Thursday Numbers

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. – Thomas Fuller

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of September! 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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include unemployment, Montana GOP, medical marijuana, Steve Daines, Jon Tester, Denise Juneau, Montana highway deaths, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Walmart & toys, Susan Carstensen & Greg Gianforte, immigration, and much more!


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


That’s how much money the Chairman of the Montana Republican Party, Jeff Essmann, says the state party needs from their grassroots supporters “to match and exceed the Democrats’ operations.”

It’s getting close to crunch time this campaign season – all hands on deck!


The Associated Press reported this week that medical marijuana dispensaries across Montana have closed their doors as new restrictions took effect Wednesday that limit marijuana providers to three patients apiece. Medical marijuana advocates estimate that over 12,000 patients in Montana are losing legal access to marijuana because their providers did not choose them as one of their three patients.

It’s a terrible mess the state has caused.


U.S. Senator Steve Daines was emailing his supporters yesterday telling them that he just learned that his campaign is “more than $5,000 short” of their critical August End of Month target.

Daines is not up for reelection this year…


That’s how much U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau says she needed to raise (as of last night) in campaign donations to “finish the month in the strongest spot possible.”

Juneau will need a lot of money to unseat Ryan Zinke…


That’s how much U.S. Senator Jon Tester says he needed (as of last night) to meet his August goal of $3,000 in fundraising.

Tester is not up for reelection this year…


That’s how many people have died on Montana’s highways (as of Aug. 29) in 2016. Of those deaths, 58 were due to impaired driving and 64 deaths were due to improper restraint. (

Buckle up and don’t drink and drive!


A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 35 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Donald Trump, compared to 63 percent unfavorable. (WaPo)



A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 41 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Hillary Clinton, while 56 percent have an unfavorable one. (WaPo)

This may be a good year for third-party candidates…


The Hill reported this week that approximately 30 of the 14,900 deleted emails recovered by the FBI from Hillary Clinton’s private email server may involve the 2012 attack on Benghazi, Libya.

Is anyone (besides the folks around Washington) still paying attention to this?


Walmart just released its 25 hottest toys for the holidays. (USA Today)

Yes, it’s that time of year again…


Susan Carstensen writes that she spent 13 years at RightNow Technologies, working closely with Greg Gianforte as chief financial officer, chief operating officer, and senior vice president for customer experience. In her opinion piece that has appeared in several newspapers around Montana, Carstensen says she is supporting Steve Bullock for Governor.

Now Gianforte needs to get someone to counter this. He recently had Steve Daines do an ad for him, but Daines is terrible in campaign ads.


Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled his 10-point immigration plan last night in Arizona. (The Hill)

The best part is that everyone who is not deported gets a free puppy from Trump. Just kidding.

Like it or not, Trump won the day yesterday. During his speech last night, he seemed to go back to the way he talked and acted during the GOP primary. We’ll see how far that gets him in the general election.


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3 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. I, for one, am glad to know this election is now a two-fer since T Rump broke out the hats that say “Make Mexico Great Again Also”.

  2. 263,000: That brings the total of new claims for 2016 8,541,000!, This administration under BHO has only generated 9,6000,000 new jobs since January 20, 2009…that is a run rate of 11,359,530 lost jobs in 2016.

    130: What about the other 8?

    30: Certainly not the liberal media…

    • Barry – Thanks. As for the other eight, maybe they were not drinking and properly restrained? -JmB

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