Wednesday’s Quick Hits

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • 43 Senators
  • The Old Media Advisory
  • Tribune Question
  • Tim Fox – Tale Grows Taller
  • Mississippi is Closed
  • Wisconsin Analysis
  • TWW Bumper Sticker Contest

Wisconsin Analysis:

Just as I predicted, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin Presidential primary last night. Donald Trump still leads Cruz in the delegate count 740-514, and Hillary Clinton leads Sanders 1,743-1,056. (Source)

Although it was a big win for Cruz, the path ahead still looks good for Trump. The New York primary (Trump’s home state) is April 19, and on April 26 there are several northeast states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania).

Mississippi is Closed:

Shame on Mississippi. According to several news organizations, including the Washington Post, Mississippi’s governor on Tuesday signed into law a bill that allows businesses to refuse services to gay couples based on religious objections:

The new law states that it protects “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions,” including the belief that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that sexual relations should only occur in such a marriage. It also says that a person’s gender is “determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth” and goes on to say that businesses can determine who is allowed to access bathrooms, dressing rooms and locker rooms.

It’s pretty hard to convince people that you practice a religion of love, a religion of caring, a religion of compassion when you discriminate or show hatred toward those who are different than you.

In reading the law, it reminds me of bills one might have seen living in the 1950s.

43 Senators:

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) joined 42 other Republican Senators in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of a challenge by a majority of the nation’s governors and attorneys general of the states, led by the State of Texas, to the Obama Administration’s November 2014 executive actions on immigration.

I’m yawning here.

Politicians never miss a chance to get a little publicity. The amicus brief was not needed. Most people probably wish the Republicans in the senate would do the jobs they were elected to do, like hold a hearing and vote on the President’s Supreme Court nominee.

Tribune Question:

The Great Falls Tribune asked readers, “Do you approve of the current Congress?” The results were not very pretty: 91% answered “No” and 9% answered “Yes.”

It does not really matter which party controls Congress, they are both running this country into the ground.

The Old Media Advisory:

Republican candidate for Governor Greg Gianforte’s campaign sent a “Media Advisory” Monday morning telling members of the media that there would be a “Press call to make an announcement regarding the 2016 Montana gubernatorial race.”

Those participating included Greg Gianforte, his running mate Lesley Robinson, U.S. Senator Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke.

The announcement was that Daines and Zinke were endorsing Gianforte and Robinson, which was not that surprising because they are all Republicans.

It was a nice little win for Team Gianforte in the publicity department. Not long after the announcement was made, several news organizations (including Montana’s only independent blog, The Western Word) posted stories or sent Tweets about it.

It was manufactured publicity. It worked.

Tim Fox – Tale Grows Taller:

My favorite classic rock band REO Speedwagon has a song titled, “Take It On The Run” and there’s line in the songs that reads, “The tales grow taller on down the line.”

That seems to be the case with Attorney General Tim Fox, who recently saved U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ chief of staff Jason Thielman from bodily harm.

Now Roll Call reports “Montana Attorney General Thwarts Robbery of Daines Staffer.”

This is the same story about the fight at a hotel bar during the energy summit in Billings last week.

Before this story dies, we’ll probably read about Fox taking out several members of a terrorist organization, singlehandedly, while Thielman was hanging on to his leg.

I imagine former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke must be getting a little jealous about Fox getting all the attention and being portrayed as the tough guy in Montana.

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  1. I’m pretty sure it is Susan Gianforte. Even after living with them in the same town after all these years I have to admit I’m not 100% sure. It seems they have always kept a low profile or…. I’m not in their sphere of activities.

    • Kathy -Thanks. I have no idea. – JmB

  2. I think this tweet from Zinke is deceptive because it misleads the public into thinking the woman in the photo is Lesley Robinson.

    • HighPoint – I guess it isn’t Leslie Robinson. Good catch. That photo is in several locations – even on Gianforte’s website. They should explain who it is. -JmB

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