Thursday Numbers

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and 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 St. Patrick’s Day & Guinness, unemployment, Missouri Presidential Primary, Marco Rubio & Florida, Supreme Court nominee poll, Western Art Week, Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner, State offices for Tester & Daines, NCAA brackets, and much more!


USA Today reports that on St. Patrick’s Day Americans will down about 3 million pints of Guinness — compared to the usual 600,000 pints on a typical day, according to 2014 statistics — and celebrate with parades, shamrock-shaped cookies and a handful of green rivers.

I’m looking forward to the corned beef!


That’s how many new claims for unemployment were filed last week. (Source)


As of this morning, Donald Trump leads Ted Cruz by 1,726 votes in the Missouri Presidential Primary. There were 935,794 votes cast in the Missouri Republican Primary. (MO SoS)


As of this morning, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 1,531 votes in the Missouri Presidential Primary. There were 626,075 votes cast in the Missouri Democratic Primary. (MO SoS)


There are 66 counties in Florida and Florida’s U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, who is also the former Speaker of the Florida House lost 65 of them to Donald Trump in Tuesday’s Presidential primary. (CNN)

As some have said, I don’t think Rubio could be elected dog catcher in Florida now.


That’s the percentage of people who believe the U.S. Senate should hold hearings on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. (WaPo)

Some of the stupid things Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does mostly tend to lead the Republicans off a cliff.


Also according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll, 62% of Independent voters believe the U.S. Senate should hold hearings on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. (WaPo)

The refusal to even hold hearings may cost the Republicans the majority in the U.S. Senate. This November, Republicans will have 24 seats to defend and the Democrats will have only 10.


Western Art Week celebrates its 48th year in Great Falls this week. (GF Trib)

Have fun…


This Saturday (March 19) is the Montana Democrats’ 38th Annual Mansfield-Metcalf Dinner. It will be held at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena.

The keynote speaker for the event is United States Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin. More details can be found HERE.


According to his website, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has eight state offices in Montana.


According to his website, that’s how many state offices U.S. Senator Steve Daines has in Montana. Former senators had up to eight state offices because Montana is such a large state.

Daines has senate field offices in Great Falls, Billings, Helena, Bozeman, and Billings. He does not have offices in Kalispell, Butte, or Glendive like other senators have or had.

Daines has been in office long enough that he should have offices in Kalispell, Butte, and Glendive. Daines needs to improve his constituent services.


That’s how many brackets I’ve completed for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

We’ll see how they are doing after the first round!

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. I think that the path to the cliff was beaten down and prepared first by Sen. H. Reid. You would think they would learn something from mistakes of the past….Mitch McConnell is instead following those dirty footprints left behind. Hate this part of politics in our government!

    • L. Johnson – Good points. Thank you. I’ve seen McConnell’s work up close and personal – and I have no respect for him. As for Reid, he seems to always beat McConnell at political gamesmanship. McConnell is probably happy he only has to deal with Reif for a few months more. -JmB

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