Monday’s Quick Hits

There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen. – Christopher Morley

Happy Halloween – I love that mask you’re wearing!

We’re approaching the final week of the 2016 election season. This should be fun and full of surprises. Buckle up!

Today I take a look at the Billings rally with Speaker Ryan, the new Montana VA Director, Gianforte’s Whistle Stop Tour, Montana Democrats & Get Out To Vote, campaign fliers, Clinton email investigation, and much more!

The Billings Rally:

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made a campaign stop in Billings for Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. Sunday morning.

Several other Republican candidates and elected officials turned out for the event, but it was lacking one thing, people.

Initially, it was reported that “about 100 people” turned out for the event. That report was later revised to say, “about 200 people turned out” for the event.

There are over 100,000 people in Billings and overall about 155,000 in Yellowstone County, so just getting between 100-200 people at an event featuring the Speaker of the House has to be a disappointment for organizers.

Pro-Tip: Don’t hold campaign events on Sunday morning and don’t charge to attend a campaign event.

New Montana VA Director:

It was Albert Einstein who said the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that they had appointed Kathy Berger as the head of the Montana VA. Berger was previously the interim director and served in several other positions within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

That’s the problem with the VA, not just in Montana but nationwide. Just promoting employees from within won’t change the way things are done. The people leading the VA have run it into the ground. They need new leadership from outside the VA to clean things up – to take a fresh approach.

The way U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke praised the hiring of Berger shows Montana veterans they are happy with status quo.

Gianforte’s Whistle Stop Tour:

In case you missed it, Republicans candidates for Montana Governor and Lt. Governor Greg Gianforte and Leslie Robinson have started their statewide “whistle stop” tour of Montana.

You can see their schedule HERE.

This is just a guess, but I don’t believe they are taking a train…

Montana Dems & Get Out To Vote:

The Montana Democrats are holding several “Get Out To Vote” events across Montana leading up to Election Day with many of their candidates.

You can see their schedule HERE.

Campaign Fliers:

So far this election season, I have received about 20 pieces of campaign literature in the mail or left on my doorstep.


It’s nice to feel loved…

The FBI Announcement:

FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to Congress on Friday (which was quickly released to the press by Republicans) that the bureau had discovered new emails possibly pertinent to the Hillary Clinton email investigation. (AP)

So far there are more questions than answers. Politics took over from there and “unnamed sources” were running wild.

The Republicans are saying this is the final nail in Clinton’s coffin while praising Comey for being a Boy Scout. They felt differently about him a few months ago.

The Democrats, who just a few months ago were praising Comey for not bringing charges up on Clinton, now believe he is tampering with an election and that he should resign.

Some reports say the extra emails found won’t be completely reviewed until after the election, which was probably a good reason for Comey to wait before sending his vague letter to Congress.

This disclosure does help Trump but it may be too late. It also taints the FBI which should always take the high road and not do anything to make it look like it is taking sides in any election.


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6 thoughts on “Monday’s Quick Hits

  1. Gianforte’s Whistle Stop Tour:

    They may not be taking the train but Gianforte goes places where Bullock won’t tread…and he does it for free unlike Bullock who charges entry and then an additional access fee if you want to see him…not my kind of guy.

    • Barry – Thanks. I am not sure what you mean by “Bullock who charges entry and then an additional access fee if you want to see him…” Would you like to explain? Thanks, -JmB

      • Sure, when he was in Missoula and Kalispell, they wanted $50 for entry to the event and $200 to be able to meet Bullock.

        I’ll likely be in Thompson Falls on Friday to see Greg Gianforte and Leslie Robinson.

        Would have liked to opportunity to speak to Steve Bullock but I won’t pay to talk to someone who works for the people…

      • Barry – oh I see. It was a campaign fundraiser. They were charging to get in to see Speaker Ryan, Rep Zinke, Sen Daines in Billings yesterday, too. Both sides do it. Thanks for explaining. – JmB

      • The point is that Gainforte makes it easy to see him and talk to him…how many Montana voters would or could spend $50 just to be in the same place and $200 to say hi to Bullock?

      • Barry – it is a campaign fundraiser so the people there want to help him by donating do. The MT dems are doing a statewide get out to vote and not charging. Also, when a candidate can loan his campaign $6 million he does not need to hold too many fundraisers.

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