Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. – Albert Einstein
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 roads, Greg Gianforte, unemployment, Dow Jones, Donald Trump, Yellowstone National Park, Ryan Zinke, town hall, Jon Tester, special election, Steve Bullock, drunk driving, Jeff Sessions & Russia and much more!
According to the Montana Infrastructure Coalition, the state of Montana will face a road construction shortfall of $874 million per year unless the Montana Legislature acts.
The legislature will probably get to that right after they ban Sharia law from Montana courts, and after they prohibit dousing oneself with out-of-state deer urine…
That’s how much money Republican Greg Gianforte has raised to become Montana’s next U.S. Representative. (MTN)
It was also reported that Brock Lowrance is Gianforte’s campaign manager. Brock is one of the good guys – good pick.
That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 21,000 for the first time, just 24 trading days after closing above 20,000. (Fox News)
That’s how many words were in President Donald Trump’s joint address to congress speech. (USA Today)
The speech also lasted one hour.
Yellowstone National Park turned 145 years old on Wednesday. (GF Tribune)
It should be worth quite a lot when the Trump Administration decides to sell it…
That is how many U.S. Senators voted to confirm Ryan Zinke as the Secretary of Interior Wednesday morning. There were 31 senators voting no. (U.S. Senate)
In his travels as Secretary, Zinke should stay away from the states where both senators voted against him… #payback
In a poll posted last week here at The Western Word, 57% percent of voters want to see Montana’s U.S. Senators hold town hall meetings in person. Another 36% wanted them to do a town hall together.
U.S. Senator Jon Tester is listening; he scheduled a town hall in Great Falls on Saturday. More details can be found HERE.
Montana Governor Steve Bullock has scheduled a special election for Thursday, May 25, 2017, to fill Montana’s vacant House seat. (AP)
It’s great to have campaigns to write about again!
Butte (MT) police arrested Clinton Sproles, 54, on Saturday and he admitted on the way to jail that he had 22 prior DUI convictions in various states. (Montana Standard)
Guess what he was arrested for this time – that’s right his 23rd DUI. Maybe this time he will do some serious time in prison. Wait, this is Montana where drunk driving seems to be widely accepted. He may get an award.
Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said. These are encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general. (WaPo)
Of course, the Democrats say he should resign. Drip, drip, drip…