Thursday Numbers

Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical. – Yogi Berra

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 sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Montana Governor’s race, campaign spending, unemployment, Great Falls Public Schools Foundation, Great Falls & cell phones, Chicago Cubs, the Presidential race, Montana’s absentee ballots, campaign lit, and much more!


Spending on the Montana Governor’s race has topped $15 million. (MTN)

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I think people are ready for this election season to end.


That’s how much Republican candidate for Montana Governor, Greg Gianforte, has “donated” to his campaign. (MTN)

He is approaching the $6 million dollar mark in personal donations to his campaign. I can only guess what the campaign staff bonuses will be if he wins…

By the way, The Western Word “donate” button on the right side of the screen is working!


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


That’s how much money was raised by the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation’s Truck Raffle. The money will be used to support schools and education in the district. (GF Tribune)

Applause for the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation’s efforts.


Fines will double from $100 to $200 for first-time offenders in Great Falls who use a cell phone or other handheld electronic device when driving a vehicle or bike. The changes go into effect in 30 days. (GF Tribune)

I know you’re thinking that Great Falls is run by a bunch of morons. You, my faithful reader, are correct.


It’s been 108 years, but the Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions. They beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in an epic 10-inning game. (AP)

Game seven was one of the best World Series games I have ever seen.


That’s the percentage of Americans who say they are dissatisfied with the way Donald Trump’s campaign has been conducted. This level of dissatisfaction is 21 percentage points higher than for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and 10 points higher than for any nominee’s since Gallup first asked the question in 2000. (Gallup)

I’m not satisfied by the tone of many campaigns…


As of this morning, the FiveThirtyEight blog reports that Hillary Clinton has a 66.4% chance of winning the presidential election. (FiveThirtyEight)

Back on October 27, the FiveThirtyEight blog had Clinton with an 85.7% chance of winning.


That’s the percentage of Montana’s absentee ballots that have been returned as of Monday. (AP)

My ballot is still sitting on the counter waiting until the last moment. I will have to use a coin to decide who to support in a few races…


So far this election season, I have received about 24 pieces of campaign literature in the mail or left on my doorstep.

It’s good to be loved…


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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. From 85.7% to 66.4% in just 5 days…by Tuesday…she should be at about 35% or in jail…

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