Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. – Edmund Burke
Welcome to the big show to end the week AND the year “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Montana GOP & Dems & money, the Montana Legislature, the Montana Legislature & bloggers, Police Officers, Arkansas Razorbacks, One More Thing, and much more!
Tailored suits, chauffeured cars
Fine hotels and big cigars
Up for grabs, up for a price
I mentioned in yesterday’s “Thursday Numbers” column the MTN story about the Montana GOP saying candidates will have to pay $1,740 to compete for the Montana Republican Party’s nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke if Zinke is confirmed as Secretary of Interior.
I think it’s a little much for the Montana GOP to require this fee.
The Montana Democrats quickly condemned the fee, saying in a press release that it was a “Democracy Tax” and the Executive Director Nancy Keenan said, “Leave it to the leaders of the Montana Republican Party to turn Democracy into a fundraiser and limit its candidates to only those with thick wallets.”
Maybe the Democrats are mad that they did not think of it?
The Republicans and Democrats already have a major image problem. Stunts like this just add to it.
The circus starts in Helena on Monday, January 2! It’s also called the Montana Legislature. Monday will be a good time to head to your bunkers, get some popcorn ready, and watch for some of our citizen legislators make complete fools of themselves.
It is gonna happen. Just wait!
More information about the 65th Montana Legislature can be found HERE.
Covering the Legislature: A Reporter’s Guide
Once again the leadership of Montana Legislature is preventing bloggers from being accredited to cover the Montana Legislature. Shame on the Montana Legislature.
They state on the Media page:
Montana ranks among the top handful of states in the nation for the openness of its government.
Sure it does.
Then when you read the page to complete to get credentialed to have access they have this line:
Credentials will not be issued to individuals for the purpose of writing a personal online blog.
There are several bloggers in Montana who are better qualified to cover the legislature than the print and/or broadcast reporters. Several blogs in Montana have more readers/viewers than the local newspapers and television stations, too.
It’s time for this antiquated rule to be changed.
The Associated Press reported this week that from Jan. 1 through Wednesday, 135 officers lost their lives. Some died in traffic accidents, but nearly half were shot to death. That’s a 56 percent increase in shooting deaths over the previous year.
The AP also reported that of the 64 who were fatally shot, 21 were killed in ambush attacks often fueled by anger over police use of force involving minorities.
We must stop the violence against police officers.
I watch a lot of football, especially during bowl season. I don’t remember a bigger collapse than what the Arkansas Razorbacks had in the Belk Bowl Thursday night.
The Razorbacks took a 24 point lead into halftime, and then the bottom fell out and they lost the game to Virginia Tech 35-24. You can see the highlights HERE.
One More Thing:
Please don’t drink and drive this New Year’s Eve.
Have a very Happy New Year and thanks for reading The Western Word!