Politics 2016: Tribune, Rasmussen, and Trump

Welcome to Monday and to August! Question: Where did July go?

To start the first week of August, today I provide commentary about the Great Falls Tribune’s new verification process, the Rasmussen poll that shows people are switching their support in the Presidential election, and about Trump and the Kahn family.

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Tribune & Cathy Kuntz:

On Friday I wrote about an opinion piece that appeared in the Great Falls Tribune from Cathy Kuntz who claimed she has a long history of supporting Republicans, but this year for governor she was going to vote for Democrat Steve Bullock.

Several people commented on the Tribune page about Kuntz not really being a Republican and they gave proof about her donating to several Democrats. I wrote here at The Western Word that it looked like she appeared in a campaign commercial for Democrat Jon Tester in his last campaign.

On Saturday in their “The Edge” column the Tribune editorial board devoted about 400 words to the incident, writing:

In Montana, party affiliation is not cut and dried because voters do not register as Republicans or Democrats. But political donations tell a story of leanings, and in recent years Kuntz has donated regularly to Democrats.

To try to keep this from happening in the future, the Tribune editorial board said the following:

We don’t normally check political contribution records on op-ed writers. But based upon this little incident, we plan to check contributions in the future when someone says: “I’m a Democrat but I’m voting Republican,” or vice versa.

It’s good to have another step in the verification process – so applause to the Tribune editorial board for stepping up to the plate on this issue.

Over the past several years we’ve seen many newspapers and even some television stations cut staff and resources. Some of these cuts have harmed their reporting about politics. We’ve seen it first-hand here in Montana. The next 100 or so days are really important to campaigns – it should be equally important to those in the media.

Switching Support:

There are several races this election season where I may just flip a coin to determine who will get my vote. Rasmussen Reports released the results of a poll last week that showed many people are having problems deciding who will get their vote for President:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just over half (54%) of Likely U.S. Voters still favor the candidate they liked at the beginning of the year. Twenty-eight percent (28%) have switched their support to another candidate, while 15% are still undecided.

The Presidential race will probably come down to just a handful of “battleground” states.

Trump Implodes?

Did Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump finally cross the line of no return? The Associated Press (AP) reported this:

Trump broke a major American political and societal taboo over the weekend when he engaged in an emotionally-charged feud with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the bereaved parents of a decorated Muslim Army captain killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He further stoked outrage by implying Ghazala Khan did not speak while standing alongside her husband at last week’s Democratic convention because they are Muslim.

The AP also reported that Ghazala Khan said she did not speak because talking about her son’s death remains difficult.

Is attacking the family of a deceased American soldier the final straw? We’ll see.

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  1. He’s also attacking fire marshals (one each in CO and OH so far) for enforcing fire codes and being a sign that that the elections are rigged (I know! rite?). 99 days before the elections and he’s already making excuses for losing. Also, you’d think a builder would know a little something about occupancy codes, too.

    This chart is shows an interesting post convention result. Maybe you can use it, or not.

    • Doug -Thanks. Those are some interesting numbers about not voting for Trump. I will try to remember to use them this week. -JmB

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