Wednesday’s Political Odds & Ends

Politics is no longer theater, it’s show business. So let’s put on the best show in town. – Frank Underwood (House of Cards)

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

Today’s topics include:

  • Analysis of the Presidential Primary
  • Montana Primary Races – My Two Cents
  • Bumper Sticker Mania

Analysis of Tuesday’s Presidential Primaries:

Republican establishment candidate Marco Rubio suspended his campaign last night after losing his home state of Florida by about 19 points to Donald Trump.

I dedicate this song to little Marco:

Goodbye, “Rubio” Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you…

I heard someone on CNN say these “Ruby Tuesday” lyrics with Rubio’s name inserted last night, so it was not my idea. It’s Sunshine week!

Twitter reacts to Rubio quitting HERE.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will probably have to go through U.S. Senate orientation again since he has hardly showed up for work in the past two years. Maybe his biggest supporter in Montana, Senator Steve Daines, can show him around.

Who will Daines support now? Maybe a staffer will email me the answer…

Tuesday night was Donald Trump’s night. He won Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Northern Marianas Islands, and he is leading in Missouri as of this morning.

John Kasich won his home state of Ohio, which was expected. I like Kasich more than Trump and a heck of a lot more than Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz won nothing. His speech late last night was lousy.

As for the Democrats, it was all Hillary. She won Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio. She is leading in Missouri this morning.

You can see the updated delegate count HERE.

Montana Primary Races – My Two Cents:

-Nobody should be surprised that Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Greg Gianforte have last-minute primary opponents. It helps them be able to raise and spend more money. That’s the way the political parties roll.

-I am glad to see Democrat Larry Jent run for Montana Attorney General. Jent is a veteran. We need more veterans running for public office.

-The Associated Press reported that the Montana Secretary of State’s office said 382 people filed papers to be on ballots in the June primary.

-In a press release the Montana Democrats say they have candidates for 124 out of 125 legislative seats. That’s impressive. They say they have 61 female candidates, which is also impressive.

-It looks like Montana Republicans have about 40 primaries if my counting is correct. It’s probably due to the RINO (Republican In Name Only) issue the party has with moderates.

-The Senate District 10 Republican primary with Steve Fitzpatrick and J.C. Kantorowicz taking each other on should be fun to watch. It’s one of those RINO issues. I already mentioned it HERE.

-The House District 19 Republican primary with Wendy McKamey challenging incumbent Randy Pinocci should also be interesting. Both lean to the far, far, far, far, far right.

– The House District 20 Republican primary with Fred Anderson and Sheridan Buck looks interesting. Anderson lost in the general election (HD 24) last year by about 23 votes to Jean Price.

-In House District 22, we get primaries for both the Democrats and Republicans. For the Democrats, Albert J Ferdere takes on Bill Mintsiveris. For the Republicans Cleve Loney and Lola Sheldon-Galloway face off.

-I am sure there are other primary races that intrigue you – so let me know in the comments section or via email.

-I think a candidate should have to live in the district in which they are running for office.

-It looks like seven Presidential candidates made the June primary ballot. (Source)

-It’s too bad that Montana judges have to get down in the toilet and act like politicians and run for office.

-Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath did not get an opponent. That’s awful. I don’t think too much of McGrath. Montana could do better.

-It’s Dirk Sandefur, Kristen Juras, and Eric Mills running for the Montana Supreme Court Justice #3 seat. All of them are from Great Falls. Two of them will move on to the general election in November.

-Nobody challenged the incumbent Jim Shea for Supreme Court Justice #6. That’s a shame.

-You won’t see too many independent candidates on the ballot because of all the hoops you have to jump through to be an independent candidate in Montana. When a candidate for Montana state legislature comes to your door this year, ask them to make it easier for independent candidates to get on the ballot in Montana. Some of the silly requirements to be an independent candidate in Montana can be found HERE.

Bumper Stickers:

Last Friday I said that 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.

That offer continues…

Don “K” Kaltschmidt who is running in State Senate District 3 sent me one via email. Since Don “K” also said he enjoys The Western Word, it is my honor to present the bumper sticker for Don “K” for Senate District 3:


Don “K” gets the honor of being the first Republican to send me a bumper sticker!


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