is that CBS News reported last night that the two top executives of Wounded Warrior Project, Chief Executive Officer, Steven Nardizzi, and Chief Operating Officer, Al Giordano, were fired Thursday by the board of directors.

With the way the two executives screwed over veterans, they would be a perfect fit for positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs…

GOP Debate Wrap:

Last night’s 12th GOP Presidential debate was just freaking weird. It was actually a debate and not a free-for-all. Shocking! I nodded off a few times in the first hour.

I tweeted during the debate that Floridians are seeing more of Rubio tonight than they have in the last five years. In case you did not know, Marco Rubio is a first-term senator from Florida and has spent most of his term campaigning all across the USA for President and missing votes.

In many polls, Donald Trump was the winner. The Associated Press reported that nine months after Donald Trump became a presidential candidate, his rivals are still searching for a formula to stop his improbable political rise.

It appears that Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich have all come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is going to be the nominee.

The biggest question I have here at TWW is will U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who has endorsed Marco Rubio, be in Florida Tuesday night to comfort little Marco when he loses his home state.

Politics 2016 Pro Tips:

If you are a candidate for elective office (especially in Montana), please add to your press list. It would be great if you followed me on Twitter @TheWesternWord and liked The Western Word Facebook page, too.

I am one of those all-important “independent voters” that you need to win!

Here are other things for candidates and their staffers to consider: Make it easy for me to link to your press release. Have an RSS feed to your website so I can see when you add content.

Let’s have fun this election season – and thanks for running!

Free Bumper Stickers:

I am always looking for free campaign bumper stickers (that does not mean I endorse you), so if you are offering them let me know via the official email of The Western Word ( and I’ll send you the mailing address to my bunker.

They just might get shown here at The Western Word – and be seen by thousands of readers!

It seems the Democrats are more giving in the bumper sticker department this season. I have bumper stickers from Clinton and Sanders. I ordered one from Bullock.

So go ahead and make my (bumper sticker) day…

Missouri Politics:

Hey Mizzou voters – your Presidential primary is coming up this Tuesday (March 15). There will be 52 Republican and 84 Democrat delegates up for grabs!

In case you forgot, Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama in 54% to 44% in Missouri last time around.

Don’t forget to vote!

One More Thing:

This public service announcement from The Western Word is to remind you to get up at 2:00 a.m. Sunday and turn your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Saving Time…

…and don’t forget to stretch!

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3 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

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  2. A few thoughts: 1) Planegate is nothing more than political theater; and 2) Sen. Daines is most likely privately lamenting his choice of Rubio.

    • HighPoint – Thanks. You are probably correct on both points. But when you can get 950 words in the largest Montana paper about “planegate” then that is cause for celebration in politics. -JmB

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