A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. – Harry S Truman
Today I take a look at Montana Lawmakers Pay Raise, Jon Tester, Trump on 60 Minutes, Brawl of the Wild, and much more!
Montana Lawmakers Pay Raise:
The Associated Press reported last week that future Montana lawmakers would receive an 82 percent pay raise or more compared to what they’re making now under a measure to be considered next week by a legislative panel.
You’ve got to be kidding me.
The AP quoted Chuck Hunter, who must have drawn the short straw, to deliver their argument:
“I don’t think the population understands how difficult the work is, how intense the work is,” said Rep. Chuck Hunter, D-Helena, the chairman of the Legislative Council. “Those pay rates are almost punitive. If the public were really to watch, observe and understand the amount of work, they’d be fine with that raise.”
Many people head to Helena with the best intentions, but for some reason, they end up drinking out of a “stupid fountain” that must be somewhere down a dark hall in the capitol. Many of these people end up making asses of themselves and embarrass Montana.
They certainly don’t deserve a pay raise.
Jon Tester is Running:
On Friday I mentioned the election of 2018. I said Montana’s senior U.S. Senator, Jon Tester, is up for reelection. He’s a Democrat. If he runs, it will be for his third term.
It looks like MTN News read my column and happened to interview Tester about his future plans. He says he plans on running in 2018.
Tester is 60 years old, so he is a like an intern compared to some senators in D.C.
Tester has said that he wants to make Washington DC look a little more like Montana. So far he has failed to keep that promise. Tester will be in the minority for at least the next two years.
Nonetheless, unless there’s some scandal like taking dirty money from some group or something like that, Tester will have very little trouble being reelected in 2018.
Trump on 60 Minutes:
For those of you who did not watch President-elect Donald J. Trump on 60 Minutes last night, I will sum up the interview in this sentence:
Everything is going to be “great.”
The chairs with the gold trim reminded me of royalty. It was gaudy. You can watch the show HERE.
As a blogger, this is going to be a fun four years…
Brawl of the Wild:
This Saturday at noon the Montana State Bobcats and the Montana Grizzlies tangle in the “Brawl of the Wild” football game that started in 1897. Saturday’s game is in Missoula.
The Bobcats are 3-7 and the Grizzlies are 6-4.
Both teams have played so poorly this year that I’ve heard a rumor that they are thinking of changing the team names to the Kittens versus the Teddy Bears. Probably because their offense and defense are so soft and cuddly.
Just kiddin…no matter the records it should be fun to watch.