The Wednesday Read: Trump, Sales, & Parker

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. – Thomas Jefferson

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Trump’s Tax Return
  • Scott Sales & Cyclists
  • John Parker – District Court Judge

Trump’s Tax Return:

For a little while Tuesday night, the political world was watching Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. About an hour and a half or so before her show, Maddow tweeted that she had President Trump’s tax returns. Then about an hour later she tweeted that she had the 2005 tax return – the 1040 form.

The excitement was building, but then the White House got involved.

The Associated Press reported that before Maddow went on the air, the White House confirmed the documents were real and stole the headline by saying that Trump’s income exceeded $150 million in 2005 and that he paid $38 million in income taxes that year.

Then Maddow went on the air and milked the news like she was getting ready to open Al Capone’s vault on live television. Someone posted on Twitter “Rachel Maddow announces she will release Donald Trump’s tax returns as a 10-episode Netflix series.”

Maddow received the two pages of the tax returns after they were sent to David Cay Johnston, founder of the website, from an unknown source. Clay gave them to Maddow.

Maddow received some criticism from the White House and from Fox News personality Sean Hannity for releasing the documents. Yawn.

This morning President Trump tweeted:

Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!

So we know a little about Trump’s income and taxes in 2005. We don’t know who sent the documents to David Clay Johnson, but with the problems with the healthcare bill and with the problems surrounding Trump’s claim he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama, maybe the Trump team leaked them to take those two issues off the front page for awhile.

Stranger things have happened.

Scott Sales & Cyclists:

Just an observation from my bunker, but I don’t think Montana State Senate President Scott Sales (R) likes cyclists that much. Lee Newspapers reported this week that during the discussion of a bill to provide more safety to cyclists, Sales was quoted saying the following:

“They’re some of the most self-centered, rude people navigating on the highways and county roads I’ve seen. They won’t move over. You can honk at them. They think they own the highway.”

It was also reported that Sales wants to tax cyclists who are over 16 years old $25 per year for road maintenance. Ouch. Republicans taxing people they don’t like – imagine that!

I don’t think Sales would need to look far to find a bunch of “self-centered” and “rude” people. First, he should look in a mirror. Then if he looks closely, he will find that many “self-centered” and “rude” people are his fellow state legislators “navigating” the halls of Montana’s capitol.

John Parker – District Court Judge:

When I first read that Cascade County Attorney John Parker had been appointed Cascade County District Court Judge, my first thought was, “You can’t be serious.”

I’ve written a lot about Parker here at TWW – and it’s not been good. This pick was made by Governor Steve Bullock to fill the vacancy created when Dirk Sandefur was elected to the Montana Supreme Court.

I would not have selected Parker. Several years ago I said he should resign as County Attorney. Just about any attorney, in good standing, would have been a better selection.

It is my hope that someone runs against Parker when he has to run for a full term.

There’s some good news! The good news is that Cascade County will be getting a new County Attorney. People have to be smiling about that.


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3 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Trump, Sales, & Parker

  1. I don’t know John Parker so can’t really say much on that but I was disappointed the spot didn’t go to Allan Lanning. Mr. Lanning is a good man and would be a great judge.

    In re Scott Sales, he is one of the rudest, most self-important people I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

    • Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed today? My goodness the negativity reigns in you articles.

      Drive on a narrow two lane road and pop over the hill into bikers (pedal type) hogging the middle where they can’t be seen ahead of time. It provides a thrill and choices you may not want to make.

      Scott Sales may be a pain, but it is what he is commenting on not his personality that should work here. Above comments are myopic.

      • Prairiegram – Thanks for reading and for your comments!

        If you mean me getting up on the wrong side of the bed, the answer is I got up on the same side as always. It seems the most negative part of the article is what Sales said. There are too many legislators in Helena who believe they are something special. Sales is one of them.

        As for cyclists being in the middle of the road over a hill, that is their fault. They should know better.



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