Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. – Norman Vincent Peale
Today I take a look at Tester’s video & new COS, Friday PR Frenzy, Powder River Training Complex, Russian Hacking, and more!
The Tester Video:
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a one minute video via Twitter Friday evening in which he wrote, “I am willing to work [sic] anyone who is willing to rid our government of the undue influence of special interests.”
It’s a nice video that could double as a nice campaign video…
Watch it HERE.
Tester names Murphy new COS:
Tester also announced last week that he had hired Aaron Murphy as his chief of staff. (GF Tribune)
This is a good hire by Tester. I’ve met Murphy a couple of times and he has the experience Tester needs to lead his team during this upcoming campaign cycle.
Congrats to Murphy.
Friday PR Frenzy:
The U.S. Senate was wrapping up work on Friday for the 114th Congress and that meant the press releases were flowing from the press offices of U.S. Senators all across the fruited plains.
A quick count showed that I received a combined 13 press releases on Friday from Montana’s U.S. Senators, Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines.
So now we wait for the 115th Congress and the new administration!
Powder River Training Complex:
I have been in favor of the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC) since I first heard about it in 2008.
The PRTC was approved in March 2015. The PRTC extended into southeastern Montana an air training area that would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. It expanded to about 28,000 square miles from 8,300 square miles that is used for training. PRTC will save millions of tax dollars because crews will train closer to home.
By being against the PRTC, the Montana congressional delegation basically told the military and aerospace/defense companies that Montana’s skies are closed.
Today Lee Newspapers has a feature “fluff” piece up about the planes using the PRTC making eastern Montana pilots, ranchers “uneasy.” You can read it HERE.
I’m sure U.S. Air Force officials will do their best to work with those impacted by PRTC. The bottom line is that “Freedom is not Free.”
The New York Times is reporting this today:
Last week, Central Intelligence Agency officials presented lawmakers with a stunning new judgment that upended the debate: Russia, they said, had intervened with the primary aim of helping make Donald J. Trump president.
If Clinton would have been elected, we’d have hearing after hearing regarding her “emails” and the Clinton Foundation. Now, we may have hearing after hearing about Trump being helped to win the Presidency by Russia.
Я буду воздержаться от суждений, пока больше информации не выходит.
(I’ll withhold judgment until more information comes out.)